Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Introducing my new Coloring Book

I'm SO EXCITED to share this news with you!!! I have created a coloring book with my own drawings inspired by my love of all things home.

Let me tell you a little story here.

As a kid, I was always drawing everything around me. We did not have drawing books like here in the States. I still remember my mom rolling out a big rim of drawing paper on the bedroom floor, marking, folding and cutting it and then hand-stitching little drawing books for me. Books that I could carry around easily and draw as I go. I still do that!

When this trend of Coloring books started, I was very happy. I bought and colored several myself. 

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 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

Around this time, Stampington Publication's The Coloring Studio asked me to create the cover for their premiere issue. There was no stopping for me after that.

I picked a theme: home!

Homes I lived in, visited, saw on commercials, on television, in magazines - homes that left an impression on my mind. And I started drawing. Pretty soon, I had a stack of black and white line drawings. I picked 30 of those drawings and made it into No Place Like Home: A Coloring Book for the Home Lover!

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 my coloring book, 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 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.



Rose Curtis said...

Whoo hoo that is so cool! I love the photos you are showing on your blog! Most of the coloring books I have seen would stress me out to color... yours looks pretty and peaceful! Congrats!

Mou Saha said...

Rose, you made my day!!! Thank you!

Erika Hayes said...

MOU!!! This is such amazing news! I am so totally excited for you! I miss you so much hope all is well with you my friend. Blessings on your amazing-ness! xoxox Erika

Mou Saha said...

Thanks Erika! Hope you are doing well. I miss you too!