I'm not going to lie, I think it's a bit silly that they've started marketing coloring books towards adults, am I right? Coloring is for everyone, from 1 to 101 (or older, you know, if you're older)! That being said, I'm also totally happy about it because it seems as if this "adult" coloring book push is just opening up the selection of coloring books that much more-- which is awesome.
I have a love hate relationship with coloring (mostly love though). I'm definitely one of those people who is unsatisfied unless I'm doing multiple things at once. Doing one thing? Unproductive. Doing multiple things? It means I'm getting things done! But with coloring, it's definitely one of those things, where you can't do anything else, but color. You can't read, you can't watch anything, you can't eat (not neatly anyway)-- you just have to sit still focus, and color. Which makes a lot of sense to why they (whoever they are) are saying coloring is just as effective as meditation. Marlowe and I have always had a pretty amazing stack of coloring books, but with her recent birthday this week, well, we're set for a long time-- not only did she get some (more) of the best books, but also major coloring sets too. It's amazing really. So now, the whole family has been spending hours on end well.... meditating ;) At least thats what I tell myself I'm doing every time I get antsy and feel like I should be doing ten more *productive* things.
Animal Kingdom (maybe my favorite of the bunch). Planning on buying Tropical World, buy the same illustrator when this one is all done :)
Day of the Dead. Not only is it a coloring book, but it also teaches about color theory and things like that :)
Nature Mandalas! Cat mandala---- need I say more?
The Mindfulness Coloring Book--- this one is great for travel because its super small, we brought it to massachusetts with us :)
A Scandinavian Folk Art book--- Alex's most recent purchase. It's super cute!
I've posted this one in the past--- it's one of our favorites. It's fashion based and gives you (or your kid) a lot of prompts for creating your own designs. My only issue is that I wish the paper was thicker so markers wouldn't go through. It's great cause the book itself is super thick with so many pages. My Wonderful World Of Fashion and a second version too!
And last but not least, The Indie Rock Coloring Book-- lots of band references and the royalties go to charity :) I also want to get THIS similar book, because I think it could strike some more creative ideas in M :)
And our favorite markers:
for super fine details either the staedtler's or this sharpie set.
for a cheap option, and for bigger coloring spaces this super tip set.
and if you're looking to splurge on an amazing set (alex and I have been sharing this set for 6 years: the double sided prismacolors are where it's at. Again, they're pricey, might be a good gift idea ;)
if you're looking for a good set for mixed mediums (markers, crayons, colored pencils) Marlowe just got THIS one and it's pretty badass.
Okay, thats it (for now) guys! If you have any personal favorite, please do share! We always want more :) I hope you have a wonderful and meditative weekend. Happy friday, friends.