As we learned in our previous post on childhood creativity, creativity is an integral part of one’s formative years. It is however equally as important in adulthood. Art, creativity and design work to make life increasingly more interesting, fulfilling and fun! Altering the monotonous and mundane nature of everyday life, creativity works to create meaning and form unique, previously disregarded connections between concepts and ideas. Why not turn the ordinary, into something extraordinary!
Why adults should start colouring
By carrying out regular creative practises, you can develop artistic motivation, stimulate imagination and become increasingly inventive! Additionally, there are a number of psychological advantages to colouring. Colouring can reduce stress and anxiety, exercise your brain, improve focus, spark creativity and displace negative emotions. For more on the effectiveness of colouring for adults, you can check out our article that highlights the psychology behind this new trend, whether it’s an activity for everyone as well as 6 of the leading benefits of coloring.
As we know, making a new habit stick requires a fair amount of consistency – which can be difficult with the fast paced nature of life.
Unlike children, who have a good amount of free time in their day to day life, being an adult is a little different. With this being said, it can become increasingly time consuming to set up creative activities and tasks each and every day. That’s where we come in! We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite colouring books for adults available right now.
Best colouring books for adults
Why not treat yourself, a friend or loved one to one of the adult colouring books listed below to relieve some of that adult life stress! We’ve also linked some of our favourite colouring materials too! Let’s dive into some of our favourite colouring books available right now!
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book
By Johanna Basford
Perhaps one of the most popular adult colouring books right now, Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book is a worldwide bestselling adult colouring book of 96 pages. This interactive book takes you on a journey through a beautiful garden illustrated using pen and ink by Johanna Basford. This colouring book however, is unlike most as it includes much more than simple drawings to be coloured in. Included in this book are pictures to colour in, patterns to complete, mazes to solve and space to create your own sketches. You can opt for coloured pencils, markers, watercolours or even crayons to add splashes of colour to your colouring book. Despite being Johanna Basford’s first book, she has sold over 21 million copies around the world since it was published. Additionally, Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book is available in over 44 languages! With all this being said, it’s not hard to see why we had to include it in this list!
“Colouring in isn’t just for kids. These intricate, magical drawings from Secret Garden by Johanna Basford are just waiting to be brought to life.” – The Guardian
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book (For Adults, mindfulness coloring)
$9.99 in stock
112 used from $1.46
The Mindfulness Colouring Book : Anti-stress Art Therapy for Busy People
By Emma Farrarons
Another worldwide bestselling adult colouring book, The Mindfulness Colouring Book is a great way to soothe anxiety and eliminate stress. As we know, carrying out creative activities each and every day can be time consuming and difficult to keep up with – but The Mindfulness Colouring Book is pocket-sized! Meaning you can take it with you on the go and colour in whenever you have a free moment, or when you’re feeling a little strained. This book also offers a practical exercise in mindfulness that fosters creativity and develops focus.
Included in The Mindfulness Colouring Book are templates of beautiful scenes and patterns illustrated by Emma Farrarons that prompt you to meditate on your artwork and mindfully fill the pages with colour. Why not colour your way into a sense of peace and calm?
“Free of any distracting themes, full of soothing waves and geometric patterns, this mindfulness-oriented colouring book will pack an extra punch of calm.”—Huffington Post
The Mindfulness Coloring Book: The Adult Coloring Book for Relaxation with Anti-Stress Nature Patterns and Soothing Designs
97 used from $1.24
The Harry Potter Colouring Books
By Warner Brothers
These official Harry Potter colouring books are sure to delight any and all Harry Potter fans! This 80 page book is jam packed with stunning artwork and images from the official Warner Brothers archive, allowing fans of the franchise to colour in many well-known settings and characters from J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Why not destress while bringing to live some of your favourite Harry Potter moments? The Harry Potter Colouring Books are filled with both illustrations and detailed designs that were used in the making of the films themselves. Explore Hogwarts castle and the Forbidden Forest, or experience the Sorting Ceremony and the Final Battle by bringing the scenes to life in your own unique way. Filled with fan favourites, The Harry Potter Colouring Books are sure to capture your attention as you work through this unique and interactive colouring book set. The authors recommend the use of colouring pencils to colour in the images and bring the book to life!
“A treat for all Harry fans, it has gorgeous line drawings.” ― The Sun
Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations
By Souris Hong-Porretta
Designed especially for those who have an innate love for contemporary art and creativity, or simply enjoy the practise of colouring in – Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations is a colouring book like no other! Souris Hong-Porretta has carefully put together an incredible collection of illustrations from over 100 creative masterminds! Included in this book you’ll find work from cartoonists, illustrators, animators, fine artists, graphic designers, musicians, photographers, street artists and pixel artists to name a few. Outside the Lines: AnArtists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations features work from big names like AIKO, Keith Haring, Ryan McGinness, Keita Takahashi, Jen Corace, Shepard Fairey and Exene Cervemka among others. Souris Hong-Porretta has put together an incredible selection of edgy, creative and imaginative pieces waiting for you to add your unique, special touch! Now a New York Times bestseller, Outside the Lines is a great option for anyone wanting to stimulate their creativity or relieve some daily stress.
“…a seriously awesome twist on the childhood classic featuring pages designed by some of our favorite artists.” – NYLON
Splendid Cities: Color Your Way to Calm
By Rosie Goodwin and Alice Chadwick
Particularly for those who are lovers of travel and beautiful places – Splendid Cities: Color Your Way to Calm by Rosie Goodwin is an adult colouring book that is sure to transport you to some of the world’s most splendid cities! The cities included in this book are both real and imagined – all ready to be brought to life with your unique, creative colouring choices.
Whether you’re looking to work on your creative skills, reduce stress and anxiety or explore fun and exciting places, this is the book for you. Immerse yourself in a world tour that takes you on a journey through sky cities and floating kingdoms, stopping by the famous domes of Moscow and the tip of the Eiffel Tower to name a few. The creators urge you to take your time when working through the illustrations, relax and let your imagination run wild! For this book you can use any medium of your choice, whether it be pens, coloured pencils, markers or crayons.
Don’t forget to purchase any of these excellent pencils with your colouring book!