Coloring is an activity that kids love practicing anywhere, from restaurant menus, to coloring books, and sometimes even their bedroom walls (much to mom and dad’s horror!).
But who says coloring is just for kids?
In recent years, adult coloring books have exploded in popularity as a way to have fun, relax, and reduce stress. With so many options out there, we thought we’d help you out by picking out the best of the best.
Best Adult Coloring Books
Below are 12 beautifully-designed coloring books to help you express your creative side while also relieving stress.
1. Disney Dreams: Thomas Kinkade Studios
This charming book features 63 paintings from Thomas Kinkade’s Disney Dreams Collection, which are presented in full color across from the black line art of the same image, for you to fill in.
Create your own renditions of these gorgeous paintings inspired by Disney classics like Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, The Jungle Book, and more.
2. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs
This adult coloring book by MantraCraft features 50 animal patterns to color, with beautiful creatures from all corners of the earth, including elephants, dolphins, and butterflies.
Pages are single-sided, so you don’t have to worry about colors bleeding through, and designs are suitable for all skill levels. Each page was designed to provide a sense of calm and relaxation.
3. Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book
This sassy coloring book features designs of abstract doodles, animals, people, and even fairies. But just as entertaining as the designs are the fun quips on each page, like “Home is where the vodka is,” or, “Dance like no one attractive is watching.” (Note: this book contains adult language and is not intended for children.)
4. Sloth Coloring Book for Adults
Who doesn’t love an adorable sloth? Each page in this book features a gorgeous design of these exotic creatures, and they’re also easy to tear-out, so you can display or share your artwork with friends.
Plus, each design is printed on a black-backed page, so you don’t have to worry about ink bleeding through.
5. Good Days Start with Gratitude
This gorgeous coloring book combines mindful coloring with meaningful gratitude. Each page is designed to help you be more grateful for what you have, with weekly spreads that feature inspirational quotes and space to write 3 things you’re grateful for.
6. Boss Babes: A Coloring and Activity Book for Grown-Ups
The Boss Babes adult coloring book features images of inspiring female leaders, including Beyonce, Ruth Badar Ginsburg, Malala, Amy Poehler, and Adele.
The book is also full of fun activities, from a Taylor Swift crossword to a Julia Child maze, in which you help the beloved chef find her butter.
7. Married Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book
This delightfully snarky coloring book features scenes that every married couple will know all too well, from the Thermostat War to the Toilet Seat Standoff.
Have fun coloring with your significant other (or keep it to yourself), using these single-sided pages with a premium matte-finish.
8. Splendid Cities: Color Your Way to Calm
Travel the world one page at a time as you color in gorgeous designs of some of the most splendid and celebrated cities, including Paris, Moscow, and San Francisco.
This coloring book makes the perfect gift for anyone who dreams of traveling, and it will also provide hours of fun, artsy relaxation.
9. Wine Life: A Snarky Adult Colouring Book
A glass of wine and a great coloring book go together like champagne and Brie, so it’s no surprise that someone made a book of wine-themed designs!
Send this relaxing coloring book to the wine-lover in your life. Each design is printed on high-quality paper stock, with a premium matte-finish cover design.
10. Secret Garden Mindfulness Coloring Book
Secret Garden is the original and first book by Johanna Basford, the artist who kickstarted the adult coloring book craze several years back.
This beautiful book features delicate, highly detailed illustrations. It’s also interactive, as there are tiny garden creatures hidden throughout the pages, waiting for you to find them (a key and index are included in the back of the book).
11. Classic Coloring: Jane Austen
Perfect for literature lovers and budding artists alike, this book features scenes from all 6 of Jane Austen’s classic novels.
Many pages also include quotes from Austen’s books, and even iconic outfits worn by your favorite characters.
12. Art Deco Fashions Coloring Book
This stylish book features more than 30 full-page illustrations depicting models in vintage outfits from the 1920s, ’30s. and early ’40s.
Each page is perforated, so you can easily remove them and display your artwork, or color alongside friends.
Where to Download Free Coloring Pages
In addition to beautifully illustrated adult coloring books, you can also find and download free coloring pages online, which you can print and color.
Here are several websites that offer free adult coloring pages as PDFs:
Are Coloring Books Good for Adults?
Adult coloring books have been proven to offer multiple health benefits, with the potential to reduce anxiety, create focus, and bring about greater mindfulness.
This is because, just as in other meditative practices, focusing on coloring allows us to switch off other intrusive thoughts, so we can focus on what we’re doing in the moment. This can help to relieve anxiety.
While it may not be as powerful as formal art therapy, using adult coloring books is a great way to pass time and simply chill out, and it doesn’t require a lot of artistic skill or experience.
More Creative Ways to Relax
Practicing creativity can be a great way to relax and de-stress, and adult coloring books aren’t your only option! You can also try journaling, painting, knitting, or any other handicraft that you might enjoy.
Have you tried adult coloring books? Share your favorite creative ways to relax in the comments below!
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