Adult coloring books remind us we’re never too old to color
If you’ve taken a walk through your local bookstore lately, you might have noticed that coloring books are no longer just in the kids’ section. Adult coloring books are all the rage and for good reason.
Now that you are social-distancing and spending more time at home, adult coloring books are a great way to escape from the craziness of the world.
The comeback of adult coloring books
Why are coloring books so popular these days? After all, they have been around for several decades and generally geared toward young children.
In today’s hectic and often stressful world, adult coloring books are getting popular as they can help reduce anxiety. When we focus on a simple activity, such as coloring, we are taking a break from life’s stresses.
Coloring books are also a channel for your creativity and imagination, which may be a plate your day job doesn’t spin. That’s why coloring books for “children at heart” are flying off the shelves.
Whether you prefer a more meditative design or something funny, there is a coloring book out there for you. Here are a few of our picks:
Intricate patterns and designs
Intricate patterns and designs are the go-to category of coloring books if you want to just turn off your brain and escape. These designs, which include paisley, waves and the ever-popular mandala, are complex enough to keep your attention but not so intricate to intimidate you.
Stress Less Coloring: Mandalas is a great beginner option and contains a variety of mandalas designs. For something you can take on the go, The Mindfulness Coloring Book is pocket-sized and contains over 70 intricate patterns for you to choose from.
Animals, nature and cityscapes
Animals, Nature and Cityscapes is a particularly popular category of coloring book and it is easy to see why. These designs are stunning, both colored and black-and-white, and can sweep you away to an enchanted place.
If you’ve only heard of one adult coloring book, it is probably Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden. It has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. Most attribute this book to kicking off the adult coloring book craze.
It’s sister, Enchanted Forest, is equally beautiful and printed on high-quality paper, making it a delight to color.
Funny and ridiculous
Coloring books don’t always need to be a serious dose of therapy. Sometimes they can just be down right silly and fun to color. Wine Life is the perfect gift for your wine-loving friends, full of snarky illustrations and jokes. Similarly, Married Life showcases the realities of being married and it’s just hilarious. From thermostat wars to loading the dishwasher, anyone who has been in a long-term relationship can definitely relate.
For those who prefers tough love, Calm the Fu*k Down is a different take on the usual relaxing coloring book. Both stress-relieving and hilarious, this book will have you chuckling all the way through.
The next time you are practicing self-care, consider an adult coloring book. Arm yourself with some markers, a glass of wine and connect with your inner kid!