Book Review: “Color Me Cats” by Artist BZTAT, Review and Giveaway

My coloring page!
My coloring page!

Coloring really is fun, even for adults, and no doubt creating coloring books is fun for artists too, at least judging by the popularity of adult coloring books and the number of artists creating them. The ones featuring cats catch my eye, of course, and when Artist BZTAT announced she was creating a coloring book, knowing her art, I could just picture the style and knew it would be fun.

Whether the subject is pet portraits or landscapes or symbolic art, BZTAT’s style is modern but whimsical, full of shapes that weave the subject with the background through simplified shadows and highlights and shapes, and always lots of color.  The book contains 25 drawings that she created specifically for this coloring book, each including a cat, and a few including dogs too, but though they are line art intended to be colored into, they are not the simple drawings of children’s coloring book. The familiarly shaped and patterned cats are placed against a patterned background and nearly each one has a detailed border to give adults a challenge. The resulting art will keep you focused as you color, no matter which coloring medium you choose.

Sample pages
Sample pages

I chose markers to color this drawing. Looking at the subject I wanted bright, flat colors with no shading. Colorists often use colored pencils too.

BZTAT’s medium is typically acrylic paints on prepared panels especially for her pet portraits, which are often larger than life.

Cover art.
Cover art.

The book is 8.5″ x 11″, and the images are about 6.25″ x 9″. They are printed on one side only of white cover stock and coil-bound. Individual pages are perforated near the coils for easy removal.

BZTAT is artist Vicki Boatright who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in the visual arts from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and a Masters Degree in counseling from Marshall University. BZTAT Studios is located in the trendy Canton, OH arts district at Second April Galerie. BZTAT also has a gallery at Embrace Pet Insurance in Beachwood, OH. BZTAT lives with five incredible cats, all rescues, and has been helping with TNR in her community in Canton, OH. “BZTAT’ was the name of a cat who was an inspiration for 19 years. You can read more about BZTAT, her career and her cats on her website, bztatstudios.com.

Ordering Color Me Cats

Color Me Cats is self-published and you can only order it through BZTAT Studios from the website colormecats.com. It’s $15.00 plus $3.25 shipping, but shipping is free through December 1.

Color Me Cats Giveaway

I think this would be a great thing for any cat lover to have around to play with when things get stressful, and it would also make a wonderful gift for any cat lover.

For the giveaway

  1. Giveaway is for one Color Me Cats coloring book.
  2. Giveaway will start today, November 28, 2015, and be finished at midnight PST on Saturday, December 5, 2015 (extended one day, I have an art event on Saturday and won’t be able to pull and announce the winner until Sunday).
  3. Enter by commenting on this post. All comments to this post are eligible—if you are not interested but want to comment anyway, please add that to your comment, but if you are visiting this post in a reader or on Facebook, please come to the post on my blog to comment—I don’t always see comments on other social networks. It’s much appreciated if you share on social media, but, as always, this is difficult for me to track so it doesn’t increase your chances.
  4. I will email the winner when chosen by printing out all the comments, tossing them in to a container and having someone else pull the winner, possibly even one of my cats. If the winner does not reply in 48 hours, I will choose another.

Good luck, and happy coloring! Make sure you’ve got a kitty to supervise you though. Simon did very well for his first time as studio supervisor!

Simon supervises my coloring.
Simon supervises my coloring.

NOTE: I purchased this book from BZTAT Studios and chose to review it on my own, printing out a file of one of the images from the book that BZTAT sent to me so I could leave the book intact for the giveaway. I was not compensated in any way for this review.


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27 thoughts on “Book Review: “Color Me Cats” by Artist BZTAT, Review and Giveaway

  • December 6, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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    Don’t forget that you can still purchase this coloring book from the links in this review. Help support an artist, and have a wonderful holiday!

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  • December 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm
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    Congratulations to the winner, Jennai–hope your daughter enjoys it!

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  • December 4, 2015 at 6:26 pm
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    Thank you so much everyone for commenting and sharing! Just one more day to collect comments and I do the drawing on Sunday.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 6:19 pm
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    I love this. I am disabled and have recently found adult coloring books as new hobby. The variety of books and all the beautiful colors raise My spirits.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 4:32 pm
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    My sweet Harley Jane and her brother Sykes tell me they want to win a copy of this coloring book to give me for Christmas! How thoughtful is that!

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  • December 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm
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    I would love a copy of this book as a lifelong lover of cats! I have wanted to get into adult coloring for some time now! Thanks!

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  • December 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm
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    Mom has been hearing so much about adults coloring lately. She loved doing it as a child and would love to win this terrific book.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 12:54 pm
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    I would love to win this book to give to a friend for Christmas. I love it!

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  • December 1, 2015 at 12:20 am
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    It is a super cute book and I would be thrilled to win! I am hugely addicted to coloring, and specifically cat pics.

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  • November 30, 2015 at 6:21 am
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    This is absolutely lovely. Would love it!

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  • November 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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    Wow, all this response is really exciting! Thanks everyone for commenting!

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  • November 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm
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    Looks like a great coloring book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • November 29, 2015 at 10:53 am
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    What a delightful book. being a cataholic, I love it.

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  • November 29, 2015 at 1:30 am
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    I’d love to give this to my teenage daughter who is a cat lover AND a budding artist! She would love it.

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  • November 29, 2015 at 12:13 am
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    Vicki and Brew if I win, could I donate it to a friend in the USA. We LOVE our book and are currently colouring a page!

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  • November 28, 2015 at 10:52 pm
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    cats are the best would love to win this 🙂

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  • November 28, 2015 at 10:11 pm
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    Well now..first Basil is taking orders on the computer and now Simon is supervising the studio..They are taking over B…I knew it would happen sooner or later…lol…I love the new adult coloring trend…I colored with my son the whole time he was growing up and missed it after..What could be better for me than a cat coloring book…

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  • November 28, 2015 at 8:10 pm
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    I adore BZTAT’s work and i would LOVE LOVE to own this coloring book. Would be a blast to color!

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  • November 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm
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    I would have so much colouring the pictures in this book.
    Hello Simon! If you are the cat that gets to draw the winner pick me please!!!!

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  • November 28, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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    The sample drawings are adorable! I love your work and just love coloring kitty kats! 🙂

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  • November 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm
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    I love anything cats and this would be an awesome addition to my coloring book collection. I love your review of this book and it makes me want one.

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  • November 28, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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    I love colouring.Whom ever started Adult Colouring Books is tops with me & I’m sure many others.You too Bernadette !! I would love a Cat Colouring Book❤️

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  • November 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm
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    I just bought my first “adult” coloring book of mandalas. Cats would be even better!

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  • November 28, 2015 at 11:35 am
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    What an absolutely wonderful giveaway opportunity! If I could name a new coloring pencil, I would call it “happy” for how the drawing you shared made me feel. I have always loved Vicki’s work, but this truly is right up my alley. I love to color, but have never found a coloring book that really caught my eye.. until now..

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  • November 28, 2015 at 11:22 am
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    This colouring book looks great. I’ve been looking for one and this one is it.
    You are very good atstaying in the lines. 🙂

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