Unleash Your Inner Big Kid With These Epic Adult Colouring In Books

By Morgan Reardon
5th May 2020

a close up shot of a notebook with drawings in a woman's lap.

While we’re loving our Netflix binges and we’ve dominated every puzzle put in front of us, we’re craving a new creative outlet, and ironically, we actually mastered it when we were kids. Yep, we’re talking adult colouring in books, the grown-up version of our childhood pastime.

As well as providing you with a mindful time out, you can also create some pretty sweet art. From fantastical creatures to fashion, these are the best adult colouring books you need in your life.

F*ck Off, I'm Coloring!

Price: $14.95

Sometimes the only way to say it is with a little bit of colourful language. In this adults-only book, you’ll find 40 intricate designs packed with original insults and swear words that you’ll turn into beautiful creations. This one is perfect for letting off a bit of steam.

colouring in book with a navy cover and brightly coloured leaves on it.

Same Love Lgbt+ Coloring Book

Price: $16.99

Celebrate love and equality for all shapes and sizes with this epic colouring in book. Across 56 pages, these hand-drawn prints are all about making you and the people around you feel empowered. You’ll want to get your hands on this one asap.

A colouring in book with illustrations on the cover featuring a butterfly and rainbow.

Kittens And Puppies Colouring Book

Price: $16.99

I mean, is there anything better than kittens and puppies? The answer is, no. Over 24 pages, you’ll coo over adorable four-legged friends playing. The hand-drawn images will offer the perfect escapism and essential hit of mindfulness for the day.

The cover of a colouring in book shows an illustration of a kitten and puppy, partially coloured in.

Great Barrier Reef Colouring Poster

Price: $55

Not a book but rather a poster, you can create your own work of art with this beautiful piece from Colour Me Art. Depicting the stunning reef and the 100+ animals that call it home, this A1 poster comes with a colouring suggestion kit but really, it’s all about letting your imagination soar with this one.

an illustration of the great barrier reef featuring a beach and under the sea animals.

Tattoo You Adult Colouring Book

Price: $19.60

This book celebrates the kind of tattoos that come out like works of art—no ‘I love mum’ hearts here. Featuring eight illustrations, you’ll bring to life a beautiful mermaid, roses, tigers and intricate henna.

a colouring in book and set of paints sit on a table.

Lost Ocean Artist's Edition: An Inky Adventure And Coloring Book For Adults

Price: $55.07

If you’re just getting started with colouring in, check out this beauty from Johanna Basford. The illustrator was a pioneer of the adult colouring in book movement and has sold a casual 21 million of them around the world. This stunner is filled with 24 illustrations presented on extra thick cardstock, so you can rip out and frame at home.

A colouring in book featuring two seahorses illustrated on the front.

Floating World Japanese Prints Coloring Book: Color Your Masterpiece & Clear Your Mind

Price: $17.99

Transport yourself to Japan with this collection of illustrations. You’ll find geisha, kabuki actors, cherry blossoms and majestic Mt. Fuji within this book’s pages, as well as copy of the richly-coloured original print for you to use as a reference.

A colouring in book with a light blue wave illustration on the cover

Kaffe Fassett's Adventures In Colour

Price: $17.80

If you want to learn how to colour from the best then look no further than this beauty from world-renowned textile and fine artist, Kaffe Fassett. In this adult colouring in book, Fassett shares 36 pieces of his own beautifully rendered line art, plus 10 colour tutorials complete with samples he created himself inspired by his travels around the globe.

A colouring in book featuring illustrations of blue, purple, red and green flowers on the cover

Vogue Colouring Book

Price: $15.25

Fashion buffs will love this colouring book from British VOGUE, created by award-winning fashion editor and Royal College of Art Professor, Iain R Webb. Celebrating the centenary of British VOGUE, these hand-drawn artworks are inspired by iconic images from the magazine in the 1950s.

A colouring in book with an illustration of a womans face on it.

Mulga's Magical Colouring Book

Price: $13.50

Colour the kaleidoscopic world of one of Australia's coolest artists, Mulga. While we’re used to seeing his epic creations in laneways and galleries, now you can create your own masterpiece at home. There are 80 pages packed with quirky designs including a zombie with a beard, toucans in baseball caps and gorillas with facial piercings. We dig!

On the cover of a colouring in book is a brightly coloured illustration of an elephant.

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Editor's note: Urban List editors independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. Urban List has affiliate partnerships, so we get revenue from your purchase.

Image Credit: Hayden Williams, Booktopia, Johanna Basford, Colour Me Art


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