How to Color

As a publisher of quality adult coloring books, a question that often arises is how to color. This may seem basic at first sight, but as with all things, the deeper you look into it the more complex and overwhelming it can become.

Many people are interested in the whole process, and in particular the health and stress relief benefits that can be obtained from coloring.

J and I Publishing are pleased to be able to announce the release of a brand new book chock full of useful and interesting information regarding the use of adult coloring books for relaxation and meditation. Written by a talented and accomplished color book artist, and advocate of the all-round benefits of art and adult coloring, Ionia Froment, this book is filled with the benefits of her extensive knowledge and includes many personal experiences and anecdotes. This book is a perfect accompaniment to any adult color books and a must read for anyone interested in adult coloring.

How to Color


“How to Color” is a reasonably short book that will teach you about the adult coloring phenomenon and how to fully engage yourself with it.

This book teaches you ways to relax and some basic meditation practices and principals that you can use to lower your stress levels through art therapy. If you have wondered what the big deal is with adult coloring and why it has become so popular, this book explains that and much more.

There are also sections on tangling, doodling, a recommendation list of color books to start with and some discussion on the types of color books available for beginners. So pull up a comfortable seat, and learn to set your worries aside as you create beautiful artwork and improve your mood.

It won’t take long for you to fall in love with this art form and find yourself immersed in your new activity!

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Happy Coloring!


If Animals Were People

Check out this post that originally appeared on Ionia Martin’s Readful Things Blog

Here is the latest offering in our color book series. I had a lot of fun with this one. I’m trying a new approach here as well. Adult color books tend to have a lot of very small spaces, and not everyone loves that. So this is the first book in the “Wide Open Spaces” series. For those who want to have the fun of an adult coloring book, but don’t want to deal with all the tiny little details.

I proudly present: “If Animals Were People”

Also check out our other color books available on and over at J and I Publishing


Ever wonder what the world would be like if animals were in control? If animals were people, what would they do for work? What would they do for fun? Follow these zany animals on their various adventures to work and beyond and color them in as you choose. This book is intended for an adult coloring audience, but was intentionally designed with wide open spaces to color for those who do not wish to color extremely small and complicated designs. Grab your favorite coloring tools and have a blast with these silly critters!

Get your copy HERE


Also available in the UK here.

Occupational Hazard

I’m not a lefty or a righty most of the time, I’m a bothy. When it comes to illustrations, however, I use my right hand exclusively, as it is the steadier of the two and just makes working with different mediums a lot easier.

The thing is, after a while, the finger (and yes, I mean The Finger) that the pens rest against begins to resemble mince. So what do I do about this? The most mature thing possible. I go and find bandages that will help protect the poor finger.

I refuse to walk around with an ugly-brown-plaster-finger because I, folks, am a lady and I must be fashionable at all times. Except on Sundays when I look as though I have fallen out of bed and into life, but that is another matter.

Either way, no plain band-aids for this kid. So here’s a current sampling of my finger guards:


I’m particularly partial to the minions. Do you ever get that pen finger thing? How do you deal with it?

Whilst I am here, the book I am currently working on is called “If Animals Were People.” I’m having a lot of fun with it, so I thought I’d show you a work in progress update:


and here is the cover:


So…back to work. Hope everyone is having a great start to their weekend!

A Legacy

See Ionia Martin’s full post with example Artwork on Readful Things

My dad taught me to draw. In the beginning it was just doodles and random things. We would go out on nature walks and he would point out animal tracks and different patterns in the bark of trees, the shape of leaves and clouds in the sky that resembled animals. He taught me to create reflections by looking at water and watching the way it rippled outward as it was disturbed. He taught me to find beauty in the most barren of places and to appreciate the things we tend to overlook with an artist’s eye.

We would go home after these adventures and he would pull out a sketch book and show me how to transform the natural world into detailed pictures, and as I grew older, I took the things he taught me and made them my own. He was always telling me that there is no “wrong way” to express your creativity.

When I set out to create “The Beauty of Random Things”, it was with my father in mind. I hope that you will take a moment to thank the people in your life who have taught you things you wouldn’t have learned without them. Dedicate something to them, give them a moment of your time. These things you know, these special skills you possess are something you can leave with your children, a mark you can make upon the world, and are possible because someone cared enough to give you a part of themselves, and the most important commodity we have…time.

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