Cool Coloring Books for Adults

Searching for novel gifts for creative colleagues? Looking for a fun activity to kick off your next staff meeting? Miss playing with crayons? Check out these coloring books for adults. 

As a kid, I loved getting a new box of crayons and trying out each color to see how it looked on paper. Coloring books allowed me to magically transform a black and white page into a vibrant concoction of my own design. Eventually, I lost interest in images of animated characters and moved on. But I never lost the desire to color and create with my hands

The act of coloring has proven to be a great stress reliever for many people. It's an escape from our hectic lives and forces us to focus on what’s right in front of us by using our imagination to arrange colors in a pleasing way. Fortunately, a new crop of coloring books for adults has flooded the marketplace recently.

Find Your Joie de Vivre With Coloring Books for Adults

French women have been leading the charge in the coloring movement by forming online communities through social media and touting the anti-stress benefits. In fact, French trade publishing journal Livres Hebdo reports that coloring books are now outselling cookbooks in France. Several publishers have taken notice and are marketing their titles in the self-help and art therapy categories. Humor is also hot in the adult coloring book market. For instance, the Coloring for Grown-Ups series by comedians Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen focuses on funny scenarios only adults will appreciate.

Just Add Color

If you really want to create a colorful masterpiece, Rockport Publishers has released a series of nine coloring books for adults called Just Add Color, which feature drawings from renowned artists and illustrators Lisa Congdon, Sarah Walsh and Jenn Ski. Printed on thick, durable paper so markers and crayons won't bleed through, images are featured on one side of a perforated sheet so users can easily remove their works of art and frame and display them.

 A framed colored-in page from the "Just Add Color: Botanicals" book is on display in the home of writer Emily Potts. 

"People have been posting images on Instagram of how they are coloring in each of the books and it's really cool to see all of the color in my designs," Congdon says.

Themes run the gamut from "Mid-Century Modern Animals" and "Geometric Patterns" to "Botanicals" and "Day of the Dead." You can easily create a custom piece of art for your home using these patterns and matching the colors to your own decor.

The Just Add Color books make great gifts for colleagues and clients, especially when paired with a nice set of crayons or colored pencils. Even those who don’t consider themselves artists will likely indulge in the act of coloring if given the right tools. Or make it a group activity and host a coloring party at work. It's an effective – and fun – way to get the creative juices flowing.

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