The discovery was this copy of 'Memoirs of a London Doll' still with my mum's notes attached from when she gave talks on toymaking ( she did City and Guilds in this as well as embroidery, I still have some of her innovative examples) . Although published in 1840, this was an ex library copy published in 1926 and withdrawn from use at Darwen library in 1943 ( which is probably when my mum acquired it )
As a child , besides playing at shops, I used to have a pretend library of my own books where I'd write in the date at the front when it was due back just like the one which I was introduced to as soon as I could read ( so sad to see it's under threat of closure)
But probably before I could write, I'd coloured in some of the plates with wax crayons, and it's interesting to see the progression in skill. I'm guessing that I'd got bored and finished the colouring books I'd been provided with and wanted something more challenging! The quality of the paper was much better too. 'Magic' colouring books that you wet to reveal the colours were always deeply disappointing.
The second plate I attempted (at the top of this post ) is much neater with a more restricted palette ( and a squiggle of green felt tip - rejected for further use)
By the 3rd plate (below) I'd gone for a lighter touch with the crayons,
The main reason I'm not interested in adult colouring books ( besides liking to draw my own designs) is that I don't like being constrained by the lines. At school in art classes I used to feel I wasn't painting 'properly' as my style even then was very scribbly and loose, enjoying colour mixing and making marks when everyone else was patiently and neatly going up to the lines with the colours provided. Luckily good teachers encouraged me and I didn't succumb to peer pressure.