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Have You Tried Coloring Books for Adults?

Updated on November 6, 2018
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Patricia is someone whose life is centered around family. Each day is one more opportunity to show my loved ones how much they mean to me.

This can become a favorite pastime for you, too. Taking time to relax has been something toverlooked throughout my lifetime...I readily admit. However for self-preservation I have learned to let go of the ''must-do's" and take time for activities that take me away from it all...so to speak.

Taking time to write on HubPages is cathartic for me as most of what I write about is the journey my family is taking with illness.Writing gives me a way to sort through feelings and come to terms with issues in a way that I might not be able to do otherwise. And while it does take me away from all for a bit it is sometimes daunting and overwhelming. So I found other ways to truly get away.

One way is through knitting...yes I have learned to knit in the past year. One day maybe one of my hubs will show some of the items I have knitted. Nothing fancy at this point.

Coloring books for grown-ups

The one activity that I engage in when I am not otherwise occupied (and aren't there a million things always waiting to be done?) is coloring in adult coloring books. Now I want to call them my 'I am almost an adult coloring book.' I have always enjoyed coloring books...not blessed with natural talent to draw or paint I can express myself this way.


For me there are no rules....I do not think that I am bound by any particular color...if I want a green moon or a purple sun...well that is how I color. It is fun and relaxing and satisfying when I am done.

A Suggestion when selecting your coloring book

One person who commented on this article said she has a book but does not get around to it to often as some of the pictures are so detailed...thank you Laura Smith for saying that so I can add this suggestion.


As Laura stated some of the books are so detailed that trying to color them becomes anything but relaxing...it becomes laborious and tedious. It is a good idea to carefully go through the coloring book and decide if you wish to select one that is filled with a plethora of tiny tiny designs. If not select one that has larger spaces but still will offer opportunities to express your need to create colorful works.

Container for many colored pencils

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Keeping me orgaized

A rolling storage unit I have that is left over from my teaching days has come in really handy. It is the home for many of my colored pencils.. The pencils are sorted by color and similar color which makes it easy for me to locate just the one I would like to use at a particular time.

Funny thing is I had almost sold it at a yard sale...how glad I am that I did not.

There are so many coloring books available in a variety of price ranges. I have some at all ends of the price scale...it is my one luxury. There are also adult pages on line that you can print.

https://www.art-is-fun.com/free-adult-coloring-pages/

The link above is one of many that you can check out.


Pencils are separated somewhat for ease of locating desired colors

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When I first began this new endeavor, I only had a few colored pencils most of them Crayola. As time progressed I decided to give watercolor colored pencils a try. I like them because I like the way they actually allow the color to flow nicely onto the page. Now most of my pencils are watercolor type.

Watercolor pencils work so nicely

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Watercolor pencils

Having mentioned these before I just want to say that these are my favorite. There is something so lovely about the way the color flows onto the paper when I use them. It is almost effortless as if the pencil is doing all the work. I do not really have to work at it to get the desired effect.

The cool thing about these is that many come with a brush. If you wish to actually turn them color into a fluid you just dip the brush in water and apply it to the colored area.

You might want to give these a try.


Fine tip markers are nice---and markers with a fine tip on one end & a larger tip on the other is handy.

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Never too many colored pencils

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Markers

From time to time I do use markers...I have used the ones with a brush and they are okay but not really my preference. As a matter of fact I gave mine to a friend's granddaughter.

When I do use a marker I prefer a fine tip. However I found the marker shown at the top of the container in a set of five...it has a fine tip on one end and a larger tip on the other. I really like using these from time to time especially the fine tip when I wish to highlight an area.

Coloring books with quotes

Have fun coloring your vision

Adoring living flowers so much coloring these was especially enjoyable.

And more---I enjoyed highlighting these

A Wide Variety of Choices

There are many adult coloring books available on the market. You can purchase them on Amazon.com and many other outlets on line.

You can also find them at Target, Walmart, CVS, and even Dollar General.


Prices vary from very inexpensive to expensive. I found that a moderate price gives you a nice quality paper that does not bleed through to the back if you use a marker. Unfortunately a cheap paper just does not give a nice result when you finish.


I have framed some and plan to frame more in the future. I also modge podged some onto a tray and gave as a gift for transporting food to and from the dinner table.

Lucky me I found calendars with adult coloring pages ( I have added a few pages to this hub for you to see).

There are even journal type books that can be purchased for you or to give as gifts. The sky's the limit.

