Ladies Love Coloring! (How to Start a Coloring Club)

UPDATE: Hi! And wow! This is post really getting around. I’ve set up a Facebook page specifically for our coloring clubs, and others who want to get started, or want to connect with like minded people. Check it out here: http://www.facebook.com/LadiesColoringClub

 

And now the post you were looking for …

 

“She posted on Facebook once and you won’t believe what happened next…”

“Ladies Google ‘adult coloring books’ and it’s not what you think…”

“Grown women enter a local coffee shop and no one expected what happened next…”

I’d never stoop to the level of click-bait lines to promote a post, but if I did it would be one of those. And I was really tempted to with this post because, at the very least, some moderately remarkable happened recently.

Shortly after Christmas a friend posted a picture of a coloring book for grown-ups. Seeing it made me think about how much I enjoy coloring. My boys don’t really enjoy it–they draw all kinds of pictures, and battle plans, but never really sit down with a book and crayons, so I don’t get much of a chance to color.

Then this little idea popped into my head, and I vocalized it to my husband, “I should start a Ladies Coloring Club!”

I don’t recall what he said, if anything, but I do recall that his expression was one of incredulity. Undeterred, I continued.

“We bring our own books and crayons–BYOB and C– to a coffee shop and just sit and color. I think it’s brilliant. People will feel relaxed, they don’t have to make awkward eye contact, they can just color and relax and chat.”

And then he said something to the effect of, “You think people would really come to that?”

Now, before I tell you the facts of what transpired next, you must know that if, at any point, I am challenged on an idea, I will in fact fight, and try even harder to prove that I am indeed correct, and brilliant, or at least not completely crazy. So, not only was I excited about my idea, I was dead set on proving him wrong.

And a funny thing happened. I didn’t need to fight for my idea very much. I threw out a vague post on Facebook about the idea.

Ladies Coloring Club

People immediately responded with likes and comments–over 40 of each. Don’t tell my husband, but even I was a little surprised by the response.

Then I set a date and “advertised it”.

Ladies Coloring Club
Then I had about 11 people show up for the first meeting, we posted a group-selfie, and the response was impressive. The comments, the likes, the people wanting to join. Over 100 people were intrigued by this club.

That was January, and we just had our February meeting where 23 people showed up. We more than doubled in attendance and not everyone from the first meeting could make it.(This photo was before everyone had arrived.)

Ladies Coloring Club

There sat twenty three grown women with crayons, and pages, and books, and beverages. Some colored simple childlike pictures, some did elaborate works, some free handed. It was fantastic. Everything I’ve dreamed and more.
Ladies Coloring Club Art

I didn’t intend to blog about this when we started, but now I’ve had a few different people say they’d like to start coloring clubs where they live and wouldn’t it be great if Ladies Coloring Club became a worldwide phenomenon? We can all be connected with the hashtag #ladiescoloringclub (that’s what I’ve been using). Imagine it! Women, worldwide, united in coloring.

I’m encouraging you to start a chapter, it’s simple and here are some tips.

1. Find a casual spot. I prefer a locally run coffee shop, but that’s just me.

2. Pick a time. Evenings (7-9) seems to work best for my club. Once a month.

3. Invite random ladies. Anyone and everyone should be welcome. A few Facebook posts was all it took for me. We started a Facebook group after the first meeting so people could invite others to join, and to make sure no one misses a post about meetings.

4. Strive to keep coloring club a judgment free zone. Inside the lines, outside the lines, it’s not how or what you color–it’s that you color. Maybe someone just needs to scribble as a way to release stress, and that’s ok too.

5. Create memes to remind people of upcoming meetings. Ok, that’s not a necessary step, but fun.

 

Ladies Coloring Club Meme

What do you think?

 

Does Ladies Coloring Club sound like something you’d want to attend or start? If so, do it! It’s super easy and low key. If you do start one, and if you post anything on social media consider using our hashtag #ladiescoloringclub so we can see our fellow club members.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, my husband was surprised by the turn out. After our last meeting he said, “I couldn’t get 23 guys to sit and do that if I offered free beer!” but I guess that just proves what I suspected–ladies love coloring.

Be proud of your coloring ladies!
Jenny

46 comments

  1. […] do some coloring, then check out my friend’s blog. She detailed out how to start your own club: Ladies Love Coloring (How to Start Coloring Club) on Bright Shiny […]

  2. Cheri Babyak says:

    Love the idea, what a way to get women together and interactive with something a lot of us like to do.

