The Adult Coloring Book phenomenon has brought to the forefront the need for grownups to have something to do as a hobby that gets us unplugged from social media, paper and drawing utensil in hand and doing something using the creative sides of our brains. I am just loving all of the unique ideas that are coming out for ways to use your coloring skills in different ways and open yourself up to other ideas for pastimes. I call Coloring Books my gateway drug to Art Journaling and Mixed Media art. All these colored pencils, markers, pastels etc. have a second life now inside my art journals and other mixed media art pieces. I even used some coloring pages and decoupaged a big box to store what else… more art supplies.
Adult Activity Books including drawing, art, puzzles and more to keep your mind and hands busy.
My Favorite Mixed Media Art Journaling Teachers include Tamara Laporte who runs two online classes each year “Life Book” & “Ever After” as well as dozens of stand-alone online art classes. Jane Davenport is a fun and inspirational teacher with a completely different style than Tamara but oh so fabulous to learn. She recently ran a fun journal prompt project for the Month of May using hashtag #MerMaywithJaneD the was exclusively mermaids. It was so much fun.
She has come out with three books so far and I really can NOT talk enough about how amazing each of them are.
One is a Jane Davenport style adult coloring book! WHAT? I think I have been waiting for that my whole life without knowing it.
Whimsical Girls will be filled with Jane’s signature-style figures, faces, and fanciful drawings to color and customize on four types of high-quality paper—coloring, marker, watercolor, and kraft paper! Can you even imagine? Davenpeeps know that Jane will have bonus stickers and goodies for us too. I just can’t wait!
So beautiful.. like a stroll through one of Jane Davenports art journals just for you.
The second new book is a companion to her art course I Heart Drawing and teaches you how to draw Fabulous Figures using her uber unicorn mermaid filled secret ways. I am actually just starting this online course and will be super excited to have a written reference as well.
I really can’t believe the beautiful figures I’ve already learned to draw on my own just in the first 10 or so pages, I go slow because I don’t want to miss any of the awesomeness that Jane has to offer. You can see my mixed media artwork on my artsy Instagram account here AHippieArtist
Click to order on Amazon US, UK & Canada Fabulous Figures shipping NOW!
All of Janes online art workshops are listed on her website at JaneDavenport.com
Want to start with something a little simpler to get warmed up? We received this fun book from Harper Collins Publishing called Drawing Figures for the Artistically Challenged. It’s super cute and you can see my flip through and review here. Written by John Bigwood and published by Harper Collins.
Stay tuned for more adult activity books, I have a few waiting to be videoed including quite a few Watercolor Coloring Books.