These lovelies almost came to life as the color flowed onto them

An especially poignant one I will put on some of my other hubs

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What's so great about adult coloring books?

  • Everything.
  • No rules
  • Your imagination calls the shots
  • Not costly
  • Requires little prep or clean up time
  • Takes you away from everything for a bit


Are you an Adult Coloring Book Fan?

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A lovely little hummingbird much like this one visits my hummingbird feeder each day.

A whimsical little drawing

© 2018 Patricia Scott

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    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      20 months ago from North Central Florida

      I hope your friend did, too, Peggy. It is a great escape. I had not colored in one of mine for over a year as I got involved in other things but the other day I did take some time to revisit this pastime and was reminded of how much I enjoyed it. Many Angels to you and lots of hugs. ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Spending time with adult coloring books is a good kind of therapy. I hope that my friend got to do some of it before she left this life. She seemed so happy to receive it as a gift. With the gift-giving season just ahead, perhaps this will give some people ideas of what to purchase for some of their relatives or friends. Thanks for writing about this, Patricia. Hugs from Houston.

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      Patricia Scott 

      20 months ago from North Central Florida

      I responded but it appears my comment did not show up so here goes again. First, Jill, thank you for stopping by. Sadly I have not had much time recently to enjoy this lovely pastime. I hope to get back to it very soon. Sending Angels your way this evening. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      20 months ago from North Central Florida

      I responded but it appears my comment did not show up so here goes again. First, Jill, thank you for stopping by. Sadly I have not had much time recently to enjoy this lovely pastime. I hope to get back to it very soon. Sending Angels your way this evening. ps

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      Jill Spencer 

      20 months ago from United States

      I'm glad you've found a creative way to relax and decorate your house at the same time. The watercolor pens sound lovely.

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      Patricia Scott 

      21 months ago from North Central Florida

      That sounds wonderfully relaxing to me. Thank you for stopping by. Angels are on the way. ps

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      Shaloo Walia 

      22 months ago from India

      I have not used adult coloring books but I have colors, markers and sketchpad at home. I sketch or paint as a hobby which I find quite relaxing.

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      Patricia Scott 

      24 months ago from North Central Florida

      O yes---I have several of those too. Glad to hear you enjoy it. thanks for stopping Angels are headed your way this evening ps

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 years ago from Palm Springs, California

      Great piece on coloring for adults. I occasionally will color in Mandalas. Totally relaxing.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      O I hope she likes them.. There are so many variations----some are quite intricate and others not so much. Thank you for stopping Angels are headed your way this evening ps

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      Dale Anderson 

      2 years ago from The High Seas

      I have never heard of coloring books for adults I have to admit. I think I'll show this to my wife. She likes paint by numbers so maybe this will catch her interest too.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      It is something I enjoy whenever I can find the time to do so. I hope you enjoy it if you do take it up. Learning to draw? Wow....I am an accomplished stick figure artiste!!! Thanks for stopping....Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is something I haven't done. But I am teaching myself to draw. I'm going to buy a couple of Bill's coloring books and treat myself to this relaxing experience. Thanks!

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Still a favorite pastime of mine but sadly my days are so full right now I do not get to color as much as I would like. Yes the pages with Bible verses are quite nice for our children at church Thank you for stopping----Angels are headed your way ps

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      RTalloni 

      2 years ago

      Glad to see this art/craft post encouraging the use of adult coloring books! It can be a wonderfully meditative exercise. Have sent our older grandchildren advanced coloring books with Bible verses on them to use to give to others as you did with the trays. Coloring activities have tried and true for people of all ages and in need of various kinds of recoveries. Thanks for sharing your way of keeping supplies organized and how you use them.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      O glad to hear there is another who enjoys this as much as I do when I can make the time---so much going on right now I am not able to get to color as much as I like Take care and thanks for stopping by Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

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      Suzie 

      2 years ago from Carson City

      Patricia.....Oh yes, my friend! Ever since childhood, coloring has been so much fun for me. My mother always said if she wanted me to sit quietly for hours, she'd buy me a new coloring book! LOL

      I took every opportunity to color with my own children, probably liking it more than they did. Now that adult coloring has been advertised as an acceptable (and interesting, relaxing & fun) hobby....you better believe I'm on it!

