The Non-Sweary Coloring Book of Four Letter Words

Love design

‘Save As’, and color

… is the not-so-short-and-snappy, but very accurate title of my second coloring book, available now.


Sweary coloring books are pretty popular right now, but they don’t appeal to me. What about the other four letter words which are so much more positive? Words like Love, and Hope, and Duty? And Good, and Life, and Hero?

I still wanted to draw mandalas for coloring, but decided to merge them with positive, affirming quotes using those four letter words I would have been happy to use in front of my Mum.

And I’m really pleased with the way the book has come out. If you fancy a printed copy, the link to Amazon is  and a digital version will be available on Etsy shortly.

As an example, one of the designs from the book is above – feel free to ‘Save As’, and then print out to color for your own personal use.

Have a good weekend, all!

Kim book

How Coloring Can Keep You on the Straight and Narrow

Well, firstly, let me tell you how that blog title came about.

I was mooching about on t’Internet, thinking about the fact that I hadn’t updated my blog for a few days, when I came across this –
You can enter a keyword for your blog post, and it comes up with ideas of titles for it. So I entered ‘coloring’ and some of the ideas really tickled me. 12 Ways In Which Coloring Could Save Your Life. Really? Maybe not. Or What Mom Never Told You About Coloring.  Damn, I knew there was something I meant to ask her.

And after I’d got over my giggles (I’m easily pleased, you can tell), it occurred to me that one of the titles could help me make a (half) decent blog post. Even if it’s a tongue-in-cheek one. So here it is – How Coloring Can Keep You on the Straight and Narrow.

  1. Buying all the pens, pencils, markers, coloring books that you ABSOLUTELY must have (but honey, they had a sale on) will leave you no money for say, bottles of vodka. So, you could say that coloring will stop you drinking alcohol. Sounds like staying on the straight and narrow to me.
  2. Similarly, buying all your supplies will stop you spending that money on any other vices you might have indulged in, like smoking. So, coloring has a positive health benefit, right?
  3. Keeping your hands occupied will stop you reaching for the biscuit tin. Or it will if you leave the biscuit tin in the kitchen rather than put it on the sofa next to you. Dang, knew I’d got that one wrong.
  4. Coloring will keep you in at night rather than indulging in antisocial behaviour. So coloring positively discourages crime. Hmm, maybe our police station could open up a cell and provide free coloring books and pencils. Might be worth a try to see if local crime goes down?

There are, I’m sure, a lot of other ways in which coloring can keep you on the straight and narrow, but if you’ll excuse me, now I’ve got a break from a pencil in my hand and a book on my lap, I’m off to get a bottle of vodka, a cigarette and a biscuit. Or six.

And for no other reason than it’s blooming cold today and summer seems a long way away, here’s a picture I took in Roatan in December last year. Happy weekend, all.