Many moons in the making, Insectimaginary is almost ready for Amazon! It is a 118 page adult coloring book featuring 26 full coloring plates in addition to the signature Ruby Charm Colors art journal pages found in previous RCC coloring books. The journal pages give colorists plenty of room to experiment, swatch and track colors, and just play around. There are multiple smaller illustrations to color as well, including some interesting buggy pattern designs.
Also, like in the other Ruby Charm Colors books, each one-sided full plate is backed by a black page so your colors don’t show through. Insectimaginary has a few specimen plates as well, so there is a balance between more-complicated and less-complicated designs to color, plus, each specimen plate is reproduced as a white-line illustration on a black background—fun for those who want to make their colors really pop!
While the book has been in production, my coloring team tested out the designs with their colored pencils, and, since I have a few of these designs in my Etsy shop, there are a few other colorings as well. Each one is lovely in its own way, and I feel so blessed people enjoy coloring my line art. Below are seven of the nine colorings featured in the gallery on the back cover of Insectimaginary.
This first piece, Orchid Bumbles (Plate 18 in the book), was colored by Ruby Charm Colors (RCC) team member Betty Hung. You can find her on Instagram at @colorartbybettyhung and she has a wonderful website and blog as well.
This next piece, A Few More Streamers (Plate 15), was colored by Lisa Duggan (@duggan.lisatide on Instagram). This illustration is currently available on Etsy as a pre-released design.
RCC coloring team member Lora King (@dukewife on Instgram) colored Cosmic Ziggy Mantis (Plate 5). Any David Bowie fans out there?
RCC team member Paula Stone Leach (@pstonecolors on Instagram) used tan card stock to print out the Noctuid Treasureattica Moths (Plate 6). To learn more about these imaginary moths, you’ll need the book!
Karen Spencer, my favorite paint-maker known as @indigoartgb on Instagram, colored the Pluma Spectabilis Caterpillar (Plate 10) by incorporating some of her fabulous watercolors.
RCC team member Steph Johnston, also known as @Red_Tifa on Instagram (and who has a terrific YouTube coloring channel), used the splatter technique for the background of her Specimen: Suvi Beetle (Plates 20 and 21) and available on Etsy as a downloadable PDF.
Ceri Mason (@cerimason on Instagram) colored the Streamer Dragonflies (Plate 4 in the book and also available on Etsy as a PDF) and used pearlescent paint pens to embellish her insects.
If the above colorings are any indication of the beauty and enjoyment that can come out of this book, I think we are in for a real treat. I am so excited for the book to finally launch on Amazon (bookmark my author page if you’d like) and I can’t wait for Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to start filling up with more lovely bugs. They can be so much fun to color because you can let your imagination run a little wild … and I left creepy bugs out of the book so you don’t have to worry about hornets, centipedes or spiders. Though I do like spiders. As long as they are not in my bedroom or bathroom. 😉
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I’ll post an update when the book is officially available (should be May 15!) … and until then, happy coloring!
I am looking forward to adding this to my collection of coloring books and having FUN adding color to these pages.
Maybe you could make a more ‘scary’ bug book for Halloween? I like spiders and the like as well as moths and butterflies. 😉
Thanks, JoBeth! And funny you mention Halloween because I just had another friend suggest I do a darker book for Halloween! That would be so much fun! I think I’ll have to take the challenge! 🙂
YAAAY!!! Now I am excited all over again!! 🙂
Lol, that’s always a good thing, JoBeth! xoxo
Your designs are wonderful and I am so looking forward to this bee-utiful book. I am delighted and honoured to have my picture featured on your cover, along with such amazing colourists!
I’m just so happy you have fun coloring my art, Ceri – thank YOU! xoxo
OMG,white lines on black b/g as well as all the other treats in this book.I may explode!🙀🖖🏼
Don’t explode! We need you, Lisa! I think the black pages will be a lot of fun to play with – can’t wait to see what you do with them!
I love David Bowie and the Praying Mantis is perfect for him,a fabulous page to colour.Thrilled that there will be white lines on black b/g too.Too exciting!,😃🖖🏼
Bowie was amazing on so many levels! So glad you like the mantis and that you are excited about the black background pages, too, Lisa!
I hate bugs but when I saw your pics I fell in love! I will need to have this book! And all your colorist did amazing work!!
Thank you so much! I am happy you like my bugs, and they can be a lots of fun to color. And I agree – the colorists all did beautiful work on the illustrations they chose to color – I am always amazed by how they bring the lines to life. 🙂