15 New Adult Coloring Books to Enjoy

Adult Coloring BooksAdult coloring continues to thrive, and with its popularity the number of coloring books being published is overwhelming. I spent this past week poring over publishers’ and authors’ recent and scheduled releases (hundreds!) to find some of the most unique ones in interesting categories.

A few things I have noticed that are great: more and more single-sided illustrations, and perforated pages. And sub-genres in coloring books are expanding – if you have a special interest, there is probably an adult coloring book for it!


Connect the Dots.
I have just completed my first extreme dot-to-dot coloring book, and I quite enjoyed immersing myself in the surprisingly mindful challenge. If you are interested in adding connect-the-dots to your coloring, these two new books may be perfect.
Info Vector Tip: Use a small ruler when you are connecting the dots – it will make it easier.

Ultimate Dot to Dot: Extreme Puzzle Challenge
Adult Coloring BookPaperback, 64 pages, $10.38, 15″ x10.7″, Available Now

This book is a great place to start if you are new to extreme dot-to-dot. There are a range of levels, from “easy” (!) ones with only 500 dots, to more complex ones with over 1,000 dots and covering two pages. The 32 designs are single-sided so no worries about marker bleed-through, although putting a sheet of paper between the pages when you color is a good idea. The pages are perforated as well which I find perfect for working on them on my clipboard. The illustrations include animals, objects, scenes, and more.

Extreme Dot-to-Dot Spectacular Places: Relax and Unwind, One Splash of Color at a Time
Adult Coloring BookPaperback, 96 pages, $12.99, 10″ x 11.2″, Available March 1Adult Coloring Book

The specially commissioned designs in this book include inspirational quotes so you are intrigued and informed while you connect the dots and color. Perforated pages – yeah!


Fabric Arts.
One of my most treasured possessions is a quilt that my grandmother made by hand for me. The beautiful, varied fabrics Nanny used sparked my interest in all types of fabric art. Whether the subject is Heritage quilts, Native American blankets, European tapestries, or Indian saris you can find a lot of great inspiration in the colors, textures, patterns, or all three.

Tapestries, Fabrics, and Quilts: Coloring for Artists
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $9.99, 112 pages, 8.4″ x 10.7″, Available Now

This new coloring book has 45 single-sided designs accompanied by pre-colored examples that you can use as inspiration. The pages are perforated. Along with the illustrations themselves, the book also has a great introduction about the history of fabric art and its role in society and art in general.
Patchwork of the Heart
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $10.99, 96 pages, 8.5″ x 8.9″, Available March 1

The 44 illustrations in this book are inspired by the Amish, and can calm your mind and uplift your soul. Every design has a short Bible quotation for contemplation.
Orla Kiely Colouring Book
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $9.80, 96 pages, 8.7″ x 11.2″, Available March 3

I have been a fan of Orla Kiely’s bags for a while : her beautifully graphic 60’s-style prints are simple and classic. I won’t travel without my Orla Kiely tote bag. This is Orla’s first coloring book, and in it she has included commentary on her color choices, and gives some tips for adding texture and creating colors through layering.


Seek and Find.
Following Johanna Basford’s success with the hidden gems in her illustrations, other coloring book publishers and artists are starting to include “hide-and-seek” challenges as well.

Thrill of Discovery: A Hide & Seek Coloring Book
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $7.95, 96 pages, 8.5″ x 10.9″, Available March 1

Each of the 34 detailed, hand-drawn illustrations in this book includes a Adult Coloring Bookhidden item worked into the design. The secret elements are revealed as you color and include, among others, a top in a toy store, a muffin in a bakery case, and a moon in outer space. The illustrations are on perforated, single-sided pages.

Hidden Faces Coloring Book
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $9.95, 96 pages, 8.5″ x 10.9″ , Available Now

You will find a woman’s face hidden in each of the 45 abstract illustrationsAdult Coloring Book in this collection that remind me of cubist art. All pages are perforated and illustrations are single-sided. The dens are not too complex.

 


No Detail is Too Small.
If you are looking to immerse yourself in a more intense coloring experience, here are a few new and upcoming coloring books to give your mindful meditation a real workout.  Get out those pencil sharpeners and ultra-fine markers!

Llewellyn’s Shadowscapes Coloring Book
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $11.45, 120 pages, 8.5″ x 11″, Available February 8

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law is a professional artist who specializes in fantasy illustrations. These 60 single-sided designs feature scenes from fairy tales, myths, and folklore found in cultures around the world. Each page is perforated.

 

Extreme Coloring Mandalas: Relax and Unwind, One Splash of Color at a Time
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, , $12.99, 96 pages, 10″ x 11.2″, Available March 1

This is another unique book for people who like to take their coloring to the next level. The intricate mandalas are accompanied by inspirational quotes to intrigue and inform you as you color. Perforated pages.


Going Japanese.
Having been born in the Land of the Rising Sun, anything Japanese=themed gets my attention. I have been doing Japanese paper-folding (origami) since I was little and I have a collection of treasured, original Japanese prints. So no surprise that a couple of new Japanese-themed coloring books caught my eye.

Floating World Japanese Prints Coloring Book: Color your Masterpiece & Clear Your Mind
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $11.37, 96 pages, 9″ x 12″, Available February 23

“Ukiyo-e” (“floating world”) is a type of Japanese art – usually woodblock prints Adult Coloring Bookand paintings – that was made for wealthy people in the 17th through 19th centuries. Subjects represented the luxuries of life and included people, landscapes, animals, and plants.

Each of the 23 black and white illustrations, some of them grayscale,  is accompanied by a copy of the fully-colored original and a brief story about the artist. Illustrations range from easy to complex. Pages are perforated.

Color-Gami: Color and Fold Your Way to Calm
Adult Coloring BooksHardcover, $19.99, 80 pages, 8.2″ x 9.8″, Available April 12

If you are like me, you have a pile of colored-in illustrations all dressed up with nowhere to go. I am collecting some great ideas for repurposing them, but in the meantime I love the idea of using colored-in pages as origami. This book has almost 40 designs to put your coloring talents to work, and then gives you easy step-by-step instructions for folding your one-of-a-kind paper into flowers, animals, and more.


Food glorious food!
I’ve colored a lot of flowers and animals – a LOT of flowers and animals. But as I practice upping the quality of my coloring to include life-like shading, I find food items are great subjects to use. I am also a prodigious cook, so food in general interests me. I love the idea of creating beautiful “platings” of food with my coloring!

Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $12.62, 96 pages, 10″ x 10″, Available March 15

Artist Jessie Kanelos Weiner is an American living in Paris (what a dream!) who writes a wonderful blog about the experience. She creates vibrant watercolor illustrations and fine line drawings for clients and publications worldwide. Edible Paradise is her first coloring book, and her description of the book is dead on:

“[Edible Paradise] sets its readers of all ages on an enchanted journey, discovering the seasonal delicacies and creatures found in forests, fields, gardens, and urban farmer’s markets all in richly detailed freehand drawings. But in the humble opinion of its creator, the true beauty of the book lies in the hands of whoever colors it in.”

This beauty would be great for not only foodies, but also nature fans and gardeners.

Fruit Garden Adult Colouring Book
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $9.95, 64 pages, 8.5″ x 11″, Available Now

This book has 20 hand drawn grayscale illustrations of fruit still-lifes, gardens and mandalas with both dark gradient and white backgrounds – a unique offering. Adult Coloring BookIt also gives you a practice sheet and a link to a great PDF that shows shows you how to use blending techniques to color cherries – an awesome bonus. Pages are single-sided.


Simply fun!
Sometimes you just want to get a little chuckle or immerse yourself in something easy to color. Here are a couple of adult coloring books to satisfy that yearning.

Designs to Color Book 1: The Original Coloring Books for Adults
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $9.95, 48 pages, 8.5″ x 10.8″, Available March 22

Betty Schaffner was a nurse, housewife, and mother. In the late 1950’s, she started doodling. Her children loved to color the doodles, and begged her for more. So she made larger doodles for them, and added “real” things to the collection such as shoes, typewriters, trash cans, and cars. She finally made coloring books and they became one of longest-running coloring books series in the 70s and 80s. Designs to Color is the original coloring book and has 23 original single-sided illustrations.

A Trip to Jeremyville Adult Coloring Book
Adult Coloring BooksPaperback, $12.99, 128 pages, 7.2″ x 9.5″, Available March 8

Until I saw this book, I had never heard of Jeremyville and I now wonder what rock I was living under! Artist Jeremyville creates entertaining and thought-provoking illustrations and products with Adult Coloring Bookpositive and encouraging messages. For a taste of his work, check out his daily messages about environmental action, social change, inner growth and positive actions by searching for #jeremyvilleCSA.

This coloring book – Jeremyville’s first – has mostly simple illustrations but you will find a few “busy” ones to keep you really focused.


Have you made any new adult coloring book discoveries? What about interesting themes? Share with all of us in the comments below!

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Title image from Banalities; all others copyright respective authors/publishers.

3 thoughts on “15 New Adult Coloring Books to Enjoy”

  1. Can’t thank you enough for sharing your passion and doing the “leg work” required to compile this fabulous list. I cannot imagine how much of your weekend you devoted to this labor is love – love of coloring books and love for all of us who also love coloring books. I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.
    One of my recent discoveries on Amazon is a little coloring book with big content. It’s called “Vive Le Color! Japan Coloring Book” published by Abrams Noterie. It’s little in size – only about 7″ square but huge in content with 72 perforated pages of Japanese-themed coloring. Not only are the pages single-sided but they are fabulous card stock and a dream to color. I’ve used pencils and gel pens and both were a delight. Enjoy!

    1. I agree – it one of the best coloring books! I love pulling out a few pages to take with me when I travel. Coincidence, too: I will have a full review later this week! Thanks for reading!

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