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Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion: a unique collaborative colouring book for adults featuring 40 artists. A perfect Christmas gift
Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion: a unique collaborative colouring book for adults featuring 40 artists. A perfect Christmas gift
Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion: a unique collaborative colouring book for adults featuring 40 artists. A perfect Christmas gift
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Amelia's Colourful Colouring Companion: Adult Coloring Book

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Hi, my name is Amelia Gregory and I’m an independent publisher and creator of Amelia’s Magazine and 3 illustration books so far.

Last year I successfully raised over £14,000 to produce a special 10th anniversary book on Kickstarter, so this year I’ve returned to publish another book, inspired by the huge interest in colouring books for adults. If you are looking for an unusual, beautiful, high quality colouring book that stands out in the crowd then this is the one for you!

Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion: 

Ten years ago I published a series of colouring pages in issue 4 of Amelia’s Magazine, each by a different artist (featured in the video above). My new colouring book, Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion, will follow a similar idea, featuring the work of 40 super talented artists. Each artist answered an open brief to illustrate a double page for the book, with a full colour image on the left hand side and a black and white line drawing on the right hand side. I asked that the images be similar (but not the same) providing colourful inspiration for the reader and a wonderful platform to show off work for the artists. You can see some examples of the artwork inside the book on this page and in my video above.

Double page spread by Caitlin Gardiner
Double page spread by Caitlin Gardiner
Double page spread by Sadhna Prasad
Double page spread by Sadhna Prasad

40 Artists:

The artists come from all over the world, with talented recent graduates from UK art colleges joined by established artists looking for a unique creative outlet to showcase their work. There are contributors from Sweden, India, Guatemala, Austria, Japan, Colombia, the US and more.

I left the open brief completely open ended so the results showcase a huge range of styles and ideas, but the one thing all the artworks have in common is that they are beautiful and unusual. Whether you are already a colouring enthusiast or are thinking about giving it a go, this book is perfect for you and will also make an excellent Christmas present for that special someone: I have therefore made it easy to buy one, two or three copies in one pledge. And if you buy 3 Early Bird copies you'll get the biggest bargain of all!

Example pages by Hazel Partridge and Jenny Tang
Example pages by Hazel Partridge and Jenny Tang
Example pages by Erika Rier and Manic Minotaur
Example pages by Erika Rier and Manic Minotaur

Mock up of the book:

The mock up shown above has been produced by my printers in Kent and gives you an idea of how the finished book will look. The book is 96 pages long and will be printed on beautiful high quality thick paper which will happily take coloured pencils and pens without any bleed through. It has thick cover stock and Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion will be bound using the lay flat binding process ensuring that it lays flat when you are colouring in a page: this is a very expensive way to produce a book so most commercial publishers will not do it, but since it ensures a high quality colouring experience I think it is worth doing. It also means that it is easy to remove an individual page for display should you want to do so.

And this is how I roll: the book has been made in cafes when my eldest is at forest school and at night when the kids are in bed.
And this is how I roll: the book has been made in cafes when my eldest is at forest school and at night when the kids are in bed.

Find out more about the artists: 

Each artist will have a short bio and description of their work at the back of the book, so you’ll be able to find out more about those you love the most. In the meantime I have been busy posting in depth interviews with all the featured artists on my website, so do click on the links below to find out more about each one. I'll be adding to this list as the interviews go live.

Alex McGinn, Ana Jaks, Antonia Parker, Ashley Le Quere, Augusta Akerman, Becky Dinnage, Caitlin Gardiner, Claire Powell, Eleanor Percival, Eliza Fricker, Erika Rier, Ewelina Skowronska, Feronia Parker-Thomas, Hannah Rollings, Harriet Plaskitt, Hazel PartridgeIgnacia Ruiz, Jack Bailey, Jennifer Leem-Bruggen, Jenny Tang, Jo Taylor, Johan Lindstrom, Josh Patterson, Kaja Szechowsko, Laura SchofieldLibby Parra, Lorna Scobie, Lydia Coventry, Manic Minotaur, Margo McDaid, María Andrea Miranda Serna, Nanae Kawahara, Nanna PrierlerPercie Edgeler, Sachiko Oguri, Sadhna Prasad, Simone Ludeman, Sophie Corrigan, Stephanie Moulden, Sua Agape, Suzanne Carpenter, Suzie Scott, Tiffany Baxter  

