Best Adult Coloring Books- Spark Your Imagination
I have scoured the internet to find the best adult coloring books on just about everything. I followed a strict set of guidelines to be sure to bring you the absolute best. When determining which ones to include I looked at reviews from other customers, the quality of the images, whether the images were one sided so that you can color with any medium, and the overall value of the book. Most of these books have a user rating of 4 stars or higher.
They are not all from Amazon, since there are some great hand made items on Etsy as well. Most of these are created to order or are one of a kind. The Etsy links are currently missing as I am awaiting confirmation of affiliate status with them. They will be added as soon as possible.
I have included a brief bio on some of the more frequent occurring artists. They are the masters of their craft and deserve some recognition. That is not to say the authors not included in my bio section are not masters, just that their names do not appear on as many books in the collection. Featured artists include:
- Deborah Muller
- Hannah Lynn
- Molly Harrison
- Heather Valentin
- Barbara Lanza
- Amy Brown
- Selina Fenech
- Jade Summer
This was already a massive undertaking to include a few books from all sorts of categories that had been screened and reviewed for quality. To determine if a book would make this list I considered several factors.
- User Ratings– Other users of this product must have given the book at least a 4 star rating for it to be considered.
- Picture Quality– Images must be clear and crisp to allow for easy coloring.
- Printing Quality– Printing must be smudge proof and solid.
- Single Sided– Images need to be single sided to prevent bleed through and allow you to remove images to frame or use in projects. I will be doing a post on different projects you can do with your completed pages in the near future.
- Paper Quality– Paper should be of good quality as not to be see through or too rough. Not all books work with markers and gel pens however. Please check before planning to use these types of instruments.
- Grayscale– Wherever possible I have tried to include grayscale images. By using a transparent color, pastel or alcohol based marker on these images the gray coloring can do all of the shading work for you. Perfect for those who have not yet mastered the technique.
- Solid Clear Lines– The lines need to be highly visible and clear for you to be able to remain within them and make a beautiful work of art.
- Value for the Price– You work hard for your money and deserve to get the best value for it. I have tried to keep the prices reasonable on all of the books I selected and include those that had added value thrown in.
You are sure to enjoy the selections here. These are some of the best fantasy style coloring books available. No one should miss out on the benefits of coloring for relaxation just because they can not find quality work. You may find that some of these books have additional categories. I have listed them under the category that the majority of the images and the title connect them with.
Several of the books also come with a bonus of colored pencils or markers. I have tried to note which ones. For your convenience I created a table of contents that will skip you right to each section should you click on one. If there is a category you do not see that you wish to find please comment below and I will search it out.
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Table of Contents
- General Fantasy
- Greek Mythology
- Grimm Fairy Tales
- Movies and T.V
This artist has such a great world view that life is an adventure that when I contacted her about wanting to gather some images for people on my site to color she chose 4 of her favorites and emailed them to me. Born into a family full of artists she quickly became obsessed with the craft. She creates a variety of adult coloring books including mermaid coloring books.
According to her everything she owns is covered in doodles or squiggles of some sort. Upon traveling to India she became interested in Henna artwork and returned to Las Vegas where she ran a Henna Tattoo shop for a time. She has been a full time artist for thirty years. Citing a driving need to create beauty and magic. I will be doing a post with the images she emailed me as a free sample. I have included a link to her Facebook page for you to follow.
Teaching your self the skill of artwork is a challenge. This artist rose to the challenge and succeeded wonderfully. Claiming she has been obsessed with drawing as long as she can remember. Her first paid freelance job was at the young age of Eleven! She also liked to sell handmade book markers to neighbors at a young age.
Her favorite mediums is watercolor, but she also mixes in some pencil and ink work. Self publishing her own adult coloring book puts lots of work on her plate. She seems to really enjoy what she does. Here is a link to her Facebook page so you can follow her directly.
Having a BA in illustration helps this artist create some truly remarkable works. She is most comfortable with a pencil or coloring devices according to her biography. Specializing in adult fairy coloring books she also has some vampire and mermaid images as well.
Being an artist as far back as she too can remember she draws a lot of inspiration from the world around us. She has been reported to cite places, nature, emotions and other artworks as her inspiration sources. She is highly inspired and it shows in her adult coloring books. If you would like to follow this artist on Facebook here is a link.
