Top 6 adult coloring books you should own

Coloring books for adults are becoming a craze again these days. These are not adult-themed coloring books mind you. These are coloring books with intricate illustrations and patterns for you to color. For some people, these help relieve stress while for some, just to show off their finished work in social media. ;)

Anyway, if you want to join in the craze but don’t know which book to get, here’s my top 6 list you might want to choose from.

1. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

Enchanted Forest

If you search for adult coloring books, you would quick to notice that everything seem to start with Johanna Basford’s first coloring book, Secret Garden. This is her second one which I personally like more. If you think you can finish the book quickly, watch out for her underwater-themed Lost Ocean coloring book coming this October.

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

doodle invasion

Don’t want to color trees and flowers? Try monsters and other quirky-looking characters for a change. That’s Doodle Invasion from Filipino illustrator Kerby Rosanes. This book is filled with 50 unique and extremely detailed doodles and is my personal favorite.

3. Balance by Angie Grace

balance coloring book

Theme for this coloring book is symmetrical circular art and is made especially for colorists. It has 50 detailed designs printed on one side of the page. Should be an excellent starting book if you can’t decide between the first two.

4. Outside the Lines: An Arists’ Coloring Book by Sourig Hong-Porretta

outside the lines

This one is a bit different from the previous two coloring books. Instead of intricate artwork or doodles, Outside the Lines feature edgy, contemporary art that you can color. This book has 256 pages so you’ll spend a lot of time here. While there are some interesting pieces that’s worthy to be framed, there are also some lazy or simple ones that I wouldn’t bother working on.

5. Creative Cats by Marjorie Sarnat

creative cats

Like cats? This one’s for you. This book has 30 full one-sided page portraits of cats woven into detailed and intricate backgrounds forming a rich tapestry of motifs.

6. Mystical Mandala by Alberta Hutchinson

mystical mandala

This one is a bit different from the previous two coloring books. Instead of intricate artwork or doodles, Outside the Lines feature edgy, contemporary art that you can color. This book has 256 pages so you’ll spend a lot of time here. While there are some interesting pieces that’s worthy to be framed, there are also some lazy or simple ones that I wouldn’t bother working on.

There you have it. Now if you’re serious with your coloring and want to invest on some good colored pencils, look for the Prismacolor brand. A box of 36 should be a nice start until you have the budget to get more colors. You can do some nice color blending with these pencils.

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2 Responses

  1. Dani says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing, Calvin! I’d love to get my hands on these.

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