Remember when a new coloring book was enough to keep you entertained for hours? When showing off your creations to everyone you knew and hanging your artwork on the fridge was acceptable? Well, that’s all back – but this time they’re not for the kids. Over the holidays adult coloring books swept off the shelves and offered stressed out mother’s a chance to relax, focus and relive their own favorite childhood pass time – coloring. While at first I scoffed at the idea, I found that sitting back in my chair with a warm blanket and cup of coffee was somehow soothing. Plus, with new artwork options including vintage designs, travel destinations and paisley wrapped inspirational quotes, this new trend is one that I will be embracing – especially on my next 8+ hour road trip!
After receiving my first coloring book from The Dancing Frog Press as a gift and falling in love, I set out to see what other adult coloring books were out there that would soothe my stressed out and wander lusting soul. While I haven’t personally tested each and every one of these suggestions, I wanted to create a manageable list to choose from – because I don’t know if you’ve noticed how many of these adult coloring books have popped up recently in stores, but it’s kinda ridiculous! So here you have my top retro, wanderlust and inspirational favorites – no need to spend hours weeding out the others.
Adult Coloring Books for Retro Inspired Wanderlusts – like me.
Mandala (Sanskrit Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T.Mandalas often exhibit radial balance. – Mandala – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Creative Coloring Inspirations is a beautiful book that not only offers winding lines to color, but inspirational quotes to accompany your quiet time. Plus, these are pages you might actually want to hang up on the fridge!
I have not failed. I’ve just found 1,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas Edison
Fantastic Cities is just that – beautiful landscapes of city buildings, some of which might remind you of places you’ve been. This book is for those of us who like details.
This coloring book takes me back with fun designs begging for bright and variant colors – plus includes nice, feel good quotes.
I’ve already added many of these titles to my cart and can’t wait to use them on my next flight, train ride or road trip.