Color Me Enlightened Interview with Juliet King & Jami Stall

“Experience the phenomenon that has sold 2 million copies worldwide and launched the coloring craze for adults,” touts a blurb for commercial illustrator Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book.

Supposedly it appeals to all ages and loads of doodlers around the globe. It and Basford’s Enchanted Forest, which came out last February, have sold a combined 13.5 million copies throughout 50 countries. And the self-titled “illustrator and ink evangelist” cranked out Lost Ocean this past October.

Of Amazon’s current bestseller list, nine of the top 20 are coloring books for grown-ups. Considering more than 2,000 of these anti-stress activity books have hit the market since 2013, it’s apparent this is no black-and-white issue. Many people love them.

But I’m not one of them…”