Colouring Books for Grown Ups

Although I’ve long been a sucker for pretty stationary and writing utensils, nothing gives me quite as much pleasure as cracking open a new package of crayons or coloured pencils.  Remember those giant three level Crayola boxes with the sharpener in the back?  The fancy 60 packs of Laurentian pencil crayons that flipped open to create their own stand?  LOVE.  To this day, my favourite part of signing up for an art class is checking off the items on the supply list.  Last year someone gifted Robyn this amazing Indie Rock Colouring Book.

One night after a couple glasses of wine at Robyn’s place we busted out the crayons and went to town.  I’m not sure why we’re not still doing this all the time, but the memory (and the discovery of #1, below) inspired me to put together a list of my favourite grown up colouring books.  Go ahead and splurge on the Crayolas – you know you want to.

1) The “Colour Me Good” series by British artist Mel Simone Elliot features books dedicated to Ryan Gosling & Kate Moss, as well as more varied collections of images from the 80’s & 90s, a book dedicated to record covers, and my personal favourite, the Hip-Hop Colouring book.

2) Human Anatomy Colouring books.  The Anatomy Colouring book by Kapit and Elson is the anatomy book.  This version offers extremely detailed hand-drawn figures organized according to body systems, with written details and colour coding.  For those of you who (like me) didn’t take biology in high school, there is also a children’s version by Margaret Matt.  Pretty rad for those into physiology or just plain dorks (also like me).

3) The fashion books.  From the iconic Fashion Colouring Book featuring looks by Chanel, Lagerfeld & McQueen (to name but a few) to the entertaining Colour Me Fierce Fashion Activity Book (comes with 6 fabulous crayons!), these books are obvious choices for couture fans who want to experiment with their own custom colour designs.

4) The Colouring For Grown Ups Activity Book.  This book is available for pre-order now and will be in-stores at the end of October.  I suggest ordering one for everyone between the ages of 25 and 35 on your holiday shopping list.  This book includes such pages as “Hipster or Homeless?”, a Procrastination Maze, and a “fill in the thought bubble” morning after scene.  Awesome.  Check out the creator’s website for a sneak peak at the official pages.


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