  3. Bett Clayton says:

    I am thinking of starting a group up, there is a coffee art center where i live and i sure they would love the idea and help me plan it all as i am real close friend of the owners there. I will let you know on when i speak to them and the progress of how it go.
    many thanks for the idea
    love bett x

    • Jenny says:

      That would be great! I hope you can get one going. We’ve been meeting 5 months now and it’s just delightful! I’d love to hear back so keep me posted. You should use #ladiescoloringclub so we can feel connected with our fellow color-ers. 😀
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Jenny

  4. […] By the way here is a great guide on starting a coloring club. […]

  5. Nicole T. says:

    Fabulous idea! I’ll have to see about maybe starting one up at my store!

  6. Laura says:

    Love this idea! I am in west central Minnesota and am thinking about trying this in my town also. My husband and I have a business with retail storefront, and we could meet in our back room once per month.

    A few things I’ve been thinking about. Any thoughts on opening it to both women and men? I think it should be simple and inviting for all, but do you think a few basic “rules” would be appropriate? I thinking things like: ages 18 and up, any coloring mediums desired (crayons, pencils, markers, pens, etc.), no negative judgment of other people’s work, only positive feedback allowed. Anything else I’m not thinking of?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Laura!
      Thanks so much for stopping by! When I wrote this post I had no idea how popular–or at least mainstream–adult coloring was coming. I didn’t mean people to really look to this as a guide, just more of an idea starter so the “rules” I posted are not terribly serious in nature. I do really try to make it an atmosphere where a variety of people from various seasons of life can feel comfortable. I’ve never really had to address any real rules with people. Personally, I don’t care what they use to color, some people just draw and I’ve never said anything about what they use. Most people kind of assume they can do their own thing. I think as long as you make it welcoming, respectful, and relaxing you will be in for a great time. 😀
      I hope that helps you! If not email or facebook me and we can chat.
      Good luck and thanks again for stopping by!
      Jenny

  7. Karen Wherlock says:

    I already started one. We’ll be meeting in Snoqualmie Valley, in WA. This is what I did, except I started a FB page and advertised it on my community FB page. I had nearly 40 members in just a couple of days.

    • Jenny says:

      So fun! We have a closed group page on Facebook–it’s nice to have a spot to share important meeting information! 😉 Hope you are enjoying your group and thanks for the comment!
      Jenny

  8. […] With our busy lives and constant connection with media, the chance to unplug and drift away into a few minutes of colorful calm is gaining popularity with more and more adults. Coloring books are popping up on Amazon and on the shelves of Barnes & Noble. There are even groups of women forming coloring clubs. […]

  9. Laurie Crist says:

    They mentioned one in Andover…do you happen to know where I can get info about that group as that is in my area.

  10. Connie says:

    where can I buy adult coloring books?
    Thanks

  11. Alli says:

    I want to start or join a chapter in Minneapolis (Uptown area)! Anyone else interested or know of an existing chapter here?

  12. Thelma A Norton says:

    I am 83 years old and love to color. Once I learn how to use Facebook I will start a coloring club.
    I love your home page. I think it will be great to connect on a national and international level.

    How can I post my colorings? I have many. I like Dover and Red Farm Studio. I use alphabet coloring books-then frame the colorings and give them as gifts.

    I am under going chemotherapy right now. I hope once I get my feet wet with my first coloring club to volunteer with the American Cancer Society and see how to start a coloring group for current and former cancer patients (women and men).

    Again, many thanks.

    Thelma Norton

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Thelma!
      So great to hear from you and I love that you want to start a coloring club for with the American Cancer Society! That is so fabulous. I’m going to send you an email ok? Then we can figure out posting your colorings. 😀
      Talk to you soon!
      Jenny

  13. Becky says:

    One of the ladies in my Sunday School class brought this idea to my attention. I’d never thought about doing a coloring club, but we are intrigued and excited about starting one. We have our first date picked out (6/23) and are beginning to put the word out. I love social media so I’ll be sure to hashtag #ladiescoloringclub with a group picture of our first meeting. Thanks for the inspiration to get ladies out of the house for fun, relaxation and socialization!

  14. Jamar says:

    I recently published a coloring book for grown ups looking to reduce stress, unwind, and explore the self. I wanted to share the book here because it sounds like your audience would appreciate it. I posted to the Ladies Coloring Club on Facebook. Do you know of a way I can share this book with groups who would be interested?

    Thank you mucho!

