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Color Squared is out now on Clarkson Potter! Order it from your favorite online bookseller or head to your local bookstore to grab your copy!!






Paint-by-number meets 8-bit graphics meets the traditional coloring book in this brand new format that showcases pixelated photographic images of cool and quirky nostalgia objects. Doodlers, artists, and puzzlers alike will enjoy this new take on coloring.

With a focus on old favorites, pictures of things like cassette tapes, a rotary phone, and roller skates have been pixelated and rendered as numbered grids. To fill them in, users have options to vary the colors, just vary the shading, or even use different shapes or lines. You don't even have to use color if you don't want to!

Color Squared can relieve stress or challenge the mind, depending on the approach the reader chooses; but either way, it will keep the head and hands busy, and make for a fun trip down memory lane.

The images you see here show just some of the different ways you could color the same picture. There are 50 images, and they can all be colored any way you like!

They are on tear-out pages, with answer key pictures on the back of each page. The book includes illustrated instructions for the many methods, example images for each, and some practice mini-grids.



The above video shows the three-color layered method, with dots and circles, using dual tip markers (brush tip and fine point tip).




The above video shows the continuous lines #2 method, with a color fill at the end, using a technical drawing pen, and brush tip markers.




The above video shows the four-color layered method, with lines in both directions, using markers with a wide side and a pointed tip.




The above video shows the halftone dots method, using a brush tip marker.


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These are three kinds of markers I used when working on book pages; I got them all at art stores, individually, so I could pick my exact colors. I used the PrismaColor dual tips (brush & fine point) for all the colored front and back cover pictures. They are great because there are SO MANY colors, so I picked out like 20 that allowed for lots of different combos. Some book methods require 6 colors or shades, lightest to darkest, which is hard to put together from a pre-packaged box. The Tombow and Blick dual points worked great too, I used shades of grey of both of these brands. The Tombow brush tips are easier with filling in boxes with solid color, but they can't make easy dots the way the PrismaColor and Blick brush tips can. One thing: the ink ran dry in my PrismaColors way sooner than I would have expected. I refilled some with alcohol to give them more life, but the color is much lighter.

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