Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Coloring Books for Grown-ups
Some time ago, long before I discovered Zentangles, I used to draw full-page designs just for my own amusement. The process was very soothing. Like Zenangles, it had a calming effect on me to draw them. I loved watching the designs grow on the page, watching what a particular line will do. It is easy to get lost in a private world when you are working on art.
I had a few friends that were interested in art but had great fears about trying to do art, so I started drawing designs they could just color in. I also drew some posters for coloring. It ended up as a coloring book for Grown-ups. I did over 20 drawings, each design printed on a separate page. A couple of my friends took the over-all designs and cut them up into 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches for Art Cards. (It was not so intimidating to color in the smaller size). Others used parts to make their own note cards. And some just put them on the fridge or framed them for hanging.
I really have enjoyed seeing the different ways people have used the pages. No two folks colored them in the same way, so each time someone shares with me what they have done, I am delighted and surprised. It is so much fun to see the different forms of creativity come to life.
The Coloring Book for Grown-ups is printed on fine quality card stock and on a separate page for ease of use (framing, cutting up for other applications, etc.) Some of the pages are like the picture above and some pages are like posters. They can be colored with pencils, crayons, watercolors, magic markers and prolly a whole lot of other media I have not thought of.
I still have some Coloring Books available if you are interested. If not, just enjoy the design. Explore. See what you would do with it.