Looking for something totally different? Love horses? Perfect, this book is for you! Learn about the fascinating anatomy of the majestic horse, while doing some relaxing coloring. What’s not to like?
This book is perfect for biology students and teachers, as well as anybody interested in the inner workings of humans and other animals. It’s the perfect mix between learning and fun.
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Dive into the wondrous world of the ocean. These coloring pages are filled with seascapes, fish, corals, crustaceans, and plenty of other sea creatures from below. A great way to take a break and escape.
This book is all about the majestic and mysterious dragonfly. The included designs show a dazzling array of flowers, leaves, and swirling interlocking shapes. It’s a very effective and fun way to relax.
Lauded as ‘not just a book, but a paper playground’, Fill-Me-In makes a change from some of the more ornate, pattern-focused colouring-in books. Put together by artist and cartoonist Moose Allain, the book kicks off in space, but then flies all over his haphazard galaxy, featuring little people and creatures in all sorts of scenes to either be coloured-in or finished-off. As an added bonus, it’s signed and doodled by the author himself.
Create your personal, private oasis with these incredible fractals designed to reduce stress, sharpen your concentration, and nourish your creativity. Lose yourself in the beauty of mathematics!
Bearing that in mind(fulness), here is our pick of the best books, sure to get you feeling calm and relaxed after a stressful day.
Get immersed in the fascinating beauty of our solar system, outer space, and the cosmos itself. This book is incredibly fun and one of the best astronomy coloring experiences, well.. in the universe.
This grown up coloring book showcases 40 intricately patterned butterflies in all their natural beauty. The only thing missing? Color! Go ahead and bring them to life with your creativity.
2. Calming Colouring Nature Patterns by Graham Leslie McCallum: £7 amazon
But does it work? Can we really find relief in colouring carefully in between the lines? Hephzibah Kaplan, director at the London Art Therapy Centre thinks so.
If you’re looking for a way to de-stress with calming nature scenes we recommend this adult coloring book. The included scenes are beautiful and perfect for coloring beginners and nature lovers.
The Great Barrier Reef is coloring for adults taken underwater. Marvel at Australia’s famous reef which covers 135,000 square miles. Color thirty portraits of the inhabitants of this magical ecosystem.
Dive into the ocean with these coral reef coloring pages for adults. It features scenes from the warm waters of the Caribbean, South Pacific, and other seas, including plenty of sea life to color.
Discover one of the most interesting birds in the world through 40 expertly illustrated designs! Can you think of a better bird for a coloring book? The peacock will help to make your art shine in vivid colors!
3. The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons: £4, amazon
Enter the captivating animal kingdom, featuring everything from beautiful songbirds to spectacular fish, delicate dragonflies to elaborately decorated elephants. Makes for an amazing gift, too!
5. Tropical Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure: £4, amazon
Horses take hold of our imaginations when they gallop across the plains whinnying into the wind. Now you can color them with hand-drawn illustrations that show horses’ legendary grace and beauty.
If you find patterns too repetitive, The Time Garden is an intricately drawn story by Korean artist Daria Song that starts with a Narnia-esque cuckoo clock and moves through page-upon-page of magical landscapes, drawn in superb detail. The cover’s also colourable and there’s a ‘to/from’ page, making this one a fab gift.
This fascinating book chronicles fictional and factual stories about Mars in 44 dramatic, ready-to-color illustrations. From NASA to Hollywood, there’s something here for every space explorer.
What does a sphere look like in four dimensions? How can a knight on a chessboard visit every square? And can a five-sided tile cover an infinite floor? Find out with this book that reveals math’s great mysteries.
Color the countries of the world and all the states of the U.S. You’ll get a better understanding of the geography of our blue planet and have lots of fun in the process. Includes political and physical maps.
Depart on an adventure in math and beauty! Math is at the heart of many natural wonders and has an abstract beauty of its own. Color it in the silhouette of a snowflake, the spiral seeds of sunflowers, and more.
This book features 30 imaginative patterns showcasing whimsical, imaginative renditions of heavenly bodies, extraterrestrial life forms, and space odysseys on soaring rocket ships. Breathtaking!
Ready to take your coloring skills to the next level? Then this book is made for you! Get more realistic coloring results with incredibly detailed animal illustrations. It’s fun and challenging at the same time.
7. Dream Cities by Rosie Goodwin and Alice Chadwick: £5, amazon
Get in touch with nature and all of its glory. Allow yourself to be whisked away into a whimsical botanical world. This incredible adult coloring book is the perfect gift for nature and biology fans.
Embark on your very own whale-sighting excursion with this striking coloring book collection of fascinating marine mammals. Artist John Green researched and depicted 44 species of animals.
Here’s another pocket-sized book for colouring on the go. It has a flexible spine, so unlike some of the bigger, chunkier books, you can get right into the centre, leaving no patches uncoloured. There are 100 detailed patterns to get stuck into.
Forty-five excellent drawings realistically depict Brazil’s rain forest and its interesting inhabitants – from animals, to tribes-people and plants. Take an adventurous journey into the heart of the jungle!
Color scenes of major milestones in space exploration, including the first liquid-fuel rocket, the space shuttle, Sputnik, and the first man on the moon. A really creative book that’s perfect for space fans.
Inspired by the likes of Moscow, Paris and the illustrators’ home, London, this book presents some worlds you’ll half recognise and other more fantastical cityscapes to colour in and make your own. The paper’s heavy duty so pens won’t bleed through and East London-based designers Rosie Goodwin and Alice Chadwick have included a little treasure hunt of extra images within their exceptionally detailed illustrations for you to find.
Spend a quiet and stress-free time with these 50 exquisitely drawn illustrations of sea creatures. After you color them they look incredibly detailed and real. The perfect book for mental relaxation.
Take your mind off the stress of everyday life with the help of everybody’s favorite pre-historic critters. This book is packed with lots of amazing dino illustrations. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
What better way to relax and unwind than to color beautiful butterflies? Butterflies of all shapes, sizes, and varieties are at your fingertips. The perfect coloring book for biology and nature fans.
Explore the amazing age of earth’s mightiest animals like never before in these dinosaur coloring pages for grown ups and kids. You get over 90 pages of exciting images and up-to-date science.
Transport your mind to a relaxing galaxy far far away. From moon swinging astronauts, galactic girls, exploding planets, to shooting stars… bring them to life and make them unique in your own style.
Ranging from easy to challenging, these adult coloring pages feature a an huge variety of birds, designed by different artists. Hours and hours of entertainment and relaxation await, it’s an amazing coloring book!
A beautiful book that shows a variety of birds from North America, ready to be colored. Helpful captions identify where species nest and what you should know about them. Highly recommended.
Relax and de-stress with 20 stunning shark designs, hand-drawn by artists from around the world. These coloring pages for adults and teens feature lots of styles and offer a peak into the world of sharks.
Animal Kingdom has sold over 500,000 copies and been translated into 19 languages. The appeal of her work is the intricate drawings that really immerse you in the world she’s created. In the case of this new book, that’s pages full of exotic creatures from parrots to plant life. The artwork’s exceptional and the paper’s top quality. There’s space to add your own details if you’re feeling particularly creative, too.
9. The Creative Colouring Book for Grown Ups by Various: £8, amazon
This coloring book offers a rustic-chic chalkboard look. You get all the beauty of coloring with chalk but without the mess! Simply color the 32 hand-drawn floral designs with light-colored pencils.
For detailed, intricate nature-themed illustrations with a few extras, Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest is a winner. If you’re after something creative that you can learn a bit from while you’re colouring, Field Guide: Creatures Great and Small is a good choice. Moose Allain’s Fill-Me-In book stands out for its is randomness and brings something a bit different to the colouring book table.
Discover a host of plant and animal species that thrive where the sea meets the land. Example illustrations include seashore scenes, an octopus, a ghost crab, a beach plum, and a hermit crab. Includes 42 scenes.
She added: “Meditation, whether secular or otherwise, has known benefits to mind, body and spirit. When focusing deeply on a simple yet safe task, other anxieties become less present, less pervasive.”
Let your imagination frolic in the wild kingdom of animal life, where you will find legions of furry, feathered, and scaly creatures awaiting your colorful touch to bring them to life! Enjoy delightful stress relief.
Discover the bestselling animal coloring book for adults that’s packed with wildlife! You’ll color detailed birds, fish, wildcats, and many other animals. Just pick the animals that connect with you.
Among nature’s perennial delights are the multi-hued wildflowers that grace field and forest, roadside and riverbank with their uncultivated beauty. This book showcases the most beautiful ones.
