Color Me Girl Crush: A Coloring Book for Grown-Ups

coversmallPicture it: an activity book for adults, filled with nothing but high-profile female personalities from the worlds of TV, film, music, fashion, and yes, even politics. Color Me Girl Crush is a coloring book that features contemporary pop icons who are outlined in black and white, primed and ready for those colored pencils, magic markers, glitter pens, and any other media you might have lurking in that dusty, underused arts-and-crafts bin. That’s not to say these monochrome masterpieces can’t be pigmented in oils, acrylics, or watercolors — but that likelihood is that they won’t, owing to the mess and drying time.

The book is the brainchild of Mel Elliott, who hails from Yorkshire, England and graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Now she makes coloring books for grown-ups. (Or should we say “colouring” books?) In addition to coming up with the idea for her latest publication, Ms. Elliott is the mind behind Color Me Swooooon and Color Me Good: Ryan Gosling. But Color Me Girl Crush is the one we have a crush on, because it’s filled with supermodels such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, and ’60s-era fashion archetype Twiggy, as well as musicians such as Lana Del Rey, Gwen Stefani, and Katy Perry, just to name a few. And it’s not all about contemporary women, either. Classic icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O., Annie Hall-era Diane Keaton, and Madonna circa “Like a Virgin” all make appearances, too. Along with each image, there’s a blurb about the personality you’re about to transform, with a few added bonuses as well: You can draft your very own dress for Lady Gaga and design a Mulberry bag, and take in a poetic ode to Beyoncé, who appears to be the inspiration for the whole book. Color Me Girl Crush is a book for people of all ages and genders who are united in one common purpose: to celebrate femininity by drawing outside the lines.

Lady Gaga

Reprinted from Color Me Girl Crush by Mel Elliott by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House company, Copyright © Perigee Books 2014

Katy Perry

Reprinted from Color Me Girl Crush by Mel Elliott by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House company, Copyright © Perigee Books 2014