A while ago I went to dinner at a good friend’s house. When I arrived the table was spread with coloring books. She was embarrassed for me to see them, thinking I would disapprove. I didn’t. I wanted to color too! Coloring is fun. Last summer another friend was at my house and saw a painting that I was working on with a limited palette (red). She thought I should illustrate a coloring book. I agreed!I have been painting black and white images for years. I pulled them together and painted some new ones too. I put 21 images together into a collection called Imagination Unbound. Many coloring books consist of abstract patterns. But I like telling stories, so these images are narrative. You can make up your own stories to go with the pictures.The current coloring book trend is communal; it is pleasant to sit and color with others. So I decided to make a coloring book that could be shared. Instead of binding the pages, I gathered them in a clear envelope. The lack of binding inspired the title. Here is the cover.I placed all of the images into a square format (8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″), signed them, and left a place for you to sign them too. Here are a few of the pages.The paper is 100 lb. card stock. Heavy. At first glance it looks shiny, but that is just the black ink. The paper is good for colored pencil, markers, chalk or watercolor. There is a lot of black ink, but there is still plenty of room for coloring. Here is the cover, drawn with colored pencil.Imagination Unbound is for sale at juliepaprika.com for $12. If you get a copy, please email me photographs of your finished drawings so that I can share them on a future blog post. Please feel free to color outside the lines. I hope that you will have fun with my drawings, and I hope that you will be inspired to draw your own from scratch too.
Oh my! These are wonderful! I do a coloring program at the Everett Library. I must buy one. Thanks!
how cool – it looks beautiful! I will get a few copies for my delinquents, it will inspire them… and me too!
I wish I could come color with you. Spring inspires delinquency.
Julie, this is fabulous! Am forwarding to some friends, and will be ordering shortly myself. What a lovely thing to create. Anne
On Friday, April 8, 2016, Books Around The Table wrote:
> Julie Paschkis posted: “A while ago I went to dinner at a good friend’s > house. When I arrived the table was spread with coloring books. She was > embarrassed for me to see them, thinking I would disapprove. I didn’t. I > wanted to color too! Coloring is fun. Last summer another frie” >
Thank you, Anne! >
Wonderful! I’ve ordered one for me and one for each of my grandchildren. Hurrah!
Thank you, Tina. You are the friend mentioned in the blog who urged me to do this!
Julie, what a great idea! I’m getting one for my daughter. Very cool.
Thank you, Bonny.
Julie, what a wonderful idea. I’m getting one for each of my 8 grand babies. And then another for me. Oh! And Randy, too.
Wow! Thank you.
Is there a way to order them here? Or should I just drop down to Elliott Bay? The book looks wonderful!
Thanks Anne. You can order them at http://www.juliepaprika.com. (There is a link at the end of the blogpost.) They aren’t in any stores yet, but I hope to place some around town.
Thank you , Lois. I am sending one to my mother today. Maybe you can draw together sometime.
Love this book, beautiful illustrations.
Thank you Beautywhizz – I love your wordless Wednesdays.
perfection Julie! this is you you you and now its for everybody everybody everybody!
Thank you, Martha. This means a lot coming from you you you!
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