Developed by internationally renowned neurosurgeons, this unique book is perfect for medical students, biology fans, and anybody interested in the human body. Explore the brain’s secrets!
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From the ruby-throated hummingbird to the monk parakeet and the great blue heron, this book features 31 realistic illustrations of songbirds, game birds, waterfowl, and many others.
A coloring book doesn’t have to contain people, plants, or animals to be relaxing and fun. This one focuses on amazing geometrical designs. Fill in the many different patterns and let your mind drift into relaxation.
This is the follow-up to Johanna Basford’s mega-successful Secret Garden ((over one million copies sold and counting), and for our money, it’s even better than her first effort. Drawings of woodland creatures and greenery are super-detailed and the top-quality paper means pens won’t bleed through. The really beautiful, imaginative illustrations are the stars of the show here, but some colourers will like the quest part; readers must find nine symbols hidden throughout the book in order to “unlock” the castle gate at the end. If you like this one, her next book , an ocean-themed work, is out in October.
No matter if you’re a child or looking for grown up coloring books, this one is lots of fun! The Language of Flowers is an accurately drawn collection of 30 floral beauties with interesting descriptions.
From Mel Elliot, the artist who brought us Taylor Swift and Benedict Cumberbatch colouring comes an Eddie Redmayne-dedicated tome. Colour in the Les Mis star as you see fit, or be guided by Elliot’s funny captions. Sample line on a simple illustration of the actor looking suave in a tux: “Eddie is fast running out of awards to win…so design him a new one.” This is probably one for Redmayniacs only but it’s worth checking out Elliot’s other books if you’re looking for a fun gift.
Koalas are awesome creatures and now you can invite them into your home! This is one of the best coloring books for adults and we absolutely loved using it! You get 20 expert-designed coloring pages.
Learn human anatomy with easy while having fun with the famous Netter’s anatomy book. Understand muscles, organs, arteries, veins, nerves, and much more through your colorful art.
What is more chill than colouring in cats? In this book there are 70 intricate, feline-inspired designs to be filled in. It’s just a bit bigger than A5 so be prepared for fine, detailed colouring. When you’re done, we like the fact that all the sheets in this book are detachable, so if you happen to design a particularly chic kitty, you can whip it out and display it.
Discover all of nature’s wonders with 48 detachable coloring pages for adults. This books includes an amazing amount of animals and plants, waiting to be colored. An unforgettable experience!
Flower power, that’s what this book is all about! If you like nature and adult coloring books, this will be the perfect way to relax, relieve stress, and enjoy some quiet time all to yourself. Highly recommended!
“When choosing a colouring-in book with more complex or abstract images the convention is generally to keep different colours within different lines. This requires a relaxed focus where the outline is containing and the mark-making repetitive and smooth. So a bit like repeating a mantra where repetition is a means to relaxation, colouring-in is also a type of mediation.”
10. Field Guide: Creatures Great and Small by Lucy Engelman: £11, amazon
Sea turtles, coral reef-dwelling fish, dolphins, and other marine creatures swim through these full-page pictures. It’s a color by number book, making it easy to achieve realistic effects and perfect shading.
This bestselling masterpiece features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting to be brought to life by you with color. Can you find all the tiny creatures hidden in the secret garden?
1. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book: £5, amazon
The books were chosen for their creativity, the quality of the illustrations and paper and how effectively they met with with any promise to keep us in a calm, focused, stress-free zone.
31 elegant animal designs celebrate the sensuous Art Nouveau style inspired by the work of M. P. Verneuil and Alphonse Mucha. Enjoy imaginative and graceful illustrations and escape the world.
Microorganisms are one of the most fascinating topics in biology. This book lets you color viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and multi-cellular parasites in stunning detail – all while you learn about them!
Technically, this is a colouring book and a ‘field guide’, so as well as 35 pages of animals – ranging from butterflies to bears – it gives you facts about the featured creatures and a colouring guide to tell you what they look like in the real world. Of course, if you prefer, you can just freestyle. The pages tear out too so you can display your artwork when you’re done.
Meet the king of the wild with 40 unique lion illustrations in a wide range of styles and patterns. This book is mesmerizing in its detail and offers hour and hours of relaxation and entertainment.
This unique coloring book features hand-drawn doodle-style designs of bears, wolves, lions, tigers, dogs, cats, and dozens of other animals. It includes different difficulty levels for long term value and fun.
