Wednesday, May 2, 2018

"Color Your World" with Cat Coloring Books by L.A. Vocelle

As readers of our blog, most of you know that when I have the time I enjoy coloring. When I was a kid my biggest thrill was a virgin box of Crayolas just begging to be used. I must have found their waxy smell to be intoxicating, because I was obsessed with coloring. God help any kids who came over  to color with me. If they broke a crayon it was a mortal sin, I also couldn't tolerate when they couldn't color within the lines. (Yes, even at 5 I was a control freak).

I have featured much of what I have colored on the blog and today I want to feature two beautiful books I received after connecting with the creator, L.A. Vocelle in the Coloring Books for Cat Lovers group on Facebook.  I reached out to her practically begging for the books, and she kindly obliged!


The first book I am sharing with you is the Cats and Geishas Coloring Book.   I have long had a fascination with all things Asian and this book is quite unique!

FROM the Cats and Geishas Coloring Book: -52 one-sided coloring pages will provide you with hours of stress relieving relaxation while coloring historically based Ukiyo-e woodprints. 
-Each coloring page shows a beautiful geisha interacting with a cat(s) and/or a kitten(s).
The coloring pages in this book are based on Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the period (1603-1868). Translated, Ukiyo-e means a fleeting, transient world based on the Buddhist philosophy of impermanence. Ukiyo-e works were mostly woodblock prints, and the primary subjects were landscapes, seascapes, geishas and cats colored with vegetable dyes and then copied for mass consumption. This new art form was supported by the newly wealthy Japanese merchant class who were expressly interested in pleasure.
Geishas and cats were likened to each other just as women and cats have been equated throughout the world and history. Cats’ enigmatic mystical nature of loving yet vicious, peaceful yet aggressive was also used to describe women. Therefore, cats were the perfect companions of geishas.
Some supernatural representations include demon cats (bakeneko) along with a geisha. These are based on folktales where geishas and courtesans were able to change into cats. Demon cats are easily spotted with a towel or napkin over their heads or sometimes with a forked tail. 
Of course I had to color the kitty to make it look like Cody!


The geishas and cats are portrayed in domestic scenes. Geishas are wearing colorful and intricately designed kimonos and are reading, writing, gardening or playing music, all attributes that a geisha must possess. Some cats are on leashes, and some are playing or humorously causing chaos.

Spring has FINALLY arrived in Michigan! What better way to celebrate than to spend some downtime coloring in the beautiful Cats and Flowers Coloring Book by L.A. Vocelle.  
Here you will find  25 hand drawn illustrations of cats and flowers.
- All coloring pages are one-sided to prevent bleed through.
- Illustrations vary in difficulty so both adults and children can share in the coloring.
- Enjoy bonus pages from Laura's  other coloring books on Cat Breeds, Ancient Egyptian Cats, and Medieval Cats

Yep I made the cat Cody again!

Many people will say, "I am not artistic, I can't color." That could NOT be further from the truth. I always marvel when I see pictures online that people have colored and I read that they actually RESEARCHED what color a certain flower should be, they RESEARCHED what color  "this and that" should be. That is NOT my style and never will be. That takes me back to the days in school where an Art teacher in grade school would draw a tree and 30 kids had to draw the SAME EXACT TREE. I was never, ever like that (maybe because I was raised by an artist). Schools kill a love of art by not giving children the freedom to express themselves THEIR WAY.  YOU ARE AN ADULT NOW AND YOU ARE NOT IN SCHOOL. DO WHAT YOU WANT! DO IT YOUR WAY!
In my Geisha page above, I did not research what color her kimino should be, I went with what felt good to ME, I did the same with the flowers in the picture above that I colored. I color with colors that appeal to me on THAT DAY. As long as they work for me, that's all that matters.
But...I will fill you in on a little secret. While MOST PEOPLE find coloring to be relaxing, I am not one of them. Due to having a STRONG background in art (I was going to major in Art in college, in High School I spend 4 hours a day every day in Art classes. In college I was not going to major in art history,  but in  CREATING ART). I tend to take my coloring as seriously as I did as a child. There had better not be any broken crayons, pencils, etc., and no one will be harder on themselves than ME for coloring OUTSIDE of the lines, (trust me I DID color outside of the lines, a TON on these! Both of the pages I colored were colored with both colored pencils and markers. I originally was anti colored pencils but have since changed my mind because they give me the ability to shade certain areas that I may wish to shade.)
If you have never colored give it a try, it IS RELAXING for MOST PEOPLE. If you currently do color, be sure to add these two books to your coloring book library. I am thrilled with them and you will be too! Both books are available on Amazon and I linked to their purchase pages above. (Mother's Day is right around the corner and these would make great  gifts for the cat lovers in your life, and "just because" gifts!) 
I would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to Laura for indulging me by sending me these fabulous and unique coloring books, so that I may share them with all of you! 
ABOUT L.A. VOCELLE:Laura Vocelle is the creator and founder of The Great Cat  , the top art, history and literature website about cats. For free downloadable coloring pages and other publications related to cats visit her website (which I linked to above). You can subscribe to receive weekly updates on cats in art, history and literature. 

