An Interview with Jeanette Wummel


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What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?

I have always love to draw and create art. Zendoodle art was one of my favorite things to make. I’ve been creating them since grade school. A little over two years ago I started making black and white zendoodle art to sell as prints. I kept having people telling me they would love to color my designs, this was right before the big tend in coloring started. I was thinking why not. It was an easy change, just by switching the paper, and it took off. Not that long after switching to coloring pages I started working on creating a book.


How do you create your art? Do you create your drawings by computer or do you prefer old school pencil and paper?  

I tend to draw designs and then bring them into the computer to either clean them up or to make them into vector art.

What is your inspiration for the different types of art that you create for your coloring books?unnamed (3)

The world inspires me. My head is full of ideas. Sometimes I have off the wall crazy dreams that I know would make for a perfect coloring page. I have so many ideas and not enough time to get them out. To make sure I don’t forget them, I have a document that I keep them all in. I just keep adding to it.


Do you ever color your own work? And if so, what’s your favorite medium? Do you like pencils, markers or are you dipping into random reserves around the house for anything that can apply color in an interesting fashion?

I do color my own work, but not too often. I will digitally color them, or I love testing out all kinds of coloring tools. I’m a big sharpie lover. Right now I’m really into water color pencils and crayola twistable crayons.

How do you define success and how do you measure it?

Success for me is defined by how much others enjoy my work. I measure by seeing people share their coloring that they did themselves or with family of my art. Just seeing the enjoyment from others is success at it’s greatest measure.

Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist? 

I have so many favorites. But some of my top favorites are Hannah Lynn,  Anisa A. Claire, Deborah Muller, Lisa Frank, and Jasmine Becket-Griffith

What color or colors do you most love to work with?

My favorite color is brown, but I tend to love to work with all the colors of the rainbow.

Outside of creating coloring books, do you have any other hobbies or activities that you love? 

Painting, reading, playing games, taking walks, and anything that has to do with art and crafts.

What are your plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring book releases planned?

I have a few coloring books in the works for the upcoming year. One will be a steampunk themed and I planned on releasing another “Rooted in Wacky Fun,” volume 2.

What are the titles of the last three books you read or movies you’ve watched?

Last 3 movies I have watched are Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond, and Finding Dory

If you could be any animal on a carousel, what would you be, and why?

The unicorn, because they are magical and because why not.


Jeanette Wummel

The Roots of Design


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