Starting to draw as soon as she could hold a crayon this artist has honed her craft. Having a BA in Arts she has done artistic work for big brands such as Coca-Cola and Nabisco. Art if life to her. One of a few artists to have gnome adult coloring books in her collection she stands out for her unicorn coloring books as well.
Reading for hours about fairy tales this artist became intent on filing the minds of others with creative means of expression. Using signature Big Eyes in her designs she has made a great name for herself as she tries to kindle the wonder a young child feels when seeing their favorite characters come to life. Here is her Facebook page in case you would like to follow her.
An artist whose name means creature lighter than air in Greek, Barbara is trying to recreate the fairy world she imagined as a child. While growing up in New Jersey she frequented the boardwalk amusement park and spent summer afternoons swimming or boating.
Drawing most of her inspiration from animals both real and imaginary this artist has created some wondrous coloring books. The kind of images you want to get lost in for hours. She has maintained the childhood imagination and wonder that I wish we all still had within us. Her Facebook page is here in case you would like to follow her.
Painting fairies was kind of thrust upon this artist while working in an art gallery. She had always had an interest in fairies but never really considered making a career out of them. One day the gallery had an empty frame that her boss asked her to fill. He told her to just paint a fairy or something.
Now one of the most renown fairy artists on the market today that small nudge seems to have opened a whole world. She describes her passion to paint like a living being inside of her. The ideas in her head churn and beg to be released. She tries to capture a moment and allow the colorist to shape it from there. Her inspiration comes from everywhere and everything, making truly unique images. I have included a link to her Facebook Page if you would like to follow her.
I was first struck by how young this artist is. Born in only 1981 she has already made a great name for herself. She has already discovered Roman treasure and survived a bout of cancer.
Born with a vast imagination she has loved to read myth and magic tales her whole life. The images in the books would both enchant and bewitch her for hours. She has stated she wants to live life like a fairy.
Her paintings are usually in watercolor or acrylic with ink or pencils added in. She uses some proceeds from her sales to make monthly donations to Oxfam and Amnesty International, so a purchase of her work also goes to a good cause. Here is a link to her Facebook page if you would like to follow her.
Despite the name this is actually not an individual person. The artwork is a collection published under a brand owned by Fritzen Publishing LLC. I had to include this however, as the books are beautiful and worth picking up a copy. There is even a Facebook page for fans. Etsy sells individual pages of this brand as downloadable PDF. I will be doing a complete list of printable coloring books in the near future.
What fantasy story do you know of that has no dragons mentioned in the entire thing? Probably not many, they are quintessential to the genre.
- Dreams of Dragons & Dragon Kin Coloring Book Rayvnne Phelan Over 50 images from this artists collections. Featuring a variety of dragons and dragon inspired creatures.
- Adult Coloring Book: Nice Little Dragons (Volume 1) Tatiana Bogema 20 unique images printed with black backing to prevent bleed through. Double copies of all images to share with a friend.
- Baby Dragons: An Adult Coloring Book with Adorable Dragon Babies, Cute Fantasy Creatures, and Hilarious Cartoon Scenes for Relaxation Jade Summer 25 unique images of dragons, castles and fairies all printed on single side to allow you to hang your creations when finished.
This website would be sad indeed if there were not fairies on this list. They are the flitting and whimsical life blood of the fantasy world.
- Faedroables Selina Fenech Cute and creepy fairies, witches and other fantasy images. 25 images printed single sided. All images printed twice.
- Teacup Faeries Amy Brown 22 pages to color with blank tea cups so you can design your own. Recommend putting blotter or other pages between sheets to color.
- Faeries 4 Amy Brown 20 Amazing images of fairies to color. Can be purchased in a bundle with two other Amy Brown coloring books. Best results with colored pencils.
- Fairies and Friends Barbara Lanza 25 images never published before this book. Best results with colored pencils or blotter sheet between pages.
- Fairy Lane Barbara Lanza 25 Exquisite images printed single sided. Can be purchased as bundle with another Barbara Lanza coloring book as well as a Darcy May.
- A World of Fairies Molly Harrison A Grayscale coloring book that makes shading a breeze. Not recommended for markers or gel pens as the shading won’t come through. Paper quality may not be enough for water tools. Feel free to reprint images on thicker paper.
Sometimes in the world of fantasy there are creatures that fit into no specific category. They can all come to this area to play.
- Lacy Sunshine’s Gnomes Heather Valentin Whimsical gnomes printed single sided in pocket size. Suitable for all coloring tools.
- Fairy Tale Princesses and Other Storybook Darlings Hannah Lynn 25 Designs printed twice. Single sided with bold thick lines. Suitable for all skill levels.
- Lacy Sunshine’s Hobgobbies and Sunshine Trolls- Gnomes and more Heather Valentin Whimsical coloring book suitable for all ages. Adorable characters.
- Fantasy and Fairies Molly Harrison Grayscale images that work best with alcohol markers and pencils in transparent colors. Pastels also work very well.
Dark and mysterious are the gothic stylings and those who enjoy them.
- Misfits a Gothic Fantasy Coloring Book for Adults and Creepy Children: Vampires, gloom, doom, skeletons, ghosts and other spooky things. (Misfits A … Book for Adults and ODD Children) (Volume 9) White Stag 25 Gothic fantasy images sometimes dark and sometimes sweet. For those for whom Halloween isn’t once a year.
- Dark Fantasy: An Adult Coloring Book with Mysterious Women, Mythical Creatures, Demonic Monsters, and Gothic Scenes for Relaxation Jade Summer 25 Images of the darker side of fantasy. Ogres, witches, and ghouls to name a few. Single sided and printed twice.
- Night Magic – Gothic and Halloween Coloring Book (Fantasy Coloring by Selina) (Volume 10) Selina Fenech 25 sexy and magical images of witches, vampires, and gothic ladies. Printed single sided.
Images of Gods and Goddesses, Heroes and monsters. The wonderful world of Mythology in picture form. Most with detailed information on the actual creatures and characters within. Granted the last one has Mythology from all over the world not just Greece.
- Greek Mythology: An Adult Coloring Book with Powerful Greek Gods, Beautiful Greek Goddesses, Mythological Creatures, and the Legendary Heroes of Ancient Greece Jade Summer powerful Gods, stunning Greek Goddesses and mythological creatures.
- Creatures of Greek Mythology Davina Rush Each of these legendary beasts are presented with one full page of mythological information. Not only will you learn the visual characteristics of these creatures and have fun coloring them, but you will also learn the correct pronunciation of their names and other interesting facts about them.
- Goddess and Mythology Coloring Book Selina Fenech filled with inspiring designs of goddesses, gods, and female characters from all over the world, including Antheia, Aphrodite, Arianrhod, Athena, Blodeuwedd, Cerridwen, Coventina, Diana, Echo, Fidelma, Gaia, Guanyin, Horned God and Goddess, Ishtar, Isis, Lady of the Lake, Morrigan Triple Goddess, Nuwa, Oshun, Rhiannon, Selene, Shiva and Parvati, Tempestas, Valkyrie, Wiccan god and goddess
Based upon the classic Fairy Tales told by the Brothers Grimm, often with not so happy endings in the originals.
- Grimm Fairytales by Zenescope Exploring the darker side of the classic Grimm Fairy Tales. Can be purchased in a bundle with other volumes.
- Grimm Fairytales II by Zenescope
- Grimm Fairytales Coloring Book Box Set by Joe Brusha Collectible box for storage comes with two coloring books, 10 colored pencils and colored art cards.
Who would have thought that creepy and bloody images make for great relaxation? Sometimes brining Halloween to the rest of the year car be a fun and relaxing way to spend your time.
- The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium: Another GOREgeous Coloring Book Alan Robert A creatively horrific coloring book. Search for ghoulish items left by Ghouliana trying to cast her spell.
- The Beauty of Horror 1: A GOREgeous Coloring Book Alan Robert. The first of the creatively horrific coloring books. Hope you have plenty of red pencil.
- Chibi Girls Horror: An Adult Coloring Book with Adorable Anime Characters and Cute Horror Scenes for Relaxation 30 uniquely scary and creepy cute images. Each printed single sided and twice.
Aquatic versions of our fairy friends. Who wouldn’t want to frolic in the ocean with these amazing creatures?
- Mythical Mermaids Selina Fenech 25 unique images printed single sided and twice.
- Mermaids Barbara Lanza 25 Beautiful underwater scenes featuring mermaids. Recommend using blotter of additional pages between if using other than colored pencils and crayons.
- Baby Mermaids Deborah Muller 25 pages of whimsical mermaid fun. Printed one sided on quality paper suitable for all mediums.
