Coloring Books for Adults: Get Blissfully Submerged

A few weeks ago, I shared with you the beautiful illustrations of “Ink Evangelist” Johanna Basford, and from your responses it was obvious that you love the idea of coloring books for adults just as much as we do! So here’s more from Johanna on why coloring books appeal to those of us who need an occasional break from “adulting.”

Coloring page by Sue Brassel |
Three Little Kittens (Sakura® Pigma Micron pens and art markers on bristol paper) by Sue Brassel, featured in Zen Doodle Coloring Book

Johanna Basford on the Appeal of Coloring Books for Adults:

“First, coloring is a great way to de-stress. That notion of being ‘in flow’ and completely absorbed in a task–particularly an analog task that doesn’t involve a screen–is so soothing. Everyone’s lives are so busy and so digital, I think coloring offers a welcome opportunity to unplug and allow yourself to be completely immersed in a task without the constant chatter of social media. This is how I feel when I’m drawing–blissfully submerged!

From Secret Garden by Johanna Basford |
Detail from the intricate cover of Johanna’s Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book

“Second, I think everyone has a creative spark, and they need the opportunity and encouragement to allow it to flourish. An empty sheet of paper can be daunting, but a coloring book offers a gentle buffer to those with blank canvas anxiety! I think of my books as a collaboration. I draw the outlines, and the owner of the book brings the color. There’s no need to worry about composition or layout, only color palette.

“And finally, there’s the nostalgia factor. Chances are people didn’t have a mortgage, a mean boss, or financial worries the last time they sat down and colored. Coloring books for adults give hard-working grownups the opportunity to play and to indulge in an activity that likely reminds them of more carefree days.”

The artwork featured here is from the Zen Doodle Coloring Book, which you can get in a special kit with Johanna’s Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, along with a set of dual brush pens in bright colors. Of course, this collection is only available at the Interweave store, so click here to get your set.

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