Example pages by Josh Patterson and Suzanne Carpenter
Example pages by Josh Patterson and Suzanne Carpenter
Example pages by Alex McGinn and Eleanor Percival
Example pages by Alex McGinn and Eleanor Percival

Production of the Book: 

All the artwork has been submitted and okayed, and the book is almost entirely designed, with just a few pages and the front cover (by artist Josh Patterson) left to finalise. Once the campaign has finished I’ll be sending the book to print and everyone will receive copies before Christmas (unless you live a very long way away and your post is super slow). Alongside my other illustration books I am also selling a few rare back copies of early Amelia’s Magazine to help fund my new book.

I've been colouring in some of the pages already! These are by Nanna Prierler and Steph Moulden
I've been colouring in some of the pages already! These are by Nanna Prierler and Steph Moulden

Hooked on Colouring: 

I’ve been fascinated by the colouring book phenomenon for some time now and I decided to start working on Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion earlier this year, despite being heavily pregnant. My second child was born in August and since then I’ve been working hard to make the book a reality. More recently I decided to give colouring a go in the interests of research and I’m now hooked on it myself… I trained as a printed textile designer and generally love to knit and crochet in my spare time so I didn’t think it would be my thing, but now I see what all the fuss is about! It’s surprisingly fun to just zone out and colour some interesting artwork by someone else. Here's a short article describing why colouring is akin to meditation. Now I just want to spread the word.

I asked the artists featured in Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion to colour in each other’s artwork and the results have been so fantastic that I’m already cooking up ideas for an exhibition. I hope the examples below will whet your own colouring appetites and cannot wait to see what you do with your pages. 

Page by Sophie Corrigan, coloured by Sua Agape
Page by Sophie Corrigan, coloured by Sua Agape
Page by Lorna Scobie, coloured by Libby Parra
Page by Lorna Scobie, coloured by Libby Parra
Page by Eleanor Percival, coloured by Steph Moulden
Page by Eleanor Percival, coloured by Steph Moulden

What will the money be used for? 

Basically it costs a lot to produce a book of this quality on a short run in the UK. Loads of dosh. So most of the money goes towards the production of the book. The cover artist is being paid a small amount for his work and the rest goes on postage and packaging (which really adds up). That’s all. The book will be limited edition so if any extra copies are produced they will be sold online and in a few select stores only.

Double page spread by Sua Agape
Double page spread by Sua Agape
Double page spread by Steph Moulden
Double page spread by Steph Moulden

Press: The book has been featured on Grafik Magazine, Creative Boom, Anorak Magazine, BustColour with Claire, Brown Paper Bag and Made in Shoreditch. Read revealing interviews on The Early Hour, Motherland and Mumspo if you want to know about life as a single ‘mumpreneur’.

I’ve also written my first ever blog for the Huffington Post, titled 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Colouring Books For Adults. This is well worth a read if you want to know why colouring is so damn fantastic. It is aimed at people who are not sure what all the fuss is about and perhaps don’t think that colouring is for them, (like myself for instance, not long ago!)

Share the love! 

To see more examples of artwork and for news updates please follow me on twitter and instagram. See what the artists are doing on the hashtag #ameliasccc and help to spread the word. The act of colouring is a creative collaboration and it is very enjoyable to see how different people approach the same artwork, so once you start colouring pages from the book please do share them using the same hashtag. The online colouring community is very social and I look forward to seeing you there.

Example pages by Ignacia Ruiz and Sophie Corrigan
Example pages by Ignacia Ruiz and Sophie Corrigan
Example pages by Feronia Parker-Thomas and Sachiko Oguri
Example pages by Feronia Parker-Thomas and Sachiko Oguri

Rewards:

Postcards: Receive 8 exclusive postcards produced to go with the book, featuring a mix of full colour images and black and white art to colour in yourself (if you fancy) from inside the book. If you don't care for colouring (and also if you do) then this is perfect! Beautiful artwork ready to send or keep for yourself.

Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion: I am keeping this campaign as simple as I can. For those of you who get in early there will be staggeringly cheap copies of the book available: just £12 a copy (when you consider what that price gets you from a commercial publisher then you’ll see what a bargain this is: it barely covers costs so I need to shift a lot). For those of you later to the campaign the book will be £16 a copy - still a total bargain. You can also buy the book in multiples: one for yourself and one, or maybe two, for a friend (did I mention that it’s the perfect Christmas gift?) Hence I have made sure the best deal goes to those Early Birds who buy 3 copies: just £30! That doesn't even cover costs of production, I must be mad! Each Early Bird book that is ordered comes with an exclusive set of postcards featuring artwork from the book, and all Early Bird buyers get their name in the book. There is also the option to get a free back issue: either 9 or 10, depending on your preference - a great way to get to know Amelia's Magazine and if you already have one then you can gift it to a friend. (You can let me know which you prefer in the Backer Survey)

Immersed in Nature by Alex McGinn A3 colouring print set
Immersed in Nature by Alex McGinn A3 colouring print set
Jungle Reef by Becky Dinnage A3 colouring print set
Jungle Reef by Becky Dinnage A3 colouring print set
Through the Window by Hazel Partridge A3 colouring print set
Through the Window by Hazel Partridge A3 colouring print set
Dancers by Jennifer Leem-Bruggen A3 colouring print set
Dancers by Jennifer Leem-Bruggen A3 colouring print set
The Unconventional Herd by Lorna Scobie A3 colouring print set
The Unconventional Herd by Lorna Scobie A3 colouring print set
Daydreams of the Deep by Suzanne Carpenter A3 colouring print set
Daydreams of the Deep by Suzanne Carpenter A3 colouring print set

NEW! A3 colouring print sets from East End Prints: Since my last Kickstarter campaign I have been working with Helen from East End Prints, collaborating on the sales of my limited edition 10th anniversary prints and contributing to her regular exhibitions and events. We got talking, and well, this is what happened… 6 lucky artists from the book have been chosen for a publishing deal and will receive royalties on all prints sold. East End Prints will produce special colouring print sets of their double pages: one full colour A3 print and one black line A3 print to colour in. These beautiful prints can be displayed on the wall alone or as a spectacular diptych of your making! The colouring print sets will be £19.95 RRP but we’re offering them at a special price of £15 prior to their premier at the London Illustration Fair in December. If you’d like to add a set of prints to your pledge for a colouring book then please just add the cost on top (plus postage) and let me know via a message. Choose your artist via the Backer Survey after the campaign has ended.

Back issues of Amelia's Magazine 9 and 10, and my illustration books
Back issues of Amelia's Magazine 9 and 10, and my illustration books
Super rare back issues!
Super rare back issues!

Illustration books and rare back issues: Spend a bit more and get one of my other illustration books, or a few super rare early back issues with your copy of Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion. Plus a set of postcards of course. Yes yes I know the back issues are expensive but I have very very few of them and they are highly collectible. They are aimed at those of you who want to complete your collection of Amelia’s Magazine and support the creation of this new book at the same time. Better than lining the pockets of a random ebay seller!

£1000 Benefactor Reward: A massive thank you for taking so much weight off my shoulders! Last campaign I included this reward because I was advised to do so, never expecting it to be taken up… but to my surprise it was! So here it is again: if you have pots of money and like what I do - supporting and promoting artists on a shoestring - then please do help me out. For you: the colouring book and an entire set of Amelia’s Magazines (including all early issues) plus all 3 of my other illustration books and the post cards. You're fabulous!

Thankyou, from myself and the kids x
Thankyou, from myself and the kids x

Thank you!

So, please buy the book: support the artists involved and grab a slice of the fantastic colouring phenomenon. If you like what you see please do share the campaign or make a pledge, it will make everyone involved super happy to see Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion in print! And I guarantee it will give any recipient hours of relaxing fun. Thank you.

Risks and challenges

I’ve done this before: last year I successfully made a book and fulfilled all my Kickstarter campaign rewards before Christmas, despite being in the early months of pregnancy and a full time mum (therefore knackered… and worried, given my previous experiences of miscarriage.) I have a lot of experience designing and producing magazines and books and a good relationship with my printers in Kent, with whom I have now been working for 11 years. This time around the book is far closer to completion. Despite having a 3 year old, a 12 week old (at the time of writing) and being a newly single mum I do not anticipate anything going wrong beyond the completely unforeseen: when I get an idea I am pretty unstoppable. I’ll be super tired and hopefully very happy by Christmas, so I look forward to your pledge!

