We’re giving away 3 copies of the Create Magic coloring book by Katie Daisy. You can enter to win by liking or commenting on this post on our Facebook page. We’ll randomly select 3 winners (US address entries only) on April 14, 2017, at 12:00 pm PT.
Remember the days when everyone gathered around the table for a board game or a jigsaw puzzle during the holidays? Well, I have a fun cooperative alternative to offer for this season: hosting a coloring party. This is a wonderful, low-stress way of gathering with friends or family for some shared creative expression.
As the author/illustrator of 5 coloring books and the Magical Garden coloring calendar, I have hosted a number of these events in my community and beyond: in libraries, bookstores, brew pubs, and in-home gatherings. I am here to tell you that everyone comes away from this experience with a sense of joyful accomplishment and the gift of connecting with one another through this shared creative experience.
If you’re looking for a way to unplug, connect with multiple generations, and share creatively with any number of folks, you will find this event to be a door to community building and to stimulating positive family interactions.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO HOST A COLORING GROUP EVENT
You will want to supply individual books for everyone in the group. You can pick up good-quality coloring books for around $10 to $15. You might want to focus your books on a theme for the gathering. My books focus on the spiritual seeker genre. But there are so many options to choose from: fantasy, fairies, botanical, mandalas, humor, or even religious-themed titles such as Hebrew Illuminations or Celtic Art. It’s also a nice takeaway for guests, as the joy can be sustained through home practice as well.
If supplying books isn’t in the budget, you can find low-cost or free downloadable coloring pages online. Remember, you will still want to purchase a package of high-end, heavyweight paper on which to print your pages. I recommend Classic Crest, 80 lb. text, acid-free, from Neenah Paper, as well as a good inkjet printer.
There are so many types of pencils available it may be hard to choose in the beginning. I recommend a medium-quality oil-based pencil; my personal favorite is offered through Dick Blick Art Materials, their store-brand pencils. These are made in a 200-year-old factory in the Czech Republic – they know how to make a good pencil. As an alternative, Prismacolor, Marco, and Faber Castell are also good brands. They offer both wax- and oil-based pencils.
I generally like to offer a set of 24 for every 2 people. If you’re hosting a gathering for 6 or more, you might consider investing in a larger set of 72 or 96. This will offer more variety of colors for the colorists.
Again, like pencils, there are a number of options. The most important question to consider is: Is it a water-based or alcohol-based marker? The water-based ones will not bleed through the pages as strongly. I prefer Tombow markers, but they are not inexpensive. I’ve also gone to a discount store and picked up inexpensive alternatives. I do like a brush tip when available. Continue reading
We’re delighted to introduce our newest coloring book by Katie Daisy. Spark childlike wonder as you color your way through a journey of wildflowers, butterflies, birds, hot-air balloons, and other visual delights from beloved illustrator Katie Daisy. With each illustration she revels in the joy of everyday life and her love of nature invites you along to color, be present, have an open heart, and see the magic in the world. Quotes in Katie’s signature lettering style are sprinkled throughout, ready for you to apply your own color palette so they can spring to life. Continue reading
Explore the ancient and enduring spirit of the Jewish tradition with this exquisite coloring book for adults. Jewish artist Adam Rhine has created intricate Judaic motifs such as Magen Davids, menorahs, and Hebrew calligraphy for you to bring to vivid life with the colors of your choice. Each illustration is paired with verses from the Torah, Psalms, and the Prophets that enlighten the reader and encourage further study into the meanings of the carefully selected themes.
- Original artwork by Adam Rhine, author of the best-selling Hebrew Illuminations wall calendar.
- Intricate Jewish motifs to embellish with color.
- 38 unique full-page illustrations.
- 38 wisdom quotes and words of prayer to contemplate while coloring.
- A wonderful creative tool for Hebrew schools and scripture study groups.
- One-sided printing on heavy paper designed specifically for coloring.
- Perfect bound with a heavy durable coated cover.
- Printed in the US on recycled paper that is processed chlorine free and sourced from sustainably managed forests.
- 80 pages
Adult Coloring Books Have Arrived!
We have the pleasure and honor of working with phenomenally talented artists, photographers, and authors to create our products. This week we’re especially excited to highlight a different form of creative expression from our Art Director Lydia Hess. We love her work and we know you do too. And now she has two adult coloring books to share! ~Amber Lotus
I could never stay within the lines. I know: coming from an illustrator of coloring books that seems odd. My childhood free time was spent with sketchbooks, markers, and pencils. Drawing, and creating fantasy stories as I drew, this was (and still is) a favorite way to spend my days.
How did this path lead to illustrating coloring books, you might ask. Over the past twelve years, I have had the opportunity to work with HarperCollins Publishers as a contributing illustrator. I was first contracted to create four iconic images – representing earth, air, fire, and water – to accompany Starhawk’s Wiccan chronicle, The Earth Path. That was the beginning of the road that led to these two inspirational coloring chronicles of my own, Sacred Nature and Sacred Symbols.
The sacred in nature, in mythology, and in our ordinary world has continued to find its way into my work. The quest to capture mystical moments or iconic symbolism was a wonderful challenge and a delightful undertaking.
I am honored to have had this exhilarating experience to create imagery that others can then take and add their own creative inspirational touches to. This collaborative medium, the coloring book, is a way of having a conversation with others through the ideas and images on the page. I look forward to seeing how people interpret these images for themselves.
I am rediscovering the joys of coloring through these books. My medium of choice, scratchboard, has an organic quality that highlights the natural, hand-illustrated style of the images. The line work in this style is also a bit more forgiving to the colorist who is challenged by staying within the lines. It suits my style of coloring, and I hope others are refreshed by this alternative approach and find the images soothing and joyful to relax into.
One extraordinary illustrator we work with at Amber Lotus, Kinuko Craft, put it so well: “Discipline yourself to polish skills, nurture your own imagination, know what you want, and guide yourself towards it. Never stop learning.” Those are wonderful words to guide anyone in life. Continue reading