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A new hobby introduced to me by my sister is adult coloring books. She purchased a book for me, and I've been hooked since. My mother, when she's feeling well, also spends a lot of time at the kitchen table coloring in patterned pages. Life's been crazy hectic around here lately, and I've found that adult coloring books help keep me calm. It transports me to a place of Zen and I can be in my own little world coloring beautiful pictures and patterns that are geared for the adult crowd.
I'm not in the minority; adult coloring books are a huge trend right now. Since 2013, coloring books targeted to adults have topped bestselling charts, selling more than 1.5 million copies in over twenty-two languages. Five of the top thirty titles on Amazon’s bestseller list are coloring books aimed at adults. Skyhorse Publishing’s first four adult coloring books featuring the paisley and mandala motifs have already sold out four printings.
I was given the opportunity to review one of Skyhorse Publishing's portable coloring books. Of the four volumes available, I received 'Calming Patterns'. A little smaller than a regular size coloring book, this new Portable Coloring for Creative Adults series from Skyhorse is conveniently sized at a 6.5 x 8.5 trim. 'Calming Patterns' is a hardcover book with seventy-five detailed patterns. This particular volume is filled with different pattern styles. There is an introduction with details on how to get the most out of your coloring book. I've found that gel pens and colored pencils work best with this book. Markers can bleed through to the next page if you're coloring in the actual book. There are pictures on both sides of each paper. I'd prefer if the pages were perforated but there's still enough leeway on each one to carefully cut them out without cutting into the design. I really like the detailing of the patterned illustrations. Some of them are more intricate than others. I've already colored a few pages. It's a relaxing hobby, and this particular adult coloring book is perfect for anyone who wants to color for fun or for relaxation.