DEEP DIVE

The Best Coloring App? It’s a Draw.

We’ve narrowed the list down to 3. From here it’s up to you.

Coloring, whether in a physical book or on your iPhone or iPad, can help reduce anxiety, provide focus, and lessen stress after a long day. It’s meditation without the Om.

You have dozens of coloring apps to choose from. Here are three of our favorites and why we love them.

Lake: Coloring Books

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

Lake partners with artists to create books with a variety of topics and styles. Simple brushes and palettes make it easy to create something beautiful, whether you’re coloring 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—so you can do good in the world while practicing self-care.

    Lake: Coloring Books

    Relax & paint the stress away

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Tayasui Color

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

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 the long press: Press (rather than tap) a tool icon to adjust its opacity and size; do the same with a color in your palette and the entire spectrum pops up.

    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—and an incredible way to de-stress. That’s because it’s impossible to make a mistake in April’s world. There’s no danger of coloring outside the lines or picking the wrong hues. This app combines warm childhood nostalgia with a sense of real accomplishment every time a drawing is completed.

    April Coloring

    Paint by Numbers

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