Guide to the Best Colouring Books for Grown ups

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year or so, you will know that colouring-in for adults is now big business, and it isn’t just a meaningless hobby!

Grown up colouring books aren’t all about pretty pictures. Believe it or not, they are often used to help people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, as they encourage them to get different parts of their brain working. Similarly, they aid stroke victims who are recovering their hand-eye coordination.

Glenny (AKA Confessions of A Scorpio), a blogger and super fan of grown up colouring books, blogs about how the books have helped her ‘reduce stress’ and ‘relax her mind’.

She says in one of her posts; “Art has always been used therapeutically for centuries. It’s a meditative activity that does help ease the mind while being engaged with the picture”.

There are heaps of grown-ups colouring in books on the market, literally thousands, so we hope the below list of our top 5 helps you find a suitable one for you.

  • The Creative Colouring Book For Grown-Ups

Published in 2012, the Creative Colouring Book For Grown-Ups arguably kicked off the adult colouring revolution.

The book’s publisher, Michael O’Mara Books told us that they had feedback from their employees saying they were using their children’s colouring books just as much as the grown-ups colouring in books. They took this on board and a couple of years later they were leading the charge in this exciting new genre.

  • The Flourish Colouring Book: Art Therapy Mindfulness

If you are hunting for a colouring book that helps improve your mental wellbeing, you may want to consider this Flourish Colouring Book.

The book is well thought out and includes pretty illustrations to complete and beautiful typography too. You’ll also find inspirational quotes which teach you how to flourish!

  • My Wonderful World of Fashion

The good news is there are loads of colouring books out there for people who just want to have fun with it!

Those who love clothes will certainly enjoy the ‘Wonderful World of Fashion’. You get to go back through the decades and also colour in memorable pieces from famous designers, like Vivienne Westwood.

  • The Tattoo Colouring Book

Yep, a grown-up colouring in book dedicated to the centuries old art of tattoo!

The Tattoo Colouring Book does what it says it on the tin, you get to fill in all different types from half naked ladies to butterflies!

  • Secret Garden

Johanna Basford who illustrated the colouring book ‘The Secret Garden’ is a bit of a superstar it has to be said.

The figures speak for themselves, the book has sold well over a million copies and it easy to see why. Hidden within it you will find lots of magical floral patterns and gorgeous gardens to fill in. You are also taking on an ‘Inky treasure hunt’ at the same time.

Johanna is always working on new books and is even releasing a Christmas themed one very soon. We can’t wait!


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