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Coloring Books For Grown-Ups

You loved coloring when you were a kid, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t continue exercising that love well into adulthood, for purposes of fun, self-expression, and de-stressing. Limber up those fingers!

Why Adults Are Buying Coloring Books (For Themselves)

“If someone saw you coloring in one of my books, they wouldn’t give you a weird look, because it’s the same kind of artwork you would see on a champagne bottle,” illustrator Johanna Basford told me. “The artwork itself is sophisticated––not like a car or a bunny with a bow in its hair.”

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We’ve learned about a secret some of you have — a secret that involves crayons, markers and colored pencils. Last week, we asked our Facebook followers to tell us if they were an adult who likes to color, and we received hundreds of responses saying, “yes,” and, “I thought I was alone.”

Well, you’re not alone. In fact, there are enough of you out there to have made sellout successes out of not one, but two grown-up coloring books by illustrator Johanna Basford. Her first book, 2013’s Secret Garden, sold nearly 1.5 million copies worldwide. Her latest, Enchanted Forest, came out in February.

Artist Goes Outside The Lines With Coloring Books For Grown-Ups

Photo Credit: Sam Brill/Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing

Coloring Books For Grown-Ups: You loved coloring when you were a kid, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t continue exercising that love well into adulthood, for purposes of fun, self-expression, and de-stressing. Limber up those fingers!

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Became aware that “coloring for adults” is a thing. I recently ordered the ENCHANTED FORREST BY JOHANNA BASFORD, but it is currently on back order. So I printed some pages myself. Not only is it a thing, it has some mental benefits.

1. Reduces stress
2. Stimulates creativity
3. The attention to detail can quiet your mind
4. Or multi tasking while coloring allows mind to wonder and relax

Not to mention all the benefits of stress reduction