It is December, and the holidays – which I love – are finally kicking into gear. In preparation for the stresses of the season, and to stay in the spirit, I have pulled out my brand new Christmas Mandala coloring book and a couple of holiday-themed printables.
I wish, however, that we had a book of holiday-themed goodness from Johanna Basford – wouldn’t that be awesome?
Well, we aren’t getting that (at least this year!) but Johanna has created a doubly kind gift: she put together a downloadable “mini-book” containing four holiday-themed illustrations in return for a donation to Mary’s Meals, a charity that helps feeds needy children around the world.
Launched yesterday, Johanna’s project has already received over 1,100 donations, worth over $10,500 – enough for one nutritious lunch each school day for one year for over 500 children! The goal is to raise £10,000, about $15,000.
There is no set donation amount; contribute what you can.
To do donate to Mary’s Meals and get your book, simply go to Johanna’s Just Giving page and follow the instructions. After you have made your donation you will receive an email message from Just Giving containing the download link to the mini-book. Click the link, download the PDF, print the images and get coloring! Johanna is also asking that you share your Christmas coloring masterpieces on social media using #johannabasford, or via her coloring gallery, to spread the word.
To spur you on, here is an image of the printables you will receive in return for your donation:
So what are you waiting for??! Go on over to the fundraising page and get – and give – your Christmas gift!
Haven’t experienced Johanna Basford’s brilliance yet? Here are some of her current publications:
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book
Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book
Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book
Secret Garden: 20 Postcards
Enchanted Forest Postcards: 20 Postcards
Secret Garden: 12 Notecards
Secret Garden: Three Mini Journals
Secret Garden Artist’s Edition: A Pull-Out and Frame Colouring Book
Tree image courtesy Ben Bois, all others © Johanna Basford.