I must admit, when I heard about the adult coloring book trend, I was a bit intrigued. My youngest loves to color, and I often find myself doodling right alongside him.

Last weekend, for my husband’s birthday, we headed over to our local book store to pick out some books as part of his gift. Well, I got a little something too!

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I’ve been wanting to try out this whole adult coloring thing for quite some time, so I seized my opportunity.

From what I’ve read, there are lots of reasons to try adult coloring. Here are three that I’ve seen over and over again.

Creativity for the non-creative artistically challenged. With the use of technology, it’s pretty easy to be creative these days. We take more selfies than we know what to do with! But if you’re looking for a “handmade” creative outlet, coloring just might be your thing. Since the drawings are already there, all you need to do is fill in the blanks. And you can be as creative as you’d like using a variety of colors to create your masterpiece.

Meditation. Many experts also claim that the coloring process is a form of meditation. And my experience has proven this to be true. There is something mind relaxing about losing yourself in the strokes and shadings of your artwork.

Free artwork. Yes, I said it! Many of the coloring books I’ve seen have really intricate designs that can easily be transformed into beautiful framed pieces of art. In fact, if you have an empty wall in need of some interest, you can hang several pieces together to create a unique, custom, INEXPENSIVE collage.

Curious about the book I got? Well, I love it – largely because I love butterflies! It’s “Vive Le Color! Butterflies“; although I picked it up at a brick and mortar shop, it’s also available online. My review so far is that I LOVE IT. The drawings are intricate enough to be pretty, but not so much that I feel I can’t finish coloring it. I’ve only gotten through a few images, but so far so good!

Ready to tap into your inner artist through coloring again? Here are some options to help get you started!

Adult Coloring Book Designs

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Product description: 48 designs. Dozens of coloring pages designed for adults. Garden Designs, Animals, Mandalas, and Paisley Patterns.Each coloring page is designed to help relax and inspire. The variety of pages ensure something for every skill level. Use your choice of coloring tool (pens, pencils, markers, crayons). Each coloring page is on a separate sheet.

The Mindfulness Coloring Book

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Product description: A fun and unique pocket-size coloring book designed to channel stress into relaxing, creative accomplishments. Reinforced binding with strong glue allows you to open and lay this book flat to color with intricate detail without breaking the spine.

Creative Haven Dream Doodles: A Coloring Book with a Hidden Picture Twist

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Product description: Twenty-eight intricate images offer a mind-expanding coloring experience. But there’s more here than meets the eye ― look closely to find the bumblebees, teacups, mushrooms and other surprising figures hidden amid the wild, swirling designs.

Your turn: Have you tried coloring again? Tell me about your experience in the comments below!

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12 comments on “Three reasons to start coloring again”

  1. I used to work in children’s ministries and I had a huge book of coloring sheets with scriptures on them. I left it behind last year when we moved figuring I wouldn’t need it anymore. Then the coloring craze started. Wishing I had that book now!

  2. Honestly I thought it was kind of a waste of time and still believe that to a certain extent. When my grandkids want to color they have their coloring books and the one they got for me. Spending time with grandkids is never a waste.

  3. OMG! I saw these not to long ago on Instagram! I LOVE this idea…just drinking my morning coffee while I reflect and plan the day ahead. It just sounds so relaxing. Okay…now I’m on a mission to get one! Awesome post 😉

  4. I’ve loved “adult” coloring books! The only downside is that many of them are a little expensive. Thankfully, I’ve found a few good ones at dollar stores. Coloring is great for when I’m feeling creative, but don’t have the time/money to commit to painting a canvas or crafting anything intricate. Plus, my coloring book travels way easier! 🙂 -Kayla

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