      I too have my little corner of the house where I collect all my coloring books, pencils, markers, colored pens, etc....Whenever I'm in need of some relaxation and quiet time, I find a well-lit spot and color my self silly! Thanks for writing this! Peace, Paula

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Yes..the good thing is you can hardly not do well at this. Angels are on the way today.ps

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      2 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I haven't tried coloring books for adults. But it looks like even a bad artist such as myself can manage this and it looks like a great stress reliever.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Dora These really do make a nice gift when framed. It is a unique and special gift. Thank you for stopping by. Angels once again are on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      It is really something I enjoy. Of late I have not had much time for it so am in 'withdrawal'. thank you for stopping...angels are on the way this evening ps

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I've heard of these coloring books, but you added some interesting information about them. I could see how the quotes could be framed as wall pictures. Thanks for showing them.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      This seems like a nice diversion and stress-reliever and you can even do it while watching tv, with or without others.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      O how sweet of you. It would have been a diversion for her. She no doubt is smiling now at your thoughtfulness. Thank you for the good thoughts and many blessings...this past about ten days has been somewhat challenging. Blessings and love on the way to you by way of the Angels ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I had given a coloring book along with about 10 or 12 colored pencils that came along with it to our friend who died in late April. She had thanked me but I do not know if she ever got to use it. I hope that she did. It would have been good therapy for her and she was very artistic.

      Sending good thoughts and many blessings your way!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      Yeah...it is NOT for everyone. Isn't that what is wonderful but we humans? We bring to the table different interests and ideas and it makes for lively discussions and exchanges. Thank you for stopping. Angels are on the way this afternoon ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      O such nice gifts they are. I am so enjoying framing the best ones. I do shy away from the teenie tiny shapes that some of these coloring books offer...that makes me crazy and frustrated NOT relaxed. So I will stick with these. Thank you for stopping. Angels once again are on the way ps

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      Jo Miller 

      3 years ago from Tennessee

      We sometimes use these at a group I belong to for participants to use while someone is speaking. I find that is it really not my thing but it works well in the group.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Patricia, I like the size of the drawings in this hub. I have an adult coloring book that my mom gave me, but the designs are so detailed and tiny that I simply don't have the patience for it. I colored one page and haven't picked it up since.

      My good friend Paula happens to love adult coloring books. She says they relax her. She's quite good, too. Paula colored and framed a kitty for me, which I have on a table in my office at work. Another she did for me is a dream catcher, which adorns one of my walls at work.

      I'm glad you've found an outlet and are taking time for yourself.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      O lucky mother-in-law. And it is a pastime that either you like or not. I happen to be in the former group. It is so hard not to buy a new book each time I shop. Once again Angels are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      I do not see my comment for this. I did respond but am not sure why I am not seeing it so here you go. I do enjoy this very much but of late have not had the time to enjoy it as much as I would like. Thank you once again for stopping. Angels are once again on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      The fun thing about this is it can make each of us feel we are not totally unfortunate when it comes to expressing ourselves ...it is not truly art but gives me a chance to put colors together to make some kind of humble creation to possibly share with someone else. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you Rajan for stopping. I do really enjoy this pastime although I do not have the time right now to do it as often as I wish. Hoping all is good with you this morning . Angels are once again on the way ps

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is so impressive, Pat. You have a wonderful talent. I just loved "Wake up and Smell the Rain." Thank you for sharing this with us. :-)

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      Robert Sacchi 

      3 years ago

      At work they gave out adult coloring books. My mother-in-law loved it. I think it's good you posted this Hub so people know such books exist.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      This does seem to be a great way to de-stress as well, As a child I did this as a school activity. Maybe time now to do this for relaxation.

      Thank you for the reminder and for some beautiful colored pages you have shared.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      thanks Manatita It is always good to see you. I think this form of escape coupled with my daily long walks is what helps keep me grounded to be quite honest. sending blessings and Angels your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      try running off a few pages on your printer so see if you do enjoy it...and yes I know how we can get distracted when we are working with kids and helping them is much more important than whether we finish our stuff or not is it not? take care of you and thanks for stopping. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      O I just use the three periods as sort of a tick....I truly am not sure why I do it...kind of silly huh? I hope you do give these books a try...it really is a good way to bring out your inner artist even though you do not seem to have trouble with that as you create colorful art with your words. Angels headed your way once again ps

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      manatita44 

      3 years ago from london

      Amazing Patricia! Did you say you have been practising for just one year? Awesome. I love the butterflies and the messages in the last 3 or so. I suppose we all need hope.

      Good to hear than you have recognised the need for 'time out' now and again. Still, you seem to be on the right Path with whatever you are doing God bless you always.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from the beautiful south

      Oh I used to love coloring with kids but you know you (well me anyway) just never got to finish it or had the kid help with some scribbles before I was done. I always said I was gonna buy my own coloring book one day and you have reminded me it is about time!

