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Saskatchewan artist makes colouring book for grown ups

As adult colouring books continue to grow in popularity, Saskatoon artist Jeanne Burbage jumped on the trend by publishing her own.

Colouring can help adults relax and relieve stress

Saskatchewan artist Jeanne Burbage shows off her colouring book, The Zenimaginarium Garden. (Steve Pasqualotto/CBC)

As adult colouring books continue to grow in popularity, Saskatoon artist Jeanne Burbage jumped on the trend by publishing her own.

Burbage released The Zenimaginarium Garden three months ago. Each page in her book is hand-drawn. 

"I started at the front, most of the images are less complicated and as you work your way through the book, at the very back you have the most detailed image, but you can jump around in the book," she said.

There's benefits to your mind, there's benefits to your body and there's benefits to your spirit.- Jeanne Burbage

Before creating her paperback, Burbage didn't even know what an adult colouring book was. After viewing her drawings in a Facebook group, people suggested she create her own colouring book for grown ups. Through research, she discovered that colouring can help adults relax and relieve stress.

"We are operating at such a high level and there is scientific proof about [how it affects] brave waves. Adults need a way to de-stress, [to stay] calm, cool and unplugged from the digital world," Burbage said. 

Sales are going strong. The first printing of 2,000 copies is almost sold out.

"There's benefits to your mind, there's benefits to your body and there's benefits to your spirit." she said. "It excises your fine motor skills. There are physiotherapists who will prescribe this for someone who has something wrong with their hands. You are training your body to focus and the cross over of that is it relaxes the part of the mind that deals with fear and allows your mind to get the rest it needs." 

It took Jeanne Burbage three months to draw The Zenimaginarium Garden. (Steve Pasqualotto/CBC)

Burbage says colouring can be social too. It can be a family activity: people hold colouring parties or meet up at a coffee shop once a month to colour together and show off their artwork. She has heard of bosses using colouring to improve productivity during meetings.

She says she hopes people embrace their creativity and lose themselves in each drawing.

"I love to put a smile on people's faces. That's the best," said Burbage.

Burbage plans on releasing a second book next year. 

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