We’ve been fans of Johanna Basford ever since we started selling her “coloring book” Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book last year, but over the last few weeks she’s been getting a lot of press, including a great interview on NPR. (which you can listen to by clicking here)
Johanna describes herself as “an illustrator and ink evangelist who prefers pens and pencils to pixels.” She creates a fantastic world in Secret Garden and you find yourself in an inky black-and-white wonderland. As Johanna says, “it’s not only a colouring book, but also an inky treasure hunt. Hidden within are all kinds of creatures and curiosities to be sought. The book opens with a list of things to be found, throwing down the eye spy gauntlet. 63 beetles, 20 songbirds, 116 butterflies, 1 shark… The pages are all black and white, naturally. Bare for you to either embellish in ebony ink or to flood with colour. I fully support both pursuits; there’s a time and a place for monochrome elitism, this is not it.” No wonder people love it! 1,000,000 copies have been sold worldwide. They can’t even keep it in stock on Amazon!!
Johanna’s second color book, Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Colouring Book was just published this year. In this coloring book Johanna takes readers on a inky quest through an enchanted forest to discover what lies in the castle at its heart. As well as drawings to complete, colour and embellish, there are hidden objects to be found along the way including wild flowers, animals and birds, maps, lanterns, keys and treasure chests.
UNLIKE AMAZON…We have both of the books at Hammertown right now! Coloring books for adults are good for your health. Johanna attributes the success of coloring books among adults to three factors: the ability to get into a “flow” and de-stress, the opportunity to nourish a latent “creative spark” without facing the anxiety of a blank canvas, and finally, the nostalgia factor.
So be sure to come in a claim your copy…and get busy coloring.