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Adult Coloring Books

Updated on January 17, 2017
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Grab your crayons

There are few activities left from my childhood that I really miss but coloring is one of them. I loved this simple and relaxing time, It was one of my every day creative activities and it has been for kids around the world for more than 100 years.

Now it seems that millions of adults around the world have rediscovered their love of creating colorful pages. Adult coloring books have become one of the best sellers on Amazon. I started hearing about this "trend" by a friend who had been gifted "The Secret Garden" by Johanna Basford. As of this writing more than 2500 people have reviewed this one book on Amazon. The popularity of this unique and beautiful coloring book and the subsequent selling of more than two million copies worldwide it said to have started this coloring trend.

What are adult coloring books?

Don't expect to find the large black and white rounded graphics from your childhood books. Instead you will discover beautiful intricate patterns (mandalas) and detailed black and white illustrations. Some coloring books are following the popularity of the "treasure hunt" series by hiding other illustrations for you to discover while coloring. There are many series to choose from so it's not uncommon for people to have more than one coloring books going at a time.

Why are adults coloring?

  • An outlet for creative expression
  • Stress relief
  • For relaxation and centering
  • Revisiting the joy of color
  • Thought to improve fine motor skills and vision
  • It's a low cost trend
  • Helps with focus
  • A new social activity
  • It's fun!

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Tools of the Trade

This relaxing hobby is relatively low cost and is easy to begin.

  • Consider the tools: choose your medium either good old schoolhouse crayons, Crayola twistable colored pencils, gel markers, fine tip pens or colored pencils.
  • Choose a coloring book. Depending on the publisher coloring books range from $4.00-$10.00. Designs vary from henna inspired designs, mandalas, nature, animals, flowers, travel i.e. Paris, New York, Toyko, London, fantastic cities and more! The amount and style of books has increased now that more and more adults are expressing an interest in coloring away stress.
  • Start coloring. Many adults have a nightly or weekly coloring ritual to slow down from a hectic day or week, to remember to be in the moment, to step away from the technological world or to center themselves.


Did you know that psychiatrist Carl Jung prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center them? Coloring can be a tool in relieving anxiety!

© 2015 Writing Nag


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      candyhippie 2 years ago

      Nice hub. Solid outline of what a person needs to know to start coloring. This would also be a great link for someone who wanted to find out why grandma has suddenly started coloring more than the grandkids.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I think who ever came up with this idea was pure genius. I love colouring in and am often roped into helping my grandkids, but these adult colouring books are so much better. In fact the top five selling books of all genres in Australia at the moment are adult colouring books.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Seems like if someone added a humorous theme there would be an awesome market for this.