Long-term readers of the blog will know that the William Morris Gallery pops up here on a regular basis. It’s a beautiful museum with free entry, in the gorgeous Lloyd Park. Perfect for inspiration, dog walks and blog photography. I really do urge a visit if you’re ever in Walthamstow. No more than a ten-minute walk from the market and surrounded by cafes and pubs.
So, when a blog reader got in touch to ask if I’d like a copy of The William Morris Colouring Book I snatched her hand off!
For a while now, I’ve been fascinated by adult colouring books and have an embarrassing number of titles littering the house. I have even taken to Instagram to find out what are the perfect colouring in pencils. When you start colouring in, you’ll understand why a good pencil is so important – mainly for detail and colour saturation. (I chose Caran D’ache .)
I think adult colouring books satisfy similair impulses to sewing. It’s a meditative activity that provides a hit of creativity at the end of a busy day. Oh, and colouring is fun!
I love this little book – small enough to toss into a bag. There are 37 wildlife spreads to colour in. The detail is tiny and intricate, so you’ll need good eyesight and a good pencil sharpener. But the satisfaction is immense.
There are lovely snippets of information, too. Did you know that William Morris was inspired by Indian textiles or that thrushes would steal strawberries from his kitchen garden, inspiring the design Strawberry Thief?
Each of the spreads take a section of a William Morris design, so you could Google the original (the V&A has a fascinating online catalogue) and duplicate the colour scheme. Or you could just go rogue with your pencils!
This is such a sweet book, and I’m delighted that a copy shall be part of the Prize Ginghamalong Giveaway, details to be announced tomorrow. Did Morris ever work with gingham, I wonder?
With thanks to Hutchinson for supplying the books.