So the adult coloring book craze may have died down a little, but that does not mean that it is gone forever. There are still amazing books being brought into the market and this certainly does not seem to be a hobby that will disappear anytime soon.
I can only talk from my own experiences, but I really love sitting down with my pencils and working on a detailed picture, making it come to life.
I lead a pretty busy life with a demanding day job and various hobbies I try to do along the way. Add in friends, family, and other relationships and it feels like I am on the go all the time. This coupled with the occasional feeling that the world had gone to hell in a handbasket just adds to the appeal of coloring in a pretty forest or ocean scene.
It is something you can easily put down and then start again and only takes up as much time as you want it to. Sometimes, I will put but stuff away for weeks before the urge to use them kicks in again.
Also, some of the books out there are just so beautifully done. I flip through them for hours and this is even before any color has been laid on the pages!
Coloring in is something anyone can do, but it is also a skill you can improve upon with practice. This makes it even more satisfying as you can track your progress as you go.
When the craze hit, the market was completely saturated with options of varying quality. Now, mostly the most popular books have weathered the post-craze apathy storm which means this is the ideal time to get into it. Less choice and more quality!
Your best bet is the Queen of Adult Coloring-In Books, Johanna Basford. She is not only a skilled illustrator, she also ensures that her books are made from only the best quality paper, which is easy to color and holds the vibrancy of the pencils. Her books are also perfect if you are a fan of fineliners, as they will not bleed through the pages easily.
Current titles available for purchase include:
- Secret Garden
- Enchanted Forest
- Lost Ocean
- Magical Jungle
- Johanna's Christmas
- Ivy and the Inky Butterfly
Another go-to illustrator is Millie Marotta. Her books have intense detail that will keep the more pedantic of fans busy for hours and hours. They are also really good quality, with thick paper and solid spines.
Millie's titles include:
- Animal Kindom
- Tropical Wonderland
- Wild Savannah
- Curious Creatures
- Beautiful Birds
Of course, this is just a percent of the options out there. Some other notable mentions include:
- Animorphia by Kirby Rosanes
- The Magical City by Lizzie Mary Gullen
- Fantastic Cities by Steve McDonald
Books range in price from R150 - 280 odd and can be found in all good bookstores.
The pencils and other media you use make a HUGE impact on how much you enjoy your coloring experience.
Some pencils are a fight to get any of the color to transfer to the page or the colors themselves are so dull, you will never be pleased with the end result.
Fortunately, there are some great options available that will fit into most budgets!
- Giotto Stilnovo by Lyra - set of 36 for R149 on Takealot.
- These are soft, easy to use and have an excellent range of colors.
- Great waxy texture, bright colors and easy to blend.
- Quality pencils with good blending ability, though lack the vibrancy of the Colleens.
I hope this helps some of your start of continue your colouring journey!
Please comment below if you found pencils or books you can reccomend too.