Colouring for grown-ups
So… it seems grown-ups are getting totally into colouring now. Awesome! I’ve always loved colouring, and used to spend hours as a very young child colouring in Altair Design books using my big tin of felt tips. These days I mostly just colour my own pictures, but now and then my daughters will ask me to colour something with them. Colouring can be a really relaxing and therapeutic activity, allowing you to lose yourself in the design and the colours, or concentrating your mind on the details or symmetry (You know I love symmetry, right? To the point where my table has to be set with the plates symmetrical, but not matching – two blues opposite each other, two whites opposite each other two blues on one side a yellow opposite and two whites at the far ends… Yeah, it’s a little obsessive.)
Spurred on by a friend writing a blog post about colouring for grown-ups (Mum in the Madhouse), I pulled out a couple of designs and made them into sample colouring pages for her to offer with her post. A month later, I was again spurred on by her to make a downloadable colouring book, which you can find on Etsy. Her post went a little crazy, being shared on a popular parenting Facebook page, and suddenly my Facebook page was hugely popular (in comparison to before) and people were asking about colouring pages and I wasn’t entirely sure what was going on, but it was lovely to have a whole new audience (I just hope they like to see lots and lots of patterns, as well as the odd colouring page I’ll throw in now and then).
Anyway… blatant plug coming up (it’s my website, I’m allowed!)… you can buy my colouring book on my Etsy shop (which I can’t add to the pull-down thingy up at the top of the site right now, because I can’t for the life of me remember where to edit the information that’s in there – oops!). And, these are the pictures you’ll get in it – 14 pictures in total and all based on my black and white ink drawings (many of them from the ‘Inktober’ challenge).
And, ooh look, aren’t I nice? Here’s a free sample of one of the pictures in the book! Right-click and save to download the PDF, or click to just open it up and send straight to your pinter.
Since that one’s selling pretty well, I’m working on another one, which looks like it will concentrate on flowers and birds – tentative title is ‘Feathering the Garden’, but I reserve the right to change my mind completely. When that one’s ready, I’ll let you know and I’ll be giving away a sample from that one fairly soon. You can see some sketches here of a couple of the designs: