January 12, 2018

Scintillant Squares!

Scintillant Squares: A Geometric Coloring Book for Adults is now available on Amazon!

I'm still figuring out how to improve how the listing looks, but I'm excited to have it available for sale! I first started daydreaming about this book at least a year ago, and there were definitely times I wasn't sure it would ever see the light of day.

(Me with the final proof!)

Here's what the full cover looks like:

Remember - if you want to "try before you buy", just sign up with your email in the sidebar for three free coloring pages!

January 9, 2018

How do you color?

How do you approach coloring in a new design?

Do you pick your color palette in advance? Plan out how it's going to look? Go where the whim takes you?

For me, it usually depends on where I am when I'm ready to color in a bit. Sometimes I'll have my whole pen collection at hand, and poke around until one of the colors catches my attention. Other times, I only have a couple of ballpoints, so I'll do some shading in black or blue - or in this case, black, orange and purple: (I added the green and red later.)

Artist: Kathryn Marlin, Book: Garden Paths & Forest Trails Coloring Day Planner 2017

I don't generally color everything in one sitting, though! This cat got its color over two days of meetings where I needed to listen but not say a whole lot, but often I'll only have time to color in something tiny, before going on to the next task at home or work. This picture will probably take me the rest of the month to finish.

When coloring in my own designs, I often start with a pattern and color palette in mind, but if it takes too long I'll get bored with following my initial plans. That's how this study in blue squares wound up with polka dots and some red/orange/green hues. :)

What about you? Have you ever had a picture turn out differently than you planned?

Thanks for reading!


PS: The proofs for the new book should ship in the next week or so. Sign up in the sidebar to get an email when Scintillant Squares is available for purchase, and to get a free 3-page PDF excerpt!

January 7, 2018

Accepting Imperfection

Hi, my name is Anthea, and I have perfectionist tendencies.

It holds me back, because in reality nothing is ever "perfect" - but many things that are imperfect can still be lovely and enjoyable! So I try to remember that holding myself back until I have the perfect post, the perfect image, or the perfect state of mind is a recipe for never doing anything.

Creating the designs was actually the easiest part (so far) of the Scintillant Squares project. In developing the idea for the book, I had already decided that precise symmetry would get boring, so I had given myself the freedom to embrace artistic imperfections.

But when it came to picking a name, a logo, and doing the cover and interior print layout, each step required discovering over again that at some point, I have to say "it's good" and let go of the striving for absolute perfection. I want this to be a high-quality book that lots of people will enjoy, so some degree of perfectionism is useful, but not if it means I never hit "publish"!

I run into the same thing with coloring. It can be hard to get started, and it takes conscious effort to accept when the pen doesn't go where I meant it to, rather than getting upset that I've "ruined" my picture. And when I have massive morning-brain and spill my coffee all over everything, including an almost-finished picture... well, it can be very discouraging.

But I'm still happy with how it came out. :)

(cat included for comfort)

(click for more detail)

This is one of the designs included in the free coloring pages if you sign up for the email list. If you color it in, I'd love to see what you do with it!


January 6, 2018

It's time to add some color!

I was delighted, but baffled when signups started coming in for the free coloring pages before I had even added a single post! I was braced to see little to no response even after publishing my first book and starting promotion - and to be honest, I had run a little low on steam for finishing the nitty-gritty details of publishing a book and setting up a website.

Well, you lit a fire to start building up steam again, and I'm happy to say that the book is almost there!

The initial printed proofs weren't quite what I wanted, so after another round of tweaks, I've submitted the new files to the printer, and it should only be a couple of weeks before I see the next proof. Hopefully, all will be well and I'll be able to hit the "publish" button.

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at the cover, and you can also sign up in the sidebar for a free PDF of three coloring pages from the upcoming book!

Thanks for reading!


It’s been just over ten months since I published ScintillantSquares: A Geometric Coloring Book for Adults . (Also, just over ten months ...