redlinedesign: coloring books as inspiration

January 05, 2015


I have always had a love for coloring books. I remember as a little girl, carefully outlining my coloring pages with a beautiful colored marker and then filling in the drawing with its matching pencil. This has not changed since becoming an adult. Coloring books provide me with freedom to choose a subject without having to make it up myself, a place to explore color and a new way of looking at my own sketching and drawing.


One of my favorite coloring books is The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet. This book has simple black and white line drawings with prompts on each page. The paper is also fabulous for coloring and does not bleed through unless you use a sharpie marker.


Coloring books by artists and designers have come into the spotlight in the last year and several of my friends have created their own versions :

Janean Morrison has flowers, mandalas and pattern & design versions of her own beautiful design work.

Marisa Anne Creative Thursday Coloring Book (Creative Thursday Coloring Books) (Volume 1)published her first coloring book with her whimsical characters in December.

and Lisa Congdon has several flowers, geometrics and folk art coloring books.


If you are timid about keeping a journal or sketchbook, a coloring book is another way to start a creative practice. Get yourself some markers and pencils and a coloring book that excites you; keep it in a place that is easy to pull out and start exploring.

Happy New Year everyone!

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