DEEP DIVE

The best colouring app? It’s a draw.

We’ve narrowed the list down to three. From here it’s up to you.

Colouring, whether in a physical book or on your iPhone or iPad, is said to help reduce anxiety, provide focus and reduce stress after a long day. Here are three of our favourite colouring apps.

Lake: Colouring Books

Lake partners with artists to create books in a variety of styles. Simple brushes and palettes make it easy to create something beautiful, whether you’re colouring quirky people, cuddly animals, cheery typography, or abstract shapes. And when you subscribe to Lake, a substantial portion of the proceeds goes directly to the artists.

Lake offers a broad range of illustration styles. Each book includes one free design.

    Lake: Colouring Books

    Relax & paint the stress away

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Tayasui Color

Tayasui Color has a minimalist design but a surprising range of advanced features. This app only offers 12 illustrations and four tools, which keeps you from getting overwhelmed. Tayasui Color also makes helpful use of 3D Touch. Press (rather than tap) a tool icon to adjust its opacity and size; do the same with a colour in your palette and the entire spectrum pops up.

Tayasui Color’s designs were created by Paris-based illustrator Olivia de Bona.

    Tayasui Color

    A relaxing experience

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April Coloring

April Coloring is a classic paint-by-numbers activity that doubles as a meditative experience. It’s an especially great way to destress. There’s no danger of colouring outside the lines or picking the wrong hues; in April Coloring it’s impossible to make a mistake. Complete a painting to get a real sense of accomplishment – and a feeling of warm nostalgia.

After meticulously colouring abstract shapes, zoom out to admire your work of art in April Coloring.

    April Coloring - Oil Painting

    Oil colouring book for adults

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