Markers and Mandalas: Adult Coloring Books and Supplies to Feed your Addiction

I am hooked on adult coloring books.

It’s downright therapeutic.

I actually was describing it to a friend the other day and actually used the sentence, “Yeah, it’s my “thing.”….

When you first think of coloring, you might think of children excitedly coloring in books with their favorite cartoon characters. But there’s a trend that involves the Bigger Humans getting involved in this fun activity. Here is a list of some of the more popular Adult Coloring Books and Supplies to get you started. Who knew adult coloring books could be so popular?  The lady at the local bookstore said they fly off her shelves as fast as she orders them.

Even CNN news reported on the Adult Coloring Book Craze .

When you first think of coloring, you might think of children excitedly coloring in books with their favorite cartoon characters. But there’s a growing trend that involves the Bigger Humans to get involved in this fun activity as well…especially moms.

Obviously, I am slowly catching on…but here’s my little beauty.

adult coloring books

So yes, coloring is now “my thing” and I am lovin’ every second of it. The only down-side is that now my 12-year-old keeps swiping my coloring books and coloring pages! “Get your own coloring book!” I tell her. “But mommy….yours is so much prettier….”


Did I mention she is FAR better than me at “staying inside the lines?” That being said, there are a few things I recommend when taking the leap of faith in buying your own coloring book for adults.

Buy nice markers. Invest in some good-quality art markers with a fine tip. Sharpies are OK, but they tend to bleed through the paper. I totally, hands down, recommend Zig Memory System Scroll and Brush Dual-Tip Markers. I found one of these at a garage sale this summer and used it by accident on my adult coloring pages/ I was HOOKED instantly by the paint-brush-like tip and the funky striping tip on the other end. They are little more expensive but totally worth it if you like markers to color with.

zig scroll markers

I swear I lay in bed at night and fantasize about this little beauty (because I have no life). If the Coloring Fairies granted my wish, and this appeared on my doorstep, I would for sure have a childish accident that would require a change of clothes…. 😉

Zig Scrolls

I also have plenty of friends who prefer coloring pencils to color with and I use those on occasion too. Again, I think you should invest in some quality ones like these Prismacolor Premiers:

Prismacolor Premier

Use it as a “Me Time” Tool: Color often. Color at the end of the day. Color as your “me time.” I also recommend coloring outside in nature as much as possible. There is something insanely relaxing about coloring happily with the breeze in your hair and the birds chirping in the trees. I scored a lapdesk at a garage sale and it’s perfect for coloring outside.

Carry one with you. For all of those time when you are cooling your jets in the doctor’s office waiting room or in the line at school pick-up, bring your book along for a little R&R and coloring time.

Don’t spend too much $$ on one. I’ve seen some crazy-priced adult coloring books and I probably paid more for mine than I should have…BUT….there are cheaper alternatives and here’s a few that I either own, or have caught my eye:

The Coloring Book for Writers: An Inspirational Brainstorming Tool (Volume 1)

 adult coloring book

Good Vibes (coloring is fun)

adult coloring book

The Calm Coloring Book (Chartwell Coloring Books)


So are you ready for an easy-peasey hobby that is fun and a great tool for relaxation?

P.S. Are you groovin’ on this adult coloring thang? Curious how you can turn your coloring and design skillz into cash? Check out these past posts:

Clever ways to Cash in on Adult Coloring

A Promising Side Hustle | How to Cash in on the Adult Coloring Craze

4 Unique Ways to Sell Your Adult Coloring Sheets

5 Ways to Create Adult Coloring Pages (for fun or profit!)

Color me some MONEY! How to Sell Your Adult Coloring Pages on Amazon

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**Some of these links are affiliate links (which means maybe…just maybe I can buy the fancy creamer for my coffee if you click a link and purchase a book via Amazon).