Remember the craze of colouring in a few years ago? It was huge, wasn't it? The sales of colouring pencils and marker pens soared. A handful of artists led by Johanna Basford, the oracle of colouring books, made very good money out of it.
I don't know about you but as a kid I loved to colour things in. I would spend many hours doing so. I was always in competition with my big sister as to who could colour in the lines better. She usually won now that I think about it!
The fad that we have just seen was built on the stress factor, the need to escape and to take care of our mental wellness.
Life has got tough and the pressures of careers and home life meant we needed some escapism and something simple, quick and non-competitive. Mindfulness matters and adult colouring filled the gap easily.
Have you ever wondered who creates the magical books that teach children to use felts and colored pencils? I know I never thought about it until recently since there were no author titles on the books we coloured as kids, and even if there were, we probably didn't read them. We were captivated by the cute and funny pictures of cats, clowns, and seals balancing balls on their noses.
It’s not as easy as it sounds believe it or not. I can see some of you now getting out a sketch pad and having a go! Even if it is only to prove me wrong! And that’s ok, because some of you will get it straight away. Most will be able to understand what I mean. It all depends on your particular drawing skills to be honest.
I came across this situation years ago while we were out somewhere and my kids were bored. All I had at the time were some colouring in pencils and a sketchbook so I thought why not create something they could colour in and set to creating some simple artworks based on things they liked at the time. Over the years I’ve recreated this for other kids in similar situations and of course I got the hang of it with time and experience.
Early in the 2000s, adult colouring books became very popular. At the time I was laid up with breast cancer and unable to paint so I created my first grownup book - 'The Dress Book'. It's full of retro style gowns. You can purchase it by clicking on the image below to visit Amazon
Over the following years I created a whole range of books, a series of the Dress books, another series of Chardonnay Minx books and a few stand alone books like an Easter Egg one and Bras for the Cause. You can see them all on Amazon and purchase from there also.
As promised here are seven tips to design a colouring book yourself.
These are some of the things you will need to consider-
If this is your thing why not pop over and see my Colouring Fan Group on Facebook. This fan club was created by a group of American fans and my books became popular internationally. Have a look on Amazon for the whole range if you are keen to see what I created and maybe buy one or two as well.
Posted: Monday 12 July 2010