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Harmony of Nature

Connect with your creative side and discover an inviting world of birds, flowers, and creatures awaiting your personal touch in Harmony of Nature. Beautifully drawn by Japanese illustrator and paper-cutting artist Mihoko “garden” Kurihara, these charming vignettes for coloring are both simple and exquisite, whimsical and serene. A few single-sided pages are also included that can be colored, cut out, and used as postcards, ornaments, gift tags, or finished pieces for framing. Settle in with your favorite coloring pens and pencils, engage your imagination, and enter into a calming haven of artwork inspired by the beauty of nature.

$12.95 US • $14.95 CANADA ISBN: 978-1-942021-16-2

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Unwind. Create. Color. M I H O K O “g a r d e n” K U R I H A R A

Unwind. Create. Color. MIHOKO “garden” KURIHARA

A Coloring Book for Creative Exploration

Harmony of Nature

spine: 10 mm

6/26/15 2:40 PM


Harmony of Nature Unwind. Create. Color.

Mihoko "Garden" Kurihara

sixth&spring

books NEW YORK


Introduction

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hen I think of coloring books, I immediately recall my childhood. Although I spent many afternoons coloring, I actually preferred to work on puzzles or fold origami. I never imagined that I would become captivated by coloring books as an adult. Coloring is such a wonderful activity because it is accessible to everyone. There are no age limits and you don’t need any fancy equipment or special lessons to get started. You can use colored pencils, watercolor paints, or waterbased pens to color the designs in this book. I recommend watercolor pencils, which can be used like traditional color pencils or combined with water to produce a translucent effect. Whichever medium you choose, experiment with shading to add depth and dimension to the colored designs. At the back of this book, you will find a couple of onesided pages. The designs on these pages can be cut out to create postcards, ornaments, gift tags, or special works of art to be framed. I hope you enjoy displaying and using the completed designs as much as you enjoy the coloring process. Personally, I believe that the beauty of nature inspires all design. This collection of illustrations highlights the beauty of plants, flowers, and animals in the world around us. I hope this book provides you with countless hours of entertainment, whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart. —Mihoko "Garden" Kurihara


Introduction

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hen I think of coloring books, I immediately recall my childhood. Although I spent many afternoons coloring, I actually preferred to work on puzzles or fold origami. I never imagined that I would become captivated by coloring books as an adult. Coloring is such a wonderful activity because it is accessible to everyone. There are no age limits and you don’t need any fancy equipment or special lessons to get started. You can use colored pencils, watercolor paints, or waterbased pens to color the designs in this book. I recommend watercolor pencils, which can be used like traditional color pencils or combined with water to produce a translucent effect. Whichever medium you choose, experiment with shading to add depth and dimension to the colored designs. At the back of this book, you will find a couple of onesided pages. The designs on these pages can be cut out to create postcards, ornaments, gift tags, or special works of art to be framed. I hope you enjoy displaying and using the completed designs as much as you enjoy the coloring process. Personally, I believe that the beauty of nature inspires all design. This collection of illustrations highlights the beauty of plants, flowers, and animals in the world around us. I hope this book provides you with countless hours of entertainment, whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart. —Mihoko "Garden" Kurihara


About the Author This page is blank so you can cut out and display the design printed on the opposite side.

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orn in Tokyo in 1983, Mihoko "Garden" Kurihara is a self-taught illustrator and paper cutting artist. She also studied engraving and glassblowing before starting her career as an accessories designer. In 2005, she became a full-time freelance artist. She has since produced many illustrations for books, magazines, and cartoons and has designed products for companies such as UNIQLO. She is the author of several paper cutting books in Japan. You can visit her website at www.gardenote.com


About the Author This page is blank so you can cut out and display the design printed on the opposite side.

B

orn in Tokyo in 1983, Mihoko "Garden" Kurihara is a self-taught illustrator and paper cutting artist. She also studied engraving and glassblowing before starting her career as an accessories designer. In 2005, she became a full-time freelance artist. She has since produced many illustrations for books, magazines, and cartoons and has designed products for companies such as UNIQLO. She is the author of several paper cutting books in Japan. You can visit her website at www.gardenote.com


sixth&spring

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161 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013 sixthandspringbooks.com Harmony of Nature: Unwind. Create. Color. ISBN: 978-1-942021-16-2 English edition first published in 2015 by Sixth&Spring books GARDEN COLORING BOOK KOTORI TO HANA TO DOBUTSU NO NURIE Copyright ©2015 garden and GENKOSHA Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. Original Japanese edition published by GENKOSHA Co., Ltd. English language licensed by World Book Media LLC, USA via Tuttle-Mori Agency, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. English language rights, translation & production by World Book Media LLC. www.worldbookmedia.com

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 written instructions, photographs, designs, projects and patterns are intended for the personal, non-commercial use of the retail purchases and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced in any form for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy patterns for personal use of the retail purchaser. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data not available at time of printing Printed in China 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1


Harmony of Nature

Connect with your creative side and discover an inviting world of birds, flowers, and creatures awaiting your personal touch in Harmony of Nature. Beautifully drawn by Japanese illustrator and paper-cutting artist Mihoko “garden” Kurihara, these charming vignettes for coloring are both simple and exquisite, whimsical and serene. A few single-sided pages are also included that can be colored, cut out, and used as postcards, ornaments, gift tags, or finished pieces for framing. Settle in with your favorite coloring pens and pencils, engage your imagination, and enter into a calming haven of artwork inspired by the beauty of nature.

$12.95 US • $14.95 CANADA ISBN: 978-1-942021-16-2

No Space Edited HarmonyOfNature_COVER_FINAL.indd 1

Unwind. Create. Color. M I H O K O “g a r d e n” K U R I H A R A

Unwind. Create. Color. MIHOKO “garden” KURIHARA

A Coloring Book for Creative Exploration

Harmony of Nature

spine: 10 mm

6/26/15 2:40 PM

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