Colouring is not just for kids. Most of us encourage our little ones to draw and colour as a relaxing quiet time activity, and it can have the same relaxing effect on adults.
I’ve always loved this idea and find it a really calming pass time. It’s the perfect stress relief as it has been proven to reduce levels of cortisol and adrenaline.
Mindful colouring also provides an opportunity for adults to experiment with colour and create art out of their own imagination, which is something that they may not be able to do otherwise.
Grown up colouring books are a good way for us to access this process, but there are plenty of other ways to get your hands dirty. If you want the tactile experience of holding a pencil and drawing on paper, you can invest in some adult colouring pencils or in the more expensive but more portable adult colouring tablets.
The benefits of adult coloring go beyond relaxation and creativity. Coloring has been linked with many therapeutic properties including: improved mood, reduced anxiety, increased focus and attention span, decreased depression symptoms,
This hobby, which is often seen as something for kids, can provide an escape for adults trying to find a little quiet time.
As grown-up colouring books are becoming more and more popular, I have some colouring book recommendations to share with you along with some free printable colouring pages which are available to download and print for free at the end of this blog post, so that you can sample them for yourself.
The “Today is Going to Be Awesome” colouring page is so popular – colouring pictures with quotes or positive affirmations is a great way to boost your mood.
In France, colouring for grown ups has become so popular that grown up colouring books are outselling cookbooks! I did notice displays for these in the supermarkets there when I visited recently, and found them really cool (and yes, I bought some of course!)
Back in the UK, I heard about a great range from GMC Distribution including the following creative colouring books. I’ve been colouring from the creative coloring inspirations book as you can see here.
I was tempted by all of the books, but the positive words included in the creative coloring inspirations book really add to the relaxing and uplifting nature of the activity, with inspirational quotes alongside each colouring page and a space to add any of your own notes.
The book includes 30 designs, and gives tips on colour as well as several example pages coloured by artist Marie Browning using a variety of mediums from gel pens, to colouring pencils, pastels and water colours.
I’m looking forward to trying out different mediums on some of the other pages in the book, especially watercolour.
Here are all the books currently available in the range
Colouring Books for Grown Ups
- Nature Mandalas Coloring Book (Buy on Amazon : UK /US)
- Dapper Animals Coloring Book (Buy on Amazon : UK/US)
- World Traveler Coloring Book (Buy on Amazon : UK / US)
- Day of the Dead Coloring Book (Buy on Amazon : UK / US)
- Peace & Love Coloring Book (Buy on Amazon : UK / US)
- Hipster Coloring Book (Buy on Amazon: UK / US)
- Creative Coloring Flowers (Buy on Amazon: UK / US)
- Creative Coloring Animals (Buy on Amazon: UK / US)
- Creative Coloring Inspirations (Buy on Amazon: UK / US)
- Creative Coloring Mandalas (Buy on Amazon : UK / US)
Printable Grown Up Colouring Pages
If you would like to sample these, you can download a free printable colouring page PDF of each of these designs, via the link below each colouring sheet.
Today is Going to Be Awesome Colouring Page
Mandala Owl Colouring Page
Colouring Book Giveaway
The giveaway has now ended, but here are even more free printables and colouring pages that you can download here on In The Playroom:
- Cinderella inspired “Have Courage and Be Kind” colouring pages
- Squirrel colouring page from The Enchanted Forest
- Butterfly Colouring Pages
- More Grown up Colouring Pages
- Mandala colouring pages
- Snowflake Colouring Pages
- Free Printable Lacing Cards
- Free Printable Wrapping Paper
- Mothers Day Printables
- Donut Box Printables
- Surprise Heart Boxes Origami Printables
- Space Colouring Pages
- St Patricks Day Printable Photo Booth Props
- Colour and Design your own Christmas Tree Printables
- Colour and Design your own Christmas Ornaments Printables
- Winter Clothing Colouring Pages
- Disney Planes Colouring Pages
- Arabic Design Colouring pages
- Spiderman Colouring Pages
- How to Catch a Star Colouring Pages
More Grown Up Colouring Pages
You might also like these free printable adult colouring pages from some of my blogging friends
Happy colouring and creating!
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