I must admit, I love portraits. There is a long history of portraiture in art for good reason. I think we are compelled to look at people's faces and so we connect to this artwork on different level than, say, a beautiful tree or flower.
That said, this is a new subject for me for line art (I've done painted portraits before). I've designed these illustrations so that they are not overly complex and are fairly easy for a variety of coloring experience levels and ages. Additionally, it was very important to me to show a variety of women's faces from African American to Asian to freckles and Alopecia.
All of the portraits can be made unique by how the colorist would like to interpret. I love the circle cheeks because they add an element of fun into the portraits. And of course, these women needed to be surrounded by leafy elements and a few woodland animals! These women are friends of the forest. I hope you enjoy Faces in the Forest, A Portrait Coloring Book. Please do tag me on instagram with your colored pages @jenracinecoloring. I can't wait to see them!
All my best and Happy Coloring,
Love your veg? I do too! This book is for anyone who is curious about their favorite vegetables. We are backyard gardeners and love to eat and grow interesting varieties of vegetables. It's truly amazing to see how many are available especially if growing from seed. I was inspired by my own garden, my husbands love of perusing seed catalogs and trying to incorporate more vegetables into our diet. And vegetables come in such interesting shapes and colors that they make gorgeous subjects.
This book was a pleasure to illustrate because I looked at many kinds of vegetables and learned a lot of interesting facts about each. This is not a comprehensive guide as there are many more varieties in some vegetables than could be contained on one page. I purposefully laid out each page so that you have a variety of color represented versus every variety.
This kind of coloring book is a bit different than your typical because it is informational/educational. It's helpful to look up the veg you are coloring on the web for reference and an extra bonus because you will most likely learn something new through this process!
I envisioned this book as a handy reference and inspiration for other gardeners and vegetable lovers. It could also be good for kids to learn about where in the world their favorite vegetables originate from and be inspired to try some new ones. I hope you will love this coloring book as much as you love your vegetables. Happy coloring friends!
The Happy Pattern Coloring Book is now on amazon and available to purchase! This little book is in a handy square (travel!) size and is a collection of mandala-inspired and easy to color artwork. This book has 40 pages and features florals, animals and a few fish. Many of my other books are “patterns” but this one has more connected lines that are designed to work together as a cohesive shape. I’ve wanted to do a book like this for a while and it was incredibly fun coming up with these patterns. They are symmetrical but also loose enough that they don’t need precision coloring. I like this kind of coloring because it’s relaxed and “happy” to me.
All my best,
Color your way through Mexico!
Do you love the vibrant culture, history and people of Mexico as much as I do? If you’d like to explore and learn more about this amazing country, please take a look at my newest release, The Mexico Coloring Book!
This coloring book features illustrated maps of all 31 states of Mexico and Mexico City. Maps feature capital, surrounding states, flag, food, and a variety of highlights such as monuments, archaeological sites, animals and nature parks.
This coloring book is an interactive way for kids (and adults!) to learn about the varied and colorful states of 🇲🇽.
Viva Mexico! 💚🤍❤️
CATS IN COSTUMES! Is the "cosplay" title too much? I love it. These are all cute cats (30 illustrations) that are all dressed up in some of my favorite "cosplay" themes. I really had a lot of fun coming up with these outfits and making them work on these kitties. There is some variety between fluffy cats and smooth cats and cats with multi-colored coats but overall...the costumes take center stage with these drawings and cat details are kept at a minimum. I can't wait to see these colored and will definitely be doing my own versions which I will post on instagram @jenracinecoloring. Please, please tag me if you happen to do some coloring that you'd like to share. Wishing you happy, joyful and relaxing coloring!
This collection has a selection of drawings found in a few of my other books, Scandi Nature, Time to Hygge and Garden Gnomes along with a few new ones. The original images are simplified and made more "modern". I really loved reworking these illustrations so that they are slightly bolder and adding some new elements to each drawing. They are all "cottage" themed in that they depict florals, birds, animals, baking, cooking, coffee, sewing, knitting and a few gnomes thrown in for good measure!
