Best Adult Coloring Books: Top 10 Coloring Books For Grown-Ups That Provide Relaxing, Artistic Expression

What are the best adult coloring books to choose from? Learn what the top 10 coloring books for grown-ups are when it comes to artistic relaxation and stress relief.

Adult coloring books are the latest craze and they're selling like crazy on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It's a way for all genders and all ages to use artistic expression in the form of adding any colors that they want to apply on intricate, detailed patterns that are literally works of art when they're finished.

As Amazon recently updated, the best adult coloring books selling in their top list begins with Secret Garden by artist Johanna Basford. Her work consists of highly-detailed gardens with floral layouts, leaves, gorgeous scenery, and tiny creatures hidden that people can enjoy finding while using their color pencils or pens to color the pictures.

Another book on the top 10 list is Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns by Blue Star Coloring. It has 45 exquisite patterns that range from beginner to advanced level in detail.

Creative Haven Owls Coloring Book by Marjorie Sarnat is another one on the top 10 list. This is one of the best coloring books for adults because it features stunning owls with mesmerizing tapestry-like designs throughout the bird's features and its surrounding habitat. There are 30 illustrations in all in this book.

Splendid Cities: Color Your Way To Calm is illustrated by Rosie Goodwin and Alice Chadwick. Some of the world's most popular cities are featured within the pages of the book, featuring "floating kingdoms in the sky and spooky cities, and taking you from the domes of Moscow to the top of the Eiffel Tower."

What else is among the top 10 adult coloring books? Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me by Millie Marotta is another hot seller on Amazon. Birds, fish, dragonflies, elephants, and other majestic creatures are elaborately decorated for one to use as much artistic expression as they desire. Backgrounds are just as much fun for people coloring in this book that's appropriate for any age group.

Enchanted Forest is another adult coloring book by Johanna Basford. The coloring book for grown-ups has similar aspects as Secret Garden in that there are fun things to look for in addition to coloring castles, fantasy scenes, and treasures.

As CNN reported when it noted the trend taking off a few months ago, other top-selling coloring books for adults at Amazon were at Balance (Angie's Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1) by Angie Grace and The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons.

HNGN reported recently that among some of the other best adult coloring books offered is Creative Cats Coloring Book. This is also by illustrator Marjorie Sarnat. It has cats that have various designs that people can color in and is ideal for any cat lover.

Don't forget the book Color Me Calm by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter. A new book, Color Me Stress Free, is due to be published mid-September that's anticipated to be as successful as Color Me Calm.

So, why are coloring books for adults all the rage? According to Animal Kingdom artist Millie Marotta, it has to do with decompressing.

"I think a huge part of what's making them so popular is that it's such an absorbing, relaxing activity. It's easily accessible. You can spend five minutes or five hours, depending on your schedule. It's an engaging activity that makes you focus your mind on what you're doing, so it's easy to switch off your mind from everyday worry and stress.... We all did it as children, so it's familiar and comfortable."
The best adult coloring books is ever-expanding. Many of the books seen here have covered the top 10 coloring books for adults for several months now. The trend is likely to continue and shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to coloring books for grown-ups.

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