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Bust Out the Crayons! 15 of the Coolest Coloring Books for Grown-Ups

15 Coloring Books for Grown-UpsAs far as indoor crafts and activities with my kids go, coloring has got to be my favorite. Considering the alternatives — play dough, finger painting, or anything that involves glitter, scissors, or glue — crayons are the art supply least likely to do permanent damage to my fine home furnishings. I just pick up a magic eraser (for any “accidental” wall murals) with my coloring book and my 64-count box of crayolas and we are set for an afternoon.

There’s something almost therapeutic about coloring between the lines, but occasionally I do wish for a drawing more sophisticated than the standard pony, princess, or super hero. As it turns out, I’m not the only adult with this wish. A quick peek around the web reveals there are dozens of coloring books made for grown-ups.

Covering everything from high fashion to celebrities, here are a few coloring books you won’t want to share with the kids:


  • Fashions of the First Ladies 1 of 15
    Fashions of the First Ladies
    Have an obsession with our nation's first ladies? Now you can give the White House a little color with 46 line drawings of our nation's most famous women including Michelle Obama.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Body Art: Tattoo Designs Coloring Book 2 of 15
    Body Art: Tattoo Designs Coloring Book
    Itching for a little ink? Stave off the craving by coloring in one of the 30 pages of body art depicted in this book. If you find you can't resist, perhaps this will provide a little inspiration.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Gangsta Rap Coloring Book 3 of 15
    Gangsta Rap Coloring Book
    Feel free to freestyle while you make a masterpiece of the most popular gangsta rappers from hip-hop. Let's be honest, who doesn't want to hang a hand-colored pictured of 50 Cent on their fridge?
    Find it on Amazon
  • Let’s Paint the ’90s! 4 of 15
    Let's Paint the '90s!
    All your favorite memories from the '90s assembled in one place for your creative pleasure. Forget the crayon and put a little paint on Vanilla Ice, the Olsen twins, the babes of Baywatch, Arsenio Hall, and more.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Christian Conservative Coloring Book 5 of 15
    Christian Conservative Coloring Book
    Whether you color inside or outside of the lines depends on how you feel about Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and more christian conservatives found in this book.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Color Your Own Classic Movie Poster 6 of 15
    Color Your Own Classic Movie Poster
    Perfect for anyone at the intersection of film buff and budding artist. Color scenes from 30 classic films like Singing in the Rain, Casablanca and Wizard of Oz.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Coloring for Grown-Ups 7 of 15
    Coloring for Grown-Ups
    Illustrated by the folks at Coloring for Grown-Ups this one is sure be filled with adult humor, pop culture, and hours of coloring fun.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Color Me Fierce! 8 of 15
    Color Me Fierce!
    Consider yourself a fashionista? Now you can color couture in crayon with this fashion activity book.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Romanti-Goth Coloring Book 9 of 15
    Romanti-Goth Coloring Book
    For those who love heavy eyeliner and black nail polish, here's the perfect coloring book. It's goth from A to Z. You can lace up your corset and color this one in a graveyard.
    Find it on Amazon
  • The Indie Rock Coloring Book 10 of 15
    The Indie Rock Coloring Book
    Love indie rock? Then this book is for you. Plus, all the proceeds go to the Yellow Bird Project. So pick up your favorite color and turn up The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Color Me Marilyn: Classic Hollywood Moments 11 of 15
    Color Me Marilyn: Classic Hollywood Moments
    For the Marilyn fan, add a little color to all those black and whites with page upon page of Monroe's most famous moments.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Occupy: A Grown-Up Coloring Book 12 of 15
    Occupy: A Grown-Up Coloring Book
    If you're part of the 1% this book is for you. Bleeding heart liberals rejoice! And then pull out your big box of crayons.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Thrill Murray 13 of 15
    Thrill Murray
    In this one you'll find page after page of Bill Murray in all your favorite roles -- Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation. Plus, the title is awesome.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Andy Warhol Coloring Book 14 of 15
    Andy Warhol Coloring Book
    Think you're the next Andy Warhol? Here's a perfect way to practice.
    Find it on Amazon
  • Lowrider Coloring Book 15 of 15
    Lowrider Coloring Book
    All my friends color low riders. Now you can finally have that pink cadillac you've been dreaming of.
    Find it on Amazon

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