How to Choose a Coloring Book
We have written this article with the user in mind but if you are choosing the book as a present for someone else then just apply the following to them.
What Do You Like?
Obviously it is more fun to color things that you have an interest in. This may be such things such as flowers, structured patterns like mandalas, animals, fantasy pictures or houses perhaps. You can find speciality books for many things – just think what would give you pleasure to color. The important thing is to look for good artwork and variety.
How Much Detail is There?
Be aware of the amount of detail on the pictures and pick your comfortable level. Children and those who are sight-impaired will likely prefer simple images. Experienced colorists are likely to look for something rather more intricate.
Look closely at the pictures for too much repetition. You may enjoy the main pattern but then find it is just repeated in different sizes all over the page. This may be what you want but we find that the more variety the more fun.
Make sure the paper is of good enough quality to ensure you do not get significant bleed through. Modern coloring tools such as gel pens, markers and watercolor pencils give the best results on thicker paper. A poor quality paper can also start to “shred” when shading, layering with more than one color or using fine-tipped gel pens.
Single Page Designs
Books where each design is given a separate page with no image on the back ensures that some bleeding will not matter. However, it is also a good idea to place a piece of paper behind the picture you are working on to protect the one on the following page.
If you want to save your work and detach it from the book then look for books with perforated pages. If this is not possible then ensure there is a wide margin so the picture is not close to the seam You can then can cut along it to remove the image from the book. If the book is stapled together then you should be able to take it apart without damage to the finished picture. If you are really proud of your creation you may want to place it in a frame.
Do you want to draw as well as color?
Some books leave blank spaces for you to add your own drawings to the picture. Many people only want to color so find it a waste to have large empty areas on the page.
Coloring Greeting Cards
Rather than color in a book and then just put your colorings back in a drawer when they are done, many people today love the idea of coloring greetings cards. Then the pleasure is tripled. You can enjoy coloring the card, take pleasure in sending it to someone with a personal message and then there is the joy for the receiver getting something personal in the mail.
What others say
If you are buying from someone like Amazon then read through the reviews. You can also find some useful video book reviews on YouTube.
Adult coloring is so popular these days that there are many Facebook groups full of people who love to color. Choose those that are a fit for you and you can find recommendations of favorite books from others.