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Stick to Adult Coloring Books or Color Any and Everything

Coloring books. You probably had a couple of them with your favorite series and characters. I had a couple that were Scooby-Doo, Hercules, and Barbie themed, many with colors bleeding over the lines, others that remained uncolored.

Enter the recent trend of “adult coloring books”. These aren’t your traditional, cutesy, character-filled pieces – many of these depict elaborate patterns and designs that are open to whatever color combinations your heart desires.

Picture from Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book

While the activity has encouraged adults to be creative and unwind from the stresses of their lives, some adults have challenged being limited to just the books labeled “adult”. Sure the graphics are elevated to include more detailed sections where more colors can go, but some argue that they’d rather dust off their My Little Pony coloring books. A friend of mine kept herself busy while waiting in line for Hall H at San Diego Comic Con by coloring in a kids’ coloring book, which said was soothing.

The biggest difference in kids’ coloring books versus adults, save for subject material, is the number of spaces/sections in the larger picture to color. I’ll admit that smaller, detailed areas usually evoke something sophisticated, but it can seem a bit daunting to have additional areas to color. (Ex. 30+ versus 10)

I have yet to try out an adult coloring book but the idea is intriguing. Has anyone had any experience with coloring a page or more in an adult coloring book?


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