The craze for art therapy and adult colouring books has been going strong for a couple of years now and it shows no sign of slowing down. These illustrated books feature designs that are much more elaborate than their kiddie counterparts, providing grown-ups with both a creative outlet and a some relaxation. Once you’ve added the finishing touches to each page not only will you be far more chilled out, but you’ll also own some artwork that is totally unique to you.
Here are some of the best colouring books for adults, handily selected for your enjoyment. Pens at the ready!
Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom: A Colouring Book Adventure
This beautiful little book was a Sunday Times bestseller. It features lovely illustrations that are all based on the natural world. You can add colour to everything from a curled-up fox to a magnificent flamingo and all of the drawings contain miniature plant life motifs. Her follow up, Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland, inspired by birds of paradise and rainforest fauna, comes out in July.
The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons
This pocket-sized colouring book can easily be tucked into your bag and contains detailed doodles which aren’t so tiny or complex you need to get the magnifying glass out. The drawings are simple and fairly easy to colour in, making this the perfect option for a beginner looking to de-stress.
Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book
Enchanted Forest is the second colouring book by Johanna Basford, illustrator of the wildly successful Secret Garden, An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book which has sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide. The skill of the artist, who draws everything by hand, shines through on every page. You’re invited not only to colour to your heart’s content but also to find hidden objects which allow you to unlock the secret castle at the end of the book. Utterly charming.
The Art Therapy Colouring Book
This book features the illustrations of three artists: Richard Merritt, Hannah Davies and Cindy Wilde. It’s unique in that it allows for a wider range of artistic involvement from the reader, with some designs left incomplete so that you can draw, as well as colour in. Ideal for creative types who aren’t sure where to start and those who enjoy doodling as much as colouring.
Words by Kate MacCarthy