Johanna Basford’s fans have been begging this popular young illustrator to create a Christmas coloring book and she announced on December 1, 2015 that she has done that and more. Not only did she create a downloadable mini Christmas coloring book for her fans but she is asking for a donation for a wonderful charity “Mary’s Meals” and raising money for those in need this holiday season. Coincidentally it coincides with Giving Tuesday and what a wonderful way to give.
She has shared the image above a couple of times to get us excited about the project and as you can see she used the Staedtler Ergosoft Colored Pencils for her work because of their ability to be sharpened to a very fine point without breaking. Please listen to Johanna’s thoughts on this years Christmas project and why she chose Mary’s Meals in the video attached.
She is making quite the mark already with less than 24 hours she has raised £3,269.67 with 513 donations, that’s about $4,500 USD.
It’s quite easy to donate and download these four wonderful holiday images and Ms. Basford has given you full permission to use them to create to your hearts desire. Transfer them to cloth the embroider, burn them on a piece of wood, make them into stencils for your window, the choice is hours and you can print them as many times as you would like to.
From Johanna… “A little request… Please do not forward the download link or post it online. This is a charity project, so let’s keep in the spirit of things and try raise lots of money for those hungry kids. All artwork is copyright Johanna Basford and although I’m delighted for you to use the illustrations in any of your personal projects, they should not be used in any commercial applications or on items for sale. (So make your Mum that embroidered cushion, but don’t flog them on Etsy!)
Johanna has paired with Mary’s Meals this year a charity who feeds hungry children.
We are a no-frills charity with a simple idea that works: by providing one good meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty.
Mary’s Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty. We consist of, respect and reach out to people of all faiths and of none.
Our vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education. Working together, we believe that can be achieved in this world of plenty.
Donate to Mary’s Meals & download the Christmas Colours book here.
You can donate any amount but Mary’s Meals tells us that £20 approximately $31 USD feeds 2 children for an entire school year. To use paypal on the link you need to switch over to GBP from US dollars.
If you haven’t yet fallen into the wonderful new artist hobby of adult coloring books, Johanna’s books are simply a delight to the senses. Even before you color in them you will fall in love with her whimsical hand drawn images and once you color them in the collaboration between you the colorist and Johanna the illustrator comes to life.
Johanna Basford’s Coloring Books and gifts
- Secret Garden
- Enchanted Forest
- Lost Ocean
- Secret Garden – Artist Edition (20 Large single sided images on artists paper)
- Enchanted Forest – Artist Edition (20 Large single sided images on artists paper)
Johanna Basford has a few coloring items that you can take on the go to work on while waiting in the kids carpool lane or at the doctors office. These Secret Garden Postcards are ready to address and stamp as soon as you color them in as well as the Enchanted Forest Postcards. The Secret Garden Notecards are saved to delight your favorite friends or to frame your miniature works of art while the Secret Garden Journal and Secret Garden Mini-Journals are just for you.
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If you prefer shopping at Barnes & Noble all her illustrated books and gifts are here there as well.
Source: Coloring Book Addict & Johanna Basford