If you read my previous post, you will know I have been feeling a little stressed lately. One of my stress reducing ideas was to have regular breaks from studying and go do something different. So that is exactly what I have done this week. I felt inspired after reading Rebecca’s Stress Buster Adult Colouring Book post and found myself this little Anti-Stress Dot-To-Dot book by Emily Wallis.
The fact it had a cat on the cover pretty much sold it to me.
Admittedly, I did wonder how this would make me feel relaxed. Just looking at all those tiny numbers was a little stressful at first.
Anyhow, I located the star (number 1) and got started. You have to concentrate so much, there is no time for thinking or worrying. So I can see how this a therapeutic activity. I’m using a Staedtler pigment liner 0.1 which is perfect as the dots are quite close together.
The cool thing is, you have no idea what the picture is when you begin. It gradually becomes apparent the more you draw. It means you don’t want to put the pen down until you find out, so you stay focused right until the very end.
Ta-da! The finished drawing. I thought my fox needed a little colour to liven him up.
You can’t help but feel chilled when you colour in with felt tips.
I found these Crayola pens which turn out to be really good for shading.
Mr Fox in colour.
A tree (in progress)
The illustrations are so detailed and intricate. I think they look very impressive even if you decide not to colour them in.
Once you get into a rhythm of connecting the dots, time just disappears and you feel completely chilled out. It doesn’t have to be super neat either, as Emily says in the book, one missed dot won’t make a huge difference to the picture overall – so just have fun with it and feel the stress melt away.
Have you tried an anti-stress dot-to-dot before? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.