Coloring Books Aren’t Just For Kids

secretgardencov[Image via Amazon]

By now, you’ve probably heard about this best-selling coloring book that has sold over a million and a half copies. Suddenly it seems that “adult” coloring books are trending — they’re not R-rated, but created with an older audience in mind. Why the sudden popularity? NBC News reports that coloring is calming. Lisa Congdon, artist/author of several Just Add Color titles: Botanicals, Geometric Patterns, and Folk Art, believes that it’s not only creative, but meditative. She explains that the hobby is a refuge from all the screen stimulation and stress that we receive everyday; it’s an analog activity that takes us back to our childhood. Even coloring groups are now all the rage: a Facebook Group called “Coloring For All” has over 2000 followers!

Need more convincing to pick up some crayons? Here’s 10 coloring books to try:



TeamArt_GoT_int[Images by Team Art]

Game of Thrones A Coloring Book from Team Art in Canada features 22 characters to color from the popular show based on George R R Martin’s books. Added benefit: constructive coloring while watching your favorite show!




cityscapesint[Art by Steve McDonald]

Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined by Steve McDonald (Chronicle Books) is full of lovely cityscapes for travel and architecture buffs to color and contemplate.



CMGGosling3[Art by Mel Elliott]

Color Me In Good Ryan Gosling by Mel Elliott (I Love Mel) is the “Unofficial Coloring Book.” Mel Elliott has a terrific series with all your boy crushes including Jamie Dornan and James De Franco.


poster-a-colorier-parisposter-a-colorier-paris-1[Images via Omy]

Poster Géant À Colorier Giant Coloring Poster: Paris (Omy Design & Play) is technically not a book, but something waiting to be transformed into your living room masterpiece. Their entire product line is perfect for the child at heart.



basemanpage[Illustration by Gary Baseman]

Outside the Lines: An Artist’s Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations edited by Souris Hong-Porretta (Perigree Books) is a terrific collection of drawings from artists including Keith Haring, Gary Baseman, and Ryan McGuiness. A portion of the profits is donated Moca’s Education Program.


Congdonbotanicals[Art by Lisa Congdon]

Just Add Color: Botanicals by Lisa Congdon (Rockport Publishers) is part of a great series of coloring books, in which Ms Congdon has contributed three. It’s hard to choose which one to get first, so I suggest splurging on them all!



indiepage[Art by Andy J Miller]

The Indie Rock Coloring Book by Yellow Bird Project and Andy J Miller (Chronicle Books) will give you insta-cool-cred. Plus all royalties go to a good cause.




colormesober[Images via Potter Style]

Color Me Drunk (Potter Style) is cheeky fun. And surprise! There’s a drawing by yours truly on page 95.




opticalsmple[Images via Carlton Books]

The Optical Illusions Coloring Book by Beverley Lawson (Carlton Books) is perfect for MC Escher fans.





slicknic[Illustration By Kristyna Baczynski for Haunt Me Studio]

Snake Eyes: Nicolas Cage Activity Book by Haunt Me Studio is an eclectic compilation of art and activities inspired by the quirky actor. It includes work by Ed Cheverton, Donya Todd, and Murray Somerville, to name a few.

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