Books

Stop colouring in

Hirameki – Japanese for ‘brainwave’ – is the principle that you can make anything look good with just a few dots and lines

When the colouring book phase first got out of the blocks, we were *right there*. We got a Game of Thrones one, a stained glass window one (the faces are weird) and TWO Harry Potter ones which are 87% less fun when you realise that gold gel pens take ages to dry, you’ve got smears all over the page, and have to start colouring in another Hedwig. Argh! Needless to say, they did NOT make us more mindful. But Hirameki – Japanese for ‘brainwave’ – is slightly different. It’s the principle that you can make anything look good with just a few dots and lines. Peng and Hu’s book Cats and Dogs gives you loads of fun coloured blobs to start with, and you draw what you see. With a BIRO. £5.95, Waterstones

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