Read About the 'Creative Cats' Origin Story
‘Pen World’ Article Names Marjorie as Part of a ‘Triple Threat’
I'm honored that the October 2017 issue of “Pen World” magazine features me and Johanna Basford as coloring book artists who find Staedtler products as essential tools in our work.
I love color and texture and layering detail in my artwork. Since reviewing Staedtler pens last year, I’ve used them exclusively for a variety of techniques because they're so versatile. You can read about how I use triplus fineliners and pigment liners in my artwork, and how Johanna depends on Staedtler products in the story, ‘Triple Threat.’
Dover Spring Catalog Features Marjorie Sarnat
With the release of Creative Kittens this spring, colorists have been delighted with such a “purr-fect” followup to Creative Cats. It “presents another treat for cat lovers and coloring enthusiasts, with more feline portraits and unique patterns of hearts, flowers, paisleys, and other motifs.” The spring catalog page that features these two books mentions that over 1.8 million Marjorie Sarnat Creative Haven books have been sold worldwide. Marjorie says, “I’m truly thankful and heartwarmed by the books’ reception. With 4 more books coming out in the next year, I am creating more illustrations that I hope will continue to delight colorists everywhere.”
National Coloring Book Day is August 2, 2016
Do you live in the Los Angeles area? I’m appearing at Swains Art Supply in Glendale for National Coloring Book Day on Aug. 2. I’ve prepared a short talk on how I approach the creation of a coloring book. I’d love to meet any of you in person, so please stop by.
Dover Publications is sponsoring the event and will offer complimentary coloring pages for attendees. Swain's will provide coloring supplies and plenty of room to sit down and color.
New York Times Bestselling Adult Coloring
Book Author Signs Two-book Deal
Artist Marjorie Sarnat and Skyhorse Publishing sign an agreement to illustrate two of her books for the adult coloring book market.
LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) MARCH 21, 2016
Marjorie Sarnat and Skyhorse Publishing are preparing to publish two of her illustrated books in the hot adult coloring book market. Sarnat, one of the leading illustrators in that genre, is the author of the two giant bestsellers Creative Cats, and Owls, together which have over 1 million copies in print and have been translated into 18 languages. These sales have catapulted Sarnat into the company of rarified authors having two books on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List at the same time, consistently, since their release. The new titles, Pampered Pets and Fanciful Fashions, will be published in April 2016 by Racehorse Publishing, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
"I love art, and I love what I do," said Marjorie Sarnat. “My illustrated books pre-date the current trend and reflect subjects that I am passionate about, such as animals, pets, and fashion." She added, "I measure my success by the delight of my audience, and I’m excited to be working with Skyhorse on new projects that will extend my reach to more people who enjoy coloring."
Jason Schneider, Editorial Director at Racehorse Publishing said, “We are delighted to be working with Marjorie on these upcoming projects. Skyhorse has sold over 3 million coloring books in the past year and these new projects will continue to grow our brand with the coloring book audience. With Marjorie’s signature style, she’ll fit in perfectly with our series of New York Times Bestselling Artists’ series that also features other recognized names. We look forward to bringing these projects to market and getting Marjorie’s art into new markets.”
Sarnat’s fanciful coloring book style evolved from her love of patterns, which she developed through an earlier career as a textile designer. Also influencing her style is her lifelong passion for collecting vintage illustrated books. Her love for all things nostalgic finds its way into her coloring book imagery.
About Marjorie Sarnat
Marjorie Sarnat is a bestselling author and illustrator of several coloring books and more than a dozen books on art and creativity. She also is an award-winning mixed-media artist whose works are in collections worldwide. Marjorie lives in Granada Hills, California with her husband, daughter, and son, two dogs, and her extensive antique book collection.
About Skyhorse Publishing
Launched in September 2006 by Tony Lyons, former publisher of The Lyons Press, Skyhorse Publishing is one of America’s fastest-growing publishing companies. It has had thirty-four New York Times bestsellers and a backlist of more than 6,200 titles. Skyhorse is distributed by Perseus Books Group in the United States and Thomas Allen & Son in Canada.
Creative Cats hits #1 in Amazon Canada
“It's early December 2015, and Creative Cats has become the number 1 bestselling book in Amazon Canada. Sales throughout the world have been spectacular, and it's gratifying and validating as an author and illustrator to reach this pinnacle of success.
“Thanks to all of you for your support for this book and for all of my books, and for your efforts to write reviews expressing your enjoyment and thanks. It means a lot to me. In 2016 I'll keep up the pace and plan to offer more that I hope will delight you.”
This is a great interview especially because of the thoughtful questions asked of Marjorie. Check it out.
"…I definitely think coloring can be a “gateway” art form. It introduces you to art materials, color harmonies, and bolsters confidence. It also familiarizes you with drawing styles. I have friends who began with coloring books and are now painting beautiful original works."
Read the full interview at coloroverstress.com.
Best Adult Coloring Books: Top 10 Coloring Books for Grownups that Provide Relaxing, Artistic Expression
Wondering what coloring book is best? Creative Cats or Owls are two mentioned here http://bit.ly/1LewvU0
Heather Tooley writes:
"Creative Haven Owls Coloring Book by Marjorie Sarnat is another one on the top 10 list. This is one of the best coloring books for adults because it features stunning owls with mesmerizing tapestry-like designs throughout the bird’s features and its surrounding habitat."
Fanciful Fashions Video Review
Thank you Shelly Durham for the video review of Fanciful Fashions. This gives viewers a chance to see the interior pages and learn all about the book.
Coloring Books for Grownups
The news lately has been filled with stories about an explosion of coloring books for grownups. Marjorie has two books among those that have been very well received. The two are concurrently on the Best Sellers List (Trade Paperback) at Publisher's Weekly. Amazon's Art and Photography best sellers are dominated by coloring books.
As of August 10, Creative Cats Coloring Book has been on the best seller list for 13 straight weeks! Very exciting! Followed closely by Owls Coloring Book!
UPDATE: September 14, 2015: Sales of both Creative Cats and Owls continue to perform in the Top 25 of all trade paperbacks in Publishers Weekly bestsellers list.
Crayon and On
Dover, Others, Cash in Adult Coloring
"The books haven’t only flown off shelves in craft stores but in Target and Barnes & Noble, as well as on Amazon, where Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book by Marjorie Sarnat ranked in the top ten along with Basford’s Garden for much of July. The imprint also took two other top 20 spots: for Marty Noble’s Art Nouveau Animal Designs and the recently released Owls Coloring Book, also by Sarnat."