Johanna Basford – Adult Colouring Monthly Diary

Lately, I picked up a hobby – colouring. All day long I’m sorting out our paperwork and generally being bossed around by a toddler to play with cars and trains. When night falls, all I want to do is something that allows me to shut everyone out for a while and just concentrate on one thing. Hence I thought I’ll give adult colouring a try and so far I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s addictive. 

Despite it being the digital age, I never quite got into the habit of taking notes on my smartphone or set reminders on it. I’m old-fashion in the sense that I still rely on physical planners and calendars. I’m really pleased to find Johanna Basford’s 16-Month Weekly Colouring Planner on Amazon. It’s just so pretty and has illustrations from 3 of her books.

As a student, I was obsessed with stationery, especially pens. I love colour coding my notes. It made studying a lot more fun. I’ve never coloured with pens so I thought I’d give it a try after seeing examples of beautiful pictures others have shared online. 

Initially I wanted to do just ONE illustration per week, but I got addicted. I’m stuck to the desk for hours each evening! 

Here are some of the pieces I’ve completed.

I find it so hard to stray away from what is perceived as a “usual” colour for an object. However I try to experiment with different colours because art isn’t merely black and white. Who is to say leaves can’t be blue? 


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