Remember how stoked you’d get on the scent of Crayolas, or how happy cracking open a brand-new coloring book could make you feel? Well, it’s time to revisit this pastime of yore. Whether you want to indulge your OCD tendencies by penciling in a complex pattern, or simply zone out for a bit with a meditative marker sesh, there are now tons of coloring books out there designed for adults to enjoy. Dawn Finley, who hosts a monthly coloring event at the Women’s Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles, shared 5 of her favorite titles for tinting, and we added a couple of our own.
For the methodical and detail-oriented: Lost Ocean features intensely intricate designs by Johanna Basford based on the natural world. ($10.17, amazon.com)
For the fierce feminist: Ijeoma Oluo’s The Badass Feminist Coloring Book: A Colorful Celebration of Modern-Day, Intersectional Feminism, features portraits of and quotations from—who else?—badass feminists. ($20, amazon.com)
For alt-comic lovers and goths: This Dame Darcy Variety Pack pick comes straight from the BUST staff, ’cause if we can’t live in Darcy’s dark whimsical world, we at least want to color it. ($20, damedarcy.etsy.com)
For the tri-curious: Here’s another pick we couldn’t resist — Color Her: A Mix ’n Match Coloring Book, from a Canadian creative director and fashion designer. Its exquisite corpse format lets you create your own female hero with options from the modern day to the mythological. ($20, color-her.com)
Top photo: Kate Lacey (Lost Ocean Spread)
This originally appeared in the December/January 2016 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!