Author: Johanna Basford

I draw pictures and I make colouring books! Welcome to my world...

Tumble down the rabbit hole and find yourself in my inky black and white Wonderland... I'm an illustrator and ink evangelist who prefers pens and pencils to pixels. I create intricate, hand drawn illustrations predominately, although not exclusively, in black and white.

My creativity is cultivated by a curious imagination and a delight in the fantastic. Much of my work has roots in the flora and fauna that surrounded me growing up on my parent's fish farm in rural Scotland.

I graduated in 2005 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee with my degree in Printed Textiles and a portfolio stuffed with monochrome silk screen prints and drawings. Following that, I set-up my little studio and began on my mission to vanquish the vector and champion the (wobbly) hand drawn line.

Every piece I create starts life as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into a rambling pen and ink drawing usually spanning several sheets of paper. I love the tactile nature of the materials I use and the joy of smudgy fingerprints. My delicate hand inked designs intend to charm and delight, inviting you to peer closer and discover the hidden intricacies.

For me, computer generated graphics can feel cold and soulless whereas hand drawing captures a sense of energy and character which no pixel can ever replicate.

Library

Magical Jungle

Magical Jungle
  • Number: 9780143109006
  • Release: 2016-08-09
  • Author: Johanna Basford
  • Genre: Art & Coloring
  • Tags: Arts, Crafts & Supplies, Coloring
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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From the internationally bestselling creator of Lost Ocean comes a beautiful new adult coloring book that takes you on a wondrous expedition through the jungle

Follow ink evangelist Johanna Basford down an inky trail through the Magical Jungle and discover a forgotten world of flora and fauna just waiting to be colored in this new coloring book for adults. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations, color-inners of all ages are invited to explore an exotic rainforest teeming with creatures large and small. Encounter speckled tree frogs and dainty hummingbirds, prowling tigers and playful monkeys. Let your imagination run wild in the leafy treetop canopy or find yourself drawn to the delicate world of sensational blossoms and tropical plants below.


Lost Ocean

Lost Ocean
  • Number: 9780143108993
  • Release: 2015-10-27
  • Author: Johanna Basford
  • Genre: Art & Coloring
  • Tags: Arts, Crafts & Supplies, Coloring
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, a beautiful new adult coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves

With this coloring book for adults, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses, and delicately penned seahorses. Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will welcome this creative journey into an inky new world.

For Lost Ocean, Johanna picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and complements your chosen color palette. The smooth, untextured pages allow for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with colored pencils or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.


Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest
  • Number: 9781780674889
  • Release: 2015-02-17
  • Author: Johanna Basford
  • Genre: Art & Coloring
  • Tags: Arts, Crafts & Supplies, Coloring
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
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Fall under the spell of the #1 New York Times Bestseller!

This magical coloring book by Johanna Basford takes colorists through an enchanted forest to discover what lies in the castle. Similarly interactive like SECRET GARDEN, ENCHANTED FOREST also features hidden objects and fun mazes. Beginning at the entrance to a fairy-tale forest, the journey progresses through highly embellished woods and through intricate flora. Castles, treasure chests, and other magical elements add a fairy tale narrative to the designs. Special features include a gate-folded two-page spread, and a colorable jacket.


Secret Garden 20 Postcards

Secret Garden 20 Postcards
  • Number: 9781856699464
  • Release: 2014-01-21
  • Author: Johanna Basford
  • Genre: Art & Coloring
  • Tags: Coloring
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
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Containing 20 detachable postcards of Johanna Basford's beautiful drawings from the inky world of her Secret Garden. Decorate the cards to bring the flowers and tiny creatures to life, then share the magic with all your friends. For artists and gardeners of all ages.


Secret Garden

Secret Garden
  • Number: 9781780671062
  • Release: 2013-03-26
  • Author: Johanna Basford
  • Genre: Art & Coloring
  • Tags: Arts, Crafts & Supplies, Coloring
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
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Good news for all SECRET GARDEN fans! All editions of SECRET GARDEN now feature thicker and heavier paper stock, fighting bleed-through from ink pens.

Experience the phenomenon that has sold 2 million copies worldwide and launched the coloring craze for adults.

This beautiful and interactive coloring book features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting to be brought to life with color. As added entertainment, tiny garden creatures are hidden on the pages, waiting to be found, and a key and index are included in the back. The book's cover and jacket are also colorable.

Appealing to all ages, SECRET GARDEN is the original and first book by Johanna Basford.


Book Library

  • Magical Jungle Magical Jungle
  • Lost Ocean Lost Ocean
  • Enchanted Forest Enchanted Forest
  • Secret Garden 20 Postcards Secret Garden 20 Postcards
  • Secret Garden Secret Garden