Whether it’s to achieve mental balance, relive a favourite hobby or just pry your eyes away from the nearest screen for a little while, there’s really no wrong reason to pick up an adult colouring book. Some experts claim the practice entails the same benefits as meditating. Other experts claim adult colouring books are in fact more beneficial than meditation or yoga or just talking it all out. And then some other experts say you should stop turning the whole thing into an overblown new age craze and just have fun shopping among thousands of inventive themes and then colouring between the lines (or go crazy and break free of those fascist lines if you must).
Expert opinion aside, our newest favourite pastime not involving a keyboard is carefree and creative and a great way to kill a few hours. Thus, we present to you some boredom-slaying adult colouring books definitely worthy of your master crayon control. Enjoy!
The Existential Coloring Book by Archie McPhee
When a practice originally aimed at children gets upgraded for adults that doesn’t just mean a new tier of visuals, but on occasion an extra heavy dose of concept as well. The Existential Coloring book features weird animal-people hybrids, soul bending quotes from famous philosophers, and a bunch of cool puzzles. Go crazy with colour or leave the images empty and meaningless like life itself since that’s probably what Sartre would do.
Release Your Anger: An Adult Coloring Book With 40 Swear Words to Color and Relax, Midnight Edition by James Alexander
Release Your Anger successfully straddles the line between ultimate gag gift and bona fide therapeutic outlet. Colour the aggression away by filling in word like ‘Shitballs’ and ‘Twat Waffle’ against spiritually inspired images and backdrops. The Midnight Edition of the best seller comes on black paper, which swallows those outside-the-line colouring hiccups whole.
Memos to Shitty People: A Delightful & Vulgar Adult Coloring Book by James Alexander
Author James Alexander is no stranger to edgy adult colouring books and here he once again juxtaposes vulgarity and catharsis with Memos to Shitty People. This one in particular is for all those out there who suffer the incompetence or obnoxiousness of strangers, co-workers and neighbours alike. Ventilate your anger by colouring in hilarious choice phrases such as ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bitch’ and ‘Try To Be Less of a Dick Please’. Every gut-busting and stress-relieving phrase is accompanied by stellar nature-related imagery.
The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons
Take all the therapeutic value of the previously mentioned “swear word” adult colouring books, drain the humour and inject some feminine overtones and the result is the Mindfulness Coloring Series. These immensely popular adult colouring books are big on beautiful patterns and images that provoke the utmost concentration and ideally provide users with a small respite from their otherwise hectic lives.
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
Staking a claim as the adult colouring book that “launched the craze”, Secret Garden features painstakingly brilliant detail and the added bonus of little creatures hiding somewhere within a maze of flora. Whip out those crayons and go hunting!
Modern Meditation: Colourtaion – Repetition, Focus, Creativity by Stan Rodski
We’re getting the feeling that every therapist’s office has replaced all the magazines in the waiting room with colouring books. Here to drive the point home is Modern Meditation, a colouring book that incorporates neuroscience and meditation into its patterns and images. The book emphasizes the act of colouring as a practice that can sharpen the mind, improve mood, and put the user in a more restful state.
Vintage Classic Comic Colouring Book for Adults by Individuality Books
Like colouring books, comics are just as popular among adults as kids so why not combine the two? The Vintage Classic Colouring Book asks that you “get your geek on” by filling in visuals reminiscent of comic books and graphic novels. With this baby in your possession you’re now one step closer to being the next Stan Lee. Of course there are still about a million steps to go but hey it’s a start.