Colouring for Grown Ups – Indulge your inner child and get creative!!

Do you have kids that love colouring in?  I can remember as a child absolutely adoring it, and Liana does too!
Over time I have occasionally helped Liana out while she was colouring, but to be honest colouring in pics of Barbie or Shrek (or is Frozen the new popular option?) isn’t really that exciting to me nowadays! Imagine my excitement browsing my favourite online bookstore when I found this!

colouring for grown ups

Colouring for Grown Ups…

Oh wow!

The paper is lovely and thick (so the textas don’t show through) and there are 128 different pages to colour in 🙂

Quick – go buy one now! You absolutely wont regret it!

I must say – it can become a little addictive, as you get caught up in watching the colours and patterns come to life, I did forget to eat on a few occasions!  But lovely and relaxing and a beautiful way to do something “just because”… I actually hadn’t even planned on blogging about this – but after I shared a pic of one of my works in progress on Instagram I had so many people ask where it came from and go out and buy a copy that I thought I would share!

It seems that a lot of grown ups out there want to indulge their inner child a little and get creative!

You can get the book Gorgeous Colouring for Grown Ups here, and at the bottom of the page on that link there are other similar books if you prefer more floral patterns, or vintage…

colouring textas for grown ups

As for what to use to colour with – I started with simple connecter textas as you can see in the pic above. Certain colours you can see the lines that the texta makes but that doesn’t concern me too much. From the research I have done – it seems these are pretty much the best textas you can get here in AU.

I did spoil myself and buy some Derwent pencils for Liana and I for Christmas, which I will try out in the next few days… Tip from the lovely lady at the art store is if you are spending that kind of money, buy the watercolour pencils and that way they are multi-purpose. Use them as normal pencils, or add water if you like.  Apparently for normal colouring – you get the same result.

Another option if you want to go all out is POSCA pens – the colour of these babies is out of this world. Uni POSCA Markers provide vibrant colors , use water-based pigment ink, are lightfast, waterproof and write on virtually any surface – yet does not bleed through paper. Keep in mind they are the kind of thing that you want to lock away so little fingers dont take them and leave the lid off!! Will report back with what we think of these after a few trial runs (Santa was very generous with art supplies this year!)

colouring for grown ups derwent pencils

If you do buy this (or if you have other great colouring in tips and resources) please let me know in the comments below!
Happy colouring!


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  • […] first thing I did was find a fabulous colouring in book for grown ups (details here), borrowed some of Liana’s textas and got to colouring. There is something so […]ReplyCancel

  • Renee BellAugust 1, 2015 - 1:20 am

    Hey Hope Copeland – so awesoem that you brought some colouring books!!! Exciting 🙂
    Re the poscas, they are def something you need to get used to. They are paint markers – so they take quite a while to dry, and you need to be careful not to smudge. Also be sure you are using nice thick paper so they dont go through. Also, get the technique right so you dont end up with puddles of paint/ ink from pressing too hard.

    We have a range of sizes here. The very smallest are metal tip, so they are good for very small areas of detail and then the sizes up from that are like textas. The colour and coverage are amazing though, and they dont smell of chemicals like sharpies. Good luck xx

    Also new page for colouring in fun here if you are interested…ReplyCancel

  • Hope CopelandJuly 26, 2015 - 2:52 pm

    Thanks Renee. I posted on FB a few months ago about what colouring books everyone had got and never ended up purchasing one. I just purchased this one and the 111MMM printables. Cannot wait to start. Which size POSCA’s do you have?ReplyCancel

  • […] first spoke about colouring in for grown ups in this post about 6mths ago and since then, I must say, things have really stepped up. It seems, […]ReplyCancel

  • Dont be forever incompleteApril 13, 2015 - 7:23 pm

    […] attention.  I spent a month honoring my creativity over the January school holidays. I discovered colouring in for adults and mandala drawing. I took lots of photos of Liana. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen cooking. […]ReplyCancel

  • Naomi ArnoldDecember 30, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Oh Renee, I’ve been eyeing this off for ages and have also added it to my list of awesome gifts to buy clients. You have almost tempted me to buy it this instant!!!ReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsDecember 30, 2014 - 8:15 pm

      Totally do it Naomi 🙂ReplyCancel