Two Painterly Coloring Books for the Budding Artist

Two Painterly Coloring Books for the Budding Artist

Ben Partridge
Jan 11, 2012

There's no shortage of crayon-based coloring books on the market. After all crayons are often the first medium little artists cut their teeth on. Still, there's nothing quite as expressive, versatile, and vibrant as paints. Here are two recently released, highly accessible, kindergarten-friendly coloring/activity books aimed at enticing kids to get out their paintbrushes and start squeezing out blobs of acrylic pigment. One tackles the subject of color-theory and the other takes a more lighthearted approach on cookery and Abstract Expressionism.

The Color-Play Coloring Book, by Pascale Estellon for MOMA
This oversized coloring book from the Museum of Modern Art provides an excellent introduction to painting and color theory. Using super simplified instructional activities and big bold graphics, Color-Play walks kids through everything from color mixing, light and dark shading, warm and cool hues, and learning how colors compliment one another.

Doodle Cook, by Hervé Tullet
Each double spread page features step-by-step instructions/recipes on one side, and a unique place setting and empty plate on the opposite side on which to compose each dish. Whip up meals like ZigZag Soup, Hand Salad, or Magic Marmalade, or concoct your own doodle cuisine. Although not exclusive to just paints (colored pencils, crayons, and markers are fair game, and in some cases called for) we've found the large pages, heavy paper and simple ingredients of squiggles, blobs, dots, and fingerprint smears lend themselves nicely to a more bright and goopy medium.

(Images: Ben Partridge)

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