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    BEAUTIFUL POSTCARDS: Receive 8 exclusive postcards produced to go with Amelia's Colourful Colouring Companion, featuring a mix of full colour images and black and white line art from inside the book. If you don't care for colouring (and indeed if you do) then this is perfect! Beautiful artwork ready to send or keep for yourself.

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    EARLY BIRD COPIES OF AMELIA'S COLOURFUL COLOURING COMPANION: An absolute bargain. Make sure you get your copy of the book soon: and as a special thanks for getting your pledge in early your name will appear in the book, and you'll receive your choice of issue 9 or 10 of Amelia's Magazine to keep or give away, plus a lovely selection of 8 exclusive postcards.

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    BRAND NEW! A3 TWIN PRINT SETS: 6 lucky artists from the book have been chosen for a publishing deal with East End Prints, who will produce special ‘twin’ print sets of their double pages: one full colour A3 print, one black line A3 print to colour in. Display alone or as a spectacular diptych! The twin sets will be £19.95 RRP but we’re offering them at a special price prior to their launch at the London Illustration Fair in December. Which is your favourite?

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    3 EARLY BIRD COPIES OF AMELIA'S COLOURFUL COLOURING COMPANION: Look, it makes a great Christmas present! So why not treat yourself to THREE copies? This is a crazy price! But I want you and your friends to enjoy this book. This price does not cover printing costs but by buying 3 copies you are making a massive contribution to this project and so this is my way of saying thanks. Your name will appear in the book, plus you get 8 exclusive postcards.

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    1 COPY OF AMELIA'S COLOURFUL COLOURING COMPANION AND 2 OF MY PREVIOUS ILLUSTRATION BOOKS: Both Amelia's Anthology of Illustration and Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration currently retail on Amazon for £25 each so grab yourself a mega bargain in this deal; they work out at £15 each and the colouring book works out at £10 only.

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    ISSUE 4 OF AMELIA'S MAGAZINE AND AMELIA'S COLOURFUL COLOURING COMPANION: This was the issue where it all began: issue 4 featured lots of colouring pages way back in 2005. I have a few that I stashed away for exactly this kind of thing and this is the first time I've released them. So if you are missing issue 4 from your collection put in a pledge. Featuring an innovative scratch 'n' sniff cover, free smelly colouring pens and a host of great content. Plus you get your name in the book and 8 exclusive postcards, of course.

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    ISSUE 3 OF AMELIA'S MAGAZINE AND AMELIA'S COLOURFUL COLOURING COMPANION: You can pay the same for issue 3 alone on ebay right now, so this is a bargain :) I have a few that I stashed away in 2005 for exactly this kind of thing and this is the first time I've released them. So if you are missing issue 3 from your collection put in a pledge. Featuring a flocked cover, exclusive stickers and loads of other cool stuff like Metronomy before he became famous. Plus you get your name in the book and 8 exclusive postcards, of course.

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    ISSUE 2 OF AMELIA'S MAGAZINE AND AMELIA'S COLOURFUL COLOURING COMPANION: A pricey one, yes, but this was the issue that paper cutting supremo Rob Ryan cut his teeth on. I introduced him to the concept of commercial laser cutting and together we produced a removable laser cut cover (that can be framed and put on the wall). The magazine also comes with your choice of a lovely pirate necklace from either Tatty Devine or Reino Lehtonen-Riley: again produced exclusively for me. I have a few that I stashed away in 2004 for exactly this kind of thing and this is the first time I've released them. So if you are missing issue 2 from your collection put in a pledge now. Plus you get your name in the book and 8 exclusive postcards, of course.

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    ISSUE 1 OF AMELIA'S MAGAZINE AND AMELIA'S COLOURFUL COLOURING COMPANION: Yup, this is an expensive option but only 1000 copies were produced so this issue is as rare as hen's teeth. I have a few that I stashed away in 2004 for exactly this kind of thing and this is the first time I've released them. So if you are missing issue 1 from your collection make sure you don't miss out and put in a pledge now. Includes the uber rare numbered flexidisc by Pete Doherty and a snapshot of life in the mid noughties. Plus your name in the book and 8 exclusive postcards, of course.

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    BENEFACTOR REWARD: THANKYOU. You're amazing! As a thanks for helping me out I'll send you all 10 issues of Amelia's Magazine, and all 4 of my books. Plus you get your name in the book and 8 exclusive postcards, of course. And you don't have to pay for shipping either. Thank you so so much!

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