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The Grown-Up Coloring Book Easter Bonanza, a live Facebook event, is designed to aid women in navigating alternative, safe and proven ways to reduce stress and avoid aggressive behavior in times of anxiety and insecurity. The online community of coloring enthusiasts continues to grow after a strong surge in interest in 2015 with new records expected in 2016, and this event focuses on reaching this group of colorists.
Mary J. Winters-Meyer, Color On! Magazine founder and coloring book artist, was pleased to be invited to participate in the event. “The number of colorists on Facebook is huge, forming a vibrant coloring family, and this event will be a lot of fun for everyone!” Winters-Meyer also hinted that there may be a special announcement from Color On! Magazine during the event.
Andrea Wood Schmitz, CEO of Inkovator and stress management alternative coloring book authority, organized the event with the other artists to bring the coloring community closer together, and to give artists the chance to connect with fans and the coloring community worldwide.
The following ten top-selling artists will be at the event, and have donated prizes, organized giveaways and offered special, event-only, deals to all who join:
- Mary J. Winters-Meyer of Color On! Magazine,
- Erica Henry of Coffee and Coloring,
- J.A. Early Riser & T.J. Crayons of Absur’d,
- Sue Chastian of SuziQ Creations,
- Cristin April Frey of Sassy Sayings, Snarky Sarcasms, Saucy Swears,
- Heidi Berthiaume of Vintage Coloring,
- Andrea Wood Schmitz of Inkovator,
- Keren Hawley Threlfall of Awesomesauce Publishing,
- Jane Monk of Tangled Art Series Coloring In Books,
- Laura Medeiros of Laura Medeiros Art.
Schmitz’ recent surveys have uncovered how adults around the world are turning to coloring books to relieve stress, relax and regain a sense of control over pressing issues in everyday life.
“Let’s face it. Daily we are bombarded with a flood of bad news, worst case scenarios and downright evil acts in our own communities and beyond,” says Schmitz. “Coupled with the normal stresses of family, career and financial concerns, women today are facing major stress factors coming at them 24-7. That requires a cool head and the ability to discern between important and urgent. That’s why the average woman must think differently when it comes to developing coping strategies to keep the crazies away and maintain a healthy lifestyle balance.”
Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author and radio talk-show host of Happier, spoke about the benefits of coloring in her recent show. “[Adult coloring books are] the kind of thing where, if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or anxious, doing something like coloring takes a little bit of brain and it’s repetitive, soothing and doing something with your hands,” Rubin explained. She went on to emphasize how this tactile activity effectively “keeps your hands busy.”
The saying “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” comes to mind and indeed it is not hard to connect the dots when bringing stress relief and coloring together. The attentive focus on specifics such as color and “keeping between the lines” are more than just child’s play, explains Schmitz. “It’s an opportunity to allow the subconscious to work around the pressing issues women must deal with while keeping their hands busy and out of trouble. At the same time, the body allows tension to fall off. After only ten minutes of coloring, women report feeling refreshed and capable of returning to business as usual.”
Adult coloring books are poised to help more women, judging by the sentiments of participants at previous live events.
“You are giving and gracious to do this for the folks who love your art work! Y’all deserve huge hugs for your kind hearts and for providing such a wonderful day,” said Cynthia, a participant of Inkovator’s inaugural Grown-Up Coloring Book Bonanza held in 2015.
Another participant commented, “I have to tell you that for the past eight years since my accident disabled me, I spend most of my days at home and don’t do much. Then yesterday morning to evening it was just crazy [during the Bonanza]. I’ve never been home by myself and had so much fun EVER. I personally can never thank you all enough for such a fun filled day yesterday!”
“It was fun and it was moving so fast. The artists had to have worked hard to prepare for this event. It blew me away. It’s a good way for the artist to meet the colorist and visa versa,” Melesa described her experience of the premier event.
The Grown Up Coloring Book Easter Bonanza event will be held Friday, March 4th from 10 am – 10 pm EST. To learn more, meet new artists, enter giveaways and have a chance to win prizes dedicated to making adult coloring the stress-reducer of choice, visit the event page on Facebook.
