Some of my favourite colouring books
I keep being asked which colouring books I use and what are my favourites, so I thought I'd do a specific post about these and where you can buy them.
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The ones in the image above are the ones I use most often and enjoy the most. Top of the list has to be my Colortronic books.
Colortronic: A Kaleidoscopic Coloring Challenge
This was my first colour by number book and I got well and truly hooked on it. The pictures are great and the colours they suggest to use are really bold and bright, which I love. Of course, you can substitute your own colours if you want, but I mainly stick to those from the book. Each image is on its own page and is perforated, so can be extracted. The paper is good quality too.
Here are some of the pictures I have coloured from this book.
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Colortronic Animals: A Kaleidoscopic Coloring Challenge
This is the follow-up book to the one above and as its name suggests is all about animals.
Some of my colouring from this book.
Color Quest Animals: Extreme Challenges to Complete and Color
Another animal-related colouring book and another colour by numbers. This one is really unusual in that you have small shapes to colour in that form the picture. They do have a page at the end of the book which shows you the finished image, or you can do what I do and just pick a page and start colouring and see what you end up with. Some are obvious from the start as you can just about see the image, but others are a complete mystery. These pages are all perforated for easy tear out and each image is on its own page.
Some of my artwork.
The Nature Mandala Coloring Book
This book is all about mandalas, but all have a nature theme, so lots of birds and animals as well as flowers etc. Each image is on its own page and the paper quality is very good and the pages very white. There are no perforations, so be careful if you want to extract them.
Patterns: Coloring to Relax And Free Your Mind
This is a nice book if you love patterns. There are hundreds in the book of all sorts, from swirls to zig zags. The only issue I have with this book is the images are back to back and the paper is not the greatest quality. If you are using pencils, it's fine, but if you are using markers then you really have to only use one side of the page as the ink tends to seep through. So you have to decide which pattern you want to use as the other side of the page will become unusable. When using some markers, such as Sharpies which bleed through badly, you will also need to put a piece of paper between the pages to stop it transferring through to the next page too.
Dream Coloring: Over 150 Images to Color
This is a big, thick book with lots of different images. You get everything from mandalas, to patterns. There are complex and intricate images as well as some simple and easy ones. If you are looking for a book that has a bit of everything, then this is it. Each image is on its own page and the paper quality is good and white.
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I haven't used this much, but here are a couple of my pieces.
I hope this helps, I'll have to do the same with my pencils and pens soon.