PDR Colouring Book.

The Public Domain Review


public domain review colouring book

We wanted to do something for the PDR community in these strange and (for most) mainly house-bound times, and so we made you a colouring book — free to download and print off at home. In addition to the colourable cover, we’ve chosen twenty images from a wide range of artists, including Hokusai, Albrecht Dürer, Harry Clarke, Virginia Frances Sterrett, Jessie M. King, and Aubrey Beardsley. Arranged in vague order of difficulty — from a simple 17th-century kimono pattern to an intricate thousand-flowered illustration — we hope there is something for all ages and colouring prowess!


Download the PDF using the links below (available in two different size formats depending on your region):


We are making it available for free but if you did want to donate something to help cover costs then, of course, this is very welcome — you can do so at this link here.


We’d love to see your coloured-in pages when you are done, so please do share on social media using the hashtags #isolationcoloration and #pdrcoloringbook. And do share news of the book far and wide with all who you think might enjoy it!



If it proves popular we are thinking of doing another one next month (we’ve many more great images waiting in the wings).


For those interested in the history surrounding such colouring-in activities then do check out our essay “Filling in the Blanks: A Prehistory of the Adult Coloring Craze” by Melissa N. Morris and Zach Carmichael.


We really hope you and your loved ones keep as safe and healthy as you can over these next few weeks/months — and happy colouring!


All the images are, of course, in the public domain but we are making these particular treatments here available under a non-commercial license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0), as we might want to make a real-life book from them one day!



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