Chiswick gets its own colouring book

Colour Your Streets – 16 images of Chiswick to colour in

A company called Colour Your Streets has created a series of colouring books of areas of London. The latest in the series, just published, is of Chiswick.

Jeremy Weil and his wife Emma came up with the idea while Emma was on maternity leave with their second child. Wandering about Brixton and Herne Hill, where they live, they were taking photographs and thought how nice it would be if they could turn them into a colouring book for their first child.

“It happened by accident” Jeremy told The Chiswick Calendar. “We just thought how nice it would be if we could capture these images and turn the photographs into colouring book images so our five year old could colour them in.”

They consulted a designer, who used available software to translate the outlines of the photographs into line drawings. The colouring book of Chiswick has 16 images, each with a page between them so the colour does not bleed through to the next page.

Image above: Colour Your Streets – Chiswick House

The places they have chosen in Chiswick are:

  • Chiswick House
  • Chiswick High Road
  • Bus depot
  • Chiswick Pier
  • Chiswick Mall
  • Chiswick Station
  • Chiswick Town Hall
  • Duke’s Meadow footbridge
  • Fuller’s Brewery
  • Gunnersbury Park Orangery
  • St Michael & All Angels Church
  • The Mawson Arms
  • Turnham Green Station
  • Voysey House
  • St Nicholas Church
  • Christ Church Turnham Green

Image above: Colour Your Streets – Chiswick Mall

“There is a lot of beauty in the architecture of London”

Why choose Chiswick, and why these particular places?

“There are certain areas which spring to mind; I’ve been to Chiswick a few times.

“We did our first one in October, of where we live. I am a Londoner through and through, and I know different areas of London, so I’ve chosen areas to the north, south, east and west.

“I quickly realised there is a lot of beauty in the architecture of London, so we tend to go for pubs, libraries, green spaces, train stations and bridges, especially those across the river.”

The Chiswick book is number 15 in the series and they have another five in the pipeline.

You can buy the Chiswick colouring book, or any of the others (Brixton, Herne Hill, Clapham, Dulwich, Crystal Palace, East Dulwich, Forest Hill, Hampstead, Islington, Stoke Newington,  Walthamstow and Wimbledon) online. There is also one of London Bridges and in a big of a departure from London landscapes, one of Brooklyn in New York.

Available to buy from their website for £9.99.

Image above: Colour Your Streets – Chiswick Pier

Image above: Here’s one I made earlier.  Brockwell Lido, coloured in by Jeremy and Emma’s five year old son.

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