On Tuesday March 1st, at 12:01 am (CST) Valerie Harry & the Fisch will be unveiling the first truly interactive coloring website. There will be no logins, no apps, no membership fees or subscriptions to buy, just plain old coloring fun…with a twist.
Since these guys never do anything by the book…not only will you be able to download your masterpieces, you’ll be able to assemble the pages to create your very own book.
There will be coloring pages to color and writing pages to embellish with crafting supplies, ephemera, stamping or photos…any thing you can imagine. You’ll have several subject groups to choose from. All the pieces to help you create your OWN one of a kind story book.
(December 30, 2015) Color On! Magazine, launched in October 2015, announced today that it will be releasing a print anthology containing designs from the first three issues of the magazine.
The digital magazine has been popular with subscribers, who enjoy the variety of designs each month from multiple artists, as well as articles about coloring techniques, art therapy, and personal stories. “Providing a printed version of just the designs expands the reach of the magazine to those who don’t have an easy way to print off the digital version,” said Mary J. Winters-Meyer, founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine.
The first anthology will be released in mid-January, with coloring pages from the October, November and December 2015 issues. Magazine articles will not be included. Future anthologies will be released approximately every three months. It will be available for purchase through Amazon and the magazine’s website store.
Deal is for Two Books Over Six Months
(October 28, 2015) Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., America’s fastest growing independent publisher, today announced the signing of bestselling adult coloring book illustrator Marty Noble. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal is for two titles to be published over the next six months.
Marty Noble is a New York Times’ bestselling coloring book artist, with more than 300 books published and over 3 million copies of her books sold. Her designs and art have been used in book illustrations, posters, puzzles, greeting cards, plate designs, and calendars over the past 30 years. Her passions for photography and mastery of computer art programs have enabled her to marry the two in her recent print series depicting the natural beauty of Southern California. Noble lives in Santa Barbara, California.
The first book, Marty Noble’s Sugar Skulls: Coloring for Everyone will publish in January 2016. To make it easier for budding artists, the pages are perforated and printed on one side, allowing colorists to remove and display their finished designs easily. Sugar skulls, or calaveras, mark the arrival of the Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in November. To celebrate this traditional Mexican holiday when the living honor their departed loved ones, sugar is molded into skull shapes and decorated with colors, patterns, and designs that delight, charm, and fascinate. In Marty Noble’s Sugar Skulls: Coloring for Everyone features forty-eight gorgeous and intricate line illustrations of both human and animal skulls. These specially crafted sugar skulls range across different aesthetic influences and complexity levels for both the amateur and advanced colorist. They are adorned with flowers, plants, patterns, wildlife, macabre imagery, and traditional Mexican art motifs that will engage your inner creativity and get your coloring juices flowing.
Following will be Marty Noble’s Peaceful World, coming out in March 2016. In Marty Noble’s Peaceful World, Noble invites colorists to explore the rainbow of our kaleidoscopic, multicultural world through coloring. Forty-eight detailed and intricate line illustrations will escort you through Japan, Indonesia, Guatemala, Morocco, Italy, and many more regions on the globe.
Since 2013, coloring books targeting adults have topped bestselling charts, selling more than 1.5 million copies in more than 22 languages. Five of the top 30 titles on Amazon’s bestseller list are coloring books aimed at adults.
Skyhorse Publishing was launched in September 2006 by Tony Lyons, former publisher of The Lyons Press. Tony talked to dozens of potential investors. Many asked the same question: “Can a book publishing company make it in the current environment?” His response remains: “Succeeding as an independent publisher is not easy, but by scouring the country for genre books that large publishers ignore, resurrecting forgotten classics, and by moving quickly, but with attention to detail, I believe we can flourish.” Skyhorse, with its one dozen imprints (Allworth Press, Arcade Publishing, Gary Null Publishing, Good Books/Fix It and Forget It, Helios Press, Hot Books, Night Shade Books, Not For Tourists, Sky Pony Press, Sports Publishing, Talos Press, and of course Skyhorse Publishing), has a backlist of over 6,200 titles, including a number of New York Times bestsellers.
Skyhorse is distributed by Perseus Books Group in the United States, Thomas Allen & Son in Canada, and Constable & Robinson, one of England’s oldest and most respected independent publishers, in the United Kingdom and the European Union.