Welcome to Chronically Batgirl Colours! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Batgirl aka Ali, a slightly addicted colourist in Australia.

When I was 13, I was diagnosed with depression and started suffering from at times, very severe, anxiety. One thing that helped was colouring – of course this was in 2004 and all I could colour where my younger sisters colouring books! But the seed was planted.
Now, I have what feels like a neverending lists of health issues along with my mental illness. I fractured three vertebrae in my spine twice, and as a result have severe back pain and struggle to walk at times. I’ve also had 12 abdominal surgeries for endometriosis and PCOS, so have trouble with chronic abdominal pain as well. All this has contributed to my love of colouring as an adult!
As well as my personal issues, I have personally seen the therapeutic effects colouring can have. I am a nurse – although cannot work at the moment – and have worked with people affected by dementia for a long time. The benefits were amazing to these residents- colouring is really a life changer for some people!
I started reviewing my small collection of colouring books over a year ago when I had to stop working. I was buying books online and forever being disappointed – I thought by reviewing and showing pictures, I could help abate some of that for other people! In October I started this blog dedicated to my reviews and it grows every month.

In the menu, you will find links to the book review list, curated lists such as books with black backgrounds, product reviews, colouring hints and tips, greyscale colouring (book reviews, tutorials and free images to colour) and where to find Chronically Batgirl on social media

So stick around, have a browse and let me know what you think or if you’d like me to review anything in particular – either leave a comment here or on one of our social media accounts

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Batgirl x

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  1. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my
    comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to
    say wonderful blog!


  2. I am happy to hear that these help you. I have been wanting to try them, I think I will get one soon. Thanks for sharing your struggles and what helps you! You are strong!


    1. It’s listed as out-of-print on the US Amazon site, but the Book Depository has it!!!! Yes, I’ll be looking forward to this review as well.


  3. I love your reviews so much! Great details, clear photos. I just keep buying and adding to my Wishlist with each review I get caught up on. Thanks so much and Kudos!


  4. Hello, I am one of the illustrators from the book “hidden nature” (promopress) and I would like to send you my book for review.Could you please send me a message with your adress?


  5. Hey there! Its me Joy. Seen another of your works of art.. No coloring, but art! UR gr8. I think you should post the beautiful unicorn and the girl.. Did you get that from a book or draw it? Either way.. Love it! Could you email me the Amazing Halloween girl w/the pumkin? I’d so appreciate it! Looking to here from you soon! Take care Sister of delta sigma coloring house! ๐Ÿ˜€ Goofy, huh?

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  6. I just joined your Facebook page. I to suffer from chronic pain from a car accident in 02. I now have fibromyalgia, depression, PTSD, Graves’ disease, annular year of my disc at L4/L5, nerve damage and a few other things. I’m sure you understand. I to have found the renewed enjoyment from colouring in and it definitely helps to take my mind off my mind and body.

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  7. I do understand having health issues. I am a 100% disabled vet. I also have a daughter with autism who loves to color with me. Glad to have an outlet to help.

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  8. I know what the endless health issues and mental issues feels like! I have card I made up for my husband with Drs, meds, and diagnosis’ for him just I case anything would happen and paramedics came, he wouldn’t look stupid… He would have something to give them and they wouldn’t give me the wrong stuff etc. most of the things people do not understand… Nor do they try, which makes it hard. I have MAJOR DEPESSION DISORDER, PTSD, SEVERE PMDD, DID, BPD, ANOREXIA-(been under control for two years now) SI, SEIZURES; Mitral Valve Prolapse w extra beats and murmur; and now just found Lupus ; and my bones break extremely easily and they want me tested for Osteogenesis Imperfecta It isn’t easy… And I know how it feels and can sympathize with you. We can’t change other people or their actions, how they respond to us. All we can do is control ourselves and our reactions to them. Putting ourselves first and doing what is best for US is top priority … And I found long long ago, music and art ( of many types) are my saving grace! Keep up with all you do that saves you. If u ever need to chat, I’m here. โค


      1. I am sorry YOU have to go through what you do. Just keep fighting … Coping using good coping skills… Such as coloring! It makes the world we live in much brighter ๐Ÿ˜‰


  9. I just read all about you! I can’t believe how much we have in common! I have scoliosis was diagnosed at 11yrs old , wore a brace for 3yrs , didnt work surgery after wearing the brace, put rods on both sides of spine. Wore body cast for 8mnths, rods removed age 17. Worked in fashion untill 1989 had car accident. Surgery on neck 5 times, one got ecoli in neck after they removed the broken plate they hd put in a prev.surgery. Now scoliosis is back! Cronic neck pain & back pain . So you can see how i felt you after reading about u!!! I just started coloring to help me get through the day! Im not an artist likeyou , but realy enjoy it!! I cant wait to get one of your books!! Thank you! Hope you have many pain free days!!


  10. I think your blog is great. I also love the giveaways. ๐Ÿ™‚ Coloring is a very creative and calming activity for me.


  11. Finally found the website link for you – I have followed you on Insta for ages. I didn’t realise you had endo and pcos too. Snap – not that its a great thing to have in common lol.

    Glad I found you – hope you and your kitties are doing well โค

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  12. I know how you feel. I have the same illness plus more. Everyday coloring helps me with my illnesses. If I didn’t do coloring I might still be in a dark place with my illnesses.


  13. Please I would’ve honoured to be a winner in the book colorist’s special effects to help me learn how to shade and make my colouring more effective, please I hope I can win a copy


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