Welcome to the Imaginary World of Jane F. Hankins Coloring Books. I believe that you will be just as enchanted as I was after seeing the first book. Jane’s books are professionally published on thick artist paper and several of them are huge oversized books suitable for framing and giving as gifts. Most books contain 25 single-side, 11″ x 14″ prints of original drawings, on HEAVY 80lb. Cover Stock paper, created specifically for this book! Pages are perforated for easy removal, display, and framing.
This is adult coloring, for adults who appreciate real art, not hastily drawn elephants or flowers, filled with computer-generated polygons.
Each book has its own theme and magical qualities so take a look. I have video flip throughs of a few and I’ll link to Jane’s social so you can see even more wondrousness.
In this book, she illustrates the spirited antics of Santa’s Helpers. These merry wee Elves have their own version of “The 12 Days of Christmas”, which is quite charming… even if a bit unusual. See how they go about decorating and placing toys under the tree – sprinkling their special Elf Magic wherever they go!
So, take a break this busy season and color your new Christmas Heirloom. I guarantee you will catch yourself smiling!
- 12″ x 14″ Format pages
- Super high quality “professional grade” 80lb. Cover Stock paper
- 25 single-side, hand-drawn prints, unique to this book
- Perforated sheets for easy removal and framing
Jane Hankins books are just a treat, below you’ll find links to each along with a few flip-thru videos. We think you’ll fall in love like we did.
The Imaginary Garden – A Fine Art Coloring Book
Take a look at my flip through back in 2017. You literally can HEAR how thick and unctuous the paper is.
I have all but two of Jane Hankins coloring books, that alone says a great deal regarding how I feel about her art. These books truly are, as noted on each book, “fine art coloring book(s)”. At first glance they may appear to be on the expensive side. But the old saying;”you get what you pay for” definitely speaks volumes in this case. The art is truly beyond adorable. You will smile even when you are just thinking about these books.Escerpt from Colorista #1 Review on Facebook
If you aren’t familiar with her books they are quite remarkable. A HUGE size 11×17 on 80pound artist quality paper. So, if you’ve been frustrated that you can’t use your fancy markers or paints, this is the book to do that all in. Each of the pages in all her books are perforated and spiral bound. Yes, they are more expensive than your average coloring book but once you have one in your hand you’ll know why.
Last year’s Christmas book was everyone’s favorite song that no one can remember the words to, LOOSELY based on the 12 Days of Christmas.
INDULGE in an instant Holiday Vacation each time you immerse yourself in the imagination of artist and storyteller, Jane F. Hankins! Her extraordinary take on the traditional 12 Days will leave you laughing. Whether it is the Children’s Nativity Pageant, the Sugar Plum Fairy, or Seven Swans (In Bikinis!) Swimming, adding your own color to these delightful prints of Jane’s seasonal drawings will create a Christmas keepsake to enjoy for years to come!
When we feature an artist we like to give our colorists a little peek behind the artistic genius in our Meet the Artist Q&A.
Q&A with Jane F. Hankins – Illustrator, Author, Artist
Q1. What do you enjoy drawing the most?
Adorable characters and creatures that dwell in the land between my ears. In other words, all my drawings are from my own Imaginary World. What you are seeing in the coloring books are the creatures I love, and they are what I enjoy drawing the most.
Q2. How did you get started?
I was creative as a child and that started it all! I had lots of crayons, paper, and playdoh and by the age of 4, I declared myself an artist… as well as a dancer and singer. By the time I was in my second year of college, I decided I would concentrate on visual art. I did art sales as a student, juried arts and craft shows and then galleries and museum exhibits. Now, I’m delighted to be creating coloring books that allow collaborative art with colorists from around the world.
It had not occurred to me to do a coloring book until my daughter suggested it in 2017, “Just do what you draw!” Then my dear cousin, Meg, said, “I’ll make it happen!” And that she certainly did!
Q3. Who or what has inspired you?
Literature is an inspiration! Everything from Harry Potter to Fannie Flagg’s wonderful novels has influenced my work. Nature and music are always excellent sources of inspiration. Artists that have inspired me include illustrators Hillary Knight and Maurice Spendak, Garth Williams, who did the Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies that my aunt gave me when I was six years old.
Q4. What materials do you enjoy using?
When I draw I use Micron or Stadler drawing pens. I also love watercolor and color pencils for works on paper. All my artwork is original. I draw freehand, and nothing is computer-generated, enhanced or projected. I work in sculpture, paintings, and drawings. I sculpt using porcelain and stoneware clay which I “cold finish” with acrylic paint and sometimes embellish with found objects (marbles, beads, buttons…). The paintings are acrylic on canvas.
Q5. Do you like to color in your designs or prefer to have others do that?
Prior to developing coloring books, I only colored my own drawings. Now that I’ve developed 8 print books and 3 digital books, I’m so busy drawing that I don’t have as much time to color. I really LOVE seeing how others interpret the drawings and the incredible talent when coloring them. I’m always delighted and surprised by the amazing work of the many colorists that share their pictures.
Q6. What supplies (brands) do you recommend for your book(s)?
As far as a brand, I recommend Prismacolor pencils. I use different brands of watercolor paint, but I only use it sparingly. I’ve seen on social media works that use alcohol markers and other various mediums, and I think they look beautiful!
Q7. What is your favorite coloring book other than your own?
Kerby Rosanes specifically Mythomorphia. I love the detail and creativity of the drawings especially the dragons.
Q8. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not doing your art?
When I’m not creating art, I enjoy writing on my novels, reading, being outdoors, going to movies and, of course, creative playtime with my husband and my granddaughters!
Q9. Who is your favorite coloring book artist?
Kerby Rosanes is my favorite coloring book artist. I’m fascinated by his work and the juxtaposition of the imaginary creatures, with castles and buildings coming out of them. As an artist, I appreciate that they are not computer-generated and are original works.
Q10. Can you tell us about any other projects you are working on?
My current project is an angel-themed coloring book. Over the past 2 years have been doing a series of paintings of “Our Better Angels”. I’m also looking forward to illustrating and writing a children’s book with my husband. On top of all of that, I’m working on the third volume in my trilogy of “The Peavine Chronicles“.
Bonus Q – Anything else I should be asking you or other artists that would be interesting for your fans or future fans?
Perhaps ask them the importance and/or impact on other mediums artists work with. For me, I’m working in writing, painting, drawing and sculpture and this results in more options as far as artistic expression. Each area inspires artworks in a different medium.
One little known fact about me is I’m fascinated by theoretical physics. It’s a great exercise for the imagination.
Digital Downloadable Books
You can also get 3 books in digital download format in 8 1/2 x 11 size so you can print them off as many times as you want. Click on the image to order!