Adult coloring books are all the rage these days. If you’d like to give it a try, I’d suggest checking out Zen Coloring Book For Adults, a fun and free app for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

You can color using your mouse or by drawing on the screen using a touchscreen device. I tested it out both ways and it works fine either way.

To find the app, tap the Windows Store icon to open the store and search for Zen Coloring Book For Adults. Or type Zen Coloring Book For Adults in your Windows 10 search box. It should bring up store results.  The app is free, so just tap the Free button to install.

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Open the app and press the play button.

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In the free version, you have 2 packs each of 20 illustrations to choose from.  You can unlock all of the artwork and remove ads from the app for a fee of $2.99. Just tap a package to get started.

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Then choose your favorite drawing.

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You can choose to turn the music on or off by clicking at the top left.

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Adjust the shading of your pencil. by pulling the slider.

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Your color choices are displayed just below the slider.

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Tap Next palettes to change your color choices.

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To draw just pick a color from the palette , then tap or mouse-click on the spot you wish to color.

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On the right, you’ll see a menu of icons. Choose the pencil option to color by moving the mouse pointer or your finger like a crayon. Choose the bucket option to fill whole spaces just by clicking.

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The palette icon allows you to create custom colors.

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The garbage can icon will clear coloring. Beneath that is an undo button.

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You can also use the magnifying glass icons to zoom in or out.

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When your masterpiece is finished, you can use the share icon to save the file or to share via social media or e-mail.

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You don’t need to have a particularly steady hand to enjoy this app. Take your time and move precisely if you find that soothing, or move in broader strokes.

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Either way, I think you’ll have a lot of fun. Plus, you can’t beat the price.

~ Cynthia