So, I was an awkward teenager. I definitely never fit in very well. And for a long time I was embarrassed about this, but I colored until I was about 16 or 17. Like…in Disney coloring books. And I always wished there was something else out there for me to color in, but trust me, I looked, and I never could find anything. (You should remember that this was before the internet!) And after all these years I find out this wasn’t as uncommon as I thought because apparently adults like to color, too. And a lot of them, if the trend of adult coloring books says anything. So even though I haven’t colored in quite a few years (except for a few pages with my girls here and there), I’m pretty thrilled with the selection available now. Now I can color without feeling like a total dork!
So. I now possess four coloring books, a few that were given to me, and a few I picked out myself. I thought I’d go through some of the pros and cons and share my favorite pages in case anyone had any of the same questions that I did. And because I like them and want to talk about them. 😉
So the first book I received was Fantastic Cities, and Jerm bought it for me off Amazon (a thousand brownie points to the hubs for knowing what I like without even asking!!). This is by far the most intimidating, intricate book of the four. The detail is AMAZING. Also, scary. Like…I don’t even know where to start. Check it out.
I’m guessing that colored pencils will work best for this book. The pages are thick but the details are so tiny that I don’t know that paint or markers would do very well unless you’re extremely patient and steady.
Next I got the Extreme Wonders Color Art. You can pick this up from Walmart for under $5 and they have a variety of different designs to choose from. I either bought this for myself or it was gifted from maybe Heather. (Sorry, can’t remember.)
The patterns are pretty detailed and each page has a blank back so even thought the paper is on the thinner side, markers would work. I’m not sure I’d try paint on these books because the paper isn’t very thick, but you may be able to get away with it.
The Joyous Blooms is probably the book the I like the most. Every page is gorgeous and full of flowers, birds, nature scenes, etc.
The paper is very good quality and thick enough to use watercolors on, which is my current favorite medium. (I should point out though, that’s it’s NOT watercolor paper). It also takes marker very well and although the pages are double-sided I haven’t had any bleed through issues.
There are also really cool two page spreads like the butterfly above, which seems to be a unique feature (none of my other books do this). Most of the pages are not abstract, but I just adore the one above.
My last book, Whatever Is Lovely, was sent to me by Blogging For Books to review.
I love the idea of a worship coloring book and had high hopes for this one. The con to this book is that it’s a compilation of many different artists/authors so I found many of the pages don’t really fit with my personal style preferences – but I do really like some of them. Overall I think I’d rather pick a book by one or two artists that I really like, but I can see how a lot of people might enjoy the diversity. The pages are really thick and the back of each is blank except for a small note about the song, reference, or author. I’ve worked with both watercolors and markers in this book and both worked beautifully.
(While I did receive this book for review, all opinions expressed are my own.)
So, what do you think about the adult coloring book trend? Which style is your favorite? Do you have any on your wishlist? I’m crushing on all of the Johanna Basford books (check them out here).