I’ve been at my wit’s end this week struggling to find ways to entertain the kids (and keep my sanity!) in the last couple of days before they’re back in school. What’s saved us is one of the most simple activities: colouring. And not just the kids, but me too. Penguin Random House sent me a copy of the adult colouring book OUTSIDE THE LINES, TOO: An Inspired and Inventive Coloring Book by Creative Masterminds curated by Souris Hong, and within minutes of putting my pencil crayons to paper I started to feel my frustrations melt away.
The book is a follow-up to the 2013 bestseller, OUTSIDE THE LINES, and like the first it’s filled with drawings from graphic artists, illustrators, photographers, street artists, filmmakers and more. I recognized only two of the names so for me it’s very much an introduction to contemporary art.
Many by Ryan Seslow
The range of detail in the drawings varies widely, as does the mood. Some evoke fear, others happiness and so many, wonder. Which makes for a great conversation starter — if you like company while you colour. The sheets are perforated so you can easily tear them out and share them around.
I Hate Everyone But You #3 by Tom Biskup
Speaking of sharing, how ’bout a giveaway?
To enter to win your own copy of Outside The Lines, Too, tell me where you like to colour/would colour. At a coffee shop? At your kitchen table? In your favourite living room chair?
For additional entries:
Tweet Major stress reliever! Enter to win the adult coloring book OUTSIDE THE LINES, TOO from @trysmallthings CAN/US 09/25 http://wp.me/p4xBed-Dz and comment again with a link to your tweet. Feel free to tweet once a day, just make sure to leave a separate comment here with a link to your tweet.
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The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents 18+ and ends September 25, 2015. Potential winner must answer a skill-testing question and respond to prize notification within 48 hours or another potential winner will be chosen.
Good luck, everybody!
Update September 27: Congratulations Julia G!
Thanks to Penguin Random House for sharing a copy with me and one of my lucky readers.