Adult Coloring Pages to Print

Adult coloring pages to print are ready to download with just the click of the mouse. Can you imagine, 3, 2, even 100 years ago? I know we're just talking coloring books here, but it's always amazed me, comparing then and now and how far we've come. Technology has touched nearly every area of our lives; and depending on who you ask, for the better.

Did you know that until the early 1900's, adult coloring pages were only for the elite? Besides the high cost of these books and what it took to create them, so were the utensils and watercolor in which to color them.

The Coloring Book Has an Interesting History

...and were initially published for adults, not children!

Up until the late 1800's, these books were referred to as "painting books" because the crayon had not yet been invented and watercolor was the only available method of coloring. In fact, it wouldn't be until 1902, that the Crayola Crayon was invented, although it didn't become as popular as it is today until the 1960's.

It wouldn't take long until coloring books for children came to fruition. As well as other forms of coloring utensils such as the colored pencil and chalk.

The Many Uses of Adult and Children's Coloring Pages Through The Years

  • Artistic Training of Watercolor.
  • Adult coloring pages were once used to promote products and services.
  • Educational Purposes for Children, Teens and Adults.
  • Many educators concluded that no matter age, race or gender, the colorist stood to benefit from art education as a means of developing cognitive abilities, and improving skills that would be useful in finding a profession.
  • Children's Coloring Pages Were Used to Enhance a Child's Spiritual Betterment.
  • Adult Coloring Pages Illustrated Complex Concepts: For older learners, particularly in the math, science, and technology fields.
  • Helpful as a Non-Verbal Means of communication: Making them ideal for children who can’t speak well and those who don’t speak the same language as their teachers.
  • Advertising.
  • Politics [even still.]
  • In Trauma Groups: To help survivors remain calm when recalling abusive situations.
  • Calm: In a 2005 study (and a 2012 replication study) concluded that people who colored, experienced lower levels of anxiety than people who simply colored on a blank piece of paper. By focusing on different shapes and patterns in a structured way, people who color can shut off negative thoughts, becoming calmer. The study concluded that like meditation, the act of coloring can let the brain rest, decrease anxiety, and encourage mindfulness. 
  • Enjoyment: Adults are coloring for the sheer purpose of having fun within the pages. There's no agenda; no deadlines, no judgment...you're simply coloring to color.

It was about 2012, the very first adult coloring book was sold on Amazon. And sales never slowed down. Then and today millions of adults use coloring books as a non-invasive, non-medicinal form of meditation. And today, you can download to print and then color with just a click of the mouse!

One Thing Adult Coloring Pages Are Not

Art therapy. While adult coloring books do help with anxiety, and are a way to calm down, and collect your thoughts - 'art therapy' is a whole different animal and can only be done successfully when practiced with a therapist.

The Best Paper to Print Your Pages

If you plan to color with dry media only, such as colored pencils, pastels, crayons, or chalk pencils, a light cardstock is probably all you need. A 65 lb cardstock works in pretty much any printer, even those without a flat feed, and is very affordable. Get more tips here.

Finally...

Personally I have found with adult coloring pages’ an inner peace that's hard to find anywhere else. The repetitious thoughts instantaneously wain. And before you know it, your worries are no longer a big deal. While not 'art therapy,' coloring pages are good for the soul and in my [therapists too] opinion, they're one more tool in your Mental Health Toolbox!

Through the years I’ve seen so many new editions, sizes and themes for sale; and I am not partial to my own publications. I encourage you to purchase from many different authors because each of us have a mixture of unique styles and themes as well as different formats and sizes of adult coloring pages. I think variety is exciting, and most importantly…fun! I am proud to work alongside these incredible fellow colorists’ and am excited to see their new books as they are released!

Because adult coloring pages have the longevity to back them, we can officially stop referring to them as a trend, they are definitely here to stay!

You can purchase our coloring books in paperback, or make your own coloring book by choosing your favorite pages à la carte. Use the navigation bar to move through Adult Coloring Pages to Print,' to find pages that relate to you when putting your colored pencil to paper.

Most importantly, enjoy!

Hugs and love, Susan