Save Big on Adult Coloring Books at Amazon!

If your Black Friday wish list includes adult coloring books, you’re in luck!

Amazon is running a sale from now until November 28 to save $10 off $25 or more in book purchases with the promo code HOLIDAYBOOK.

This code will work with any print book purchase–including adult coloring books! To sweeten the deal, I found three titles with coupons that will work in combination with the $10 off code. (Valentina Harper is one of my favorite artists, so I purchased all three as an early Christmas present for myself!)

Creative Coloring: A Second Cup of Inspirations by Valentina Harper has a coupon to save $5 off the $8.36 list price.

Creative Coloring Flowers by Valentina Harper has a coupon to save an added 33% off the $6.53 list price.

Color Your Own Stickers: Nature by Valentina Harper has a coupon to save an added 33% off the list price of $7.70.

Unique Adult Coloring Gifts for the Holidays for Under $30

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The holiday season is fast approaching. Get a jump start on your shopping by checking out some of the amazing adult coloring themed gifts on Amazon. Priced at $30 or less, these budget-friendly treats showcase the wide range of materials that can be colored. They’re perfect for both beginning and experienced colorists, so don’t feel guilty if you decide to buy something for yourself in the process!

vases

Mindware’s color your own porcelain vases kit includes three small vases to color, bake, and display. Six porcelain markers are provided, giving your favorite colorist everything she needs to express her creativity.

pillow

A color your own pillow case lets your gift recipient show off her artistic talents in a unique way. Several different designs are available, all of which fit an 18″ pillow insert.

colorsocks

Funky socks are the perfect way to add pizzazz to a boring outfit. Encourage your favorite colorist to showcase her unique sense of style with these color-in socks from Crayola. One size fits most adults and the kit comes with four fabric markers.

pouchWhen finished, this floral print color your own pouch could be used as a makeup bag, pen case, or portable first aid kit. As an added bonus, 10 gel pens are included with your purchase.

deskcalendar

Pretty and practical, this color your own desk calendar gives the recipient a new work of art to tackle each day.
lunchbag

Taking your lunch to work in a stylish tote you colored yourself makes brown bagging it more fun. This extra large neoprene lunch tote from Rosella is easy to carry and keeps food cool for several hours.

coffeeEveryone knows you can’t start your day without a little caffeine. Treat your favorite coffee fanatic to this 17-ounce ceramic color your own coffee mug. Six different designs are available.

puzzle

This color your own puzzle is perfect for anyone who enjoys adult coloring books and jigsaw puzzles.

washitape

Any colorist will flip for this washi tape that can be used to customize everything from notebooks and envelopes to gift wrap.

canvas

Fans of Johanna Basford’s unique style will love a coloring canvas to display in their home. You can choose from Enchanted Forest, Lost Ocean, Magical Jungle, and Secret Garden designs.

Blue and Orange Complementary Color Schemes

1246027159_4976a2e158_oBlue and orange are considered complementary colors because they are opposite each other on the color wheel. When placed next to each other, complementary colors create the strongest contrast.

When you add neutrals and play with the shades being used, complementary colors can result in a number of unique color schemes. Try using one of the five options above on your next adult coloring book page!

[Photo courtesy of Adam Polselli via Flickr.]

Get Organized with a Free Adult Coloring Planner

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If it’s a struggle to keep track of all the items on your to-do list, you’re going to love this adult coloring freebie. Stuck At Home Mom has designed a cute weekly planner coloring sheet with a simple floral design that you can easily color using gel pens, markers, colored pencils, or whatever else strikes your fancy. It’s available for download with your choice of either a white background or a black background.

One unique coloring book craft you could make with this project is a dry erase calendar board. Simply color in the design to match your home decor, then stick the picture in a pretty frame. Use a dry erase marker on the glass to write your notes for each day. This method works well for everything from a weekly meal plan to a chore list for your children.

OMY Helps You Plan a Party Both You and Your Kids Will Love

OMY party collageIf you love coloring with your kids, why not make this the theme of your next party?

OMY is a brand of graphic paper goods and products in playful coloring book style illustrations that will appeal to kids as well as fans of adult coloring books. Parisian graphic designers Elvire Laurent & Marie-Cerise Lichtlé founded OMY in 2012 after both becoming mothers and deciding to change their approach to design.  The brand has done collaborations with MoMa (Keith Haring and Jeff Kunz designs), Colette in Paris and made a Brooklyn map poster for Le Bon Marche’s Brooklyn exhibition.

From coloring pages and placemats, to party favors and clothing, OMY offers designs illustrated in the brand’s signature quirky images of cities, maps and cheerful scenes, and familiar artwork like Keith Haring. The collection retails from $5 – $90. Items are available for purchase at perfectlysmitten.com and other large US retailers. I can’t think of better way to create shared time and moments with family and friends than by planning a celebration with party decor that becomes a personalized keepsake!

For more party ideas that will appeal to kids and adults alike, check out my post 3 Fun Ways to Turn Coloring into a Family-Friendly Activity.

Using Aromatherapy to Enhance Your Adult Coloring Experience

aromatherapy for adult coloring

One of the reasons adult coloring books have become so popular is that they’re an inexpensive, natural, and effective way to deal with anxiety and depression. As someone who struggles with both of these issues, I know an hour spent coloring has great therapeutic benefits. I have about 40 books in my collection at the moment, but I’m especially fond of inspirational titles like Creative Haven’s Chalkboard Art Coloring Book when I’m feeling blue. (The “Believe in Yourself” image at the bottom of this post is one of my favorites from the book.)

Although coloring is wonderful all by itself, you can increase its soothing properties by diffusing essential oil in your work space. Lately, I’ve been diffusing lavender essential oil from New York Biology. This is an affordably priced high quality oil that smells amazing. I especially like the dropper cap this brand comes with. This makes it so much easier to dispense just the right amount of oil. With other brands I’ve tried, I always worry about wasting or spilling in the process.

The best essential oils to use for anxiety include:

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang ylang
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Clary sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Wild orange
  • Lemon

Bergamot, lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang are also recognized as natural treatments for depression.

I use a 100 ml FLYMEI coloring changing diffuser, but Amazon has a wide selection of aromatherapy diffusers to choose from, ranging form inexpensive models that are under $20 to larger and more decorative diffusers that are $50 and up. I’ve also seen lower priced diffusers for sale at select Walmart stores.

Diffusers are generally very easy to use, as long as you remember to make sure the top is secured tightly and avoid overfilling the diffuser to prevent leaks. Your oil will last a very long time, since one drop is enough for several hours of soothing aromatherapy benefits.

If you have some extra time after coloring, nothing beats a soothing aromatherapy bath. Try making DIY bath salts with 1/2 cup Epsom salt, ½  cup cup Himalayan salt, and 7-8 drops essential oil. Mix ingredients together well, then store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. (As a side note, bath salts make a lovely homemade gift. Decorate your jar with pretty ribbon and stickers you’ve colored from Color Your Own Stickers: Inspirations for the perfect finishing touch.) 

Disclaimer: A New York Biology essential oil sample was provided for the purpose of preparing this review. 

Believe in Yourself