Get 60 stunning illustrations that were handcrafted in the eighteenth and nineteenth century by scientists to show the world’s most fascinating plants and creatures. Flora and fauna, this book has it all!
This advanced coloring book showcases the incredible diversity of the many insects that live on our planet. Take a tour through their kingdom and learn new facts while you color and relax.
Animorphia goes one step beyond just colouring in, and involves a search element to it as well. You’re given a key at the beginning of the book, full of small objects and weird creatures to spot within the out-there animal-themed illustrations, which range from swordfish to big cats. There’s also spare space for you to complete pictures with your own doodlings.
Forget about the idea that colouring books are for kids. In a busy world, increasingly dominated by time spent in front of screens, grown ups are turning to the soothing art of colouring in. But the books we’re talking about are not reminiscent of the freebie colouring sheets handed out at chain restaurants that we remember from our childhoods. These are intricately designed books, some created specifically to help you de-stress and focus the mind.
Discover the winged wonders of the world in 30 lively, hand-drawn coloring images. Meet parrots in the rain forest, seagulls on sailboats, pigeons in Paris, and many other feathered friends.
This fascinating coloring book for adults is the perfect gift for space and astronomy lovers. It features 30 illustrations that show the development and use of the famous ISS from the 1950s until today.
There are few things more relaxing than nature in springtime. This coloring book takes you right into vibrant scenes that showcase all that our planet’s beautiful plants and animals have to offer.
Lean back and start coloring with 47 intricate and delightful drawings of primates from across the globe. It’s an amazing journey into the jungle. Unwind and relax with some colorful monkey business.
Get the #1 bestselling human anatomy coloring book, packed with amazing hand-drawn figures that were crafted especially for easy coloring and interactive study. Relax and learn at the same time!
Combining the history of astronomy with the latest advances in space age technologies, this exciting coloring book combined fun with facts about space exploration and our solar system. Really cool!
Enjoy 31 relaxing mandala illustrations that show the beauty of astronomy, including the sun, moon, and many star patterns. The book is beautifully detailed and specifically designed to reduce stress.
Hand drawn in pen and ink, Stargazer Space offers 30 original illustrations with space, rocket, astronomy, and stargazing themes. Author and artist De-ann Black outdid herself with this book.
Learn about the world’s wildest creatures and have fun at the same time! Detailed, accurate, and ready-to-color illustrations depict 47 species including rhinos, zebras, giraffes, camels, and many more.
Get this if you’re looking for an advanced coloring book. It includes 45 animals found in the forests of the USA and Canada and helps you to draw at an intermediate and expert level.
This stunning book includes 48 gray scale images of beautiful animals and creatures of all kinds waiting to be colored by you. All pages are perforated for easy removal and printed on archival quality paper.
You get 96 pages of nature-inspired patterns here – the likes of leaves, petals, trees and landscapes – by artist and designer Graham McCallum. The thick, good-quality pages are filled edge to edge with designs that get increasingly complex as you work through them. If leaves aren’t you thing, McCallum also has another pattern volume with drawings to colour from a wider range of influences.
Owls are mysterious and fascinating. Wicked smart, they rule the skies at night. This book is a whimsical journey into their world and it’s filled with wonderfully detailed and artsy illustrations.
Nature Designs is an amazing adult coloring book featuring over 50 nature-inspired coloring pages designed for maximum enjoyment and creativity. The illustrations are very detailed and rich.
Follow illustrator Johanna Basford down an inky trail through the Magical Jungle and discover a forgotten world of flora and fauna, just waiting to be colored, in this new coloring book for adults.
Color your way to calm with these one-of-a-kind adult coloring pages that feature different scenes from a beautiful, lush botanical garden. If you like nature and coloring, it’s an amazing experience!
Freshwater ponds are quiet, shallow freshwater expanses that are home to a vast and intriguing variety of plants and animals. This coloring book for grown ups shows you this hidden world up close.
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This little book is handily pocket-sized, so you can pop it in your work bag for the commute. Emma Farrarons is a French illustrator based in London with a background in textile design. You can see the influence of fabric pattern repeat on some of her drawings, which range from simple tessellating geometric designs to more intricate waves and floral-inspired shapes. Emma’s latest book, featuring more nature-themed patterns, is out at the end of September.
Color precise, carefully researched depictions of 45 insect species, including beetles, scorpions, earwigs, tarantulas, and many more. Informative captions offer fascinating facts about insect life.