33 comments:

  1. My human doesn't find coloring relaxing at all! She sits there feeling like she should be doing something more useful. Or sleeping because she often doesn't get enough rest.

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  2. Those do look like cool coloring books!

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  3. I love your depiction of the first page with that pretty Geisha...and her sweet(Cody) kitty! I wonder what his name would have been in that culture??

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  4. Amazing drawings! I'm one of those people that get perfectionistic about coloring ... thus making it not so fun or relaxing anymore :)

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    1. me too, I mentioned that in the post too :)

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  5. I love her coloring books! I need to set the iPad aside and spend more time doing fun things like coloring (I'm not such a perfectionist at it, so it is relaxing for me).

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  6. We love those colouring books, sadly we have all on just doing our own these days! MOL

    Thanks fur sharing though as it's fantastic to see other peeps art!

    Big hugs

    Basil & Co xox

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  7. I do love to color - I am definitely a crayon sort of person, though.

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  8. I love coloring and have tons of cat-themed coloring books. I use all sorts of things to color--crayons, prismacolor pencils, gel pen, sharpies. If you're enjoying it, you're doing it right!

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  9. Very pretty and y'all done good!

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  10. I like the one with cats and flowers. They go so well together.
    One day I will have to try coloring. I'm sure that I will find it really relaxing.
    Douce soirée
    Natacha

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  11. I've not colored in years. It's grand fun though.

    Have a purrfect day, Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

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  12. TW should have had a coloring book when she was flat on her back fighting a cold and fever.

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  13. Granny loves to colouring too, but she doesn't make time for it very often. You did a great job again on that colouring, Caren, it looks very artistic and Cody looks so real too. Enjoy the colouring, it's all about you and no one else <3 We have to check if this book is available here in the Netherlands as we love Geisha's and cats :) Pawkisses for a Happy Wednesday :) <3

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    1. I rarely make time for it too. It takes A LOT of time! Thank you sooo much about my coloring, thank you!! xoxo

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  14. dood....de food servizz gurl iz big time inta colorin; all wayz haz been; if our momz wooda growed up two gether; they wooda hada blast !!! mom did grate with theez N for sure we will chex out theez bookz... thanx for de share ~~ ♥♥☺☺

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  15. They are both delightful looking books, especially the Japanese one. Just think that all these years later they are giving even more pleasure, which is ironic given the fleeting nature of the title.... Your colouring was nice too, I think re the cat images, Mrs H would have it easy with me, being just B&W MOL
    Toodle pips
    ERin

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  16. So happy you posted about these, Caren! I immediately placed my order for the "Cats and Flowers" one, as it will be the PURRFECT gift for a close friend who recently lost her soulmate kitty, the act of coloring bringing calm focus and centeredness, as it does. (And, Boomer approves, so what more could one want, right? ;)) xoxo

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    1. oh what a sweetheart you are! What a wonderful and thoughtful gift for your friend (I am so sorry about the loss of her soulmate kitty)....I think the flowers in this book with the cats is the purrfect way to honor her kitty. You are an incredible friend (((hugs))))

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  17. I was gifted the coloring book and beautiful coloring pencils a couple years ago… Am not sure where to find them in the house right now. Whoops!

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  18. I was obsessed with coloring as a little girl too! These books look amazing, and I haven't heard of them before! I thought I was informed about all cat coloring books :)

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  19. Nominated you for the Mysterious Blogger Award. Post will be on http://daisymae2017.wordpress.com either tonight or sometime tomorrow.

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  20. Very pretty! Our mommy enjoys coloring although it stresses her out. She's weird.

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    1. it stresses me out too! I mentioned that above lol

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  21. Oh wow, these look like great coloring books. We especially like the Cats and Geishas one. :)

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  22. That looks like a fun book. Nice job coloring. Thank you for the kind words of comfort you left on my blog for my family loss. XO

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  23. We have a lot of fun with our colouring books, the range of materials to colour with is also amazing. Not just one lot of coloured pencils but dozens of different colours!

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  24. Thanks so much Caren for your wonderful review of my coloring books. Your color choices were great...very fibrant...lovely!

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    1. Laura you are most welcome and THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!! I love these books!

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  25. These look like great coloring books! I have a small collection of them going, but I definitely need to make more time to actually use them!

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  26. Oh these are lovely!! I love to color with no rules and your statement "You are an adult now and you are not in school. Do what you want!" Soo true!

    xoxo,
    Bell Fur Zoo Mama

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