These beautiful, detailed animals coloring pages for adults are the perfect way to de-stress and relax. Each page features detailed, zen-style illustrations of animals to color with a combination of doodle borders, mandalas, and complex backgrounds. There’s something for everyone in this set of 21 free animal coloring pages!
Most of these animals are tropical or warm-climate animals. If you’re looking for more animal coloring pages for adults, be sure to check out these owl coloring pages, zen bird coloring pages, and winter animal coloring pages for adults.
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How to use printable coloring sheets
Printing your own coloring pages is easy and less expensive than buying coloring books. You can print and color your favorite designs time and again without buying a whole new book. It also removes the fear of making a “mistake” or picking a color you regret later. Just print a new copy and start over!
For a more enjoyable, relaxing coloring experience, print your coloring pages on 32lb bright white paper, not whatever cheap copy paper is in the printer at work. The 32 lb paper is thick, bright, and smooth for rich colors. Your marker or pencil will glide across the page when you use this paper!
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The markers, pens, or pencils you use to color can have a big impact on your coloring experience. Let’s take a quick look at three popular options for adult coloring pages:
- Gel pens
- Colored pencils
There are tons very inexpensive gel pen sets available. They’re so tempting to pick up, but usually a huge disappointment once you actually try to use them. That’s why I wrote an entire post on the best gel pens for coloring, including budget options that actually color. The TL;DR version is that these are my two top picks:
For coloring markers on a budget, try Crayola Supertips. They’re fun for both adults and children. They can color fine detail or make broad strokes, available in a variety of colors, and you can even use them for hand lettering practice! As a head’s up – though they do have a fine tip for a marker, they may have difficulty with the detail in many of these designs. I’d personally color these animal pages with pencils or pens for control and accuracy.
- Sold as 50/ST.
- Markers have tips that are smooth, not scratchy.
- Fine line markers with a versatile tip that draws thick or thin lines.
When it comes to colored pencils, nothing can top a set of Prismacolors. Prismacolor colored pencils are soft and creamy. They color easily and are great for blending.
- Soft, thick cores are perfect for shading and shadows
- Ultra-smooth, even color laydown
- Lightfast, richly saturated pigments
Printable animal coloring pages for grown ups
Like all free printable coloring pages on The Artisan Life, these are licensed for personal and single classroom use. You may print and use them in your own personal classroom and with activities you are personally organizing, with your therapy clients, etc.
You are not licensed to redistribute the files or printouts to others for their personal use with their family members/students/clients. Please send friends and coworkers to this page so they can download their own copies.
Because people are frequently looking for a specific animal to color, a free download link for each individual page is located below the corresponding preview image. The link should open in a new tab and start downloading automatically. You may need to authorize downloads from Dropbox if a box appears asking for permission. Don’t worry – the purple watermark is not on your high resolution PDF coloring sheet!
If you love coloring and animals, you can save valuable time by snagging the whole printable coloring book with 21 pages for the very low price of $1.79. (Keep scrolling a tiny bit more for the individual freebie download links)
Alright, let’s get you to the free download links! As a reminder, each download link is below the relevant image. Make sure to allow downloads from Dropbox if a dialogue box appears asking for permission. Any blurriness or off-colors are just the result of image compression to help this page load quickly. Your PDFs are high resolution without the purple watermark.
I hope you enjoy these free animal coloring pages for grown ups! Be sure to grab these other free printable coloring sheets while you’re here: