Saskatoon

Saskatoon artist launches 'whimsical' adult colouring book

A Saskatoon artist is jumping in and trying to carve her own spot in the popular adult colouring-book business.

'Fairies in Dreamland' is a 62-page adult colouring book that hits stores Sept. 13

Colouring books for adults are growing in popularity, topping Amazon's bestselling and most-wished for lists in Canada. (Shutterstock)

A Saskatoon artist is jumping in and trying to carve her own spot in the popular adult colouring-book business.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Denyse Klette is set to release her first adult colouring book, a 62-page journey into the whimsical world of fairies in a book dubbed Fairies in Dreamland: An Artist's Coloring Book.

But as Klette told CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend, she wasn't really enthusiastic about colouring when she was a kid.

"I specifically remember when I was four years old my sister gave me a drawing book and I was supposed to just look at it and I coloured it," Klette said, laughing. "I wasn't very good though."

Klette said she caught on to colouring when she was about eight, but her move to get into the business of creating colouring books for adults came from her adult daughters.

"They had been colouring for six months and never told me. They don't live at home, they're both married, but they had been colouring and one of them said to me, 'You should see my colouring book I've been working on,' " Klette said.

When she saw the coloured pages, it wasn't the colours that drew her in, it was everything else.

"She brought it out and showed me and I loved it. But it wasn't the love of colouring, because I do that every day. I paint every day. It was the line-drawing."

Klette is releasing her first adult colouring book on Sept. 13. She's also having two different launch parties in Saskatoon later this month. (Courtesy of www.dklette.com)

That's what she's used to, Klette said. When she creates her own artwork it usually starts with a sketch on her tablet or paper and then onto the canvas.

"That part wasn't new. What was new was just perfecting those lines and leaving them without colouring," Klette said. "I had to actually paint one of them for the cover of the book and it's very restrictive to do colouring within the line because when I paint, I paint quite loose."

She said sitting down and completing the 62-page book took a whopping four months, between eight to 12 hours for each picture.

But when she opened up the box this week, she was overwhelmed to see the finished product.

"Excited about this doesn't even begin to describe it … it was really exciting to open the box and see my name. I guess that's a career high," she said.

But still, colouring her just wasn't as therapeutic or as relaxing as her daughter's said.

"I opened the book, sat down with a cup of coffee, and started colouring. But I only lasted — I'm not joking — about 20 minutes, and I'm like, 'I don't like colouring.' "

This is one of 62 pages in Klette's adult colouring book launching this week. This picture is titled Night Watch Bird. (Courtesy of www.dklette.com)

Published by St. Martin's Press, Klette is holding two launch events in Saskatoon. The first is a Very Imaginative Party on Sept. 23 and 24. Tickets are $150 each or $1,100 for a table of eight.

Klette is also holding a free book launch party at the Artist's Loft in Saskatoon at 617 Main St. on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, and Sept. 25 from noon to 5 p.m.

"Most people who know my art know that it is very whimsical and I enjoy making making people smile because it should be happy. So when they see the book, I can't wait to see their reaction and I hope it makes them smile and I hope it gives them stressless days of colouring," she said.

With files from CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend

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