Let’s be honest, coloring is fun no matter how old you are. Adults have more specific needs for coloring books than children, I, for one, must have crisp white pages… none of those thin brown pages, no thank you!
If an adult buys a coloring book everyone assumes it’s for a child in his or her life, but who set age limits on coloring anyway? These age restrictions are currently being shattered thanks to talented UK-based artist and illustrator Johanna Basford.
Basford creates amazing adult coloring books–in fact, I can’t wait to get my crayons on one via Amazon.com. Her highly detailed, intriguing pages include fairy tale forests, mystical creatures and beautiful beasts for you to color in, exploring parts of your imagination you haven’t let loose in a long while.
Basford has sold over a million copies of her books, as adults everywhere jump at the chance to purchase one of the very first coloring books made for adults.
In an interview with the Dailymail, Basford sited her inspiration as childhood visits to her grandparents’ home on the Isle of Arran in Ayrshire in south-western Scotland.
She writes on her website, “Every piece I create starts life as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into a rambling pen and ink drawing usually spanning several sheets of paper. I love the tactile nature of the materials I use and the joy of smudgy fingerprints.”
Her first adult coloring book, Secret Garden, was such a success it was translated into 14 different languages. She has followed this book up with her latest coloring book Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book, which includes 60 illustrations for adults to color.
Her coloring books are especially popular in Paris, where they recently outsold France’s best-selling cookery books, something that was pretty much unheard of until now.
Basford said, “For me, computer generated graphics can feel cold and soulless whereas hand drawing captures a sense of energy and character which no pixel can ever replicate.”
Basford’s coloring books range in price around $10 to $25, and have hundreds of great reviews. It’s easy to see why looking at the fun detailing every coloring page is equipped with.
You can buy your own adult coloring book by Johanna Basford on Amazon!