As a child, I loved to color. Few things made me happier than a new coloring book. And there was something wonderful about the smell of a freshly-opened box of crayons. As an adult, I greatly prefer the smell of a freshly-opened package of coffee to a box of crayons, but I was still quite happy when coloring books for adults came into vogue a few years back.
Recently, while savoring my coffee on a slow Saturday morning and coloring in one of my garden-related coloring books, I started to wonder: are there adult coloring books about coffee? I was delighted to discover that the answer is a very big YES! There are actually quite a lot of adult coloring books about coffee. And, for coffee lovers like us, they are beautiful things indeed!
Benefits of Adult Coloring Books
Of course my inner child is jumping up and down with joy over the sheer fun of coffee-themed coloring books. I’m not much good at drawing or painting, so coloring provides a simple way for me to create something that’s passably pretty despite my minimal artistic talent. There’s definitely a sense of “creative accomplishment” that comes with finishing a coloring page.
But there’s actually more to coloring than just the fun of being creative. Believe it or not, our adult brains benefit from time spent coloring. Though some may think it’s a silly, perhaps even a childish, pastime, research has shown that coloring is a terrific stress-buster for most people.
A November 2015 article published by The Brain and Spine Team of the Cleveland Clinic succinctly explains why time spent with a coloring book aids or well-being and sense of calm. The simple act of turning our attention to the task at hand — coloring — brings us into the present moment and quiets our thoughts. The quieting of our thoughts induces a mild meditative state that relaxes both our brains and our bodies.
What’s more, coloring is a “low-stakes” activity. There is no “right or wrong” way for it to be done. Nor do we have to be concerned about making mistakes or how long coloring any particular picture may take. Coloring is a simple creative process we get to fully control, and whether the final colored image pleases us or not really doesn’t matter much at all.
With coloring, the joy and benefit truly is in the process itself.
In 2015, Nancy Curry and Tim Kasser of Knox College in Illinois conducted a study that examined how different coloring-related activities affected stress reduction in study participants. They compared results between those who colored on blank paper, others who colored a plaid (grid-like) design, and those who worked on a symmetrical mandala form. Ultimately it was the group of participants given the mandala who showed the most positive changes in stress levels. The study concluded that “…structured coloring of a reasonably complex geometric pattern may induce a meditative state that benefits people suffering from anxiety.”
This does not mean, however, that everyone will find the same types of coloring patterns enjoyable or relaxing. We already know that the kind of coffee each of us prefers is highly subjective. The kind of designs we find fun to color are absolutely no different. Everyone has their own favorite style.
Some people enjoy coloring complex designs with intricate details that require steadfast attention and take hours to complete. Others find such designs nothing short of torturous. These creatives prefer simpler, less-detailed coloring books where each design can be easily completed in one sitting.
Whichever type of colorer you are, I’m happy to share that there is an adult coloring book about coffee that will suit your tastes perfectly, just like your favorite coffee roast. So let’s explore!
Anyone who loves simple, easy-to-color designs will enjoy this coffee coloring book that’s part of the artist’s Spry Mind series. It contains 120 pages that are a mix of images and quotes all about coffee. This book is also slightly smaller (5.5″ x 8.5″) than most coloring books, which makes it quite easy to tuck in a bag to carry along to enjoy on a lunch break or at the local coffee shop.
Adult Coloring Books – Coffee Lovers (Vol. 16) by Beth Ingrias
This book is filled with 30 unique designs that incorporate both images and words. Although some individual areas are quite detailed, each page, overall, is kept fairly simple. The pages are a full 8.5″ x 11″ and are printed on one side only so colors will not bleed through as you work.
This delightful coloring book offers up 30 one-sided, 8.5″x11″ pages of coffee whimsy. The larger designs fill the pages with images and words to provide hours of coloring fun. Best enjoyed while sipping coffee, of course.
This lovely coloring book will treat you to 24 hand-drawn images that are 8.5″x11″ in size. With its mix of quick-to-color images and more intricately-detailed designs, Coloring for Coffee Lovers provides a great mix of challenge and simplicity. The pages are one-sided, and there is even an extra blank page that can be torn out and used as a “spacer” to ensure colors don’t bleed through from one design to another. There’s an additional bonus of 4 “coffee date” cards you can color and use to invite your friends to have coffee. You’ll need an extra cup of coffee to keep up with everything that’s going on in this adult coloring book!
This clever book makes use of an amusing — and, yes, relatable! — coffee quote as the center point of each coloring page. Surrounding each saying is an intricately-detailed “frame” that will provide hours of coloring fun. As the title indicates, there are 40 pages, 8″x10″ in size, and all one-sided for easy coloring with no bleed-through. There are also three “color test” pages as a bonus.
