How to Color Adult Coloring Books

When it comes to adult coloring books, there are many options to consider and it can become quickly overwhelming. However, after reading through this post, you’ll be left with a better idea about the types of books and adult coloring pencils that are best to use. 

Coloring as an adult can be a fantastic way to wind down and relax. Basic coloring can also feel therapeutic by relieving stress. So, let’s take a look at everything that you need to know about how to color adult coloring books. 

Starting Your Adult Coloring Journey 

First, you need the right supplies. The supplies should include your colored pencils, gel pens or markers, as well as your coloring book or printable pages that you’ve selected. 

When choosing from adult coloring books, you can find them everywhere in stores and online. There are no rules here. Feel free to pick whichever coloring book looks the most fun to you. 

Alternatively, you may want to consider using downloadable coloring pages. If you don’t want to wait to start, this could be a great option. 

There are coloring pages available online that you can simply print and start using right away to color. You can find free coloring pages, which may be a good place to start. There are also paid coloring pages which may be better in quality. 

Once you’ve decided on whether you’re going to color on printable coloring pages or an adult coloring book, you can then move onto choosing your art supplies. 

Colored pencils and markers are the most popular option. You can find these widely available across arts and crafts stores and online. 

Choosing Your Adult Coloring Page

Most adults prefer using coloring books due to how the quality of the paper is usually better compared to printer paper. The paper is generally better for absorbing ink and preventing your work from smudging. As a result, the quality paper helps to create more vibrant colors in your work, whether you’re using drawing pencils or alcohol markers.

In addition to this, having a physical book can make it feel like more of a special experience. You can also then easily flick back through your adult coloring pages and look at your previous work for inspiration. 

You may also have gained some new coloring tips to improve on previous work.

Adult Colored Pencils

Colored pencils are more common among adults compared to markers. One of the main reasons for this is that they’re incredibly easy to use. They’re also easily available in stores and online.

As you improve your coloring skills, you can begin using the pencils in more complex ways by learning blending and other coloring methods. 

In addition to a colored pencil, you could also use Copic markers which are available in a range of cool colors.

You may also be interested in using a color palette and brush tips to improve your coloring techniques with paint.

Also read: Adult Coloring Books


After reading through our post on coloring with adult books, we hope that you’re feeling more assured about starting for yourself. In the beginning, you could get started by simply printing out designs that you find online and using any colored pencils or markers that you have around the house.

The more you develop your skills, the more you may benefit from using adult coloring books and better-quality pencils to continue improving your artwork. 

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