Even though I am a teacher and color pretty much every day that I work, I still enjoy pulling out my own coloring books and mindlessly filling in spaces with color. Lately, my coloring book collection has been growing and I thought I would share my collection and tell you why I like to color. So for starters, I got a lot of these to review actually. If I have a review of the coloring book I will make sure to link it. Some I got on my own and I have not done reviews for them. So coloring as I have said before is great for times when I am feeling anxious or nervous or even if I just have a lot I am thinking about. Up until last week I used my Prismacolors colored pencils for coloring. Now I have added some opaque markers from Recollections that give off a paint-like finish. Both mediums work well together.
I know a lot of readers combine their time spent coloring with listening to audio books or watching TV or some other semi-mindless task. I however just color and zone out or think about things that are worrying me and by the end my hand is usually cramping a bit but I feel more relaxed and at peace. One of my greatest flaws is that I always, always put too much pressure on myself. I am a perfectionist, and it really bothers me and is one of the main causes of my anxiety, but coloring allows me to screw up and still love the end product. I don’t intentionally color outside the lines but when it happens I don’t feel the need to rip out the page, throw the entire book away, or some other drastic measure. In fact, I usually just keep right on going. In the end, you can hardly see the mistakes and even if they are evident they are signs I was able to push through my perfectionism and continue without the world ending. It sounds dramatic and I know it is, but that’s what is going on inside my head.
So now let’s get to my collection.
I received this Childlike Wonder mini coloring book as part of my Uppercase Box subscription. It contains 12 illustrations inspired by children’s classics like Peter Pan and The Secret Garden. It was exclusively designed for Uppercase by Emma Margaret Illustration.
Paris Street Style by Zoe de las Cases (my review)
The coloring book is reinvented in a brand new journal format.
Wherever you’re off to, take this cheeky and charming coloring journal with you. Embellish whimsical, full-page patterns, cityscapes and street scenes, feminine silhouettes, and stylish essentials with your own style. Like a high-end journal, this sleek package has an elastic closure and a satin ribbon marker so you can dip in and dip out. With nothing more than some colored pencils, you’ll be on your way to a stress-free, Parisian-chic day. (Goodreads)Animal Kingdom by Millie Marotta
Colouring-in for adults has recently seen a rise in popularity and in France this calming activity is being used to tackle stress and anxiety. Now you can lose yourself in illustrator Millie Marotta’s world of animals, birds and plants, and create your own beautiful pictures.
Millie Marotta grew up in rural Wales surrounded by plants and animals, and her love for wildlife shines through in everything she does. She works from her studio by the sea and draws inspiration from the wonderful wildlife around her.
With this book you can personalize her beautiful illustrations and create an animal kingdom of your own. Millie brings together a collection of enchanting fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians, as well as plants, trees, and flowers.
From the beetle in need of a colorful, iridescent shell, to the whale waiting for a magnificent ocean home, there is a whole world of fauna and flora to explore. All you need are pens, pencils, and a bit of imagination. (Goodreads)
The Time Chamber by Daria Song (my review)
Korean artist Daria Song’s sequel to The Time Garden takes readers on a visual journey into a magical nighttime world seen through the eyes of a fairy.
This second book in the bestselling Time coloring series features the voyage of a fairy who, when the cuckoo clock chimes midnight, enters the human world. To the tiny fairy, everything seems enormous and magical, from the curtains to the chandelier to a mystical rowboat that takes her further into an inky adventure. With her she packs her favorite items, which colorers can find throughout the book’s pages: an owl-feathered pen, a star-scented spray, a time tape measure…even the key to the time chamber itself!
Filled with the imaginative, intricately detailed illustrations Song’s readers have come to love, The Time Chamber presents a view of our world made new—and ready for coloring.
The Time Chamber features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike. (Goodreads)
Mehndi Designs by Dover and Marty Noble
Derived from the ancient art of henna body painting, these 63 striking patterns are based on authentic Indian, African, and Middle Eastern sources. Exotic birds and butterflies, hypnotic paisley prints, and flowers galore — these dramatic designs offer colorists an array of exciting challenges. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Mehndi Designs and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress. (Goodreads)
Every Little Thing by Peyton Cosell Turner (my review)
Enter a magical world filled with your favorite things. From a retro dreamscape of candy, toys, and typewriters to a joyful parade of woodland creatures, each page of this hand-drawn coloring book is it’s own kaleidoscope-like adventure. (back cover)
Live Loved by Margaret Feinberg (my review)
A Beautiful, Relaxing Way to Meditate on God’s Word.
Playing with color isn’t just for kids–it’s good for grown-ups, too! It’s relaxing, creatively fulfilling, and can help you connect with the God who loves you more than you know. Highlighting verses from the Bible that focus on God’s abundant love for each of us, this beautiful book presents his love in a fun and creative format. Drink deeply from Scripture as you color the intricate artwork. Space is included for reflections, prayers, or even doodles. You can even share your art–and God’s love–with others by posting photos on social media. Gather your favorite coloring supplies and start creating! (Goodreads)