I have all the books!

... well, the coloring books, anyway. And not all of them so much as just the ones I've illustrated.

But still.

The first two releases of HCI Books' Inkspirations series are here, and they're beautiful!

My photography skills don't do them justice, but I wanted to take a picture of the pages so you could see how wonderfully the art is paired with each quote. There are also examples of pages colored; a whole section about choosing colors, including a color wheel and palette discussion; and a how-to-make-your-own-mandala page, with step-by-step instructions.

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If you're still on the fence about coloring, I wrote a nifty little article for Beliefnet, 10 Reasons Adults Should Color. Here's #5:

5. Coloring awakens the child in you. By indulging in an activity we all loved as children, you tap into a simpler self and time - before you were burdened with the idea that everything you do needs to make money, whittle your waistline, or impact the world. If there is value in being awed and delighted by our everyday existence (and I firmly believe there is), then I think coloring might be one of the fastest, most enjoyable ways to reach that place inside yourself that is most capable of joy and wonder.

To celebrate the arrival of these books, here's a downloadable page from Inkspirations For Recovery.

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