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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Do You Have an Adult Coloring Book?

Yesterday I sat in on a webinar on Adult Coloring Books. I wasn’t even aware that there were adult coloring books out there so I learned a lot.

Apparently adult coloring books are the latest phenomenon   Who knew?  They are some of Amazon’s top sellers. The coloring books are usually 8 X 10 or 81/2 X 11 and somewhere around 55 pages. The biggest one mentioned was Secret Garden, the first adult coloring book, which has sold around three and a half million books. The coloring books focus on themes and niches such as gardens, nature, Game of Thrones, etc. The buzz is fuelled by people posting their colored creations on Facebook and Pinterest.
The books can be hand drawn but don’t have to be. They can be digitally produced. Designs can be from vintage coloring books, wallpaper, fabric, and gift wrap...anything you can think of. There are multiple sites you can use to get your digital images. And there are workshops you can take to learn how to do a coloring book.

Not only that, it looked like fun.
So I checked Amazon and there are lots of adult coloring books. They’re priced anywhere from $7.00 to $10.00 (on average) Barnes and Noble lists 16 coloring books.

For more info on the history of Secret Garden and Why Adults Are Buying Coloring Books (For Themselves) check out this article in The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/why-adults-are-buying-coloring-books-for-themselves

21 comments:

  1. Hi, Beverley! Recently, my town's paper ran an article on adult coloring books and their popularity. I'd bought some a while back for a family member. Then for me, I bought postcards to color. It's pretty much fun.

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    1. Interesting, Vicki. I haven't seen the postcards to color. I may look for them. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I've seen stories on the national news channels about the coloring books including The Secret Garden. I'm sure it's a wonderful way to relax and unwind. Coloring was one of my favorite things to do when I taught kindergarten.

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    1. Hey Melissa, maybe we need to get one and try it out. :)

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  3. I have one... just color in it when I need a mind dump. :)

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    1. When you read the history it was used because they noticed people felt better when they colored. Interesting.

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  4. I must have participated in the same webinar yesterday. Yes, it was interesting and something I could do since I do some design, but I wish I owned Photoshop, but that's not happening any time soon. His name was Tony and his master class is found here: http://coloringbookmasterclass.com/bundles/

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    1. Yes, and I love to color as well. I keep a picture journal, although I can't draw worth a lick.

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    2. It's the same webinar. I don't do any design but it looked like fun. And unfortunately I don't have Photoshop either.

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    3. A picture journal? That sounds interesting. What would you put in it?

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  5. I just used a B&N gift card to purchase a few adult coloring books. I can't wait to put them to use to help unwind and de-stress. It would be neat to have a coloring club as I have read about online and in papers.

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    1. I have to check my local bookstore and find at least one. What is a coloring club? I've never heard of one. Do you get together and color?

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  6. I preferred the Enchanted Forest but I also like Angie Grace's pattern books. I've created my own coloring book using Space themes.

    http://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Adventure-Journey-Through-Coloring/dp/0985378166/

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    1. I really do need to check these out. And congrats on doing your own coloring book. I'd be interested in doing one. I'm off to check your link.

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    2. I forgot to ask. Do you have Photoshop?

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  7. I love coloring. I even commissioned a Fiverr artist to make a coloring page for my most recent book blog tour.

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  8. So was the coloring page for you or for people who dropped in on your tour?

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  9. I do! Check out this Day of the Dead coloring book!!
    http://thepathtomictlan.mena-bo.com/

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  12. Hi the Adult coloring books is taking off big style who would have guessed it ??
    Cool though check this video out about it Free Adult Coloring Book
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RECNf67ZShM

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