Saturday, April 30, 2016

Behind the Scenes of My Coloring Book

Are you ever curious about what goes on behind the scenes when you see a product in a shop? I usually am and thought you might be too. 

Come along with me behind the scenes of my new coloring book: No Place Like Home.

In a previous post, I shared with you how my love of drawing as a kid evolved. When the adult coloring book trend started, I dove right in. I bought several coloring books and colored them. 

I began to notice that most of these pages had very tiny spaces to fill that took a LONG time to color - as valuable as that exercise of coloring within  the lines was, it made me feel overwhelmed and somewhat impatient to see the results! I wanted something more like a sketchbook where coloring would feel more relaxing. I was inspired to create something myself that I couldn't find in the market

Creating the cover of Stampington Company's The Coloring Studio's premiere issue connected some dots in my heart. After that, there was no stopping for me - I knew that I had to create a coloring book that would address those who like the sketch style and pages that won't take too much time to finish coloring.

I drew a bunch of home vignettes and picked thirty of those to include in the book.

I envisioned these drawings to bring you joy, for you to color with pencils, markers, crayons, watercolors, etc. and frame your favorites as a collection at home.

Working on this project made me realize how much really goes into creating anything and making it available to others. Apart from the deep need to share a passion, I knew nothing really about the
process. It was a series of decisions from choosing a theme to a pen to a scanner to whether to make it a digital or physical product.

A lot of research showed me that a single printable drawing on Etsy ranges in price from $1.67 to $5.00.

I wanted to offer you the option of being able to print on your choice of papers and the option to reprint if you wanted. But I didn't want my 30 drawings to cost $50.00 to $150.00 or for you to have to spend your precious time scrolling through the hundreds of pages to find what you like.

A printable sketch style coloring book seemed to be the best way to go. So, here it is.

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