This beautiful coloring book will enthrall lovers of intricate designs. It is only 8.5″x8.5″ square, but don’t let the size fool you: this coffee coloring book is packed with densely detailed images. What’s more, all the coloring pages in this 58-page book are not only single-sided but have a black backing to help prevent against bleeding. Clever! Undoubtedly it would pair nicely with a luscious cup of black coffee.
The Dream Bean is much more than just a coloring book. It’s an 8″x11″ spiral-bound compendium of coffee quotes, coffee recipes, and blank pages for note-taking/doodling that also happens to include over 50 whimsical, beautifully-detailed pages for coloring. The binding means it lays completely flat for coloring, writing, and recipe-reading ease. The laminate cover makes it durable enough to take along for coffee shop lattes, too. This would make a unique gift for anyone you know who loves coffee and coloring. But let’s be honest…we all want Dream Bean so we can try that Iced Mocha Cola or Chocolate Tangerine Coffee Cooler recipe. Yum!
Choosing Your Colors*
Once you have decided on your coloring book(s), you’ll need tools with which to color. Crayons can be used, of course, but most adults prefer coloring implements that are, well, a little more grown up. Crayons, after all, are made for kids, and they don’t sharpen to a fine enough point to work well in most adult coloring books. Colored pencils, gel pens, and markers all make better choices.
When choosing your coloring tools, you’ll want to keep in mind the type of coloring you most prefer. If you enjoy simpler, less-detailed designs, you’ll probably be fine with an assortment of basic colors. A package of 24 pencils, pens, or markers will likely provide you with all the options you need to create stunning finished images.
If you like to work highly detailed coloring pages, however, you will undoubtedly be happier with a more expansive array of color choices. Sets of 50+ pencils, pens, or markers will be better suited to your intricate creative efforts. The range of subtle shades found in larger sets of coloring implements will make your pictures truly come alive on the page.
But which should you choose: pencils, gel pens, or markers? Once again, the choice will come down to personal preference. Below is a brief description of each, but, of course, you don’t have to choose just one!
Colored pencils are a great choice for adult coloring books. They don’t leak so can be safely and easily carried in a purse, backpack, or tote bag. They don’t bleed through the coloring pages, nor do they run dry if left unused for a while.
Pencils also allow for expanded creativity in your coloring. Various shades can be produced simply by varying the pressure of the pencil on coloring page, and entirely new colors and shadings can be created simply by coloring one shade over another within any design element on a page.
Pencils do need to be sharpened periodically, however, so if you opt for colored pencils for your adult coloring fun, don’t forget to get yourself a good-quality sharpener, too.
Gel pens can add great fun to your coloring efforts because they come in an astounding array of colors and “effects”…everything from neon to glitter to metallic. The fine points are also ideal for intricate designs, but coloring larger areas can become tedious.
Gel pens are more likely to bleed through the pages of your coloring book, so care needs to be taken when working with them. They also run out of ink rather quickly, so if you are an avid colorer, you may need to replace them quite frequently.
Gel pens don’t allow for subtle shading like colored pencils, there’s nothing quite like them for creating jump-off-the-page vibrancy in your finished pieces.
The great thing about markers is that they come with both wide and fine tips, making them ideal for all types of adult coloring projects from the simplest to the most intricate. Some sets even provide the convenience of a different tip size on each end of the same colored marker.
Markers are even worse than gel pens, however, at leaking through your coloring pages and are definitely not the best choice for two-sided designs.
Markers also don’t provide the same shading/mixing options as colored pencils but, like gel pens, they do create stunningly bold finished pictures.
Once you’ve got your coloring book and your pencils, pens, and/or markers in hand, it’s time to relax and enjoy some coloring. Here are a few tips to help you have the best coloring experience possible:
- Choose a sturdy, flat surface like a dining table or desktop to color on for maximum stability and control while coloring.
- Color with adequate lighting to ensure all the details in the designs are easy to see.
- Place a few pieces of plain white paper or thin cardboard behind the design you are coloring to prevent pencil indentations or ink seepage on the next coloring page in the book.
- If the coloring book doesn’t lay completely flat, you might wish to carefully remove the pages before you color them.
- Enjoy your finished coloring projects by framing them for display around your home or office; or write a letter on the blank page behind your image (if there is one) and surprise a loved one with your beautiful creation.
Caffeinate and Create!
Now that we know there are so many great adult coloring books about coffee from which to choose, we’ve got the perfect excuse to pour an extra cup (or two!) and linger a little longer over our favorite brew. I hope I’ve inspired you to pick up a coloring book (or two!) for yourself (or a friend!) and have some creative fun while savoring your favorite beverage. After all, life is short.
So drink more coffee.
Create more beauty.
And enjoy the moment.
I’m curious… Have you given the adult coloring book craze a try? If so, do you find it’s an activity that relaxes you? I’d love to hear about your experience, so please leave me a comment below. Happy coloring and caffeinating!