    Jamar Johnson

  15. Michelle Burca says:

    Oh my goodness I’m so glad I found your link! I just stumbled upon some beautiful adult colouring books and decided to buy one for myself and then the idea of a club entered my head and voiced it to my husband just like you-lol!! Thank you for writing about how you got it started. I was wondering how to get it off the ground and the way you mentioned it on FB was perfect. I’ll connect with you on FB/instagram etc. and hopefully get my club off the ground soon. I thought of a name for mine just yesterday…Colour In Club 🙂
    Cheers!

  16. Anna says:

    I like the idea!

    How do you choose which pages to color? And do you choose this beforehand or on the spot?

  17. Alicia Machnik says:

    Hey there Jenny!

    So I get together with each of my girlfriends on a regular basis and we each grab an adult colouring book and colour. I have a guest book and my personal book. I always get my guests to sign their work, and it’s become a nice keepsake idea! My friend and I discussed tonight how nice it would be to have a colouring book Cafe. There are board game cafes and knitting cafes and even cat cafes. Then I looked things up online and found your site!

    This is a great idea! Great minds think alike! 😉 I started a Toronto chapter and I will let you know how it goes!

    Glad there are other creative ladies out there too! Great minds coming together always produces incredible results!

    • Jenny says:

      How fun! Thanks so much for leaving a comment! Are you on the Facebook page? If not, you should be and you can keep us posted about your club!
      Jenny

  18. I just created a grown up coloring book, Healing Mandalas to promote health and well-being. I would love to send anyone that has started a coloring club one. Please contact me at sunny@sunnydawnjohnston.com and I’ll send one to you, if you have started a coloring club:)

  19. […] in starting your own coloring club? Check out this post on How to Start a Coloring Club for some ideas and […]

  20. Hello Jenny!

    My name is Sr. Genevieve and I’m emailing from Paraclete Press. We are coming out with 3 Adult Coloring Books in September – “Celtic Blessings, Words of Faith and An Advent Coloring Calendar” – Coloring Books to Bless and De-Stress! What I was wondering is, would you ever consider “reviewing” these 3 coloring books? Could I email you copies of each of the 3 and a color AD? We’d be so interested in what you think as you have been so instrumental in this new found interest in Coloring which is helping people to color their way to calm! Feel free to just send me the best email address for you if you’d like and I can email these to you. I hope you have a great day!! Sr. Genevieve

  21. Debbie says:

    Hi,
    I just came accros your idea to start a club…looking for a club. I just started coloring with pencils and finished my first page. I think I’ll give it a try and put it out there on facebook and see what happens.
    ????Debbie

  22. I started my own before I saw this. People love it and it’s so much fun. We meet at a local coffee shot from 7 to 9pm. ???

  23. Judy Finkelstein says:

    Jenny, what time is Coloring Club at Mountain Mud this Thursday, Sept. 24. I’ve seen 5-7, but it’s been 7-9 the last 3 months. Please let me know. (I’m the one without Facebook! Judy

  24. Patricia Kuhn says:

    Just started a “Women, Wine and Color” group in my development in south Florida. Great turnout for the first session. We had cookies to munch on, jazz playing in the background, lots of laughter and chatting. Stress relief and fellowship, such fun. Doing it monthly now. Best resources for adult coloring books so far:

    – Amazon online
    – Barnes & Noble book store
    – Dover books online
    – Michaels and A C Moore craft stores

  25. Marian Myers says:

    Hi!
    I’m starting a group this Thursday!
    I have 13 people down to come already!
    I have called it “Colouring Outside the Lines”.
    Running it from my home, we shall be holding a small £2 raffle to win an Arty Item and proceeds will go to a local children’s hospice!!
    Will let you know how it goes!!
    Marian x

  26. I love coloring. I have soooooo many coloring books I can hardly carry them all.
    I have a question. Do you have to get permission from the place (coffee shop, et) where you want to meet each month? Having that many people there can possibly be a problem for some coffee shops.

    • Jenny says:

      I like to get permission. In my case they actually arranged some hours for me and my group. Some people meet at other restaurants, or community rooms, or even libraries. Hope that helps you some!

  27. How To Draw says:

    Hi Jenny I like your idea! This is great idea; coloring becomes more enjoyable in a club with little bit competition. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Mary says:

    Great post Jenny. It is great to see ladies connecting off-line to color together!

  29. […] you plan to embark on a solo coloring adventure or conspire to start a coloring club, we hope that you print off some of these fun designs, grab some crayons, and find this to be a […]

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