Among the countless things that Paris is synonymous with, art would most certainly be near the top of that list. This year’s Paris Month, I’m sharing a few books that should hope to inspire some creativity or provide some moments of relaxation.
Lost in Paris by The City Works
Unlike many of the other colouring books that are out there, Lost in Paris is a colouring book that walks you through the arrondissements of Paris. The beautifully linear, detailed drawings of the buildings are accompanied by brief historical facts about the landmarks. There are some people who love the simpler line drawings and feel the intricate ones to be overwhelming, and vice versa. I feel this colouring book is a nice blend of both: simplistic yet detailed.
642 Things to Draw: Paris by Chronicle Books
This pocket-sized book is perfect to throw into a bag, ready to pull out and doodle when inspiration hits. The pages are filled with ideas to spark your imagination and creativity, ranging anywhere from regular things like “a fountain” to random things like “a fashion faux pas”. Page space for each prompt also varies: from a quarter, third, half or full page which can force you to creatively use the allotted area. I picked this up when I wanted to get back into doodling, and felt this Paris one a perfectly appropriate choice!
France: Inspiration du Jour by Rae Gunn
If you’re not in the mood to colour or draw, then artist Rae Gunn’s travel sketchbook might provide some inspiration. This unique collection of lettering, watercolours and photographs from her time in France is a feast for the eyes. I love the use of different mediums throughout her work, the perfect way to capture little details such as her spread of watercolour combinations of buildings which I think is a brilliant idea. Inspiration du jour is exactly what this was, giving me ideas on capturing the beauty in every day items along with the more obvious ones.