In November 2015, Synchronista began publishing adult coloring books — and have another in the works!
All of these 8-1/2 x 11″ paperback coloring books feature authentic vintage art from the 1800s and early 1900s.
Find out more about these books:
Color on Black Adult Coloring Book: Mandalas
Motivation & Mandalas Adult Coloring Book: Inspiration for Women
Vintage Women Coloring Book #1: Art by Nell Brinkley
Vintage Women Coloring Book #2: Edwardian Fashion
Vintage Women Coloring Book #3: Fashion from the Early 1920s
Vintage Women Coloring Book #4: Victorian Fashion Scenes from the Late 1800s
Vintage Women Coloring Book #5: Victorian Fashion Plates from the Late 1800s
Vintage Women Coloring Book #6: Fashion from 1916
Vintage Women Coloring Book #7: Fashion Layouts from the Early 1920s
Every one of the vintage images were carefully chosen, then painstakingly restored by hand using digital technology in order to return them to their original beauty.
Within these book covers, dozens of vintage lifestyle portraits of women have been rediscovered and transformed into coloring pages. Every one of the antique images in this book was carefully chosen, then painstakingly restored by hand using modern technology in order to return it to its original glory as much as possible.
Before creating this collection, we reached out to coloring book fans, and incorporated as many of their suggestions as we could. For example, each highly-detailed antique picture is printed only on one side of the paper, allowing you to color with your choice of medium without worrying about bleed-through to an image on the back. (If you like, slip a blank page from the end of the book behind the picture you’re coloring to avoid ink or paint bleeding onto the next illustration.) Page numbering, titles and other image information appears on the reverse of each page, ensuring the coloring side is distraction-free and could be suitable for framing.
Although these pictures were not created with colored pens, pencils, crayons or paints in mind, we reviewed hundreds of drawings to select those most suited to the task. Still, due to the authentic vintage nature of the artwork, this isn’t a typical adult coloring book of modern images with pristine lines.
The images were restored as faithfully as possible, but since the original artwork is not known to exist, we relied upon high-resolution scans of the printed newspaper pages. As such, there are a few caveats:
- Borders, shapes and lines are occasionally incomplete.
- Some details have been lost due to printing processes and quality of preserved newsprint.
In addition, in keeping with the artist’s original designs, you will also see…
- The pictures are often very intricate.
- There are large areas of black on certain pages.
- There’s an overall sketch-like quality on some illustrations, particularly near the edges.
- We chose not to over-simplify the artwork because of the tremendous amount of detail (and personality) that would be lost in the process.
We hope these hand-drawn snapshots of history in the making inspire your muse — and we would love to see how you bring color to these beautiful vintage women! You’re invited to post your creations on each book’s Amazon.com pages, or the Synchronista Facebook page at facebook.com/synchronista. Thank you!