Crayola has always been the first name in colouring innovation, so it’s surprising it wasn’t the company behind the recent trend in adult colouring books. But now it’s showing everyone how it’s done with its own line of wonderfully-detailed colouring books targeted at those who are already masters of staying within the lines.
For the grownup colourer who intends to maybe frame and hang their work, the Crayola 'Color Escapes' [sic] adult colouring kits feature over-sized 11x17-intricate black and white illustrations by artist Claudia Nice, plus a collection of either coloured pencils, fine-line coloured markers, or watercolour pencils. There are four of the sets to choose from, including Geometric, Kaleidoscope, Nature, and Garden themes
If you already have plenty of crayons or coloured pencils at home, there’s also a collection of four 8x10-inch Crayola colouring books featuring themed illustrations (Folk Art Escapes, Whimsical Escapes, Patterned Escapes, and Elegant Escape) by Terry Runyan, Flora Chang, and other Hallmark artists.
With all the various ‘escapes’ it’s obvious that Crayola is positioning its new colouring book line as a great way for adults to relieve stress, and as a cheaper alternative to seeing a therapist.
Finally, if you’re one of those colourers who churns through pencils like a beaver felling a tree, Crayola will also have packs of coloured pencils and colored markers targeted at grownups—although mostly just in terms of their packaging design.
Amazon has the big sets up for sale at £49.99 but, as they currently ship from the US, postal fees add close to £20 to the total. It might be worth waiting for a local UK retailer to start carrying stock (or to just pick up one aimed at kids a little closer to home). [Crayola]