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The Vintage Coloring Book

Updated on September 29, 2011
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Carol attended University of Calif, at Davis, San Francisco Art Institute & Graduated SD State.She has written and illustrated several books

An Appropriate Title

After months of revising, writing, and testing with seniors, I have finally completed the first (of hopefully many to come) coloring books for older adults. The new name I chose was "The Vintage Coloring Book." The title before this was "Memories From The Past."

The word "vintage", according to the free dictionary, means: "Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic," which seemed like a perfect word for the new title.

The coloring book includes interesting facts about the pictures, and also allows each picture to be removed from the book and mounted or framed to be displayed, as they are not printed back to back in the book. As shown by the picture of the book, several of the pages colored by seniors were displayed on it's cover.

Testing The Artwork

While testing the coloring pictures at the retirement home I worked at, I found that the more complicated pictures worked best and seemed easier for them to color. I had to change a few pictures (example shown) to add more detail, as this was helpful in holding their attention and easier for them to complete--believe it or not!

The residents also enjoyed learning about the places and things that they were coloring, and we had fun discussions about them.

Pictures From Family Photographs

Most of the pictures in the coloring book, are art renderings from my own family photo book--dating back to the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many are collages of photos turned into art. As many of our family came from San Francisco and the California coast, they tell a story of the early styles of dress and popular places of their era.

As one resident commented, while coloring the pictures, "It's kind of like being a young person again."


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      Christopher Price 

      6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Great idea and wonderful work.


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      Carol Hill 

      6 years ago from Palmetto, Florida and Herriman Utah

      Thanks starstream for your comment--the books should be available the first part of next year.

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      Dreamer at heart 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Where can I buy one of these coloring books?

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      Dreamer at heart 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Finally a good coloring book for seniors. thanks

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      Jemma Merriweather Smith 

      6 years ago

      What a great idea....coloring books for adults.

      Where or how do we get them? for the seniors in our

      life that want something fun to do.

      Thank you for sharing!


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      Carol Hill 

      6 years ago from Palmetto, Florida and Herriman Utah

      Thanks Marsha H and john000, for your comments; and yes Marsha, you are correct coloring is great physical and mental therapy for seniors. I have seen wonderful results with both men and women and surprising new talents evolve--just from coloring.

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      John R Wilsdon 

      6 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      One of my most enjoyable experiences was coloring with my kids when they were young. It was something the kids wanted me to do with them and this article brought back memories of that. I especially like the idea that the pages can be used independently and displayed. Great idea for seniors and what a wonderful activity with an artistic plus for decorating. Good hub.

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      Marsha H 

      6 years ago from My Retro Kitchen in NY

      What an awesome job you did creating this coloring book! Is it used for physical therapy for the seniors?

      Way cool. +vote up


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