My Colouring Book Collection

My Colouring Book Collection | Life of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, Today I’m sharing with you my colouring book collection. These aren’t your average colouring book, these are for one more expensive and much better quality than something you might see intended for children.

The adult colouring book trend has been quite big in the last few years and I have gathered quite a collection. So far I’ve particularly loved the ones released by Johanna Basford which is what I’m going to share with you today.

I’m going to include links to the books on her website just in case you are interested in purchasing any of them, I will link them throughout this post in the names of each book just so you know where to expect to find them. None of these are affiliate links they are just so you know where to find them.

My Johanna Basford Colouring Book Collection

I’ve really fallen in love with Johanna Basford’s magical worlds that she brings to life through stunning illustrations or as she likes to call them inky tales. She created them but it’s up to us to bring them to life by colouring them in and this makes each copy so individual.

Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford
Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford
Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford
Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

‘Ivy and the Inky Butterfly’ was released in 2017 and was Johanna’s first colouring book that also included a story. This book has some magical scenes and characters, it follows Ivy’s story, a young girl who discovers a secret door that leads to a magical world.

I’ve only coloured a couple of pages but my hope this year is to take more time to spend on my other creative hobbies including colouring, art journaling and photography.

I love the story of this book and I love the elements of curiosities as well as magical worlds and curious creatures.

World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford
World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford
My Colouring Book Collection World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford Coloured By Erin Applebee
World Of Flowers by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

World of Flowers‘ is Johanna’s newest books it was inspired by her grandmother who was both an avid gardener and artist.

What I love about each of her books is they take you on an inky tale that’s just waiting for you to bring them to life through your own imagination and this one is no exception, it filled with beautiful illustrations of flora and gardeners delights.

Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
My Colouring Book Collection Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

‘Enchanted Forest’ was one of the first books that I purchased from Johanna Basford along with ‘Secret Garden‘ and is also one of my favourites. I keep going back to this one time and time again.

My Colouring Book Collection Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

This book takes you on a magical journey into an enchanted forest filled with woodland creatures and magical castles. I love that even though most of her books don’t have words that have and underlying story and theme through out.

Lost Ocean By Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
My Colouring Book Collection Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

Lost Ocean‘ also has to be another one of my favourites, inspired by what lays under the sea this has some beautiful illustrations filled with octopi, exotic fish and magical mermaids.

My Colouring Book Collection Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

Like many of Johanna’s other books, this has a little treasure hunt which is placed throughout the many stunning illustrations, this one, in particular, has shipwrecks and pirates treasure to continue that underwater theme.

Magical Jungle By Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford
Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford
My Colouring Book Collection Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford
Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

I picked up ‘Magical Jungle’ in 2016 not long after it released, as the name suggests this one has a jungle theme and includes some beautiful illustrations of exotic animals both big and small.

My favourite that I’ve done so far is this giant butterfly which I notice a theme of throughout her books and these have to be some of my favourites to colour in because I love butterflies.

Secret Garden by Johanna Basford

My Colouring Book Collection Secret Garden by Johanna Basford
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Secret Garden by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
My Colouring Book Collection Secret Garden by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford Coloured by Erin Applebee

‘Secret Garden’ was Johanna’s first book and includes beautiful gardens and creatures hidden throughout.


I love using all sorts of mediums to colour in from markers to pencils each one gives a unique look to the illustrations. And even if you feel like you are lacking artistic skills it doesn’t matter because you can easily create whatever your heart desires through colouring in these beautiful illustrations while diving into a magical tale all at the same time.

I think what I love about her books apart from the stories and themes is the focus on nature, I remember having to study Botanical Illustration when I was studying Media Arts in my early adulthood and these illustrations take that idea of documenting the many beautiful species of plants we have on our planet but with something extra.

One of my other hobbies is taking pictures of nature particularly flowers and I think that’s why I love these books so much when I’m colouring in these illustrations it gives me that same happiness as if I was out photographing nature.

What are your favourite colouring books? any recommendations? let me know

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Erin Applebee is an Artist, Photographer, Graphic Designer, and Beauty Blogger from Adelaide, South Australia. Currently only posting to my beauty blog regularly Life of dahlia.

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