Just Add Color Nature-Inspired Coloring Books (Blogiversary Giveaway) | Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Just Add Color Nature-Inspired Coloring Books (Blogiversary Giveaway)

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As I mentioned in this previous giveaway post, this month marks the fifth anniversary of Woman in Real Life. In celebration, I have planned a few giveaways, including one for these incredibly beautiful coloring books. (I'm going to use American spelling since these books are from the US.)

If you haven't gotten yourself a grown-up coloring book yet, you really need to do so! It's a lot of fun and we all need some free time to take our minds off weighty things and focus on a simple and enjoyable artistic undertaking. These three books, part of Quarto Publishing Group's Just Add Color series, are particularly beautiful. They are illustrated by Lisa Congdon, an accomplished illustrator and fine artist. I see these lovely coloring books going along on excursions to beach, cottage and park this summer.



If I had to pick, I'd say Just Add Color: Flora and Fauna is my fave of the three books, because it has more animals in among the foliage. Then again, Aboretum has some animal friends too. And I do love me some Wildflowers. Oh, I don't know - they are all beautiful! Each book has 30 original designs from Lisa Congdon, with 72 perforated pages to make it easy to remove and hang your artwork.


Each of these coloring books also has four bonus designs already colored in by the author. I think they would be amazing framed in a kid's bedroom or in a home office.


Also celebrating nature, Just Add Color: Arboretum pays homage to our friend the tree, with a few birds and rabbits enjoying their leafy homes as well. I feel like these designs have just enough complexity to make them interesting, without an overwhelming number of small nooks and crannies to color in.


Above, a coloring page from Arboretum.


I grew up loving wildflowers because they were all over our lawn at the cottage. I especially like any flowers that are purple or sunny yellow. Just Add Color: Wildflowers: 30 Original Illustrations to Color, Customize, and Hang features many gorgeous flowers, each of them named in the illustration.


The author has provided four colored pages, including this gorgeous page of asters, above, for us to display. You can also color in your own page of asters, using this page as inspiration or doing something entirely different. I don't think art needs to be accurate to real life, do you?


How do you like to spend your alone time?

Just Add Color Book Giveaway!


Quarto/Rockport Publishers has kindly offered to give one lucky Woman in Real Life reader all three of these gorgeous Just Add Color coloring books in celebration of our blogiversary! Residents of the US and Canada may enter using the rafflecopter below until July 18th.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



*I was provided with books for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links.

50 comments:

  1. if I have free time, alone, I like to read (or eat chocolate) :)

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    1. Yes! I like to read AND eat chocolate. :)

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  2. I like to watch TV, read and color!

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  3. I like to recline my chair, lean my head back and close my eyes. =)

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  4. Watching tv shows, entering contests.

    billiondollarprincesss @hotmail.com

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  5. My alone time consists of yoga, sitting in my massage chair, gardening, reading, colouring (I love colouring), meditating and long fast walks with music to keep me going. I love these books because the things to colour are not so tiny. Sweet.

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  6. I love to read. I plan my relaxing and alone time to a tee.

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  7. I like to read, and I like to cook and bake.

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  8. I love doing yoga.

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  9. I like to read.....recently tried some coloring with my girl.

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  10. I like to spend my alone time hunting for antiques! :)

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    1. That does not surprise me one bit Melissa. haha :)

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  11. I love reading and, of course!, coloring!

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  12. I spend my alone time on the computer

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  13. How cute!!
    Happy blogoversary!!

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  14. i spend as much time reading
    jan

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  15. I like to do yoga or read in my alone time.

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  16. I love reading, colouring and sewing!

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  17. Great giveaway. It's a pleasure to meet you. Happy blog anniversary. I enjoy designing blogs, designing graphics, some cards and coordinate pretty tablescapes. Reading during the summer month. I would love to invite you to share some of your posts at our link party every Sunday, Dishing It & Digging It....no link parties or giveaways, but fun posts are always welcome. We have some ladies who love vintage. Happy weekend.

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  18. I love the cover of that wildflower book :)

    Wishing you a great weekend :)

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  19. I like to just sit down and relax with a coffee. I haven`t tried adult coloring,sounds relaxing and fun!

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  20. I enjoy reading and drinking coffee

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  21. I sorta get time alone in the bathroom in the tub, reading, well, unless the ferrets wake up and have to come visit and try to figure out what I'm doing

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  22. I spend my time surfing the net.

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  23. I love to read, knit and I did start colouring this past winter. (Judy Cowan)

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  24. i like to sit out side in the morning with my coffee watching and listening to the birds and coloring in the evening.

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  25. I spend my alone time by either reading or binge watching shows on Netflix :)

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  26. I like to catch up on my reality TV from the PVR when I get alone time

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  27. I usually just catch up on trashy reality TV with a big bowl of popcorn or watch something on Netflix.

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  28. I like to watch TV, cook or bake.
    Florence C

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  29. I like to take bubble baths and do my own facials when alone.

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  30. I get very little alone time (especially in the summer) so currently I relax to Netflix (Supernatural is my current addiction).

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  31. Wine and a good book either on the patio or in a bubble bath! Thanks so much for the chance to win, I also love colouring!

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  32. I like to read, color in my adult coloring book, or watch netflix

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  33. I don't really have any, three little kids with twins on the way I'm pretty surrounded all day everyday.

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  34. I love to color and read in my spare time :) Treen Goodwin rafflecopter name :)

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  35. I love to read, colour or listen to music in my spare time.

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  36. I usually read but think I would enjoy colouring!

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  37. I read and listen to music
    -M

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  38. i like to spend alone time in the pool

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