Adult Coloring Book: One Page at a Time

Today, June the first 2016, I am embarking on a new course as an artist and entrepreneur. I have journeyed all my life, but this is different because this one is an acknowledgment and celebration of my person as an artist.. and further down the road, as an entrepreneur. At its core, it’s unraveling the inner child that’s been wanting to come out and play.

This blog post starts my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge. Each day, I’ll create one coloring page based either on a theme or some random doodling.

The result? My published adult coloring book, of course! But that’s just for starters.

Adult Coloring Pages Challenge: What’s in It for Me?

So, what’s behind this?

Well, you hear a lot of people sweating it out at the NANOWRIMO, or doing their 30-day blogging challenge or 30-day writing challenge and what not. This one is my version, and I’m doing this for personal reasons:

  • A different high.

I love to color pages and pages of adult coloring books. It calms me, focuses my energy, boosts my creativity, keeps me present in the moment, awakens my childhood memories, provides me with all sorts of ideas and insights, and so much more. However, I yearn for something beyond coloring other people’s artwork. I desire more than ever to create my coloring pages. It gives me a different kind of high and satisfaction. But that’s just me!

  • Build a focused, daily creative habit.

I’ve had many attempts at expressing my artistic side ranging from drawing, dabbling in watercolor, typography, Photoshop, creating motivational quotes, writing and illustrating children’s stories, and who knows what else. However, they are scattered efforts and at the end of the day, I’m left with nothing to be proud of. My CoPage challenge would offer a better alternative to that, which to me, was a complete waste of creative energy. It would focus my attention on accomplishing one single task every day, which is, creating a coloring page. That daily habit would help me achieve my defined milestones.

  • Model the way for my kids.

When I was young, my dream was to grow up ASAP. Now that I’m a grown-up, my dream is to reclaim my little one.  Creating coloring pages is how I’ll do that. Doing so is hitting two birds with one stone - revive my inner child and show my kids never to let go of their creative self.

  • Cultivate a profitable enterprise.

The coloring book publishing industry has grown by leaps and bounds. I’m not one to be left out. I’d like to take a slice of the pie, too, and graduate from a position of buying and coloring to creating and selling.

That said, by the end of 30 days, I shall have finished a publishable (if not, published) adult coloring book of my own. My coloring book may not be a bestseller - well, not yet - but, hey, who doesn’t want a compilation of one’s own artwork in published form? But honestly, I don’t want my adult coloring book just sitting on the bookshelf. I’m a pretty optimistic person, so I declare that it would rake in a handsome profit!

Publishing an Adult Coloring Book: How Possible?

Publishing one’s coloring book may be daunting, but I’m doing one page a day so that should be easy and doable if I keep my focus. Katie Kacvinsky sums it all up for me:

“You need to be content with small steps. That’s all life is. Small steps that you take every day so when you look back down the road it all adds up, and you know you covered some distance.”

I’m doing just that - one coloring page a day!

I’m all pumped up for this “Adult Coloring Pages” challenge. Why don’t you join me and create yours as well? Why not?

Let’s have fun creating adult coloring pages, learning from our experience, and earning from this global adult coloring book craze!