Bold and Easy Coloring – Volume 6

Aisling is back with another coloring book. This time, it’s Bold and Easy Coloring Page – Volume 6. Every page features hand-drawn kaleidoscope-style designs with bold lines and easy-to-color spaces.

Each design is printed on just one side of the page (the back is blank). Also, each design is repeated twice in the book. If you make a mistake on one of them, it’s okay. You have a do-over!

Or, if you want to color them differently, to display, side-by-side, you can.

Here are some of the designs in this book:

Bold and Easy 6 - three samples

You’ll find it at Amazon, along with all of Aisling’s Bold and Easy coloring books.

 

Coping, with Coloring

At the moment, I think many of us a coping with extraordinary external stress.

I’m in the U.S., so I’m watching an unfolding political scene.

But, we’re planning to move to England, so today’s General Election is important, as well.

Yes, I find the news stressful. I also feel as if history is unfolding in front of us. I want to witness it, or at least remain aware of what’s going on.

Also, I like to make my own decisions, not rely wholly on others’ interpretations.

So, I’m on the sofa, watching the TV, more often than usual.

And, though I check facial expressions and body language during some news coverage, I can usually just listen to what’s being said.

So, I color. And, I like to color “happy” images.

For me, that’s hippie-style art, and — currently — hearts. In my head, I’m often recalling a song that was popular during my childhood, with lyrics that said, “What the world needs now, is love, sweet love… that’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”

This week, I’ve been coloring pages from my Hearts! Volume 4 book. I printed them with my home printer, on regular printer paper. Then, I put a few sheets of paper beneath the page I’m coloring, and use a clipboard for support.

Here are the three pages I’ve colored, so far.

Hearts! Volume 4 - 3 pages
Three pages from Hearts! Volume 4, colored by Aisling

For me, this is a relaxing way to maintain my sense of calm and balance, while still being current on important world events.

Today, I’ll color at least one more page from this book.

And, when I’ve completed at least four pages, total, I’m planning to sign & frame them as a birthday present for a family member.

At the moment, my favorite YouTube video of the “What the World Needs Now” song features the composer, Burt Bacharach, with Tom Jones. This video is from 1970.

Hearts! Volume 4 – Example and Free Coloring Page

Hearts! Volume 4 is available now, and I’m really pleased with it.

You see, I draw the kinds of designs I enjoy coloring, too. Here’s a page from Hearts! Volume 4. I colored it yesterday, while sitting on the sofa, catching up with a TV show I can listen to (and don’t have to watch, closely).

Hearts 4 - my first colored page

I colored it with pencils, mostly Pluqis Premier, but also some Prismacolor Manga pencils, and a few Staedtler Ergo Soft.

My current thoughts about coloring pencils…

Pluqis are soft-ish pencils, but if I had to choose just one label (hard or soft), I’d probably categorize them as hard.

Despite that, Pluqis blend fairly well. In my coloring, they also play better with Prismacolor than the Staedtler pencils do.

Prismacolor is easily my favorite brand of really soft coloring pencils, because they’re so blendable. However, at a certain point (no pun intended) they suddenly stop blending, and I can add more colors because they just won’t “stick” as I color.

That’s when I go back to Pluqis. So, if I could use only one kind of pencil for an entire coloring page, I’d probably use Pluqis. It’s the brand I take with me when I travel.

Staedtler Ergo Soft is still a fairly hard pencil. And, it doesn’t always color over Prismacolor easily. However, I’m able to get really dark colors with Staedtler than other brands, and it’s not as shiny as Prismacolor. So, when I display my pages, the Staedtler dark colors (midnight blue, dark brown, etc.) appear darker in any light.

Hearts! Volume 4 - coloring bookHearts! Volume 4 is among my favorite coloring books, so far. (The cover is shown, at right.)

Drawing these designs, I realized I’d keep drawing (and creating these coloring books), even if they weren’t popular.

You’ll find Hearts! Volume 4 – A Hippie Coloring Book at Amazon.

And, of course, you can download a free sample page, to see if you enjoy these kinds of coloring pages, too.

New at this Website

In May 2017, we redesigned this website. The biggest change is a visual index of all our current coloring books. You can see them at Our Books page.

When free sample coloring pages are available, you’ll see them linked on the page of the related book.

What’s next

Our next projects include different ways to deliver coloring books to you. They’re PDFs you can download, print, and start coloring, immediately.  We’re testing this idea with an introductory price of $1 for each complete book. Click here to get your copy.

Gumroad - Hearts 4 book $1


Get your $1 coloring book here

Or, if you prefer your coloring pages in pre-printed books, you’ll find Hearts! Volume 4 at Amazon.com, too.

More Coloring, Hippie Style

More Coloring - Hippie StyleAisling has completed a new hippie-style coloring book.

Her newest drawings (and a few oldies) will remind you of the 1960s, and the art of Yellow Submarine, Magical Mystery Tour, Peter Max’s designs, and Grateful Dead posters.

This book is A Small Coloring Book: More Coloring, Hippie Style, by Aisling D’Art.

  • 40 hand-drawn coloring pages (most are new, but a few – only a few – are from her most popular hippie-style projects)
  • Each coloring design is printed on one side of the page (the back is blank)
  • Convenient 5 1/4″ x 8″ size, to fit into your backpack, purse, or baby bag
  • Authentic hippie style

Want to see for yourself? Click here for two free sample pages (one 8.5″ x 11″ PDF)

Hearts – Volumes 1 & 2

“Hearts!” is Aisling’s new coloring book series, featuring hippie-style coloring pages with heart frames.

Each book uses 20 different coloring designs. They’re mirrored — one faces left and the other faces right — so you can display your coloring art in matching sets.

Colored pages from Hearts! by Aisling D'Art
Colored pages from “Hearts!” (first book) by Aisling D’Art

Each book contains over 40 coloring pages. Each coloring design is printed on one side of the page.

Order your copy today

Hearts! Volume 2, by Aisling D'ArtThey’re available at Amazon.com:

Preview – free samples

Here are sample pages (PDFs) from each of them:

Hearts! – a hippie coloring book https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8noedrX-LRwSVExamNNVi0zMnc

Hearts! Volume 2 – a hippie coloring book https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8noedrX-LRwWnBhQzNlTkJQaUE

 

Christmas Coloring Books – the first two are at Amazon

Christmas Coloring Book - 180 Christmas Ornaments - vol 2
Click here to order this book at Amazon

Christmas is ahead, and I’ve completed two coloring books of Christmas ornaments.

Each book includes:

  • Over 180 unique, round ornaments in different sizes and styles.
  • All designs are printed on one side of the page.
  • Every ornament is designed to color, cut out, and hang on your Christmas tree or wreath.
  • Also: Four pages of decorating and crafts ideas, to get the most from these ornaments.
  • Bonus: Two Christmas wreaths to color and decorate.
  • Plus: Additional pages of Christmas ornament coloring pages I’d created, mostly as experiments, as I designed my holiday books.
  • And sample pages from a few of my other coloring books.
Christmas ornaments to color - Vol 1
Click here to order this book at Amazon

Both books are suited to family activities. I tested them with children as young as three years old, and with adults. Everyone enjoyed them.

So, you can color your ornaments now, and display them at your home or office.

OR, you can plan this as a family activity, during holiday get-togethers. (They’re also ideal for classrooms and Scout meetings, “girls’ night out” activities, etc.)

The coloring designs in Volume 1 (black background cover) are more ornate and detailed, but still in my usual “hippie style.” If you liked 1960s art by Peter Max, and the designs in the Beatles’ film, “Yellow Submarine,” this is the book you’ll want. (Not sure? See the freebie sampler page, linked below.)

Volume 2 (white background cover) is more relaxed, and all the ornaments feature loops, swirls, and circle artwork.  They’re probably faster to color.

Links to buy at Amazon:

Here’s a sampler of the ornaments in Volume 1: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8noedrX-LRwNGNBTm5FaVpscEk/view (That’s a free download you can print.)

Free Garden-themed Coloring Page

free garden-style coloring pageIt’s a good day for a free coloring page, and I’m working on a couple of new coloring book series. So, I’m happy to share one of the pages.

Here’s the link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8noedrX-LRwWW1VMnlWU0lIeE0

If you’d like to share the link with a shorter URL, this works, too: http://tinyurl.com/zwyp7rd

It’s a free, hand-drawn coloring page — 8.5″ x 11″ — that you can download and print as a PDF.

Two New Bold & Easy Coloring Books in October 2016

We’re proud to announce two new coloring books and one new contributing author.

boldeasy5-cover400hFirst, we welcome Kara Watson to our cozy group of colorists. She’s a student who lives in the Rocky Mountains, and she’s had a life-long interest in color and design.

For her first book, she’s collaborated with Aisling D’Art to create Bold and Easy Coloring Pages 5.

Aisling is back at the drawing board with another book, as well, Bold and Easy Coloring Pages 6.

Both books are available through Amazon.com and related online retailers.

Small Coloring Books – My Hippie-Style Pages

Special ahead: Lowest price ever, coming for Memorial Day Weekend! May 27th – 31st, this book will be $5.50 in the US.

I’ve redesigned my “Pearls, Swirls, and Stars” coloring book with a more “hippie” style. And, to celebrate that, I’ve given it a new title, as well.

Hippie1-72dpiThNailA Small Coloring Book: Coloring, Hippie-Style is a fun little coloring book that can fit in a purse or babybag or backpack.

The original artwork is mine, drawn with pen & ink, on paper. Then, I scanned it and tweaked the art (just a little) so it looks “just so.”

My artistic influences include:

  • Yellow Submarine (the animated film)
  • Peter Max’s artwork from the 1960s (stars and organic, flowing lines)
  • Romero Britto’s bold visions
  • Some of David Hockney’s illustrations
  • The whimsy of George Rodrigue

Mostly, I’m inspired by the ideals of the first Woodstock concert and the Summer of Love. I watch the Woodstock movie, listen to the intensity of the music, and admire the freestyle dancing among people in the audience. It really embodies “go with the flow,” and that’s what I want to convey with my coloring pages.

I really like these kinds of designs, so I plan to make more “hippie” coloring books.

Want to “test drive” this kind of coloring page? Download your own (uncolored) copy of the art on book’s cover.  Click here for a free sample. It’s a  b&w PDF from inside the book.

Or, order your own copy of this book at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk… or any other Amazon store.

— posted by Aisling D’Art

Book details

  • Published by: Blue Moon Coloring Books, Orlando, FL
  • Coloring pages: 50, single-sided (blank on reverse)
  • Total pages: 106, white paper with black ink
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1530947146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530947140
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches