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A CREATIVE OASIS F OR COLORING

collection of illustrations offers a serene escape, evoking the calmness of desert landscapes and inviting you to bring your own colorful creativity to

DE S ERT WON D ER LAND A Serene Coloring Retreat

• RACHEL REINERT

Discover the flourishing plant life and magical scenery of desert settings, all rendered in mixed-media artist Rachel Reinert’s signature style. This

D E S E RT WO N D E R L A N D A Serene Coloring Retreat

ART • TECHNIQUES • COLOR

$15.95 US • $18.95 CAN ISBN: 978-1-942021-54-4

every page. Each hand-drawn illustration is presented on high-quality, signed, full-color print of Rachel’s original artwork is also included to frame or use for inspiration. Explore a world of beautiful desert plants, mystical forms, and rich details, and create a colorful oasis of your very own.

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INTRODUCTION

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o me, the desert is a place of mystery and intrigue. In a setting that seems uninhabited and desolate, there is an oasis of life if you look closely. The desert’s strange shapes and forms grow wild and free amid harsh conditions; an entire ecosystem flourishes against the odds. I am attracted to the beauty of this environment, where life perseveres and conquers despite adversity.

Desert Wonderland, my follow up book to Botanical Wonderland, is an exploration of desert forms aimed to capture the world of these playful plants thriving in unique compositions. After being inspired by my travels around Australia, where Botanical Wonderland was dreamt up, I returned home to rediscover the USA. I visited the vast Sonoran Desert and fell in love with the landscape. Being the hottest desert in North America, it is also the only place in the world where the saguaro cactus grows wild. The endemic flora and fauna found in this dry landscape have given me endless inspiration for these drawings, and I can’t wait for these pages to be filled with color! I chose to include various female portraits, which I also see as a representation of beauty through confidence in an unlikely environment. I hope to inspire and remind all people of our innate strength as individuals, and to care for others and the natural world. Just as desert plants and forms are wild and free, I encourage you to be bold with your coloring! Beyond colored pencils, try using gel pens or tearing out the perforated pages and experimenting with watercolor pencils. The desert landscape is a rainbow of vibrant hues, so try contrasting shades or unique combinations to fill the pages with color.

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Bring life into a black and white world. —RACHEL REINERT

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A B O U T T H E AU T H O R I’ve had an inherent need to create since I was young. It is what drives me every day, and I’m continually investigating my creative process. Whether illustrating with pen and ink, painting large abstract canvases, or designing prints on objects, making art is my way of life. I’ve travelled to 18 countries with my husband, and I glean inspiration from each place we visit. We are both passionate creatives with a heart for telling stories and capturing moments. I currently work from my home in San Diego, California, and I dream of traveling even more. www.rachelreinert.com

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An imprint of Mixed Media Resources 161 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013 sixthandspringbooks.com Copyright © 2016 by Rachel Reinert All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means— graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage-and-retrieval systems—without written permission of the publisher. The designs in this book are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of the retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced in any form for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy content for the personal use of the retail purchaser. ISBN: 978-1-942021-54-4 Manufactured in USA 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 First Edition

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A CREATIVE OASIS F OR COLORING

collection of illustrations offers a serene escape, evoking the calmness of desert landscapes and inviting you to bring your own colorful creativity to

DE S ERT WON D ER LAND A Serene Coloring Retreat

• RACHEL REINERT

Discover the flourishing plant life and magical scenery of desert settings, all rendered in mixed-media artist Rachel Reinert’s signature style. This

D E S E RT WO N D E R L A N D A Serene Coloring Retreat

ART • TECHNIQUES • COLOR

$15.95 US • $18.95 CAN ISBN: 978-1-942021-54-4

every page. Each hand-drawn illustration is presented on high-quality, signed, full-color print of Rachel’s original artwork is also included to frame or use for inspiration. Explore a world of beautiful desert plants, mystical forms, and rich details, and create a colorful oasis of your very own.

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single-sided paper, with a perforated edge for easy framing or sharing. One

RACHEL REINERT 7/28/16 9:41 AM

Desert Wonderland  

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