A new "little" book! I'm calling this my pandemic inspiration book. I hope that this little book brings a smile to someone out there who needs it.
I feel like I was meant to do this book because of fourth grade. I was in a small-ish town in Canada and we had a teacher (Mr. D) who gave everyone in the class nicknames. We had to use these names always and were not allowed to use our actual names under any circumstance. Yes, my nickname was Rainbow for an entire year of school. Kind of wild. I really embraced drawing that year and yes, there was a whole lot of singing every day with Mr. D's acoustic guitar. I don't think I learned much math or grammar but I guess some of the "different" of that learning has stuck with me.
And here we are...when we need rainbows again. I don't know about you but I need all the encouragement I can get. I wanted to do a smallish book (8.5" square) for a while because I think this size is so cute and practical. Just easy, peazy pages with simple, bold artwork. I envision this being a book you can give a friend to let them know you are thinking about them. This artwork is not complicated to color and is a combination of short illustrated quotes and simple rainbow inspired illustrations.
Happy Coloring, Friends!
Welcome to Scandinavia! In this book I wanted to explore some of my favorite themes and shapes in a more deliberate way. The pattern and repetition that can be found in Scandi folk art can be a fun way to explore color and also make beautiful coloring pages. I also wanted to create a book that had fairly easy shapes to color and featured a heavier more distressed line. The line texture is pretty subtle but I think makes a difference in the finished work. You can check my instagram for examples of colored pages (@jenracinecoloring). The book ended up being a little bird heavy (ha, ha) but they were my favorite animal to illustrate in this style. I've also included a squirrel (another favorite), fox, bear and horse along with some florals. This book has some similarities with Time to Hygge but has exclusively a nature theme. It also is somewhat similar to Woodland Wonder but less cute. This artwork is perfect for this kind of relaxing, stress-free (or de-stressing) coloring! I had a lot of fun with this one and hope you enjoy this artwork.
I really couldn't help myself. If you love a good pun as much as I do, you'll know why I had to try my hand at illustrating a cute coloring book for kids that features food puns! What is it about funny fruits that we find so a-peeling? For kids (and adults with a funny bone), maybe it's something we all can relate to? Whatever the reason, I hope you enjoy coloring this book filled more simple (for little hands) yet fun to color illustrations. The fruits and veg are alive! They feature little legs, arms and faces because (in my opinion) this is the best way to make these jokes and puns come to life. Also, I have been experimenting with different kids of brushes and lines. This book features a softer thick pencil line that I think coordinates with the artwork in a fresh way.
Happy Coloring friends,
I'm happy to announce my newest book, Uncommonly cute Animals Coloring Book!
This book was really a joy to illustrate. I was inspired by seeing a picture of the Axolotl which is a very cute amphibian that lives only in the waters in Lake Xolchmilco and Lake Chalco in the valley of Mexico. This little creature captured the interest of the internet a while back and has been circulating. From there I started to research all of the "cutest" animals that I could find. There are, of course, thousands (millions?) more that are just as cute and unusual but these were the ones that stood out in various lists I could find.
The illustrations are simple yet realistic with easy-to-color backgrounds. I don't love it when the backgrounds are too complicated for kids. It's a bother for them to get that all colored in. The focus is on the animal and should not be too difficult. Kids will have to look up the colors of animals (if they wish) but I think this is sort of a bonus because they will find more information about it if they are curious. I have included a small amount of information such as where the animal is found and any other pertinent tidbits.
Also this is my first book with full page images (lines go off of the edge of the page). I like the effect for this book. It makes for a bigger image on each page which is fun for kids, I think. Also the line is a soft weight (kind of like a thick charcoal pencil) with the outline of the animal fairly bold.
I hope this book sparks curiosity and joy for kids of all ages who love animals! Happy Coloring Friends!