Colouring Books for Adults

With everyday life becoming ever more stressful, an adult colouring book is a great way to relax your mind. The simple task of staying within the lines is enough to keep you focused whilst simultaneously undemanding in terms of concentration. This results in a moderate state of meditation, an appropriate description as many of the books now on sale label themselves as art therapy with numerous psychologists agreeing that they reduce stress and anxiety.

Aren’t they for kids?

Many people may wonder why grown-ups are suddenly acting like kids again. Surely they can’t be getting anything out of colouring books other than a little nostalgia, can they?

At first I thought the same but once I gave it a try my mind was forever changed and it’s lead me to the conclusion that the reason everyone can love colouring books is that they offer a simple task, require little concentration and produce a nice end result which is equally appealing to adults as it is to children.

The “little concentration” reinforces the therapeutic angle in that it makes you focus on the book in a loose but thorough way, and thus takes your mind off everything else.

The “nice end result” provides a sense of accomplishment that’s normally only felt when creating something of which to be proud. I can only assume that the feeling is replicated due to the length of time it takes to complete a full book, as in, the more time you spend doing a task, the greater the feeling of worth.

Another aspect of colouring books that many people take for granted is that they are somewhat unique. Although most people will colour a leaf using a green, there are many different shades of green and you can be as arty as you like, using different shades or imagining it’s an autumn leaf.

Colouring Books vs Other Hobbies

When you compare adult colouring books to other hobbies it’s clear why they’ve become so popular.

  • Watching movies and tv shows allows you to remove yourself from reality and whilst more entertaining they don’t give you any real sense of achievement.
  • Reading a book is an alternative way to enter another world and once completed you do have a small sense of accomplishment, however there is also sometimes a feeling of loss especially if you’ve become attached to the characters.
  • Video games and puzzles provide a sense of achievement that can exceed that felt from colouring books but in a lot of cases they require a higher level of focus. As such, they are not nearly as relaxing.
  • Cooking, Painting & Knitting can be very de-stressing but tend to require a little more focus and expertise to produce a proud worthy outcome.
  • Yoga, pilates and other meditation type exercises are very powerful in diminishing the chaos of everyday life but once again, they provide little sense of fulfillment.
  • 2D and 3D puzzles are perhaps one of the only well-known pastimes that are on the same level as a colouring book, providing the same level of relaxation and feeling of accomplishment. However as already mentioned, colouring books can boast a unique result whereas puzzles cannot.

Who Should Buy One?

One of the great things about colouring books is that they’re fairly cheap so anyone should be able to buy them. As to who would benefit from one: pretty much anyone who gets stressed or finds it difficult to unwind. Many people who work late night shifts or who are on call such as vets, doctors and nurses have said it helps them to relax when waiting around.

My Favourite

The first book I completed was Secret Garden by Johanna Basford and it’s what got me hooked so it’s always going to hold the number 1 spot for me. However, I’m tempted to say it’s been trumped by its sequel, the Enchanted Forest.

It’s incredibly detailed, printed on very thick paper so you can even use paint if you wanted and its hidden symbol quest is the icing on the cake.

Best Adult Colouring Books

Forget about the old fashioned belief that colouring books are just for kids. In this modern and stressful world, adults are increasingly being attracted to the relaxing art of colouring in. But these new books for adults are not the same as those cheap cartoon character themed colouring sheets for toddlers. These adult colouring books feature intricate patterns designed to help you focus the mind and relax, letting the stresses of everyday life just float away! This is a list of what we believe to currently be the best adult colouring books for 2016.

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Adventure
This new adult colouring book by Johanna Basford takes you on a quirky fantasy quest through an enchanted forest to a hidden castle. In addition to colouring in drawings, there are hidden objects you can find along the journey, including nine symbols which are needed to unlock the castle door at the end of the quest and discover the secrets within.

The Time Garden by Daria Song
If you are an experienced colourer and now find traditional patterns too repetitive, The Time Garden will delight you with it’s Narnia like magical landscapes intricately drawn by Korean artist Daria Song. Even the cover is colour-able and there’s a nest “to/from” inside page making this book a great gift for colouring fans of all ages. The incredibly detailed drawings will take you through an enchanted world to discover a magical land ready to be customised with your own imagination and colour.

The Creative Colouring Book for Grown Ups
A pocket-sized colouring book for adults with a flexible spine and 100 detailed patterns (many similar books have just 30 or so illustrations) allowing you to explore your natural creativity with stunning patterns to colour in, providing a relaxing and at the same time highly creative way to free the mind from stress and worry.

This book has 128 pages of thick, quality paper, so no bleeding through of colours to drawings on the next page! A good first book for those new to adult colouring, those who initially think colouring seems a bit childish, will soon be happily spending hours colouring in and discovering just how good art therapy can be in terms of relaxation!