Mom: What are you doing, Donna?
This exchange took place every single day, often multiple times per day. I loved to read and draw and paint and sculpt (and dance and make costumes and sing and put on shows, etc.), but the most soothing activity I can remember from my childhood is coloring. Happily, I think it may be time to bring out the crayons and colored pencils again.
Artist and illustrator Johanna Basford has turned coloring books for adults into a wildly successful business. Her books have been so popular, they have been translated into 14 languages. The French, in particular, have gone completely mental for the things. Incredibly, her books have even outsold cookbooks in France, which is entirely unheard of!
EarthPorm (No, I don’t know what that means) is calling them the first coloring books made for adults. I know that is not true. I have shopped for them before, and I recently gave two coloring books to one of my very best friends (she is a big kid like me) for her birthday, and they were very definitely NOT for children.
Whether or not she’s a trailblazer, her books are really stunning and leave plenty of room for creativity. She’s also started selling her illustrations as notecards. You can buy her beautiful coloring books on Amazon, then send her your best work, and she may feature it on her website! Here are a few of the more popular reader submissions.
(Many thanks to Jane for bringing this to my attention!)