Do you remember the days when one of the great highlights in life was getting a new box of crayons?
I remember those days vividly along with how I would give my best sales pitch as I tried to get my parents to spring for the big Crayola box of 64 crayons. (That box was the only one with the magenta coloured crayon I just simply had to have.)
Recently there’s been quite a resurgence in colouring books and I’m not talking about children’s colouring books either. Adult colouring books are all the rage with the number of copies sold reaching into the millions. Check out the #coloring hashtag on Instagram if you want to confirm that adult colouring books are a full-blown phenomenon!
In April of 2015, CNN reported. “Atop the Amazon bestselling books list this month sat an unexpected title: “Secret Garden.” It wasn’t Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel about a sour little girl’s magical place, making a book club comeback, it was a similarly named coloring book that adults were buying, for themselves, and it wasn’t the only one in the top 10.
Johanna Basford’s “Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt & Coloring Book” (now at No. 3 on Amazon) along with her second effort, “Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book” (No. 6); “Balance (Angie’s Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1)” by Angie Grace (No. 9); and “The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress Art Therapy for Busy People” by Emma Farrarons (No. 8 on Amazon UK) are selling at a rapid clip.”
It seems colouring books for adults are a sign of the times as we struggle to combat increased workloads and stress. The practice is even said to come with many health benefits as studies have shown that colouring not only reduces stress but improves work performance and creativity.
Wanting to cash in on the trend, several players in the tech field have come up with colouring book app’s for those who want to colour on the go.
Pigment by Pixite has launched its FREE app where users also have the option of purchasing a premium membership ($1.99 per week, $4.99 per month or $24.99 per year) and the app also offers a seven-day free trial. You can download it here.
Colorfy by Fun Games is another FREE app player on the colouring books for adults block that boasts beautiful florals, animals, mandalas, and more. You can find the download here.
Friendly Garden by Yang Liu is also a FREE app designed for both iPhone and iPad where you can show and share your animate artwork in GIF! You can find the download here
I’ve tried both the Colorfy and Friendly Garden apps so far and have to say Friendly Garden -HD Coloring Book for Adults gets my vote.
I prefer this app with its vast categories of images to choose from as well as it sliders that allow you to customize your colours with options like hue, saturation and brightness.
I don’t think I mentioned it earlier but I really appreciate that I’m not limited to just a few shades in this app that require my buying a subscription to access more.
Another nice feature in Friendly Garden is the music option. If you’d like to listen to some relaxing tunes while you’re busy creating you have that option as well. Here’s a few quick (and I do mean quick) samples from each of the apps just to give you an idea.
If you happen to be looking for a little crayon inspiration for any hardcopy coloring books you may have purchased be sure to check out the enormous array of Crayola colours and products I think you’ll find you’re in for a big surprise!
Whether you need a creative outlet or an escape from the daily grind, you’ll want to check out these and the many other adult colouring book apps and books out there.
Life is short, relax, create and enjoy. 🙂
With gratitude and until next time!