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A coloring book full of abstract patterns to get the creative juices flowin’.
A coloring book full of abstract patterns to get the creative juices flowin’.
A coloring book full of abstract patterns to get the creative juices flowin’.
621 backers pledged $13,334 to help bring this project to life.

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You know how you work all day and then come home and want to do something awesome and creative but are super-exhausted from working all day? OMG us too!

Then we remembered that coloring is pretty much the best. After 15 minutes of zoned-out coloring, you’re left with something tangible: proof of your creativity in the form of a piece of art! That you just made! Yourself! (Like us, you may also be left with proof of your inability to color within the lines. But that’s ok because you are a creative force that cannot be contained!) 

Our coloring book contains patterns created by Free Period Press, a group of four Cleveland-based artists and friends. We each developed patterns to stimulate your right brain. We hope each page of the book turns into a collaborative artwork between you and us.

We want to make it really easy for you to squeeze in a creative activity every day. Just like having a free period when you were in school, you can use this coloring book however you want! Zone out, meditate, or get inspired for a creative project of your own.

We have dozens of patterns waiting to be colored by your brilliant self. We just need some help getting the book into your hands. Funds from Kickstarter will go towards funding the printing, binding, and shipping of the coloring book to your door.

These aren’t quite like the coloring books you remember from when you were a kid: our books look and feel like low-profile, high quality sketchbooks and contain paper that can withstand markers and watercolor without bleeding. The paper for the cover will be provided by French Paper, which runs on a 100-year old hydro-powered generator. Wow!

The books themselves will be printed and assembled right here in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio.

We're offering two versions of the book-- take your pick:

The Big (8.5"x11") Coloring Book
This feels more like your traditional coloring book. It is perfect for a craft night or alone-time when you really want to get into some serious coloring. Each page is perforated, so you can color like crazy and then take out a page to hang on your wall or give to a friend!

The Small (3.5"x5") Notebook
This guy is our take on the traditional sketchbook. Patterns are printed in a lighter gray ink. This way, you can choose to color the patterns, build your own designs based on our starting point, or use the book as a notebook with background texture.

Thank you SO much for taking the time to check out this project. You're the best.

P.S. Attention teachers! Looking to use Free Period in your classroom? Shoot us an e-mail (freeperiodpress [at] gmail [dot] com) with your name and the name of your school and we’ll send you the PDF of the coloring book for free! We heart teachers.

P.P.S. You can also stay in touch with us on Tumblr and Twitter!

Risks and challenges

Printing the perfect coloring book will involved lots of proofs with the printer to make sure everything looks perfect. This might take some extra time, but we'll do our best to make sure everything gets out the door on schedule.

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    The Small Notebook (3.5"x5") with lightly-printed background patterns. Perfect for jotting ideas, doodling, or coloring!

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    The Big Coloring Book (8.5"x11"). For hours of patterny, designy fun!

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    A set of The Big Coloring Book and The Small Notebook!

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    TWO sets of The Big Coloring Book and The Small Notebook (4 books total). Perfect for a date night or bestie night!

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    THE CRAFT NIGHT PACKAGE: 8 Big Coloring Books. Have some friends over and get coloring!

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    Pledge $132 or more About $132

    A PDF of The Big Coloring Book so you can print + color to your heart's content! Plus two sets of The Big Coloring Book and The Small Notebook (4 books total).

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Holy smokes! We will throw you a screenprinting party for you and 5 of your friends at BUCKBUCK gallery in Cleveland! We'll provide delicious party food and teach you and your friends how to screenprint-- bring your own patterns or use one of ours! You and your friends will also get a copy of The Big Coloring Book and The Small Notebook! (You're just responsible for transportation + lodging.)

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