Color Me Merry

The lamb has long since signified gentleness, innocence, and purity. The mandala represents wholeness and connections within the cosmos. Combine the two, and you get a relaxing coloring book that has you feeling tied to your spirituality.

 

Color Your Therapy had the pleasure of meeting with artist Color Me Merry to talk about their new book, Lambdalas, that combines adorable lambs with tranquil mandalas. We talk about his inspiration, future projects, and the addition of coloring journals. Keep reading to get a free digital copy of Lambdalas. You can purchase a physical copy here.

 

Color Your Therapy:

What type of art training do you have, or were you self-taught?

 

 Color Me Merry:

Mostly self-taught. Although over the years, I have picked up pointers from other artists, watching videos, etc.

 

Color Your Therapy:

Who was the most significant influencer who helped move along through publishing your coloring book?

 

Color Me Merry:

It wasn’t really any one person, but friends who have encouraged me since I began this journey. I’ve received a lot of feedback and support from friends of mine who liked what I was doing and who wanted to see me succeed.

 

Color Your Therapy:

Who is Lambdalas for?

 

Color Me Merry:

It’s for members of the adult coloring community. Adult coloring is reputed for being a great stress reliever, and since the coronavirus hit, I decided that I wanted to have something to offer.

 

Color Your Therapy:

When creating new designs to color, do you listen to music?

 

Color Me Merry:

Sometimes I do. At other times I need complete silence. I guess it depends on my mood.

 

Color Your Therapy:

Can you tell us what inspired you to combine lambs with mandalas?

 

Color Me Merry:

My first coloring book was called Just Kitten, and it got good feedback from friends. But I never really promoted that book because I didn’t feel that there was anything particularly special about it. There are tons of adult coloring books out there – some of them very good. I wanted to have something to offer that was special. Mandalas are very popular because they’re artsy, and easy to create. There are a lot of mandala creation tools both in cloud-based and local software. So a coloring book producer can quickly create mandalas and sell their work. But I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing. So I came up with Lambdalas – lambs on mandalas coloring book. I found out later that I wasn’t the first person to ever do this (as is always the case with any decent idea), but it’s not cookie-cutter either. I’m satisfied that what I’m offering is at least fairly unique. It also opens the door to many other such books: horses on mandalas, puppies on mandalas, etc.

 

Color Your Therapy:

I hear you have some exciting new coloring books coming out soon. When can we expect them, where can we buy them, and what makes them unique?

 

Color Me Merry:

I’m currently working on a Kickstarter campaign that is scheduled to launch mid-October. The campaign will be for a Christmas themed set of books: A Merry Mandala Christmas Coloring Book, and A Merry Mandala Christmas Coloring Journal. These will be published after the campaign via KDP on Amazon. Proceeds from the campaign will go mostly to advertising. People who wish to be kept informed about the status of this campaign can sign up to my list by going here. <---- Click this link for a FREE DIGITAL COPY! Order the hard copy here

 

Find Color Me Merry on Facebook, and keep your eyes out for a Facebook group soon. 

 

Color Your Therapy:

What’s one surprising thing about you we wouldn’t have guessed?

 

Color Me Merry:

Despite being the “artsy” type – I’m an artist, cartoonist, musician, etc., I once made my living as a programmer. I think the thing that first drew me to programming was the same thing that drew me to art; the idea of being able to create something (my own computer programs). But real-world programming didn’t offer much opportunity for artistic endeavor. I mostly did data programming and troubleshooting of existing programs, but I have worked in the IT world for about twenty years. I got out of it a few years ago, and now I find myself as technically challenged as the next guy.

 

Tell us in the comments what you'd like to see next from Color Me Merry! Look out for coloring journals to pair with his books soon. 

 

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