It’s Black History Month and we stand with Black People worldwide. We are endeavoring to support Black artists who are creating beautiful images for everyone to color. You can find Black-Owned Etsy Businesses Here.
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I recently received 3 gorgeous coloring books from the amazing Black female artist Keisha Becerra from XavierArts.
This book features a wide range of hand-drawn black women and their families. The Book is focused on self-love and positivity’Keisha Becerra
Each page was hand-drawn with a focus on creating detailed coloring pages designed for adults. All illustrations are accompanied by an inspirational quote or poem by historical figures and anonymous authors to inspire you.
We also thought her drawing of George Floyd was amazing.
Our featured Black artist Keisha also has some wonderful fantasy coloring sheets from one of my favorite shows, Game of Thrones.
This one is entitled “Love at First Site“
About Artist Dr. Keisha Becerra
As the daughter of two army officers, Keisha traveled to many countries and got to experience the beauty of diversity first-hand. These experiences became the foundation for her artistic inspiration. Keisha started drawing the world around her. Art was never far from her mind, even doodling at work during faculty meetings. Soon Keisha was expanding into zen doodles, portraits, mandalas, and fantasy art.
One afternoon, Keisha’s four-year-old daughter started crying, saying that she was ugly after seeing the move Rapunzel. “My beautiful curly-haired child was comparing her afro- curly hair to Disney’s Rapunzel!. I always told my child she was beautiful, but she’s needed to see it.” That day an idea was formed and began to build momentum, leading to the creation of XavierArts.
On a mission to give her daughter, and anyone feeling pressure to be anything other than themselves, XavierArts creates coloring books, posters, and prints highlighting the beauty of different ethnic groups. Keisha Becerra has gone on to publish several books that provide images of diverse people. At the heart of her company, XavierArts is a powerful message, “Diversity is beautiful.” Amazon
I “met” Tiare Smith a few years ago during one of Tiare’s Lifebook art lessons and she’s just fabulous to learn from. In Lifebook 2021 she used one of her coloring pages as a basis for the lesson which really opened my eyes to the possibility of using my coloring book pages as a launching point for a piece of art. She has 3 packs featured currently including this one which is what our lesson was based on.
Tiare’s quotes inspire me!
“My art reflects the wonderful women (and sometimes men) who informed and continue to inform my life…my mom, neighbors, teachers, friends, 2nd and 3rd mom. Black women. Strong women. Smart women. Beautiful women. Loving women. Do you women.”— Tiare.
Tiare Smith (pronounced Tee-are) is a mixed media artist, art journaler and instructor. Originally from Chicago, now living with her husband in Atlanta.
She has been teaching in the industry for more than 17 years and has enjoyed teaching around the country from the east coast to the west coast, as well as internationally. Her creations have been featured on HGTV, as well as in numerous magazines and creative blogs. She has designed for DecoArts, Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts, and other well-known manufacturers.
Art for her is an amazing way to cultivate gratitude and happiness in her life. She believes mindfulness and positive self-talk are a necessary part of the process, as she encourages us to play. Learn more about her current classes and follow her on social media here.
Coloring Supplies for BIPOC Skintones
My go-to colored pencils for neutral tones are my Prismacolors. If you have the full set already then you have all the skin tones needed for all races and colors of skin.
If you already have the full set then you are good to go, but if you are just looking for skin tones, these are perfect for all ethnicities.
Flesh toned multi cultural markers
The 10 pack includes Sepia, Apricot, Mahogany, Tawny, Terra Cotta, Bronze, Golden Beige, Sienna, Tan, and Beige.
Black Widow Colored Pencils have created a special set for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) and we really love them for the color choices which include shades of greens and blues which are in all flesh tones but Prismas are still a softer blending pencil in my opinion.
For the books geared towards younger teens or if you just prefer markers, I just discovered this set of skin tone markers by Crayola. The 10 pack includes Sepia, Apricot, Mahogany, Tawny, Terra Cotta, Bronze, Golden Beige, Sienna, Tan, and Beige.
Beautiful African American Women Portraits | Coloring Book for Adults Celebrating Black and Brown Afro American Queens
MELANIN, MAY I?: The Black girls’ coloring book by Black artist Jasmine Strickland
Community educator Kadeesha Bryant has created a unique coloring book that mixes creative fun with powerful messages of hope and understanding. Every page contains hand-drawn illustrations to color as well words of wisdom on overcoming prejudice and bridging divides in our society.
Learn About Diversity, Equality, Unity and Say No To Racism.