      Great reminder! Thank you.

      GB

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      I don't color, but it really looks relaxing... maybe this one designed for adults will make it easier for me to cross the line again and color.. thanks so much Patricia Scott.. oh by the way what does this mean....

      Keeping me orgaized...

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      I do hope you find some time for this gentle relaxing activity...as you can tell I really am quite fond of it. Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 years ago from Texas

      I like to color. Used to color with my children when they were younger, but I haven't done it in quite some time. However, the ones specifically for adults do tend to appeal to me more, mostly because of the abstract shapes and patterns they tend to include. Excuse me now. LOL. I need to go color and maybe relax my mind for awhile. it's going in a gazillion different directions at the moment and not yet settled on one thing specific that I need to be doing.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      O thanks Peggy. I will go in and look for Sannel. I looked again for Bill to no avail. I asked him about them so maybe he will let me know. Take care....Angels headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thanks for stopping to read and comment. I do so enjoy getting away to coloring land as often as time allows. I have always always loved to color so this is especially pleasant for me. Angels are once again on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      Yes together is good and alone is sometimes good too...you know..whatever it is we need to make it work for us don't we ? Take care and know Angels are on the way ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      If you search on Amazon for coloring books by Sannel Larson you will find a bunch of cute ones Patricia. She used to write on HP. Hers look like some you would enjoy. I don't see any coloring ones from Bill either.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      Yes I am finding out about those that are on Amazon...I asked Bill about his as I was unable to locate it. Yes I definitely need something to take me away at this present time. I do really enjoy it so much. Thank you for the good wishes and prayers Peggy....I feel them for sure and know that little Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      O if I had the talent I would paint. But since I do not I use this way to express my need to slather color on paper. thank you for stopping by Angels are on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      I hope you like them....they really are my favorite. And I do find it is like a meditative state...I am totally at one with whatever I am involved with. thank you for stopping...Angels are on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      O hi...so where can I find your coloring books? I went on Amazon and looked but to no avail. Yeah love love to color Angels are on the way to my friend....thanks for the hugs ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are correct...some are extremely detailed and the spaces to color are so small it becomes tedious. I must add this to my hub....I always look through the book before buying it to be sure the pictures are not filled with a million tiny tiny spaces to color. Angels on the way and thanks for the reminder even though you did not realize you were reminding me :D ps

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago from Beautiful South

      So you are a fan, too. This is a nice article about how one can express herself with art whether or not she considers herself an artist. I think your use of color is lovely. Don't sell yourself short, Patricia.

      I love 'em. I discovered them about 20 years ago when they were expensive and very good quality. I bought two or three to use as patterns when I was in a furniture-painting mode. I've never colored in those particular ones. Now I own a whole collection ranging from dollar store to my very good ones, but most are in the median price range. I can't resist the ones about cats! Like you, I own many sets of colored pencils, crayons and even some alcohol markers. My mother was an artist, and I inherited her paints and pencils. She especially liked the watercolor pencils, and I do too.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It is so nice that you have a hobby that takes you away (at least for a moment of time) from the cares of the day. Adult coloring books have become so popular. Some of our HubPage writers have even authored some of these books which can be purchased on Amazon. Nice job on the coloring Patricia! Sending good wishes and prayers your way.

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      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are beautiful. I have never tried it as I would rather paint but I think, it is a very restful thing to do once in a while.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marvelous piece. I have a couple of health conditions where adult coloring books are strongly advised even prescribed. To heck with that! My son and I even use watercolor and sometimes homemade colors from veggies. We do it together but it is understood we should do it alone also.

      Great information for those unacquainted.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Have I tried it? I've published three of them!!! I love coloring. Always have. It was one of my favorite pastimes as a child, and I still do as an adult. Very nice article eliciting very fond memories, my friend.

      Hugs winging their way towards ya

      bill

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      McKenna Meyers 

      3 years ago

      I started coloring about a year ago and really took to it. It's like a meditation for me--leaving my every day concerns and becoming totally absorbed in what I'm doing. I appreciate any activity that gets me to live in the here-and-now. I have many other creative pursuits, but they require thought, energy, and effort. Coloring is the only one that's easy and relaxing. I'm going to try those watercolor pencil, Patricia!

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      Laura Smith 

      3 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I have an adult coloring book and don't get around to coloring in it too often. The adult coloring books are usually very detailed and take some time to do, but it's nice to have around when I need to clear my mind.

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