We thought it would be helpful to create an adult coloring resource page that you can come to for all of your adult coloring needs. We’ll add to it as we learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future we will refer to this page quite often. We recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

The Best Coloring Supplies For Adults

I learned through experience that I needed more than just books to color. I live in a small house and I don’t have a craft room. I needed to find a way to be able to store my coloring supplies safely, and still be able to pull them out quickly when I have time to color. Here are my top recommendations to get you started coloring…

Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils

Prismacolor Premier  – These are artist-quality colored pencils that are designed for every level of expertise. The colors are easily blended, slow to wear, and waterproof. This set of 24 Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils comes with it’s own handy tin storage case that also makes it easy to get to just the colors you need.

Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener

Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener  – Since your Prismacolor Premier Pencils come unsharpened (your pencils may or may not come sharpened), you will need a pencil sharpener. This pencil sharpener has been specifically designed to sharpen your Prismacolor Premier Pencils to a perfect point, and you can choose a point with either a wide or narrow angle.

Sharpie Ultra-Fine Point Permanent Markers

Sharpie Ultra-Fine Point Permanent Markers – You will also want to try some colored markers, and this 24-Pack of assorted colors, 5 of which are limited edition glam colors, will be a great addition to your collection of coloring supplies. The ultra-fine tip produces precise, thin lines with long-lasting permanence.

Energizer LED Book Light

Energizer LED Book Light – This flexible book light works well to direct light only where you need it. The clip allows you to easily affix the light to your clipboard, and you should get more than 10 hours of coloring on one set of batteries. The flexible rubber neck bends easily and holds its position for precision lighting just where you want it.

LapGear Student Lap Desk

LapGear Student Lap Desk – This lap desk is strong, durable, and lightweight. It is designed for maximum comfort and stability, and it is impact resistant as well as easy to clean.


Clipboard – This Clipboard is made of plastic material, designed with a strong metal clip. This clipboard will hold you work as your color allowing you to have a hands-free coloring experience.

Our Most Recommended Coloring Books

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 books for beginners.

Happy Campers

Happy Campers is a great 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.

The Big Book Of Mandalas

The 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.

Just Add Color

Just Add Color: Folk Art 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.

Designer Desserts

Designer 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, mouthwatering 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.

Creative Cats

Creative 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 pretty pussycats. The pages are both perforated and printed on one side for easy removal and display.

So, there you have it! Five great adult coloring books, and six supplies designed to get you started on your coloring journey.

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