“Whatever the answer, conversations about art were had by many and that inspired me to reach out to my artist friends again,” Souris Hong writes in the introduction of her book, Outside the Lines, Too: An Inspired and Inventive Coloring Book by Creative Masterminds.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-fifty-six-page oversized paperback targets those who like to color. Geared for children and adults, the book can be enjoyed by any person wanting a colorful piece of artwork that is pre-drawn for them and only needs to be colored. The white pages with black ink are a collection of one-hundred artists, so there is an eclectic collection to choose to color. Crayons, pastels, pencils, pens, and paint can be used with no bleeding through as the back side of each picture is blank, listing the title, author, and email address on the lower corner.
~ Why ~
Art is therapeutic, calming, and often used to help children and adults deal with emotional and mental issues.With this book, different levels of art can be achieved. A preschooler can scribble over the lines of a tiger’s face or smiling strawberries; a teen can enhance skull or abstract pictures, and an adult can doodle in a landscape, seascape, or geometric design. From Caleb Neelon’s simple Aziza’s Sleeping Bull to a geometric Morie Face by Rafael Parra Toro or a maze by Zachary Aronson, a futuristic drawing of Joe Alterio, and a dark garden by Carolyn Castano, there are options for everyone.
~ Who ~
Having compiled two other coloring books similar to this format, Hong is an art enthusiast that manages visual artists, musicians, and creatives while living in Los Angeles.
~ Wish ~
With some of the pictures containing great detail, I wish they could be larger as a fine point gel pen may be too big to color some of the minute sections. It would be ideal to include a cardstock board to insert to ensure no color bleeds onto other designs.
~ Want ~
With it known that coloring is relaxing and therapeutic, this book is one way to sit calmly and let the mind wander while filling in a page. Since the pictures are decently sized, one could carefully cut them out of the book, color, and frame for room art or give as a gift. Having a degree in two-dimensional art, I know how sitting in front of a blank page and coloring a creation can be fulfilling and satisfying.
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