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The simple pleasure of colouring-in is likely to have been long consigned to the childhood, or particularly dull meetings.

Anne Yvonne Gilbert, A Knights  Journey
Anne Yvonne Gilbert, A Knights Journey

However, Templar Publishing is moving the task into the grown-up sphere, with its beautiful new Pictura Series.

John Howe, Draconis
John Howe, Draconis

And according to the publisher, the humble activity is about much more than just whiling away the hours.

Helen Ward, Hedgerow Year spread.
Helen Ward, Hedgerow Year spread.

‘It’s a great way to disconnect from the daily stresses of life, to lose yourself in a creative act, to pass the time’, says Pictura.  ‘And best of all, you need no gadgets to enjoy it…What’s not to love?’

Helen Ward, Hedgerow Year
Helen Ward, Hedgerow Year

The range of concertina books have been illustrated by artists including Levi Pinfold and Ian Andrew, and allow you to colour in the artworks where you like, how you like. You don’t even have to stay in the lines if you don’t want to.

Pictura is launching as part of charity The Big Draw, which is hosting events throughout October in Manchester, Newcastle and London celebrating the pleasures of doodling for people of all ages.

Shaun Tan, Metropolis
Shaun Tan, Metropolis

The range will initially launch with eight titles including Ian Andrew’s Aurelian, Levi Pinfold’s Medieval Town, Niroot Puttapipat’s Faeries and Helen Ward’s Hedgerow Year.

The themes include nature, history and fantasy.

Nitroot Puttapipat, Faeries
Nitroot Puttapipat, Faeries

The next eight books will follow in April next year, featuring scenes of London, monsters and dinosaurs.

Pictura was created by Templar creative director Amanda Wood. She says, ‘craft activity is a growing area, but there seemed to be a real gap for something that was colouring in top-end art. Our illustrators are keen to get people drawing and exploring their creative side. We all need to get our hands dirty again and really engage with that practical aspect of creating art.’

Tomislav Tomic, A Walk Through Paris spread
Tomislav Tomic, A Walk Through Paris spread

If you’re in need of inspiration, the Pictura website will feature an online gallery showing he different ways people have coloured the books, and users can upload their own creations to the site to inspire others.

Pictura is running a number of events for The Big Draw throughout next month, including Ink & Drink evenings at London’s William Morris Gallery and Wallace Collection and Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery, and an afternoon workshop at Manchester Art Gallery. For full festival listings, visit www.campaignfordrawing.org

Tomislav Tomic, A Walk Through Paris
Tomislav Tomic, A Walk Through Paris

The Pictura series launches next month published by Templar Publishing. Each book costs £7.99. For more information visit www.picturaline.com

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