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A meditative book of Flower Mandala images and related text that delves into 52 fundamental aspects of the human experience — and more!
A meditative book of Flower Mandala images and related text that delves into 52 fundamental aspects of the human experience — and more!
A meditative book of Flower Mandala images and related text that delves into 52 fundamental aspects of the human experience — and more!
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Two new books are out!

After a year of attempting to find a conventional publisher for my Flower Mandalas book (and, in the meantime, finding one for a coloring book based on that book, with mixed results), I've decided to "go rogue" and create my own imprint, Transformations Press. 

A revised version of the Flower Mandalas book, retitled Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas is now available either from the printer (BookBaby) or from Amazon. It will also be available at other online retailers shortly, and eBook versions are in the works. I like the way both books turned out, and I hope my readers do, too. 

Any sharing on email lists or social media that my friends and supporters can do is helpful in making this project visible during the Christmas season. Here are some links: 

Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas:
At BookBaby (available now): http://store.bookbaby.com/book/Paths-to-Wholeness
At Amazon (ships 12/16): http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984699406 

Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas
Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas

52 (more) Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief:

At Amazon (available now): http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984699422 

52 (more) Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief
52 (more) Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief

 

Thanks again for your support, without which I would never have completed either of these books! 

More anon,
- David 
David J. Bookbinder, LMHC
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Flower Mandalas in Frankfurt!

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Just a quick note to let you know that the Pink Peony Flower Mandala used in Chapter 28, "Joy," of Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas is currently being displayed on 500 posters hung throughout Frankfurt, Germany, and on thousands of copies of the Old Opera House 2016/2017 season program.

Here's what they look like. The poster:

Pink Peony I
Pink Peony I

and the program:

Pink Peony I program
Pink Peony I program

Thanks once again for your support!

David

On Coloring: "52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book" is here!

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ON COLORING 

I stumbled into coloring. Shortly after I completed a Kickstarter campaign for Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: A Mediation, a friend suggested that I convert the images to illustrations and create a coloring book -- not for children, but for adults. Until then, I had never even heard of coloring books for adults. Now, months later, I see that it's a whole world, and with 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief, I've entered it. (Just in time for holiday shopping. Please tell your friends!)

One of the colorists who advised me on coloring books during the creation of 52 Flower Mandalas helped unravel the mystery for me. She wrote: 

"Why color at all? Because it's PLAY. Because creativity renews the whole person and sparks other ideas not related to the coloring -- your mind has time to go into an almost meditative state. Because it's fun. Most kids love to color and hate giving it up. Go back to your inner kid and have fun. You might want to make a flower as realistic as possible, or you might choose a total fantasy version -- say in 60's tie dye colors. You might pay attention to the mandala form of each design -- how it can be used for meditation and focus. Or use coloring as a kind of therapy, because personal expression is therapeutic, helps stop rumination, relaxes. But mostly, coloring is about play and the love of color."

Image by colorist Sarah Blue
Image by colorist Sarah Blue
And then there's also this: "Maybe one has to be a bit of a rebel to color as an adult -- to take on that child-oriented activity again. Something magic happens when you color a design to your satisfaction. Here's something no one else in the world could do. I am an individual. I have a distinct view of the world and I express it here."
Image by colorist C.G. Lynee
Image by colorist C.G. Lynee

Since this project began, I've started using coloring with some of my anxious clients. One told me she began in an angry mood and saw, in the design, what looked to her like a bull. She worked out her anger coloring the "bulls" and then saw another pattern that reminded her of a heart. Coloring those hearts, her own heart opened.

Download Flower Mandalas to Flower Mandala illustrations
Download Flower Mandalas to Flower Mandala illustrations

Working with these illustrations has opened my own eyes, and my heart, to another way of seeing creativity. 

- David 

Buy 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book: http://www.amazon.com/52-Flower-Mandalas-Coloring-Inspiration/dp/1682302016/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Download a free, full-resolution 52 Flower Mandalas sampler: http://www.davidbookbinder.com/books/wp-content/uploads/sampler_52FlowerMandalas_pages.pdf

Subscribe to the Flower Mandalas mailing list: http://flowermandalas.us11.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=0030e6f1ad6f724c6287e8d34&id=2f2d81bd93

Visit the 52 Flower Mandalas coloring book website, where you can upload your check out what other colorists have done and upload your own colored-in Flower Mandalas: http://www.davidbookbinder.com/books

Download a Flower Mandalas to Flower Mandala illustrations index: http://www.davidbookbinder.com/books/wp-content/uploads/Flower-Mandala-index.pdf

Something new....

Just a note to let you know that something new is in the pipeline. It's the culmination of a collaboration with illustrator and book designer Emily Sper (http://www.blueirisdesign.com). 

More details, and an invitation to participate in the process, coming soon. 

Watch this space!

Found an agent!

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I'm happy to announce that Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas is now represented by Stephany Evans, president of Fine Print Literary Management in New York. Thanks again for helping to kickstart this project!