The next time you’re feeling exhausted after a long day at work, step away from the Netflix and consider…a coloring book. Line drawings meant to be filled in with marker, pencil, and crayon have become popular among adults who need a way to cope with stressful days or generalized anxiety. Plus, it’s fun, and you can lose yourself in the ritual without any fine art skills. Here are some great supplies to get you started.
Unparalleled Artistic Saga
A magical journey through art and puzzles. Amazon
Johanna Basford’s whimsical, detailed illustrations are the perfect way to canon ball into coloring. It’s full of wonderful, magical details and charming animals: owls with plush feathers, deer with birds perched on their antlers, foxes with lush vines and leaves growing inside their bodies. The pages are thick enough to hold up to most mediums, and hidden-object puzzles and mazes add an extra dose of fun.
Where You Should Begin
Bring your creations to life with these vibrant utensils. Amazon
You’ll get 72 distinct shades in this budget-friendly color pencil set—enough for layering, shading, and everything in between. The soft, wax-based leads are creamy and great for blending. They’re comfortable to hold, easy to use, and sharpen without breakage. They’re so good that the company backs them up with a guarantee: send them back if they don’t make your coloring pages pop to life.
Which Will You Choose First
Enjoy a stunning array of choices. Amazon
Okay, 120 is a lot of colors. But gel pens are a distinct medium, harder to layer or blend than crayons or colored pencils, and this set comes with nine different color types: not just your standard reds, greens, and blues, but glitter, neon, metallics, pastels, swirls, and rainbows. This many colors means you’ll never get bored. It comes with a lightweight, easy to organize case, to make finding the exact shade for your owl eyes a breeze.
Now We’re Getting Fancy
Get a combo effect with these flex-colored utensils. Amazon
Brush pens have flexible heads that let you lay out a thin or thick line—perfect for calligraphy or adding detail and shading to your coloring pages. These brush pens use a water-based ink that mimics the effects of watercolors—use a water brush for more of a watercolor effect, or use them as-is for marker like vibrant colors. Either way, they’ll be a great addition to art cache.