Coloring Books for Grownups?


Have you seen the ads lately for the Colorama Coloring Book for adults? I was watching one of the subchannels the other day, and amid the ads for diabetes products, incontinence supplies, cellphones designed for people that don’t get cellphones, and ambulance chasers eager to sue the pants off asbestos companies, pharmaceutical companies, and manufacturers of artificial joints, there was this ad, or something similar. (I couldn’t embed it, unfortunately. Well, I could, but it would create a blank post on Blogger.)

My first reaction was “Coloring books for adults? You gotta be kiddin’ me!” I honestly wondered what in the world possessed a company to create a coloring book for adults. I found this video of a foul-mouthed man who seems to think it can all be blamed on capitalism and Fox News. The more I listened to him foam at the mouth, the more I felt like picking up some crayons and a coloring book of my own.

One of my stepfather’s colleagues from his early days at Loyola University traveled all the time, visiting high schools. and at night he would sit in his hotel room and watch television. He got tired of it, so he took up embroidery. It was a creative outlet for him, it filled his time, he could carry his supplies from place to place, and it relieved his stress. And the stuff he did was beautiful. He embroidered two throw pillows for my folks as a wedding gift. The colors he chose were all colors he had seen in our living room the first time he visited, and the work was utterly flawless.

People have always had creative outlets. For me, it’s writing. Mary knits and crochets, and hangs out with some enormously talented women who knit, crochet, sew, quilt, weave, spin, and dye their own yarn. I saw some magnificent drawings that people made during the recent A to Z Challenge. I’ve met painters, photographers, sculptors, woodworkers, jewelry designers and makers, soap makers, and people who polish stones. Creative expression is a necessary part of life. It relieves stress and boredom and creates a “happy place” you can go to when life is getting hectic.

Coloring books have become best-sellers on Amazon, and companies such as Dover Publishing have whole lines of coloring books for adults. (I’m not selling anything, by the way.) A person who has no particular talent for anything else usually can color in a drawing and feel as though they’ve done something creative and artistic. Who cares if it’s something “only kids do”?

I would guess that most of you reading this are writers, so, what are your other creative hobbies? Have you ever considered taking up coloring as one of them?


Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

19 thoughts on “Coloring Books for Grownups?”

  1. When I was home after my surgery, a thoughtful LJ friend send a colouring book and markers. Way better than watching bad TV. I might consider taking it up….right now, I cook. I haven’t been writing much, nor playing music.


    1. Haven’t been playing that gorgeous guitar? I know the feeling… Some of the coloring books I’ve seen for adults have very intricate patterns and result in real works of art. Like paint-by-numbers, too.


    1. Exactly… I hadn’t thought of coloring for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Something like sudoku or a crossword puzzle would be frustrating, I think, depending on the stage of the disease. But coloring might stimulate certain parts of the brain. You never know.

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  2. Years ago, while recovering from a lengthy and debilitating illness, I discovered that working with color helped my foggy brain function better. I started to work with fabric and made a few quilts, and I swear, it helped me with the recovery. These days I knit and garden, and both help feed the writing process.


    1. I’m surprised that they didn’t have me color to get back some of the ability in my hand after the stroke. It might have done a world of good, come to think of it. Being physically creative can speed recovery.


  3. I thought it was a bit weird when I first started seeings ads for this, but then I remembered how much I loved colouring when I was young. Perhaps it’s not such a silly idea in a world of electronic devices.


    1. Right, get back to paper and crayons (or colored pencils, or markers, or whatever). Go offline and “old school.” Kind of like writing with paper and pen(cil).


  4. I have been coloring for years. It is, as you say, stress relieving and somewhat creative. And when I don’t have the spoons to do anything more actively creative, it is fun.


  5. Besides writing, I love to crochet, cross-stitch and do jigsaw puzzles. I know it’s good for adults to do things with their hands like write long-hand and I’m sure coloring falls in the same category or brain stimulation.
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  6. I’ve seen some very nice paintings done by people placing a grid over a picture and then putting a similar grid over a blank surface and creating a painting of the picture by concentrating on filing in the corresponding grid boxes one by one. One of my granddaughters does this. Seems like a great pastime if you are so inclined.


    1. It does. I would see something like that in crossword magazines, where they give you the grid and the pieces that go into it, and when you were finished you’d have a complete picture. I was never really good at it, but I had a good time with it. Which granddaughter does this?


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