I recently made my first coloring book and wanted to give you a behind the scenes look of how I made it.
First of all I want to let you know that you can now purchase a copy of my Adult Mindfulness Coloring Book on Amazon for just $15!
I created the coloring book for many reasons. I want to express my creativity and give people a fun way to express their creativity when alone or with others. I also want to help people relive their daily stress and anxiety that comes from living with COVID-19 as well.
There are many benefits to coloring, including mindfulness, relaxation, and stress-reduction. According to an article on CNN.com from 2016:
Just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren’t comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of artKelly Fitzpatrick
I want to be able to help other people through my art and I discovered that my designs translate well to black and white outlines.
In order to create the designs for the coloring book, I first sketched them in pencil in my sketchbook, inked the sketches with a Micron pen, and then digitized them with Adobe Illustrator, as you can see the example below:
I hope you enjoy it. If you would like to sample the coloring book, I created a mini version with six shapes that is downloadable if you sign up for my newsletter to get updates. You can download it here: