Adult Coloring Books

What is an Adult Coloring Book?

I created this page to connect to people like me who are artists in their own ways and  who express their creativity through adult coloring books. If you are one of those, this article is not for you. I thought of writing an article for those who have no clue on what is an adult coloring book. If you’re reading this out of curiousity, please carry on. I’m hoping I could provide you with some clarity and maybe interest on this hobby.

Maybe you’ve heard it and maybe you’ve seen some but not really sure what these are. And maybe you’ve heard the craze and would like know what this craze is all bout. So what is an adult coloring book? Why is this getting very popular?

Features of Adult Coloring Books

As the name implies, adult coloring books are coloring books for adults. This became popular when Johanna Basford released her first coloring book, which was the Secret Garden, in 2013. It was phenomenal and really a sucess story. A lot of people got hooked to it whether young or old, men or women. Johanna sold millions of copies all over the world. From then on, several illustrators released their work and right now we got more access to a huge range of options.

Intricate Designs

Unlike coloring books for kids, adult coloring books have intricate and mostly challenging designs. The most common and popular designs are flowers and garden, insects and animals, landscape and portraits. There are also mandalas and patterns for mindfulness.

Secret Garden
A page from Secret Garden by Johanna Basford.
Spectacular Patterns
A page from Spectacular Patterns.

Thicker Paper

Majority of adult coloring books got thicker paper to allow flexibility in using different types of media like colored pencils, watercolors, gel pens, pastel, fine liners and a lot more. There are also artists’ edition with really thick paper and the size is also bigger.

Like a Coffee Table Book

Adult coloring books are nicely bound and has nice covers. Some are even hardbound. This books are something that you can put on a coffee table.

Different Themes

You’ll be surprise on the number of themes that adult coloring books have. I’ve listed some examples below:

  • Gardens
  • Architecture
  • Christmas
  • Horror
  • Fairies
  • Mandalas
  • Landscape
  • Animals
  • Insects

Sample Finished Pages

I thought of sharing some of my finished pages. On adult coloring books, techniques are learned along the way and you could discover our own style too. I prefer colors that pop as I love working with colors.

Secret Garden
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford colored by Emmy of
Secret Garden
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford colored by Emmy of

Why is it Popular?

So now you know what an adult coloring books are, you might wonder why are these so popular? There’s a lot of reasons. It’s a stress-relief and a practice of mindfulness. This also a good way to unplug from digital technologies and unlock your creativity. Coloring is also fun which makes it really addictive.

You’ll Know it when You See One.

Now you know what an adult coloring books are, you will be able to recognise one when you see it. Some would be very obvious as “adult coloring book” as part of the title. Othes won’t mention it in the title but the design of the cover would give you some idea. You may want to color one when you see one too. 🙂

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