Review: Wise Words to Color

Author: Zoe Ingram
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: April 19, 2016
Paperback, 96 pages
ISBN: 9780062481924
Genre: Coloring Book
Source: Publisher

About the Book

Wise Words to Color offers a variety of Instagram-ready quotations and designs to color, guaranteed to inspire any recent graduate. With short words of advice from classic authors including Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, this book is a keepsake just waiting for your creative touch. Printed on heavy stock with intricate black-and-white interiors and a distinctive uncoated cover with specs, this book is a beautiful gift—or a pick-me-up for yourself!

My Thoughts

If you go into any bookstore today, you'll probably see an entire wall or shelf dedicated to adult coloring books. Why are these books so popular? I've read a few different articles hypothesizing on this question. The answers range anywhere from people are too stressed to reliving childhood and so on. For me, I love these books because coloring is fun. It's relaxing. And it's a great way to spend a rainy day. After all, being an adult doesn't mean you have to give up everything that's fun.

I received this book from HarperCollins and immediately fell in love with it. I'm in awe at the amount of detail that went into each picture. And even though I'm not really talented as an artist, I didn't feel overwhelmed or intimidated by it. After all, it was just me coloring for myself. I also loved the literary quotes that Ingram chose to go along with each picture. Check out the image below:

Coloring books are something I highly recommend. Wise Words of Color is the perfect book to buy for yourself or give as a gift to someone else. I know in this busy world, it's great to do something that makes you feel carefree.

And thanks to the wonderful staff at HarperCollins, I had the opportunity to ask Zoe Ingram some questions about this book. If you want to check out more of Zoe's work, visit her website here.

1. Nature inspired a lot of this book. What else inspires you?
I love color, little details, pattern, textures and line and those things can appear everywhere so I think I would have to say that everything around me that I can see has the potential to inspire me. 

2. I don't have an artistic background, but I love to color. What advice would you give to someone like me before tackling Wise Words of Color?
I would say that you should forget the rules and just have fun. Sometimes the most fun and exciting things happen by accident or by trying something new so be bold and go with what your drawn to. 

3. You used quotes from the likes of Mark Twain, William Blake, and Neil Gaiman. Do you have a favorite quote from this book?
So hard to choose but right at this moment I'm loving this quote from the book "You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise" -Lucius Annaeus Seneca 

4. What artists inspire you?
So many! Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Girard, Mark Rothko, Paul Rand, Katsuji Wakisaka, Josef Frank and Fujiwo Ishimoto to name a few but I could go on and on with this list!

5. What book have you reread the most?
Jean De Florette & Manon Des Sources by Marcel Pagnol - I just love these books.