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If you’re not a fiber artist you might not have heard of Kaffe Fassett, and if that’s the case he should certainly be on your radar.
He is the color guy for knitters and quilters, having designed countless gorgeous, colorful, complex garments and quilts that are heralded as works of art.
Adventures in Color
Imagine such a person designing a coloring book. That’s exactly what Kaffe Fassett’s Adventures in Color is. The book includes 36 coloring plates inspired by fabrics, flowers, the prints on pottery and other objects. He explains the inspiration behind each design, and 10 of the projects include tutorials and show how he colored them in.
For instance the spread shown, which features overlapping carpet patterns, is all about exploring contrast and clarity. Fassett writes that he “chose simple bold colors so that each sash would ‘read’ next to its neighbors. I left white areas on many of the sashes to create a dramatic contrast and clarity.”
He also notes that he used felt tip pens for saturated color and used a little colored pencil as well. The colored-in picture points out a few details, such as how he added a second color around dots on one of the sashes.
This is really cool, and it’s fun to see how a color expert approaches a coloring page.
Whether you’re a longtime fan of Kaffe’s or just now learning about him, this is one coloring book that is sure to be inspiring, educational and fun to use. The pages are perforated and only have writing on the back, no images, so your coloring will look great. You might want to hang some of these when you’re done, the images are so cool.
Coloring Book Giveaway
Today I’m giving away not only this fantastic book, but a couple of other coloring books, too. (Thanks, Parragon Books!)
Animal Wonders and You Are Beautiful both feature illustrations by Lizzy Dee, so they are similar in style, with lots of animals, elements from nature, repeating motifs and the occasional inspirational message on the pages.
These are great for people who really want to color because the pages tear out easily and cleanly, but the books are also bound such that they lie flat and have sturdy covers for coloring on. Images are only printed on one side and the paper is nice and thick for whatever coloring implements you want to use.
In addition to the three books, I’m throwing in a set of five colored pencils from Write with Moxie, an eco-friendly pencil company that unfortunately doesn’t seem to exist anymore. The pencils are great and cover the basic colors.
If you’d like a chance to win, enter the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends Feb. 3. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
It is relaxing and fun! I can color with my daughter and we have a great time. She has her books and I have mine!
I love how relaxing coloring can be. Watching the beautiful colors fill an otherwise void.
I’ve always loved coloring. Now I like it because it is so relaxing.
I love how coloring gives my mind a tiny vacation!
I love to color most anything. It is so relaxing and clears my mind.
I like to make pictures that have perfect colors and look beautiful.
Coloring relaxes me and I get a lot of joy when my grandkids join in.
I love how relaxing it is! Sometimes a Mama just needs a minute to zone out!
I like the designs because they are pretty and decorative, it’s also fun and relaxing!