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 are coping with some extraordinary external stresses. I’m not sure it’s a simple generational shift. This feels bigger. It reminds me of the hippie years.

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 British 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. (YouTube has removed that video now, but if it reappears, I’ll include it here.)

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.

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.)

Coloring Pages of Yesteryear – Vol. 1

by Aisling D’Art

Another coloring book, and another free sample page!

Coloring Pages of Yesteryear 1Coloring Pages of Yesteryear – Volume 1 is an old-fashioned, fine art coloring book. The images are ink sketches of landscapes, including beach scenes, mountain views, and rolling hills. They’re not detailed pictures. If you’re an experienced colorist or have longed for coloring pages you can make distinctly yours, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

The image on the cover started as a b&w coloring page, from inside this book. I colored it myself, using Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, some Staedtler colored pencils, and a few from a RoseArt pencil set.

Throughout this article, you’ll see other examples, showing how I colored a few pages from this book.

(Note: All of the pages inside this book are black-and-white line drawings, ready for you to color.)

rolling hills - a coloring page that I coloredThis book was a labor of love. The coloring pages are from 1910 – 1912, and they were originally published in newspapers. Today, those newspapers are smudged, stained, and sometimes blurry.

So, I worked with each image, individually. Restoring them took about two hours per coloring page, and sometimes much more.

Sure, I could have used Photoshop shortcuts. Others do.

I’ve been coloring my own illustrations, by hand, for decades. The “shortcut” versions of these 50 unique pages weren’t good enough for me… and they weren’t good enough for my readers, either.

MtnRoad2-250hSo, compiling this book took about 150 hours of intense and dedicated work.

The original artwork seems to be by two or three people. Some are more detailed than others. And, in this book, all of the coloring pages are landscapes. None include people.

Four include a single animals, in each. (Five do, if you count the seagull in one of the ocean scenes.)

What surprised me the most was that these coloring pages were originally intended for children ages 12 and under. To me, these seem like coloring pages for adults. The simplicity of them allows you to add your own coloring flourishes. They’re especially good for adults who have some coloring or fine art experience.

Ocean landscape - coloring page for adultsIn the coloring page at left, you might make the sky a serene blue, or even somewhat dark and overcast with a nearly-white sun trying to burn through foggy skies.

Or, you could color the sky midnight blue, lit by a full moon. (It doesn’t have to be a sun, or even daytime.)

Your water might be dark blue, dark green, or something reflecting more of the sky colors.

I left the ship’s sails white. You might color some or all of them.

That’s something I like about these coloring pages: Every person will make different color choices.

If you’d like to “test drive” one of these pages, click here for a free, full-sized sample. It’s a PDF you can print at home.

The book is available at Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk, and other Amazon retailers. (You can also order it through your local bookstore.)

Bold and Easy Coloring Pages 1

Bold and Easy Coloring Pages 1 is now available at Amazon!

Bold and Easy Coloring Pages - book coverThis big, bold coloring book contains 50 relaxing coloring designs with bigger coloring spaces and wider, bolder lines. This makes coloring fun and easy.

This coloring book for adults is ideal if you want quick coloring projects… the kind you can color while talking on the phone, or listening to a talk, lecture, or webinar.

Also, this book is perfect for…

  •  People with vision issues. The darker, wider lines and bigger coloring areas are easier to see.
  • Anyone who has difficulty holding a marker or coloring pencils. Most of the coloring areas are larger than in other books. Also, wide design lines can hide slight coloring slips.
  • Those overcoming eye-hand coordination challenges. You can start with the coloring marker near the center of one of these big coloring areas, and experiment with marker movements. Your coloring can still look fine, even if the marker moves in an unexpected direction.

Of course, these big, bold, and easy designs are fine for children as young as two years old, as well. (It’s been field tested and toddler approved!)

What’s Inside

This book contains 50 coloring pages printed on one side of the page. (The back of each page is blank. So, the main part of the book is 105 pages long. )

Designs include:

  • Simple, relaxing mandalas.
  • Easy kaleidoscope images.
  • Calming, repeating patterns.

Color It Again!

Each of the 25 unique coloring designs is repeated. So, it’s okay if you make a mistake on one design. Just turn the page and get an instant “second chance!”

Or, you can use that second copy to try some different colors. Swap light colors for dark, or primary colors (red, yellow, blue) for something more exotic like Mardi Gras colors — purple, orange, and green.

No Cookie-Cutter Art

All of these coloring pages are based on the hand-drawn artwork of the author, artist Aisling D’Art. They weren’t computer generated or mass-produced. They feature rounded corners and geometric designs reminiscent of artwork from the “Magical Mystery Tour” album, and other icons of the 1960s’ hippie era. Let these coloring pages take you back to a happier, simpler, more relaxed time.

Want to “test drive” this style of coloring book? Click here for a free sample page (PDF).

If you — or someone you know — will enjoy coloring pages with relaxing, abstract designs, bolder lines, and larger coloring areas, this book is for you!

Details

  • Buy at: Amazon.com linkAmazon.co.uk
  • ISBN 13: 978-1516970186
  • 50 coloring pages – 25 unique designs, two copies of each.
  • Total page count: 105 pages
  • Size: 8.5″ x 11″