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September Mensagenda Cover Art


Adult Coloring Books

Drawing by Mary Olson Coleman

About the Cover
by RJ Erhardt

The July Mensa Bulletin featured a story written by Alecia Blake, “Coloring Inside the Lines,” after she read a March 2015 New York Times article, “Grown-Ups Get Out Their Crayons.” She was amazed when she learned that the book Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, had become a global best-seller with sales of more than 1.4 million copies. It had shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list that month, overtaking books by Harper Lee, Anthony Doerr and Paula Hawkins.

Mary Olson Coleman became interested in the adult coloring trend that seems to increase in popularity every year. Every month she meets with a group of friends for an afternoon of coloring, coffee, and cookies. She uses gel pens, markers, and Twistables™ (one of her favorite new coloring products), which require no sharpeners or peeling, just a twist up the barrel for a new tip when the pencil gets worn down.

Email your cover submissions to me at with “Mensagenda” in the subject line. Graphics should be at least 4” wide, 300 dpi, and in jpeg format. Text should include your name, the photo caption, and description/story.



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