With pictures that recall childhood, this colouring book could help you de-stress
Kanika Gupta’s website states that she is a “dreamer, illustrator and wannabe art therapist”. While she has established herself as an illustrator—with clients like Aditya Birla Group and Drools signing her design house, Iktaara, for their graphic work—she is now venturing into art therapy, with a colouring book for adults. “I’ve always wanted to make my art not just pretty, but something that can make a difference in someone’s life. Colouring books are a great idea, as they are therapeutic—colouring relaxes you and is a stress-buster,” says the 32-year-old.
Titled Lessons from Mother Nature, the book features drawings that recall childhood favourites—from peacocks to snowmen. “I wanted to make it playful. We’ve all coloured as children and I wanted people to reconnect with that inner child,” says Gupta. The book also has affirmations printed on each page—crisp quotes that she believes will help even more. “I love nature and I’ve taken inspiration from it to create the affirmations. I also took the help of Mukta Rastogi, a Mumbai-based therapist, to make them effective,” she says.
With the books available for order on her site, she is already planning the next edition. “Besides nature, the second book will include adult themes, too. I am also planning to create a colouring book based on my doodles,” says Gupta. Another idea: jigsaw puzzles for adults. “If you get hooked to it, trust me, you will log out of everything at the end of the day to complete it,” she laughs.
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—Surya Praphulla Kumar