So this whole adult coloring thing is huge, isn’t it? And while I kind of wonder why he feel the need to stick “adult” in front of it, like we think that it’s too immature a past-time unless we imply that we’re coloring something a bit more challenging than Snoopy laying on his house, I still stick that adult in there myself. The fact of the matter is that it’s pretty dang calming. You zone out and just worry about what color you’re going to fill in that next shape with.
But sometimes I don’t really want to drag out my books and find a page and decide if I want to use colored pencils, or markers, or whatever. And sometimes I’m Add-ing so hard that I can’t stick with one page and so I hop around messing up several pages that I’ll never start back up on because my OCD wants me to start with a fresh, clean page that I didn’t already mess up :) Haha!
So when I got the urge I decided to see if there were any apps that I could use. I had tried ages ago to find something but back then they were all geared toward children. I still downloaded it and played with it, though! But now there are more “adult” or advanced, really, pages that you can get in these apps and it’s pretty fab. It also makes car rides a bit more bearable.
After trying out the first “FREE” app I downloaded several other because I quickly realized that these little apps were HUGE money makers for the developers. On my first I could use other color palettes, if I paid $1.99 for each one (which I accidentally did thinking I was buying ALL of the color palettes – womp, womp) and then I got ticked deluxe. So here I am sharing the couple I checked out and what I think about them.
Now I’m trying apps on my iPhone so things like number of free pages or prices, might be different for Android devices.
Adult Coloring Book Premium – Free Fun Games for Stress Relieving Color Therapy. Available in iTunes and Google Play.
Using this app is simple. Pick a color and then tap the shape to fill it in. I did feel like it was sometimes difficult to get the colors to take, as in I’d tap the screen repeatedly to get the color to fill and I even got frustrated enough to quit. You can zoom in super closely making filling in very small shapes pretty easy.
There are 49 free pages to color and 72 free colors to use. Color selection is simple and the palettes range from essential to dynamic to classical and seem to either be in a class that is very vibrant or very muted with little in between but there is ample free content to keep you busy and happy coloring for a while.
To unlock all content you’ll pay $9.99 to purchase the “mega bundle” which will add 24 more coloring pages for you to access plus 2 palettes and 2 custom palettes where you select your own colors to save, adding up to 96 more colors to what you can use.
Though the designs are varied I’ve found quite a few that I have enjoyed coloring and the free colors have been enough to happily fill in my shapes.
In the end I’m quite happy with this little app though I wouldn’t say it was worth the cost to pay for extra content. Especially when you can get more on other apps for less.
Colorfy by Fun Games for Free. Available in iTunes and Google Play.
Okay, so this is a little weird. This app is so much like the one before that I keep getting them confused. Like, I’ve had to sit there and hold the phone in my hand to keep up with what is what. But while they appear to be similar in design (and have the same name on different screens) this one has a lot more paid content than free. You get 54 free colors including a changing daily palette you can vote on of 9 colors. Premium users get access to all of the past daily palettes as well as a few more themed palettes like “chill mood” that is heavy in blues. There are 77 free pages to color, including 10 uninspired and totally boring pattern pages. By comparision, there are 168 premium pages you have to pay to get access to. And they’re pretty awesome pages, too. There is also a weekly volume with even more pages only premium users get access to and it looks like there are around 6 designs a week and they’re currently at 62 volumes, so that could be an extra 300+ pages of paid content there.
This paid content isn’t cheap here, with a month costing $7.99 or a year costing $39.99. Ack! And remember next year you’ll have to pay $39.99 again because this is a subscription!
I didn’t actually finish any coloring pages in this app because I kept thinking it was the same as the one above :)
Adult Coloring Book – Color Therapy Pages & Stress Relief Coloring Book for Adults. Available in iTunes.
You can get 224 colors and 219 designs for $6.99 with quite a bit of free content but I didn’t like this one. I thought it was boring. Moving on.
Color Therapy. Available in iTunes. <– heads up this one is my fave.
Now this was probably my FAVORITE (though it doesn’t look like it is in Google Play, bummer) of the tap and color style of adult coloring page app and for good reason. The pages to color are so interesting and awesome! Plus there are lots of other features. You can listen to a smooth playlist of relaxing music that I found I prefer to have turned off instead (Rob “where is that elevator music coming from?”) but you might dig it.
I also love that you can change the colors of the lines, add filters to make your coloring look like it’s on canvas or distressed or whatever. There are seriously a TON of options and you could make a bazillion different images with just what is free here.
And as far as the paid portion goes it seems to be a really good value. It looks like all of the images to color are free (and there are over 400 of them) it’s just the color palettes you pay for. Now I thought I was buying all of the color palettes for $1.99 but I wound up only buying the skin tone one. Womp womp. But if I had paid attention you can get all of the colors for $7.99 which is what I’ve spent on an actual coloring book, easily. You can also unlock a few things, like gradients (yes, gradients!) with sharing pieces on social networks or watching a video so those are technically free, too.
To be honest I’m more than happy with the free version though I might someday get the other colors. The more and more I’m using these apps the more I realize that the huge color selection is part of why I am digging this a bit more over traditional adult coloring at the moment. If you’re wanting to not fill your device with a ton of apps and are thinking of just getting one, Color Therapy is the one that what I’d suggest.
Free Coloring Book for Adults. Available in iTunes – similar by same developer available in Google Play.
This one is simple and free. One of my fave coloring pages came out of it but the pickings are slim with on 10 pages to color and, if I counted correctly, it looks like there are only 36 colors total. BUT for free and without asking you for anything I kind of dig it. They make their money off of a small ad at the bottom of the page and I didn’t even notice it for a while so it’s hardly bothersome. And people gotta make a living somehow.
In truth I’d rather get something completely for free and have ads but that’s just me. Most of the pages are nice but fairly simple and there was only a single page I didn’t like at all. I’m not sure if I’d download it again knowing the other options.
Pigment. Available in iTunes. <– second fave.
Now this app is totally different from the others. Pigment is where you can actually color, by rubbing your finger or a stylus along the screen. You even get to choose the style that you color in from pencils to a paint brush to a paint bucket to totally fill in. Heck, playing with the different brushes was half of the fun with this app. But at first I HATED THIS APP.
But when I saw a little pop up about how if you single tap an area it becomes selected so you can color within that area exclusively, I was suddenly have a ton of fun. Heck, I made Rob try it out in the car as the resident artist and he agreed that it was great and he loved that it can teach a lot about color as the colors truly mix as they should (yellow and blue will make green, etc.)
This is a lot more involved than the other apps where you simply tap the color and then the section, but you can do that with Pigment, too. But let’s get to what you’ll get for free and what you’ll have to pay for if you want more… There are 350+ pages to color with 78 of them being free, but to be honest I disliked a ton of the designs.
See… quantity vs. quality. Add in the fact that this is a MONTHLY subscription and I’m all heck no. For either $4.99 a month or $24.99 a year you can get access to a lot of patterns, a lot of which don’t have much going on making them less than fun to actually color in my opinion. Is it worth a download? Yes. But I’d stick with the free stuff only. I can recolor the same dang things a bazillion times over instead of forking over that kind of dough for something I feel just isn’t worth it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find this one on Google Play.
In the end I found adult coloring apps to be quite rewarding and I didn’t really miss the paper book. There were no pencils rolling into the couch cushions or marker lids to lose and I could start up coloring whenever and wherever I pleased without actually carrying anything extra. In the end, I’m going to remove all but my 2 favorites, Color Therapy and Pigment, both only available in iTunes as far as I can see.