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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Adult coloring books for your modernist inner child

My daughter recently gave me an adult coloring book, and I was instantly hooked.

I began to look for modern designs to color and found that there is quite a selection out there. Fellow blogger Jenn Ski offers three books in her Etsy store: Mid-Century Modern Patterns, Mid-Century Modern Mania, and Mid-Century Modern Animals. I have a couple of Jenn's prints on my walls, so naturally I had to order one of her coloring books.

On Amazon, I found Martini Madness: Mid-Century Modern Adult Coloring Book by Lynnda Rakos, Visual Poetry: Modern and Funky Patterns by Nona Meyers, Coloring Zen for the Stressed Out Modernist by Jennifer Zimmerman, the Alexander Girard Coloring Book, and several modern art and tattoo design books. That was just a casual search. Apparently, there are enough books out there to keep us modernists busy for months.

If you haven't already tried adult coloring books, you should. They're incredibly relaxing...and just as much fun as the coloring books of your childhood. Only cooler.

As an interesting aside, a few days before I received my first coloring book, I had found a set of Stabilo Pen 68 markers given to my parents over 30 years ago by their beloved exchange student when they visited him after he returned to Germany and took a tour of his family's factory. The pens had been packed away for decades but still worked as well as a new set. How's that for astounding product quality? I treated myself to a larger set, and now I can express myself in 50 colors.

All images from amazon.com







11 comments:

  1. Great stress reliever and fun. I have one of the Jenn Ski coloring books myself. How amazing about those pens. Now that is a quality product. :)

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    1. Those pens deserve Guiness Book of World Records status! I'm still floored.

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  2. I gave my mother a coloring book and a set of colored pencils for Christmas. I almost kept them for myself so I decided to treat myself, too! Very relaxing. I keep the book and pencils near my desk and when I want to take a break from work, I color for a bit and then put it away. :)

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    1. Yes, they're great for a quick break from work...unless you can't quit. :)

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  3. I saw someone post something on Facebook about the Jenn Ski coloring books around Christmas time. I bought one as a little give to myself.

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    1. Seems like more and more of us are doing that for ourselves lately.

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  4. Also, The artist Linda Tillman I mentioned several months ago has an awesome MCM puzzle of her paintings. You can get them on Amazon.

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  5. Found a few on world cities in the bookstore. Nice to see the others.

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    1. I bet the world cities are beautiful. I'll look for those.

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