Between the Lines - A New, Contemporary Colouring Book

Looking for an unusual and completely original gift for the creative person in your life?

It doesn't get any better than the NEW Between the Lines: A Colouring Book of Drawings by Contemporary Artists, Volume 2.

This book finally gives adults a creative outlet.

It allows those of us who love art, to colour in more than 50 original line drawings contributed by a diverse roster of today’s best-known contemporary artists.

Get out your markers or pencil crayons and rock out your creative self. Fill in the customer service girl by Adam McEwan, the soft-edged elephants by Cynthia Rowley and good luck completing Ernesto Caivano and Scott Lenhardt's extravagant forest scenes and Matt Mulligan's intricate cubes before the end of the year.

But that's the point to this - there's no rush. Take your time. Luxuriate in the process. Enjoy yourself so much that you let go of the worker bee you've become and rejoice in the fun of being a kid again.

What colour will you do the jeans on the reclining fellow in Kehinde Wiley's romantic ode (pictured above)? And I bet we'd all approach Mary Temple's piece with different mediums and colours. You will no doubt be drawn to the houses by Mike Bayne. I mean, how many houses did you draw in your youth, over and over again? And being an Obama fan, I could spend hours working on the piece by Rirkirt Tiravanija.

And in case that's not insanely fun enough, the book comes with a whack of amazing stickers designed by Nate Lowman and Mickalene Thomas.

Oh and there is more to this colouring book than meets the eye. It's not just a fun gift to give to friends and families for birthdays and mates for anniversaries.

RxArt is a not-for-profit organization that curates contemporary art installations in hospitals and outpatient centers. They are "dedicated to placing original fine art in patient, procedure and examination rooms of healthcare facilities, at no cost to the institution. Our mission is to improve otherwise sterile environments through contemporary art, promote healing, and inspire hope in patients, families and staff."

The Between the Lines coloring books are distributed free of charge to children in RxArt’s participating health care facilities and sold to benefit RxArt’s projects.

So buy a bunch and make some great art while making people feel better.

If you really want to help, donate what you can.

You know you couldn't survive without art in your life, so why should the sick and the suffering?

Stephanie Dickison

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