‘I started colour­ing work­shops for adults’

Sarah Lovell, 38, an il­lus­tra­tor, lives in Wim­borne Min­ster, Dorset, with her hus­band, Peter, 43, a com­pany di­rec­tor, and their chil­dren, Clau­dia, nine, Henry, seven, and Sa­muel, four

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‘For as long as I can re­mem­ber, I’ve loved draw­ing and colour­ing. It makes what­ever stresses you have in life fade away.

Af­ter I fin­ished school, I did an art de­gree and set up a busi­ness as an il­lus­tra­tor in 2013.

I started mak­ing cards and colour­ing books for kids. Then a few years ago, I set up work­shops for chil­dren, where they could colour in a pic­ture from one of my books.

The classes were a big hit and I no­ticed that when chil­dren had a colour­ing pen­cil in their hand, they found it eas­ier to open up and talk about things.

But it’s not just chil­dren who find colour­ing ther­a­peu­tic. In the past few years, adult colour­ing books have be­come pop­u­lar.

Last month, I set up a colour­ing work­shop for adults, and was amazed by how pop­u­lar it was.

I put on some gen­tle mu­sic and let peo­ple choose a pic­ture to colour in. Since they were adults, I ex­pected most of them to go for a wildlife pic­ture but, to my sur­prise, the most pop­u­lar choice was a uni­corn.

I sup­pose it just goes to show that adults love to use their imag­i­na­tion as much as chil­dren do.

We spend so much of our time rush­ing be­tween work and fam­ily com­mit­ments, it’s no sur­prise we’re des­per­ate for new ways to switch off from it all.’

Visit sarahlovell.art for de­tails about the work­shops

Sarah no­ticed peo­ple open up more with a colour­ing pen­cil in their hand

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