Mandala Coloring Books for Adults on Amazon

You can now buy all three of my coloring books for adults, on Amazon. Click any image to follow the direct link and ship directly to any address you choose. At $9.95 each, and they’d make great gifts, especially with the free Prime shipping.

       

As you can imagine, I’m very excited. Thank you to everyone who has offered up encouragement, and even purchased already.

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Building a Coloring Team

I have been not-so-patiently waiting to go live with my coloring books for adults. I’ve been looking forward to getting a copy and coloring along with those of you who purchase it. As I have been waiting for the proof to arrive for the second volume, I’ve gotten antsy. I decided to start coloring from the proof of Volume 1.

I tried Prisma Color colored pencils this time and I think I’m falling in love. I love how the tooth of the paper grabs the color, and shading is a blast. They feel like crayons for grown-ups. Liking colored pencils was a surprise for me but up until now I’ve been trying to use them on copy paper. The tools and supplies you use can be so important for full on enjoyment.

Meditative Mandalas - Volume 1

If you look closely you will see a boo-boo in design. (It has been fixed, along with another faux pas). It sucked to see that but it’s so much better than having sold some of them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at these images and did not see these things. It’s only when I started coloring each individual area that it became evident.

With that said, I’m looking to build a coloring team. Ten people who would fully color five pages for me in advance of book releases. Team members would print the pages themselves from a digital download and color them, seeing if any issues pop out and reporting back with a quick shot of the images. Coloring quality is not important…just the fact of touching each element and noticing differences between the repeated areas, or other issues.

Details will be coming in the next couple days, on my facebook coloring page. If you are interested, please pop on over there and join. If you haven’t been to the page, also check out the giveaway/random contest I’m running for a gel pen set and Dick Blick gift certificate.

Happy coloring!

This Adult Coloring Thing

I think I’m starting to get it, and realizing that coloring can be viewed as an art form in itself. All of you purists out there, don’t balk. And I’m not digging into the art vs. craft argument either, but as usual, when I’m working at something that allows me to go into the zone, awarenesses happen.

Without trying it, I didn’t understand the interest in coloring someone else’s designs. I’m excited to get my books published so I can color in them, but even coloring on my home-printed copy of the images, I’m finding an artistic outlet.

Mandala Adult Coloring Image

Yesterday I started coloring this image from soon-to-be Meditative Mandalas Volume 1. I used flat markers and took my time going at it. As I got closer to finishing the main design elements I found myself antsy to be able to get on to the background and shading.

I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils and started, then did basic shadows. I found myself wanting to layer more color for more depth and then thinking, “This is a piece of printer paper, not even good quality, what am I doing spending so much time on this???” It reminded me that art is in the eye of the beholder, or something like that. It’s not about what it is, but how it makes you feel.

I felt relaxed, letting my mind drift while streaming my favorite Chicago radio station. I felt accomplished, filling in all those little areas so precisely. I felt artistic, pulling out shading techniques. It reminded me also that I need more time to just sit and do something that isn’t work. Something that has no tangible purpose, something that will keep me in the present moment.

It doesn’t matter what the outcome is. It matters what you’re doing and how it makes you feel in the moment. It’s a weird thing, presence. When you’re fully present you feel like a master. You feel in tune. Nothing else matters. It’s when we start thinking, that we start to feel bad about what we’re doing, or how it’s going. It’s hard to stay in the present moment but I have a feeling that this coloring thing might have the same effect as meditation. The more you do it and the more you achieve that state of just being with it, the more it will spill over into the rest of your life. I bet if I’d read all of the articles that have been floating around about the adult coloring craze that it would say the same thing. I don’t have time for that…I’m busy coloring!

I get it.