Coloring books are incredibly fun and creative tools for relaxation, but sometimes you want a bit more of a challenge.
Picture yourself sitting at your big, clean table, stack of white card stock to the left of you. Sharpies, Microns, pencils, markers, colored pencils to the right of you. Big cup of tea at 12:00. Yacht rock playing in the background. Fuzzy slippers gently yet reassuringly wrapped around your feet.
You open the front cover of this new book and flip through the first few pages until you find a drawing you like the look of, and suddenly you’re off! All worries and cares slip away and you are having the time of your freaking life. Especially since you don’t have to stare at a blank page of paper and wonder what to draw.
You start following my directions, and then say to yourself, “Self? What if we changed these lines a tiny bit and did our own thing with this drawing? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN THEN?”
And then you go ahead and do just that. You have started following directions, changed thew directions to your liking, and made something so fun to color in you can’t even handle yourself.
Time to color! But first you scan your drawing in so you can have a few copies available whenever you want to color them. You want to try different color schemes and give one blank copy to Janice at work who is always a ball of stress.
Finally you can dump your markers all over the paper and get coloring!
This is fun. This is relaxing. This is cool. You start to daydream about starting a coloring group with your friends, and the next thing you know, you’ve Instagrammed your drawing, inviting everyone you know to meet up at your house next week for a drawing and coloring party.
Way to go, girl. Welcome to the Draw Your Own Damn Coloring Book revolution. And congratulations on earning the mad respect of all your friends, who now know you as a fierce trendsetter.
Don’t forget to tag me with your creations on Instagram or Facebook: @Craftwhack
Two Places to Buy Your Copy:
Here’s the book. Find it on Amazon.
Also available as a printable pdf download in my store here.
Warning: There is one instance of the F-bomb in this book. If you are averse to the F-bomb, or are thinking about giving this book to wee children, please just grab your Sharpie and scribble over the f-bomb. I apologize profusely if I offend anyone.
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4 thoughts on “It’s Time to Draw Your Own Damn Coloring Book”
Oh, thank you! It’s so much fun to have another book out, and this time self-published. Waiting for you to write a book…. 🙂
im new to Zentangle love sketch draw thanks for the course it looks very zen
I’ve bought your book few days ago and it’s awesome. I’ve done a few projects already. They are simple and yet the effects are cool. They are also helping me getting back steady, more accurate strokes. I’m saying “back” because when I was a student, 20 years ago, obviously writing all day long, I had a nice, neat and fast hand writing which was showing in my drawings (even though I was never great at drawing, I still did it a lot). I barely write let alone draw anymore since everything is typed/texted/emailed and I’ve noticed that I really need to slow down and focus to write neatly and same goes with drawing. There you go: an other pro of drawing : refines fine motor skills (particularly with kids learning to write). I also barely doodle any more like I used to when on the phone or just bored, probably lack of inspiration?
Something else happened: I made the cubes project and then showed it to my 5 years old son. At first he didn’t know what to make of it, probably too abstract? Anywhoo when I pointed they were cubes. More observation, then his face lifted up, without a word he gave me the biggest hug. We’ve been drawing together everyday ever since. Before I couldn’t get him to pick up a pen and paper.
So Thanks for sharing your inspiring ideas ! I highly recommend that book to anyone who wants to go back to drawing or think they are “bad” at drawing. Or parents, like me that don’t know what to draw with their kids apart for houses and a sun 😂
Ps : I’m still exploring your book, but now I do it in reverse : I colour my page first then draw all over it !
I do art collabs with my boys: they scribble like mad on my journal (oh they looove that going crazy on mum’s art journal 😂) and then I go over it with doodles or ideas from your book. Sometimes we also reverse on THEIR journal hahaha