A coloring book is a yoga mat for your mind Johanna Basford created The Secret Garden coloring book. In her words A blank sheet of paper can be daunting but a coloring book has the outlines already there making it easier to pick up a pencil and begin making your mark. I think of coloring books as collaborations. I create the artwork and the owner of the book brings the color. Being in the flow or immersed in a task like coloring seems to help soothe many people. Some time spent with the simple task of adding color to a page and creating something beautiful really seems to appeal to people.