My Second Coloring Book Published In 2016 - Be Encouraged! Motivational Adult Coloring Book

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I have been on Steemit about a month but I haven't really talk about my adult coloring books (not the porn kind). Yeah, I am an author of coloring books for grown ups. Sounds weird? Ever heard of Johanna Basford? She is the queen of adult coloring books. Her first book, Secret Garden had sold 2 million copies worldwide and launched the coloring trend for adults. But those of us who have been coloring for years knew that adult coloring has been around since the 60s but this hobby was not widely known (or non existent) in Malaysia until 2015. I bought my first coloring book from the UK back in 2012.

I love coloring because it truly is a great way to de-stress. There are more reasons why I color but I think I rather keep them private for now - let just say that coloring and art keeps me sane.

So how did I end up as a coloring book artist?

I have been drawing and doodling for many years and always been an artsy person throughout my life. Since started this hobby in 2012, I have seen a lot of beautiful designs from coloring book artists all over the world but sadly NONE showcase my people's rich traditional motifs. I am an Iban from Sarawak (land of the headhunters!) and I love to see Sarawak's traditional motifs/patterns made into coloring book. So since no one is doing it, I took up the challenge and make my own designs inspired by traditional Iban and Orang Ulu's tattoos. My first coloring book, Sarawak Tattoo Mandalas was published in November 2015. I would talk more about this book in my future post because this book has a special meaning to me :)

My second book, Be Encouraged! Motivational Adult Coloring Book was published in June 2016. This book contains 30 whimsical hand drawn original designs with short motivational quotes to color. I made this book for myself. The short inspirational quotes in the book are messages that truly mean something to me. I figured if coloring the pages in this book can lift my spirit even a tiny bit, I am sure it would do the same to someone else.

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This book is available in 3 editions - international edition is available in all Amazon sites worldwide. The limited artist's edition which is wire-o bound is available in Malaysia only and you can purchase it directly from me. The digital edition is available for purchase from my Gumroad store here.

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And my super talented friend @shelahdowart was kind enough to make a video review for me. You can watch it below.

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Great book. Thank you for sharing

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You are most welcome @jrlo :)

I REALLY want to purchase the motivational one asap!
And knowing that you made it - makes it all the more special <3

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Awwwww that is so kind of you @creativesoul . I appreciate it a lot. Thank you!

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Thanks a heap!

Congrats for your book! It looks like a very beautiful work, with the quotes and all.

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Thank you for your kind words @n4t4h :)

really awesome!!!! Great work, @coloringiship ^_^

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Thank you @silviabeneforti . This has been a very fulfilling project for me :)

Awesome details and nice quotes :D
Definitely one of my goals to create a coloring book eventually, quite different tho because of my style. However, I tried creating one page and it is so hard to add good details for coloring like you did.
Good luck!!

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Thank you for your kind words @kristyglas :). Your dragon art is fantastic I am sure you would do great with those. For coloring pages, make sure you don't have loose lines that lead to nowhere. Colorists hate spaces without proper boundary. Preferably not too many details (though some love it). My first book was too intricate I got complains it strained eyes :( . All the best to you :)

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Thank you so much for tips! I would love to see 1 page from your first book if you can share :D

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Sure...here's a link to one of the pages:
https://gumroad.com/l/SeoAc

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Thank you ^^ I see what you mean, awesome progress :D

Wonderful! It looks very inspirational 🦋

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Thank you @fleur :)

OOhhhh wow This is really amazing! Must be a great feeling to know that people are coloring your work!
I worked hard to create a book myself but I got stuck at publishing. :(

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Thank you @poeticsnake . Yeah I sold some and I am grateful that I could help someone to cope with their stress or pain. What sort of book are you publishing? Are you self-publish or through a publisher? I self-published both of my books (and got to keep all profit hihi) but it was not an easy task.

These are lovely, and I love the affirmations. I had a good chuckle at the "not the porn kind"...that might be an untapped market!

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Hehehehe...I dunno...the word 'adult' often makes people think of porn LOL...they need to get their mind out of the gutter. And yes there are plenty of pornographic coloring books out there and some are hilarious XD

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Oh my...it's actually a thing!?! That's simultaneously disturbing and amazing. Hashtag: Where's my Beefcake paint-by-numbers?

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Yup! And they sell like hot cakes :D

This is great! You should check out @kaylinart here on steemit, she does adult coloring books too!

And congrats on the books, I just publish my first book on amazon last week on Real Estate Investing. :-)

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Thank you @scaredycatguide and congrats on publishing your book :)

I am friends with Kaylin. We did a couple of collaborative coloring books sometime last year. They are called Adult Coloring Book Treasury Volume 1 & 2 :)

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Cool deal, that is awesome! And thank you, so glad the book is done and out.

Hello fellow coloring book artist! Welcome to Steemit. Your artwork is beautiful and I love the inspirational quotes.
Upvoted, and Resteemed. I hope to see more of your books in the future =)

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Well hello there @tabzjones :) . I have seen some of your books before and thought they are amazing. There are quite a number of coloring book artists here on Steemit - @globaldoodlegems @shelahdowart @kaylinart @terishermansart . It's always great to bump into other coloring book artist on Steemit. Thank you for upvoting and resteeming. I am giving you a follow :)

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Oh, awesome! I have gone and followed everybody now and thank you for your kind words.

What a nice idea! Love it and Resteemed....
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Thank you @leotrap . I appreciate it a lot :)

Wow thats awesome! Ive been into adult coloring books for a while (its seriously so relaxing aka free therapy!) and its awesome that a member of steemit makes their own 💕 !!! Good for you!:) WIll definetly check that out on Amazon! Keep it up!:) xoxo

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Thank you @steemityourway :)

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The pleasure is mine! Keep on sharing your beautiful crafts!:)

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Thank you @screenname :)

Love this!!! This is going to take off I know it :)

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Thank you @sarahtops9000 :)