My 5 Favourite Colouring Books

If you’re not aware that colouring in for adults has become a ‘thing’ you may have been living under a rock. Last week I went to choose a colouring book as a Christmas gift for someone, and I ended up in the shop for at least 30 minutes – there are so many to choose from! Today, I wanted to share 5 of my favourite colouring books with you (plus some extras I thought looked fun!).


First is The Cambridge Colouring Book which has been illustrated by Kath Lees. Full of bicycles, architecture and Fitzbillies buns to colour, it’s one that I will likely cherish for a long time. Available via Heffers book shop in Cambridge (sorry I couldn’t find it online).


Next up is Colour Me Calm. This one is A4 size and was priced at only £4 from The Works.Colouring-As-Art-TherapyI love the swirly patterns in this one. I use pencils from Scribblicious as I have found the colours to be quite rich. Adult-Colouring-Books

This Labyrinth colouring book is still a firm favourite of mine. Local Etsy seller Anomaly Park is the talented creator behind this one.  Anomaly-Park-Colouring-Book-Etsy

I have stuck to gel pens for this colouring book as the designs are quite intricate and I’m too lazy to keep sharpening pencils! Plus it means I can go neon and glittery with the patterns too.Digita-Colouring-Sheets-For-Adults

Next up is the Harry Potter Colouring Book! I got this for my birthday and it’s BRILLIANT. Is it OK to colour a pink Dobby? It has reference photos at the back of the book if you wanted to stick with the original colours, but I will rebel and make my own HP designs.


Lastly, my absolute favourite at the moment is the The Liberty Colouring Book. Full of their beautiful patterns and prints, you can stick to the original colours or create your own style. It is quite compact, so is a good one to take on travels or train journeys.


Some other colouring books that have caught my eye include:

The Hipster Colouring Book (so funny!)
Creative Christmas
Cats (Colouring for Mindfulness)
Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom 

Sizzix also have some free downloadable Christmas colouring papers available which you can get by clicking the image below.


Do you have any favourite colouring books you would like to share?



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11 thoughts on “My 5 Favourite Colouring Books

  1. Hey Claire, great post! I’ve got the Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons which is jam packed with great patterns, plus it’s small enough to fit in your handbag. I also got the Mollie Makes Colouring book/magazine which has some really cute things to colour in. There’s also a cat one I quite like the look of. The Liberty colouring book looks so good – I want it! xx
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    1. I find them super relaxing Hayley, they are great for keeping my anxiety away – a good distraction. I know a lot of people use them to ‘switch off’. Anything that gets me off Instagram is probably good for my migraines and sanity too! 🙂

  2. Hi Claire,

    Great post. I love colouring and have got into it this year in quite a big way. It is especially good for evenings when we are away in the van. I can cuddle up down the end, on the bed with my books and pencils while Simon watches TV at the front.

    I was interested in your comment about the pencils that you use as I am always on the hunt for good pencils. However, I Googled Scribblicious and came up with a website and an Etsy shop neither of which sell pencils? Am I missing something here?

    I was recently advised by a friend to try Spectrum Noir pencils and as they are quite pricey I have put them on my Xmas list so we shall see if anyone gets them for me!

    Hope you have a great Christmas and many blessings for 2016.


    OH PS. Do you know of anyone in Cambridge that does needle felting courses? Coralie and I did a mini course in Peterborough last Sunday and made Xmas wreaths. It was great fun and we are very pleased with the results. Verity was dissapointed not to have been there so I said if she could find somwhere in Cambridge maybe I could come there in the new year.

    Ha, I have just written you an essay!
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    1. Hello Jill!

      I got the Scribbilicious pencils in The Works. Let me know if I can pick you some up as I can pass them to Verity (they were only £4 for a massive pack). I will definitely take a look at the spectrum noir ones.

      For needle felting courses, try The Sheep Shop. They had some scheduled at one point and may put more on if you say you’d like one! Isn’t it a great craft?!

      Have a lovely Christmas too! Thanks for supporting my blog this year xx

    2. Oh yes please Claire, that would be lovely if you could get me some. I can get Verity to pay you for them. thank you so much. I will also look into the sheep shop for the needle felting. thank you. Merry Christmas. Jill. Xx

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