Were you that kid, too—did your parent know exactly how to get you out of their hair, and all it involved were colored pencils and a book full of empty line drawings? Were you that kid who disdained tables to lie flat on the floor, feet in the air, nose to crayon to coloring book for hours on end?
Good news for you and me, then! Coloring books have recently been recategorized as acceptable for kids AND adults, and so-called “adult coloring books” are this summer’s in thing. No joke! An adult coloring book recently outsold Harper Lee’s new novel. Truth be told, I’ve been deliriously excited to see them in bookstores all over the country and heartbroken that only six months or so ago, after nearly a decade of languishing among my art supplies, I finally gave away my set of colored pencils. *Sigh* That figures, right?
Well, colored pencil and marker manufacturers are probably equally happy right about now, because I (and maybe you!) need to replace my coloring set post haste. Why? Because I’m totally digging some of the Kickstarter campaigns for producing coloring books. There are several to choose from, but my current favorite is Legendary Landscapes by artists Carrie Wong and Witek Radomski. What do I want to spend my time coloring? Rolling hills with mountainous backdrops? Check. A tiger? Check. A moonscape? Check. Giant mushrooms? Check. Architecture? Check. Ducks in the wild west? Check check check.
A couple of things to note here:
- This is awesome! Have I conveyed my excitement properly yet?
- No, “adult coloring books” does not indicate NSFW content, although I wouldn’t be surprised if someone put something like that together … wait, no, someone HAS put something like that together. (You’re welcome!)
Legendary Landscapes has already met its goal of $5,500 CAD and hit three of its four stretch goals, which means that the final coloring book will be at least 75 pages. If they reach their final stretch goal, the artists will make it an 80 page book. (80?! Let’s see, at my snail’s pace of six hours of coloring per drawing, divided into the amount of free time I have per week … that’ll take me years to finish! Now that’s a good investment!) Rewards for backing the project include a copies of the coloring book, artist prints, original artwork, your name or logo in the book, the opportunity to dictate your own fantasy landscape for the book, and more. As a bonus, for those of us who are terrible at gift shopping, the books are scheduled to be delivered in time for the winter holidays.
Go, do it! Relax and color. Kid, adult, inside the lines, outside the lines, who cares?