Coloring Books for Grown-Ups

When I was a kid, my mom bribed me with coloring books. I’d sit still in the rose-scented, plastic-wrapped parlors of old aunts–for a coloring book. I’d eat pan-fried chicken livers–for a coloring book. I’d get my long hair chopped into the dreaded pixie cut–for a coloring book.

Folk Art Coloring Book by Lisa Congdon

Between the lines. Outside the lines. Whatever. A fresh coloring page and crisp crayons from a 64-pack felt both orderly and filled with possibility. I still feel that way.

But who knew I was in the zeitgeist until I stumbled on this article in the New York Times: Grown-Ups Get Out Their Crayons!

(OK, maybe not a large, well-peopled zeitgeist, more like a mini-zeitgeist of like-minded colorers.)

I recently opted for the Folk Art coloring book by Lisa Congdon pictured above, but here are some other pages that might inspire.

Clockwise from top left:

Secret Japan by Zoe de Las Cases

Splendid Cities by Rosie Goodwin & Alice Chadwick

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons

A Coloring Book: Drawings by Andy Warhol

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