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The Ultimate Free adult colouring pages roundup

The Ultimate Free adult colouring pages roundup

As you know if you are a regular follower, we LOVE free adult colouring pages here and feature some every month of so.  We are delighted to be able to work with some fantastic talent to produce exclusive pages for you all to download at no cost.   Adult colouring books might be the latest trend, but this one is proven to be good for you as according to psychologists it that relaxes the amygdala, the fear center of the brain and allows your mind to get the rest it needs.  We have rounded up all our fantastic free adult colouring pages into one place for you.   As we add more pages, I will make sure they are added here, so make sure you either bookmark or pin this page.

The Ultimate Free adult colouring pages roundup

But art and colouring is no new fad, psychologist Carl Jung prescribed coloring to his psychiatry patients. He gave his clients mandalas to color as part of their therapy, and mandala coloring books are popular today too.  In fact colouring has many positive benefits for adults.

Free Adult Colouring Pages – A Complete Resource

To help you plan your colouring in sessions I have our complete free adult colouring page resources here for you all listed by topic.  Either click on the link or on the photograph itself to get more information and be taken to the relevant page.

Adult colouring 101

Bookmarks to Colour

Christmas Colouring

I am also friends with some fab bloggers, who have rounded up their free colouring pages too and they can be found below:

Free Adult Colouring Pages

Free adult colouring pages by Craft on Sea

Free colouring pages by Daisies and Pie

Free kids and adult colouring pages by Kiddycharts

Our favorite colouring supplies:

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The best colouring supplies

I always print my printables directly onto 160 gsm cardstock using my Epson Ecotank Printer rather than regular paper, this way they are a little more durable and the pens do not bleed through to the other side. However, if you do not have a home printer then just pop to a library and use theirs.

I am a HUGE advocate of using the best supplies you can afford.  It is really frustrating to use pencils that keep snapping or refuse to blend well, oh and don’t get me started on pens that bleed through the paper.  I always buy the best quality I can afford, not just for me but for my kids too.  I want colouring to be a joyful experience.  These are mine and the MiniMad’s suggestions to you.  Our tried and tested favorites.  When I first started colouring I just pinched the boy’s products, which is why adult colouring is so accessible and over the period of a year I now have my own supplies!


We are currently loving using Staedtler Triplus colour pens (UK Link/US Link) – they do not bleed through the paper, which is great for adults and kids and they are really bright.  Plus you can get different nib sizes (UK LInk/US Link), my niece has the 3mm nib ones (I bought her them for Christmas and she adores them).  I also love the way they stand up in the packaging, so you can see the colours.


For a more inexpensive pen, we like the BIC kids coloring pens. These are great with minimal bleed through the paper and last for ages if you forget to put the lid back on (yes I am guilty of this)! (UK Link/US Link)

Pencils are also great for colouring and I have to say that we have two distinct favorites.  Once high quality and the other medium.


Staedtler Ergosoft pencils are great value.  They are soft and blendable and last really well.  These are our go to pencils for pretty much everything  (UK Link/US Link), they are not paying me to say this – honest! These are the pencils that the boys use for all their work and colouring too.  We avoid kids colouring pencils as they are hard and not as easy to blend.


If we could only have one colouring supply and money was no object then it would be prismacolor pencils.  I was introduced to these by the amazing illustrator Jennie Maizels (go check out her sketchbook club, you can thank me later).  They are blendable, fantastic colours, durable and everything you could need, but are at the top of the price range.  (UK Link/US Link)


This brings me to paper – as you are printing off these pages you can control the quality of the paper and unlike colouring books that you buy you can print one sided (whoop).  I print a lot of my pages on standard copier paper and if you have good quality art supplies then that is fine, however, if you are planning on framing or keeping your artwork then it would be better to print on a higher quality of paper.  Or if you plan on painting them, then you can print on to  inkjet watercolour paper (UK Link/US Link).  For standard colouring get some bleedproof paper and use it to print off your pages (UK Link/US Link).


Pencil sharpener – you need to have a good quality pencil sharpener for your pencils.  I LOVE standard office supplies one.  It can be adjusted to sharpen to a killer point of to a more blunt edge and there is something therapeutic about the crank handle and all the shavings being collected (UK Link/US Link)!


We use a staedtler pencil sharpener for our on the go one and this is the one we keep in pencil cases (UK Link/US Link).


The other must have for me is a clip board.  I am often found colouring in down stairs on the sofa on an evening (I try to reduce screens on a night) and rather than rest on a book I use a clipboard (UK Link/US Link).

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