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Coloring Therapy Geek-style

11/19/2016 Laura Watkins 0 Comments





Can I make a confession? I love to color! It's something I've never outgrown, and I don't think I ever will. The fact that adult coloring books have become popular makes me so so happy—not just because it means I'm not the only one, but it means it's easy to find great coloring books! My kids were getting really sick of sharing their coloring books with me and the pages in the kid coloring books were just too simple.
Page from Relaxing Therapy Coloring Book
Now, granted, my style of coloring isn't the typical bohemian style that is popular right now (where you color every single millimeter a different color, so it becomes a beautiful rainbow mosaic.) I prefer blocks of solid color, for the most part, on detailed pictures like these you see here in the pictures I've colored.

Page from Relaxing Therapy Coloring Book
I also don't like to use the standard colored pencils or gel pens. Actually, I really love using gel pens, and I love the variety of colors that are available in colored pencils, but I hate sharpening pencils (that and plastic wrap are bane of my existence!) and gel pens just don't last long enough. With my style of using a lot of one color per coloring page, I was going through a whole gel pen for one picture.

Page from Relaxing Therapy Coloring Book
Then, walking through Costco, it hit me: Sharpies
Iron Man art colored with Sharpies at Free Comic Book Day
I'd seen comic book artists use Sharpies to color their drawings at Free Comic Book Day (read more about Free Comic Book Day here, it rocks!) So I tried using Sharpies for my adult coloring books and coloring therapy. Love them!!

Page from the Doctor Who Coloring Book
They do have a few drawbacks (no pun intended!), like not as many colors available and having to find ultra-fine tip vs. fine tip, and the metalic colors (which are my favorite to use because it feels like I'm painting!) covering up the picture's lines (which I have to redraw). Actually, in all these coloring pages with gold or silver ink, you might be able to see where I had to redraw the lines in black ink (which is actually kind of fun if I don't completely mess it up—like I did with the cyberman in silver above...)

I'm having so much fun coloring! Not only is it a great way to relax, it helps me listen when I normally would have trouble concentrating (I have ADHD Inattentive).

Here are a few things to help you get started (or have even more fun if you're already addicted, like me). These are the two books I've tried so far. Love them both! Relaxing Therapy Coloring Book (I found mine at Costco but Amazon has it as well) and The Doctor Who Coloring Book. I've included all of the geeky coloring books that are on my wishlist.

Coloring Supplies


Sharpie Fine-Tip Permanent Marker, 24-Pack Assorted Colors (Great for larger blocks of color and consistent/smoother lines)



SUDEE STILE Color Pencils Set (120 Colors) Colored pencils come in a HUGE variety of colors and allow for more artistry in shading, etc. 


Gel Pens 120 Top Quality Gel Ink Pen Set with Compact PVC Case  Gel pens make me feel like I'm painting. If you're going for the popular style of lots of different colors per coloring page, this is a fun option!

Geeky Coloring Books for Adults

Doctor Who Travels in Time Coloring Book

Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairytales

Serenity Adult Coloring Book

Harry Potter Coloring Book


Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book 

Color Your Own Star Wars

Art of Coloring Star Wars: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation (Art Therapy)

Supernatural: The Official Coloring Book


Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book

Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book

Harry Potter Magical Artifacts Coloring Book

Art of Coloring: Disney Villains: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation

Art of Coloring Disney Princess: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation (Art Therapy)

Art of Coloring: Disney Animals: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book

The Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Coloring Book

DC Comics Colouring Book


Harley Quinn & the Suicide Squad: An Adult Coloring Book (Coloring Dc)

Coloring DC: Batman: Mad Love Featuring Harley Quinn (Dc Comics Coloring Book)


Coloring DC: Wonder Woman

DC Comics Wonder Woman Amazonian Princess Coloring Book - Softcover 96 Pages


The Flash: An Adult Coloring Book (Coloring Dc)

Coloring DC: Batman-Hush Vol. 1 (Dc Comics Coloring Book)


Color Your Own Doctor Strange


Color Your Own Civil War

Color Your Own Women of Power

Color Your Own Deadpool
Kickin' It Old School Coloring Book (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (Adult Coloring Book) 

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