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I realised recently when I looked at my stack of coloring books around my office, that is completely over run with coloring books – that I have started “collecting” coloring books. A collector is someone “who collects things of a specified type, professionally or as a hobby“. Usually, someone is classed as a collector if they have at least 5 items in their collection. I think we can safely say that I satisfy that requirement.
When I filmed my coloring book collection in November 2016 it took over two hours …and a lot more has been added since then!
People often associate collecting as an expensive hobby like collecting stamps, antiques, original paintings and gold coins. That certainly does not need to be the case!
People collect all sorts of things in life. There used to be a tv show in Australia called “The Collectors” where they viewed people’s collections each week. One week they showed a man that collected belly button lint! A small collection, filling just three jars of lint from his belly button. He had been accumulating it and saving that lint for 20 years!
In Germany, Petra Engels collects erasers and has over 19000 from 112 countries.
My hubby “collects” his driver licences. In Australia, you can renew your licence each year and each time get a new photo identity (id) issued. He does this each year, rather than pay for a number of years like I do. He likes to see the change each year (he looks the same in all of them). He has a lovely stash of driver’s licences, like a deck of cards.
Unlike most readers, I don’t actually feel the need to color in my books. Sometimes, I do. More often than not, I’m more than happy just to look at the pictures (sounds a bit weird). There are some books that I would prefer to keep in pristine condition – because they are so pretty I can’t bare to touch them. Maybe if I had a spare …I would color it.
Collecting Coloring Books
You can form a collection of coloring books in many different ways. You might like to collect coloring books from a favorite artist or a particular style of art. You might like to collect coloring books that are all mandalas or all based on pop culture.
You might like to collect coloring books from a particular country like Sweden for instance.
There’s a colorist that I know of, that likes to collect all of Johanna Basford’s coloring books from every country. So she has the English coloring book, French edition, Russian …etc. All the same book but printed in different countries.
Collecting Coloring Books from Around the World
I realized about a year ago that what I really liked was collecting coloring books from different countries. I like to see the change in artistic style. I notice that some European and Swedish artists like to use a lot of pointillism in their work for instance. I like to see how books are made in different countries and how the culture of the country may shape the the artistic work.
So I decided to collect coloring books from different countries. Here is the current list which will be updated from time to time as I work my way around the globe.
If you know of a book that seems like something I fancy, from a country I have not represented in my collection, let me know in the comments below.
Of course, there are some countries that are over represented with artists like the US, UK, Japan, Korea and Sweden. As I have so many books I am just going to list a top 5 from those areas. They may well be my favorites today …but I’m so moody that another book may replace it tomorrow.
The other thing that I should mention is that I count the artist nationality or residency in a country, rather than the place of publishing or printing.
|Antigua and Barbuda|
|Australia||Where the Wildflowers Grow|
Garden of Earthly Delights
Percy & the Colouring Adventure
Journey Through La La Land
Alice in Wonderland
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Canada||Fairies in Dreamland|
Colour My Sketchbook
|Central African Republic (CAR)|
|China||Ali the Fox|
|Czech Republic||Carovne Lahodnosti|
Vymalovánky - Cesta k sobě
Vymalovánky II Cesta životem Coloring Book
|France||Disney Coloring Book|
Book of Mandalas
Island of Colors
|Iceland||Icelandic Coloring Book|
|Indonesia||Once Upon a Time|
|Israel||Yonat Katzir Coloring Book|
|Italy||Romantic Italy Coloring Book|
Rhapsody in the Forest
Menuet de bonheur
Kimagure Travelling Cat Diary
Colors Make You Happy
100 Nieuwe Creaties
Franciens Cat Postcards
|New Zealand||All Good - New Zealand|
Friends of Nature
|Norway||En Sjelden Fugl Coloring Book|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Russia||to be reviewed|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Sao Tome and Principe|
|South Korea||The Night Voyage |
Rabbit Bennys Coloring Diary
The Mysterious Library Coloring Book
|Sweden||Sagor och Sagner|
Faglar and Fjarilar
Malarbok bland ugglor och Forgatmige
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|United Arab Emirates (UAE)|
|United Kingdom (UK)||Enchanted Forest Coloring Book|
Magical Guinea Pig Coloring Book
Magical Journey Coloring Book
A Million Bears
|United States of America (USA)||Jasmine Beckett Griffith Halloween|
Super Cute Animals
Beauty of Horror
|Vatican City (Holy See)|
It is funny, but when I look at my list now ….I feel that I have no coloring books at all 🙁 We all know that is not true. I have hundreds and hundreds of coloring books – too many to count! But looking at this list, I feel a little bit empty 🙂
It could be that I have coloring books from artists in countries that I have not acknowledged in the list. With so many coloring books I may not have noted their nationality when I wrote my article or may have since forgotten 🙁 Friendly and helpful reminders are welcomed.
I can’t wait to see this list completely filled in. I have a feeling it’s going to take me a while 🙂
Happy coloring x