Colouring in isn’t just for kids. It’s been proven to help soothe the mind and destress people of all ages. The act of colouring in can be both meditative and therapeutic hence why we’re huge fans of it here at Gathered.
So to help you feel more relaxed, we’ve rounded up the best adult colouring books on the market! Treat yourself or a loved one to one of these adult colouring books and start feeling more relaxed. We’ve also rounded up the best pens for adult colouring so you can buy the full package and start colouring straight away.
To get you started on your colouring journey, check out these free Mollie Makes colouring sheets and these free cats colouring papers.
Best adult mindfulness colouring books to buy
Amna Mogul’s Mindful Colouring
Amna Mogul’s colouring book includes 50 unique handmade designs for you to get creative with.
Millie Marotta’s beautiful birds adult colouring book
Millie Marotta’s beautiful birds and treetop treasures come with a pack of colouring pencils and a sharper making it a fab birthday or Christmas gift.
Papeterie Bleu’s Mindful Mandalas
The best adult colouring books have both images and quotes which is why we love Papeterie Bleu’s mindful mandala book.
Anna Vavrova’s poetry colouring book
After experiencing the end of a relationship, Anna created 13 poems alongside her illustrations in order to express her emotions. She’s put them all into this colouring book which will take you on a journey of love, loss and heartbreak.
Rachel Barnett’s Inspirational Quotes
Rachel Barnett’s adult mindfulness colouring books radiate good vibes and positivity. Pick up her book and colour yourself happy.
Personalised Baking Colouring Book
Johanna Basford’s World of Flowers
Johanna Basford is the queen of adult colouring books and has published over 10 collections. This whimsical World of Flowers edition will have you feeling relaxed in no time.
Ellie Marks’ haiku colouring book
Ellie Marks has paired her gorgeous floral illustrations with 26 short haiku poems – one for each letter of the alphabet.
Cocodro’s waves and mountains colouring book
GillianCrossArt’s British songbirds
Adult mindfulness colouring books don’t get more relaxing than
Gaocheng’s animal colouring book
Gaocheng has some of the most intricate and best adult colouring books on the market. This detailed animal collection will have you feeling very satisfied when you’ve completed it.
Earth Motherland Coloring Book
This 28-page booklet is full of colouring pages and word searches that will keep you entertained for hours. Plus you’ll be supporting a small business by purchasing!
Jade Summer’s intricate patterns
Jade Summer’s Intricate Patterns adult colouring book has loads of detailed designs which help you focus, relax, and improve your colouring skills.
Josephine Dellow’s house and shops book
Josephine Dellow’s gorgeous Etsy shop sells everything from tote bags to adult mindfulness colouring books. We love this house and shops collection.
Embrace Fall with
L.J Knight’s new colouring book for adults includes 50 original pattern designs to soothe the mind.
De-ann Black’s Scottish Garden
Scottish author and artist De-ann Black has created 14 of the best adult colouring we’ve ever seen and this one is rooted in her Scottish heritage. Whether you’re a Scot or not you’re going to love this book.
BlankCanvasPeer’s adult colouring book for mums
makes some of the best adult colouring books and this one is specifically for mums. This would make a fab present for any stressed-out mums.
Peppercorn Health’s adult mindfulness colouring book
This lightweight book comes with mini pencils and crayons making it the perfect on-the-go colouring set.
Laura Bronte’s quirky adult colouring book
Laura Bronte is a super talented illustrator who now has her own colouring book. Filled with quirky designs, this colouring book is affordable and pocket-sized.
If a whole colouring book feels a bit too much then why not try a colouring page?
has beautiful individual colouring pages that you can print at home.
Quarantine colouring book
Creative Coloring’s g
Adult mindfulness colouring books don’t always have to feature positive quotes and mandalas. Featuring 31 gorgeous fish designs, Creative Colouring has channelled the fishes peaceful energy into their colouring book for adults.
Custom Pet Portrait Colouring Pages
makes the best colouring pages because they’re custom drawings of your pets. Simply send her a picture of your pooch, she’ll draw them and send you a digital PDF/JPEG of the image. You can then print and colour – what a concept!
Color Me Curvy colouring book
Celebrate all bodies with
plus-sized colouring book. Featuring 24 beautiful women, this colouring book is as empowering as it is calming.
‘s Floral Tatto colouring book
Robin Cass has created the most beautiful adult colouring book that packed with 44 tattoo inspired illustrations. Pick up this book for the ultimate luxury Christmas or birthday gift.
Zen colouring stickers
If you’re looking for something a bit different to your standard colouring book then we’d recommend getting some of Poetic Soup Designs’ stickers! You can colour them in then use them to decorate your planner or journal.
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relax with colours
Happium has created several adult mindfulness colouring books and this is the second edition in the collection. There’s 60 designs inside each with perforated pages so you can tear out your creations and display them around your home.
Under the Sea colouring book
Gina Misak’s ocean themed colouring book contains 24 deep-sea illustrations and will have you exploring all different types of sea creatures along the way.
drinking dog colouring book
Can you name a better combination? Paperland’s funny and adorable colouring book for adults includes all your favourite cocktail and coffee recipes alongside some very cute dogs!
Beatrix Potter colouring book
Hobbycraft have the best adult colouring books for feeling nostalgic. As well as this lovely Beatrix Potter edition, they have a Wizard of Oz and Roald Dhal collections too.
Angelea Van Dam’s Winter colouring book
Start feeling Christmassy with Angelea Van Dam’s festive colouring book. There’s everything from enchanting snowy scenes to woolly mittens and hats for you to get creative with.
Amily Shen’s fantasy colouring book
Magical illustrations and nods to your favourite storybooks are all in Amily Shen’s fantasy colouring book. The best adult colouring books are always a little big magical right?
Siobhan Ferguson London colouring book
If you’re a fan of Britain’s capital then pick up this gorgeous colouring book for adults. Each scene was photographed by Siobhan Ferguson and then drawn by Lucy Hester so you can colour in the sites.
Arteza doodle colouring book
Arteza has a huge range of adult colouring books and this edition includes 72 unique and complex doodle designs.
Soul Coats mindful colouring book
Rohadi’s Soul Coats contains scenes and verses from the entire Bible including the garden of Eden. The book also comes with a free reflection guide so you can work on yourself and your mind.
Dyudyrujdtry’s Time Travel colouring book
This bargain colouring book is perfect for adults who want a bit of escapism. Colour through the 16 pages and be transported to another world.
Kaisercraft’s hipster colouring book
Plants, cameras, glasses and more are all featured in Kaisercraft’s hipster colouring book.
Darice Bright and Bold’s colouring book
Darice’s unique objects colouring book is full of the weird and the wonderful. Colour in your favourite objects then frame them in your home.
Marjory Tait’s Celtic colouring book
Marjory Tait has created two 40 page colouring books inspired by Scottish folklore. From wild deer to Celtic queens, these colouring books will have you feeling relaxed in no time.
botanical colouring book
We love adult mindfulness colouring books that include flowers and this one not only includes flowers but it’s also educational! Molly’s book includes 30 pages of healing plants, along with tips and information on each page.
Best pens for adult colouring
Now that you’ve found all the best colouring books for adults, it’s time to pick up some pens! Here are our recommendations for the best pens for adult colouring.
Dual tip brush pens
Dual tip pens are a good all-rounder since they can be used for both bigger sections and smaller sections of your design. This set has a 1-2mm brush tip and a 0.4mm fine tip meaning they’re still a little too delicate for tiny hands but for adults they’re perfect.
Fine Liners pens
Fine liners are great for colouring in intricate designs thanks to their thin, precise nibs. These pens aren’t suitable for kids as the nibs can be fragile and too much pressure can cause them to snap. For adult colouring though they’re great! This pack by Jansroad comes with 24 colours and are made from acid-free ink with a 0.3mm nib.
Watercolour brush pens
Watercolour pens are a great purchase for anyone wanting to add a more natural feel to their colouring. You can achieve a beautiful gradient effect with watercolour pens without the hassle of messy paints. Simply pour some water into the premade brush, insert the coloured pen you want and get creative.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our best pens for adult colouring and adult mindfulness colouring books round up! For more fun projects check out these crafts below: