10 Adult Coloring Books to Try

Want to get mindful without meditating? Consider buying a coloring book. Coloring in intricate designs in these new coloring books geared towards adults is a therapeutic way to relax. Not convinced? Adult coloring books have topped bestseller lists in the past few months. Here are 10 you might want to try.

1. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford.

Image via Laurence King/Johanna Basford

Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden is the most popular coloring book around, having sold 1.4 million copies. Get lost in the intricate garden scenes she creates. If you like this one, she also has a best-selling following up, The Enchanted Forest.

2. The Tattoo Coloring Book by Megamunden.

Image via Laurence King/Megamunden

Get inspiration for your next ink with this coloring book of Megamunden’s original tattoo designs. You’ll find sailors, skulls and more just begging to be colored in.

3. Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me by Millie Marotta. 

Image via Batsford Ltd/Millie Marotta

You’ll need to take time with the incredibly detailed illustrations in Millie Marotta’s book. But you’ll be in good company – Animal Kingdom is Amazon UK’s second-bestselling book of the year.

4. The Classic Comic Colouring Book.

Image via Michael O’Mara Books

You won’t find a lot of familiar characters in The Classic Comic Colouring Book – after all, its publisher is British. But if you want to color in comic-style illustrations, you’ll appreciate this collection of over 100 comic covers from the 1950s.

5. Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined by Steve McDonald.

Image via Chronicle Books/Steve McDonald

World travelers, this one’s for you. Fantastic Cities features birds-eye views of some of the world’s most famous cities, like Amsterdam and Istanbul – and some of fictional cities, too. So you can travel the world without ever getting up from your chair.

6. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons.

Gif via EmmaFarrarons.com

The Mindfulness Coloring Book is detailed enough to be interesting, but not enough to stress you out. It’s full of patterns and nature motifs to help you relax and get in the moment.

7. Techellations: A 3-Dimensional Coloring Book by John Wik and Creative Haven.

Image via Dover Publications/Creative Haven/John Wik

If you like geometric designs, you’ll love the patterns in Techellations. Even cooler? This book comes with 3-D glasses – so you can look at the optical illusions you’ve created once you finish coloring. Sign us up!

8. Doodle Invasion: Zifflin’s Coloring Book by Zifflin and Kerby Rosanes.

Image via CreateSpace Independent Publishing/Zifflin and Kerby Rosanes

Not a fan of traditional coloring book designs? Check out Doodle Invasions, which features 50 unique pieces from Filipino illustrator Kerby Rosanes.

9. Balance by Angie Grace.

Image via Angie Grace

Mandalas are circular shapes that represent wholeness in various Indian religions. So perhaps it’s fitting there are so many of them in a coloring book called Balance.

10. Outside the Lines: An Artist’s Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations, Curated by Souris Hong-Porretta.

Image via Lia Halloran/Outside the Lines

Want some variety in your coloring book without having to buy more than one? Outside the Lines has illustrations from over 100 contemporary artists like Keith Haring and AIKO.

Liked this? Check out 10 Amazing Coffee Table Books!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

 

Want to get mindful without meditating? Consider buying a coloring book. Coloring in intricate designs in these new coloring books geared towards adults is a therapeutic way to relax. Not convinced? Adult coloring books have topped bestseller lists in the past few months. Here are 10 you might want to try.

1. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford.

Image via Laurence King/Johanna Basford

Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden is the most popular coloring book around, having sold 1.4 million copies. Get lost in the intricate garden scenes she creates. If you like this one, she also has a best-selling following up, The Enchanted Forest.

2. The Tattoo Coloring Book by Megamunden.

Image via Laurence King/Megamunden

Get inspiration for your next ink with this coloring book of Megamunden’s original tattoo designs. You’ll find sailors, skulls and more just begging to be colored in.

3. Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me by Millie Marotta. 

Image via Batsford Ltd/Millie Marotta

You’ll need to take time with the incredibly detailed illustrations in Millie Marotta’s book. But you’ll be in good company – Animal Kingdom is Amazon UK’s second-bestselling book of the year.

4. The Classic Comic Colouring Book.

Image via Michael O’Mara Books

You won’t find a lot of familiar characters in The Classic Comic Colouring Book – after all, its publisher is British. But if you want to color in comic-style illustrations, you’ll appreciate this collection of over 100 comic covers from the 1950s.

5. Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined by Steve McDonald.

Image via Chronicle Books/Steve McDonald

World travelers, this one’s for you. Fantastic Cities features birds-eye views of some of the world’s most famous cities, like Amsterdam and Istanbul – and some of fictional cities, too. So you can travel the world without ever getting up from your chair.

6. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons.

Gif via EmmaFarrarons.com

The Mindfulness Coloring Book is detailed enough to be interesting, but not enough to stress you out. It’s full of patterns and nature motifs to help you relax and get in the moment.

7. Techellations: A 3-Dimensional Coloring Book by John Wik and Creative Haven.

Image via Dover Publications/Creative Haven/John Wik

If you like geometric designs, you’ll love the patterns in Techellations. Even cooler? This book comes with 3-D glasses – so you can look at the optical illusions you’ve created once you finish coloring. Sign us up!

8. Doodle Invasion: Zifflin’s Coloring Book by Zifflin and Kerby Rosanes.

Image via CreateSpace Independent Publishing/Zifflin and Kerby Rosanes

Not a fan of traditional coloring book designs? Check out Doodle Invasions, which features 50 unique pieces from Filipino illustrator Kerby Rosanes.

9. Balance by Angie Grace.

Image via Angie Grace

Mandalas are circular shapes that represent wholeness in various Indian religions. So perhaps it’s fitting there are so many of them in a coloring book called Balance.

10. Outside the Lines: An Artist’s Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations, Curated by Souris Hong-Porretta.

Image via Lia Halloran/Outside the Lines

Want some variety in your coloring book without having to buy more than one? Outside the Lines has illustrations from over 100 contemporary artists like Keith Haring and AIKO.

Liked this? Check out 10 Amazing Coffee Table Books!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

 

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