There’s nothing better than a good book to relax and decompress from a long day, but it never dawned on us to reach for a coloring book! That’s right, coloring books for adults are becoming all the rage.
This past weekend the The New York Times, reported that author Harper Lee’s anticipated release “Go Set a Watchman,” is being outsold on Amazon by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford’s “Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book,” which includes 96-pages of intricate black-and-white drawings of flowers, leaves, trees and birds.
Released in 2013, “Secret Garden” has sold 1.4 million copies in 22 languages. Johanna’s newest coloring book, “Enchanted Forest,” which came out in February of this year, has already sold 226,000 copies.
Johanna explains her inspiration for her beautifully magical drawings, “My creativity is cultivated by a curious imagination and a delight in the fantastic. Much of my work has roots in the flora and fauna that surrounded me growing up on my parent’s fish farm in rural Scotland.”
After graduating from art school in 2005, Johanna worked in the printed textile industry. Following that, she set-up her own studio and began her mission “to vanquish the vector and champion the (wobbly) hand drawn line.”
“Every piece I create starts life as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into a rambling pen and ink drawing usually spanning several sheets of paper. I love the tactile nature of the materials I use and the joy of smudgy fingerprints,” she writes on her website. “For me, computer generated graphics can feel cold and soulless whereas hand drawing captures a sense of energy and character which no pixel can ever replicate.”
According to the artist’s publisher, Laurence King Publishing, fans around the world clamoring for Johanna’s coloring books have made it hard for them to keep up with demand. Currently, both coloring books are sold out in most markets. But don’t despair, the publisher is reprinting and they should be back in stock soon. You can pre-order here.
We haven’t colored in quite some time, but in a world in which we are constantly on the go, the idea of sitting down and reconnecting with this childhood activity is a simple pleasure we are more than willing to indulge.