Coloring Books for Adults: Is That Still a Thing?

Seira Wilson on August 09, 2017

SecretGardenArtist200A few years ago there was an explosion of coloring books for adults.  It became a category unto itself and publishers were cranking them out after the surprise success of Scottish artist Johanna Basford's Secret Garden.

Earlier this year the best seller list for adult coloring books was dominated by swear-word coloring books, but the titillation seems to have waned a bit and flowers and critters are back up there with cussing in terms of coloring popularity.  For the really talented there are now editions (like the one above) in which pages are designed to be removed for framing once completed.  Personally, I like the adult coloring books that are a little odd or unique--below are a handful that have caught my eye lately...

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Yuko Higuchi's Magical Coloring Museum by Yuko Higuchi
A brother and sister walk into a strange museum and turn into...cats, and then later morph into other creatures they encounter. Odd but beautiful illustrations to color run the gamut from cat-headed creatures, to a narwhal, to robed rodent looking skeletons.  Cool not creepy.

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Downton Abbey Coloring Book by Gwen Burns
Can't let go of Downton Abbey? Relive the moments in a coloring book that has character quotes from all your favorites, accompanied by the appropriate scene.  What color do you make sweet revenge??

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The Tattoo Flash Coloring Book by MEGAMUNDEN
Thought about getting a tattoo but not quite there? Test your creativity on flash art skulls and intricate animals.  Sailing ships, cowgirls, or even Count Dracula. These are really detailed and beautiful/fantastical drawings of varying size and many with gold accents--very fun to work on.

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Fantastic Machines: A Coloring Book of Amazing Devices Real and Imagined by Steve McDonald
McDonald has done several coloring books with densely packed images on every page,and his latest is something I haven't seen before--images of outboard motors, rocket boosters, and a tractor share space in these pages with machines that look like they came from a Star Wars brainstorming session.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Coloring Book by Sarah J. Maas
This incredibly popular young adult book series now has its own coloring book. A really smart companion in this format given that the series is rich in fantasy, magic, and romance so there are gorgeous creatures and settings to fill with the colors of your own imagination.

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