Follow

Twitter

|

Facebook

|

MySpace

|

Last.fm

RSS

Subscribe

Top 25 Art Blog - Creative Tourist

Art

Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford: Exclusive Colouring Book Review and Artist Interview

The world's favourite colouring book artist shares the secrets of combining work and motherhood in this wonderful exclusive interview.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lost Ocean cover
Johanna Basford is the prolific illustrator behind Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and now Lost Ocean, which was published in October 2015. For her latest underwater adventure Johanna has gone back to her marine roots to pull together a gorgeous volume full of intricately detailed drawings inspired by real creatures and ocean fantasies. It's a must have for any colouring enthusiast!

Johanna Basford portrait
How long did it take to create your new colouring book, Lost Ocean, working on average how many hours a day?
Lost Ocean took about 4 months to complete. Average days don’t really come into play when you work from home and you have a little person to care for, but I have childcare 4 days a week so I cram as much as I can into these hours, then I work when she (finally!) takes a nap or goes to sleep at night.

Lost Ocean colouring by Johannaread more

Recent Articles

Escape to Wonderland cover thb

Escape to Christmas Past by Good Wives and Warriors: Colouring Book Review and Artist Interview

The intricate illustrations of Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell are perfectly suited to colouring books. Both their volumes for Puffin would make ideal Christmas presents.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Escape to Christmas Past coloured by Lynn Stevens. Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell are Good Wives and Warriors, an artistic duo that specialise in extraordinarily intricate drawings that have been […]

Dagdrömmar by Hanna Karlzon cover thb

Dagdrömmar by Hanna Karlzon: Colouring Book Review and Artist Interview

Dagdrömmar is an absolutely stunning colouring book from the pen of Swedish artist Hanna Karlzon. Currently published only in Scandinavia, let's hope it finds a way onto our shores soon.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve been spending a lot of time on Facebook lately, getting inspired by the adult colouring community and discovering colouring artists such as Hanna Karlzon, who has created the beautiful […]

KMBT_C364-20150914181912

An interview with Hazel Partridge: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Falmouth graduate Hazel Partridge creates beautiful tableaux inspired by her love of nature.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Beautiful nature themed artworks by Hazel Partridge were one of my top picks at this year’s New Designers show, so I was thrilled that she took up the offer to […]

Color On Magazine logo thb

Introducing Color On! Magazine: An Interview with Mary J. Winters-Meyer

Want to learn more about the adult colouring phenomenon? Then this interview with entrepreneurial colouring book artist Mary J. Winters-Meyer is a must read - a fascinating insight into the rapid growth of this creative hobby.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I found entrepreneurial colouring book artist and magazine publisher Mary J. Winters-Meyer when I was searching Facebook to find groups that might like to know about Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion […]

HARRIET PLASKITT thb

An interview with Harriet Plaskitt: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Harriet Plaskitt was inspired by personal experience to create an intricate double page for my colouring book featuring food.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Harriet Plaskitt contributes a fabulous tableaux featuring food for Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion, inspired by her own travails. She tells us more about this, and gaining a brilliant commission for […]

Augusta Akerman thb

An interview with Augusta Akerman: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Augusta Akerman has had a varied creative career so far but has now settled on illustration as her main focus, with beautiful results.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Augusta Akerman is yes, you got it, yet another Camberwell College of Arts graduate. She contributes a painterly image to my colouring book inspired by a love of 50s modernism. […]

Laura_Schofield_1thb

An interview with Laura Schofield: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Laura Schofield makes vibrant textured artworks inspired by a love of nature. Here she talks about life as a graduate, and plans for the future.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Laura Schofield has contributed a wonderfully vibrant artwork inspired by a love of pattern and texture. The Arts University Bournemouth graduate talks about her love of microcellular biology, how to […]

16-Nanae-Kawahara-ColouringBook-thb

An interview with Nanae Kawahara: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Meet Nanae Kawahara, she's a Japanese illustrator who creates fantastical scenes influenced by a love of Kawaii and the Gothic.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Nanae Kawahara is yet another talented Camberwell College of Arts graduate who has produced art for my colouring book. Her imaginative underwater scene features mermaids and all the creatures of […]

Caitlin Gardiner thb

An interview with Caitlin Gardiner: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Caitlin Gardiner tells us about life after the Uni of Lincoln and upcoming exhibition Wild Wood with Cygnet INK.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Caitlin Gardiner has made a fabulous image for Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion that works the whole way across a double page. She tells us more about life as a graduate […]

Sadhna Prasad_colouring thb

An interview with Sadhna Prasad: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Mumbai based artist Sadhna is yet another Camberwell graduate who is featured in my unique colouring book, funding NOW on Kickstarter.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Indian artist Sadhna Prasad contributes a vibrant page to Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion, inspired by her interest in parallel worlds. Here she shares her colour rich take on life, weaving […]

mamirandaserna_thb

An interview with María Andrea Miranda Serna: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Hailing from Bogotá, Colombia, María Andrea Miranda Serna has just graduated from Pontifica Universidad Javeriana with a degree in visual arts. I am so pleased to have her on board!

Written by Amelia Gregory

María Andrea Miranda Serna is a Colombian illustrator and artist inspired by the minutae of our personal environments. Her delightful artworks are chock full of intricate detail from contemporary life […]

Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford thb

Colour with Claire: an interview with colouring expert Claire Eadie

Claire Eadie discovered adult colouring as a way to deal with stress and and has since set up a brilliant online resource to help all novice and advanced colourists.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford. Midlands based Claire Eadie discovered colouring as an antidote to stress and has built a fantastic dedicated website, Colour with Claire, to help enthusiastic colourists […]

Ameliasccc thb

The Kickstarter campaign for Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion launches today!

Announcing the launch of my unique collaborative colouring book for adults featuring 40 artists. A perfect Christmas gift!

Written by Amelia Gregory

I am super excited to announce that the Kickstarter campaign for Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion launches today! Make sure you grab an EARLY BIRD BARGAIN… Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion is a unique collaborative […]

LYDIA_COVENTRY_thb_

An interview with Lydia Coventry: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Plymouth University graduate Lydia Coventry has created a bird lover's paradise for the pages of my upcoming colouring book.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lydia Coventry contributes a super fun bird-filled image for Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion. She tells us more about life as a designer at Macmillan Children’s books, and the colourful influence […]

Lorna_Scobie_colouring page tb

An interview with Lorna Scobie: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

My second catch up with Lorna Scobie previews the lovely double page she has produced for my upcoming colouring book.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The super talented Lorna Scobie published her own colouring book Jungle Paradise yesterday (read more here), so I am very happy she was also able to create an animal themed […]

JP_Lorna_Scobie_thb

Jungle Paradise by Lorna Scobie: Colouring Book Review and Artist Interview

We catch up with the super talented Lorna Scobie, creator of the brand new Jungle Paradise colouring book, published by Hardie Grant Books today! It's a colouring escape into the wild...

Written by Amelia Gregory

The marvellous Lorna Scobie publishes her first colouring book today, but I am lucky enough to own an advance copy so I’ve had bit of time to get acquainted with […]

jenny tang thb

An interview with Jenny Tang: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

A recent graphic arts graduate, Jenny Tang has created a fabulous image featuring a page full of hungry dogs - featured in my upcoming colouring book.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jenny Tang contributes a vibrant image to Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion, featuring loads of excitable dogs chasing some sausages, I love it! Jenny is a recent graduate of Bucks New […]

Print

An interview with Suzanne Carpenter: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Suzanne Carpenter is a prolific illustrator and designer who goes under the name of Illustrator Eye. I caught up with the Cardiff based creative to find out how she goes about juggling her busy life.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Suzanne Carpenter is a hugely busy illustrator and designer who I have admired on instagram for some time, so I am so glad she found time to submit work for […]

steph moulden double page thb

An interview with Steph Moulden: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Steph Moulden shares her illustration journey, from Hereford College of Arts via Bristol and back home again, where she is forging a career in illustration and hand lettering.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Steph Moulden has created a surreal space scene inspired by her own life activities for Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion. The Hereford College of Arts graduate shares her journey from graduation […]