Monday, July 27, 2009

Scribbling in style

I have a confession. When I was kid, I would squirrel away my own new crayons and use my siblings' sets just because I did not want to wear the tips on my own Crayolas. There is just something about fresh box of crayons.....
I loved to color and I still do. Sometimes my son will move on to another interest and I will just want to finish the page we were working on. It is such a relaxing activity- sitting with a case of crayons and a coloring book that is just waiting to be filled up.
We have all sorts of coloring books around the house these days, but my favorites are the more unique sort. They make those lazy afternoons a little more exciting and they can be the perfect gift for that child that seems to have just about everything.

Taro Gomi has a series of coloring and drawing books (Scribbles, Doodles, Squiggles) that are just plain cool. There are pages and pages that vary from layouts with instructions to open spaces that allow imaginations to run wild. They are so imaginative and often funny.

A favorite from my childhood that is still around is Richard Scarry's Best Rainy Day Book Ever. It is not only filled with coloring opportunities, but all sorts of activities that involve cutting, gluing, writing....I remember working so diligently (as diligent as a 2nd grader can be) on this book and loving every minute of it.

Small Magazine has an original coloring book on Etsy that is very sweet and just off the beaten path. A unique art experience for those looking for a little something different.

If you have not colored in awhile, I suggest giving it a try. You might be surprised by how freeing it feels to pick up those crayons again.


  1. Those last two images feature an Orla Kiely pattern background...I actually have the fabric covered magazine holder and storage caddy on my desk at work!

  2. I was the same way about my crayons! and i was totally obsessive about putting them in rainbow order on those occasions when I did use them!

    glad you asked about the book clean--I'm still reading through it, haven't embarked upon the program yet. i'll let you know when i do, but in the meantime i can say the book is well written, with lots of information and support for why the program is sound. but only time will tell if I can do it myself!

  3. My kids have two of the Taro Gomi coloring books, and they are AWESOME. Every kids should have them!



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