By Jessica Johnson
Coloring Gifts: Gifts of Thanks
A Gratitude-Themed Adult Coloring Book by Ligia Ortega
As the month of November falls upon us, we are reminded of all things autumn: leaves falling, chilly weather, and maybe even some snowfall. It’s also the time of year that we give thanks for all that we have, and for those we love. The Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. is a big one, with families coming together over food, laughter, and most of all, thankfulness. I couldn’t have been more thankful myself to receive a copy of Gifts of Thanks from artist Ligia Orgtega, and it already has me in the spirit of being thankful and counting my blessings!
Gifts of Thanks is a standard 8.5”x11” size paperback coloring book with over 40 single-sided pages of hand-drawn designs. The pages are mid-weight paper, and a wet medium such as watercolors or markers will likely bleed through, possibly on to the next page. It is advised to use a blotter sheet between pages, or to simply copy the image onto your own desired paper type.
The first 24 images are full-page illustrations with various sayings of gratitude, such as “I appreciate you” and “Thanks for all you do for me.” The words are framed with a wide variety of images such as flowers, geometric designs, and even some edible treats! These same designs are printed two per page on the following 12 pages, which are the perfect size for use as cards to color and give to someone special, or leave them uncolored and give as a gift to color. Also included are three pages of bookmark-sized images from selections of the original designs, which are also great to give as gifts! Colorists of any age will find something in these pages to match their coloring experience.
Ligia Ortega adds a surprise bonus of four additional pages featuring images from some of her other books, an appendix which includes tips on how to add special touches to your coloring gifts, a list of bible verses of thanks, and even a Loving-Kindness Meditation. These incredible inclusions at the end of this book are truly special gifts of their own from the artist herself.
Overall, I am quite enamored with this coloring book. As I flipped through the pages, each image and saying brought to mind someone in my life whom I thought the page was perfect for. There is truly something in here for everyone, whether they are a colorist or a receiver of a colored gift. The entire book would make an excellent gift to someone whom you feel you can’t thank enough!
You can learn more about Gifts of Thanks and Ligia’s other Coloring Gifts™ by visiting ColoringGifts.org.