Adult coloring books have been a popular item for several years. Teens and adults
enjoy using their creativity to choose the colors and bring the scenes to life. Users enjoy
using different types of art supplies, like colored pencils or markers. Coloring helps to
relieve stress and anxiety by drawing the mind’s focus away from repetitive, intrusive
thoughts. For dedicated hobbyists, the benefits of coloring are similar to those of
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford
This is one of the first adult coloring books to become part of the phenomenon.
Basford’s botanical designs are intricate and provide hours of coloring enjoyment. The
book has been printed on thicker stock so that it can be used with ink, watercolor, or
marker as well as the traditional colored pencils. Some sections are left blank so that
the artist can add his or her own details. Basford has also released a variety of other
books like Lost Ocean and Enchanted Forest.
The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit
This is an early example of an adult coloring book, and it remains popular today. This
coloring book is highly educational, teaching artists the names of all the bones in the
body and the major systems as well. Teens and older children may find this book
Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs by Dan Morris
This book has a variety of animal designs ranging in complexity from beginner to expert
level. Dolphins, cats, butterflies, and elephants are some of the charming characters
included. The animals are on a clear background, meaning that the artist can put all of
his or her design work into the featured creature. The paper is thick enough for gel pens
to be used with ease.
Coloring Book for Adults: Amazing Swirls by Happy Coloring, Elena
This volume features swirling designs of various levels of complexity. None of the
designs are so complex that a beginner could not enjoy them. The figures are mostly
floral, although there are some animal pages. This book is printed on one side of the
paper so the artist does not need to worry about bleed-through.
Creative Haven Owls Coloring Book by Marjorie Sarnat
This coloring book features owl designs with other graphical elements. This book is less
realistic than some others and provides a flight of fancy for the artist. Themes include
royalty, peace, kites, and totem poles. This book is from the Dover series Creative
Haven, which features dozens of themes and topics. The pictures are printed on one
side and perforated for easy removal.