How Find The Best Coloring Books For Beginners

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on How To Get Started Coloring For Less Than $100:

Part 1 – [You Are Here] – How to Find The Best Coloring Books For Beginners
Part 2 – How to Find The Best Coloring Supplies For Adults
Part 3 – The Best Place To Find Your Coloring Supplies

My coloring journey started the first time that I saw an adult coloring group on Facebook. I had never heard of adult coloring before seeing that group, and I thought, “coloring is for kids, and adults don’t color…adults do taxes.”

But thinking about coloring brought back many happy memories.

I remembered how much I loved to color as a child. I remembered how much I loved to color with my own child, who is now about to turn 15, and how much fun she and I had coloring together.

Before I knew it, I was running to the different craft stores in search of coloring books, pencils, pens, etc., trying to research the most affordable way to make these purchases. You know, all of the things that you need before you can color.

Since that day, I have purchased multiple books and supplies to get my coloring hobby started. I have also researched ways to get coupons from the different craft stores as a way of growing my coloring resources.

Along the way, I have learned a lot about how to get started coloring. I have made some mistakes along the way and learned some things through trial and error.

I have created this three-part series to help you get started coloring without having to make the mistakes that I made, and do it for less than $100.

Finding The Best Adult Coloring Books For Beginners

The first question that came to my mind when I started coloring was, what coloring books should I purchase? I started with the most popular ones but quickly discovered that many of the most popular adult coloring books were not the best coloring books for beginners.

Some of these best selling authors have done the world of coloring a great service by publishing and selling millions of books, but some of their books are not for the beginner. Some of their books also require more than the basic pens and pencils that most beginners purchase.

To save you from the some of the struggles that I went through, I have created a list of 5 books for beginners.

Recommended Adult Coloring Books For Beginners

Happy CampersHappy Campers is an excellent book that will allow you to begin your coloring journey and to express your creativity with markers, colored pencils, or gel pens. Happy Campers even includes finished examples, and guides to basic art techniques, from patterning and combinations to shading and color theory. This book contains 30 high-quality, extra-thick, pre-perforated pages, and at $5.18 it doesn’t make much of a dent in your $100 budget.

The Big Book of MandalasThe Big Book of Mandalas Coloring Book is currently one of the more popular adult coloring books. This book contains more than 200 mandalas for you to color. These intricate designs will help you express your creativity as you develop a unique color pattern for each one. You can purchase the Big Book Of Mandalas for $15.74 at

Just Add Color: Folk ArtJust add color is one in a series of adult coloring books by artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon. This version contains 30 original Folk Art designs on perforated pages that you can color, share, and frame. If you like Folk Art, you are going to love coloring this book. This book is priced at $11.07.


Designer DessertsDesigner Desserts was developed because of the popularity of television shows such as Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, and Cupcake Wars. It showcases more than 30 original, yummy cake and cupcake designs for you to color. These pages are perforated and printed on one side so that you can easily remove them for framing. This book retails for $5.99

Creative Cats BookCreative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book is a favorite of both cat fanciers and adults who color. This book contains more than 30 full-page portraits of lovely pussycats. The pages are both perforated and printed on one side for easy removal and display. This book retails for $5.13


So, there you have it! Five great adult coloring books designed to get you started on your coloring journey. All five of these books are great coloring books for beginners.

The best thing is that purchasing all five of these excellent books will only cost you $43.11 out of our $100 budget leaving you with $56.89 to spend on pens, pencils, and the other supplies that you will need to get started coloring.

In the second part of this series, I will show you how to get the rest of your coloring supplies, and in the third part of the series I will show you where you can find everything that you need, all in one place with free 2nd-day shipping.

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