Today we welcome Kayleen West to the blog to talk about adult colouring books. Welcome Kayleen.
1. Can you tell us something interesting readers may not know about you?
I have a book ministry where I distribute copies of Adoptive Father to children all over the world. In each situation the children desperately need books and even more so, to hear the message that they are loved and accepted by an adoptive Heavenly Father. I have managed to distribute thousands of books with the help of ministries and book sales. I am also working on translations and e-versions to multiply the message globally.
2. Can you tell us where the inspiration to create an Adult colouring book came from?
The book was created from a break from publishing projects. I felt God wanted me to explore my creative ‘playtime’ without a work agenda for a period. I ended up creating organically creating suitable illustrations for a colouring book for adults. I knew it would be a positive experience for others and felt God pointing to it one day. Several Christians confirmed it as the style evolved and became apparent to others!
3. How do you hope your book will be used?
I hope it will encouragement and uplift the spirits of others. I am working with a few people on projects that could help disadvantage and disabled folk in several ways. It has been mind-blowing to see how my humble stumble into colouring books will potentially help multitudes of people!
4. I have noticed from reading a recent article this is a new trend with many uses. Has it been something you have wanted to work on for a while?
No I wasn’t following a trend – I fell into it. I am rebellious like that – I like to be authentic in all I do and not get too influence by what others are doing. It just happens to suit the work I was creating – predominately the ink work. I began inking late last year and fell in love with black line! I am still growing in this area and incredibly excited about all the future artwork in my head. I know the next 12 months will be a huge advance in my art as a result and itching to get into my studio much more! I love to draw most of all and to be honest – colouring pages and now working in colouring pencils for illustrations are an excuse to draw more!
5. Do you have to create more books of this type of book?
I don’t have to but I am going to. I am already working on another now. I would like to do a Christian one too. But I also want to do my next children’s book in pencil. I already have a particular manuscript I am hungry to develop for publication.
6. What was the process of creating this book?
Designs evolved from my sketchbook exploration and illustration journaling. I draw prolifically; sketching most days and sometime several pages in a day. I compiled quotes, writing and images from these and recreated them to make clean artwork on the computer and convert them for print. I also created much some of the design digitally. The printing process is explained a little in a short video I did and can be found here:
In saying that, the next one is being created even more traditionally.
7. Now for a fun question do you have a favourite place to visit in Australia or New Zealand you would like to share with the readers (and maybe be added to the list of to be visited by our international readers).
Tough question! I LOVE New Zealand. I finally had my dream trip there realised on my honeymoon 5 years ago. There are so many beautiful places to see but the countryside triumphed! I think it is the same for in Australia too. I love the countryside; anywhere farm-like or village-like is somewhere I feel at peace. I’m a country girl at heart.
8. Where can we find you on the net
I’m active on social media-mostly Facebook. I’m not just promoting my work but interacting regularly in select groups. I love to mingle when I can. I don’t tweet very often though.
My website/blog can is www.kayleenwest.com.au
JENNY BLAKE (aka Ausjenny) is an avid reader. When not reading she enjoys watching cricket, in fact you could call her a cricket fanatic, scrapbooking and jigsaws. She volunteers at the local Christian bookshop where she can recommend books to customers. Her book blog is where she reviews books and interview authors. Her goal is to help promote new books and encourage authors. Her blog is at http://ausjenny.blogspot.com and is Co-Founder of http://acrba.blogspot.com