- Mermaid Tails from the Tiki Bar Deborah Muller More whimsical mermaids from a great artist. High quality paper single sided printing.
- Maui Mermaids and Island Whimsy Girls Hannah Lynn 50 unique pages of island fun. Can be purchased as a bundle with other Hannah Lynn coloring books.
- Whimsical Spring Mermaids and Fairies Molly Harrison Sweet images of fairies and mermaids. The 5th book in a series. Recommend blotter or other sheets to prevent bleed through if using markers or gel pens.
To be completely honest for this category I stuck to the fantasy theme of my website. There are hundreds of movies and television shows, I simply could not include all of them. I did observe however as I was looking at this selection that pretty much any actor or actress and even some producers have their own coloring book line. If there is someone you would like to see included please comment. I will see what I can find.
- Harry Potter Coloring Book Celebratory Edition Scholastic A collection of images from the acclaimed movie franchise. Can be purchased in a bundle with two other Harry Potter coloring books.
- The Lord of the Rings Coloring Book: Coloring All Your Favorite Characters in The Lord of the Rings 31 Detailed images from the Lord of The Rings movies. Unofficial version.
- Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Coloring Book for Kids and Adults: Amazing Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Characters Coloring Book Kay Debs Including images from both The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings movies.
- HBO’s Game of Thrones Coloring Book Intricate images from the renowned series. A truly epic coloring experience.
- The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book (A Song of Ice and Fire) George R. R. Martin Collectors item with dozens of eye popping illustrations from world renowned artists.
- Supernatural: The Official Coloring Book Insight Editions Deluxe coloring book based upon the hit television series. Images inspired by Sam, Dean, Castiel and Crowley and the monsters and demons they hunt.
- Disney Dreams Collection Thomas Kinkade Studios Coloring Book 63 paintings for you to color based upon the Disney versions of our favorite fairy tales. Colored versions are included for reference as well.
- The Princess Bride: A Storybook to Color Rachel Curtis 70 illustrations to color based upon the timeless movie classic. Join Wesley and Princess Buttercup as they go against Lord Humperdinck.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fox Join Buffy and the gang as they take on monsters, demons, witches and more in this delightful coloring book full of original artwork inspire by the television phenomenon.
Historical elements mixed with mechanical wonders that seem to fit the era and yet were never really there. What a great use of imagination.
- Madam Mezmerelda’s Dark Steampunk Coloring Book Bobbie Berendson W Enter the steampunk world of Laurentia as guided by the mystic Madam Mezmerelda as you color your way through a myriad of mechanical and steampunk wonders.
- Sherri Baldy My-Besties Steampunk Coloring Book: A coloring book for Adults and all ages. Color up some of Sherri Baldy’s fan favorite Steampunk Besties
- Creative Haven Steampunk Fashions Coloring Book (Adult Coloring) Marty Noble 31 original designs of playful steampunk fashions. Designed for experienced colorists.
The embodiment of purity and grace. What a better image to have grace the pages of your coloring creations.
- Unicorn Dreams Deborah Muller 50 page magical adventure through the land of unicorns. Color your way through fantasy.
- Lacy Sunshine’s Flowerpot Hatchlings- Unicorns and more Heather Valentin Includes 25 adorable baby fantasy creatures in cute scenes for you to color.
- Cute Unicorns: An Adult Coloring Book Jade Summer with Magical Fantasy Creatures, Adorable Kawaii Princesses, and Whimsical Forest Scenes for Relaxation
Seductive and dark yet strangely alluring and romantic at the same time. These beings have fascinated man kind for centuries.
- Lacy Sunshine’s Halloween- Vampires Heather Valentin Grab you crayons, markers and colored pencils to have some spooky coloring fun.
- Autumn Fantasy Witches and Vampires Molly Harrison Includes 25 images printed twice printed single sided. Not suitable for wet mediums. Need a blotter or additional sheets if using markers.
- Gothic Dark Fantasy- Vampires Selina Fenech Volume 6 of this wonderful dark fantasy coloring book. Includes 25 images printed single sided and two times for you to try various styles.
- Vampires: An Adult Coloring Book with Sexy Vampire Women, Dark Fantasy Romance, and Haunting Gothic Scenes for Relaxation Jade Summer There are two versions of this book that can be purchased together as a bundle with a mermaid book.