QAB Book Highlight — “Colouring History: The Tudors”, by Illustrator Kathryn Holeman and Natalie Grueninger


Are you a Tudor History lover? Are you looking for a great way to relax? Have you already rediscovered the therapeutic benefits of adult colouring? If so, Colouring History: The Tudors is a wonderful book to add to your collection. The brainchild of illustrator Kathryn Holeman and QAB’s dear friend Natalie Grueninger of On the Tudor Traila website dedicated to documenting historic sites and buildings associated with Anne Boleyn and sharing information about the life and times of Henry VIII’s second wife, Colouring History: The Tudors is a simply delightful adult colouring book, chock full of art that will satisfy both your “inner-nerd” and your desire to unwind, helping you to generate wellness, quietness, and mindfulness.


Queen Mary I, illustrated and coloured by Kathryn Holeman


If you have ever considered joining in on the literally worldwide adult colouring craze, this may be the introduction you didn’t know you were looking for. Kathryn’s illustrations are heavily influenced by the people, art, and treasures contemporary to the Tudor period and include colouring projects with a variety of levels of difficulty. Natalie’s commentary throughout the book teaches the source of Kathryn’s lovely drawings, educating those new to Tudor History in a fun and engaging way.

Still not convinced? Well, take a peek at the meditative benefits of adult colouring by discovering 10 Therapeutic Benefits of Colouring Books for Adults. Grab some coloured pencils and let your mind rest and creativity flow.


Kathryn Holeman discusses her illustrating process in the video below. Enjoy!

Drawing for Coloring Books 1 from Kathryn Holeman on Vimeo.



Kathryn Holeman

Kathryn Holeman is an illustrator and graphic designer, who lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and young family. She works with authors, artists, and small businesses from all over the world to create custom books, websites, and illustrations. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in illustration from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2001.

You will find Kathryn on Twitter.


Natalie Grueninger

Natalie Grueninger graduated from The University of NSW in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts, with majors in English and Spanish and Latin American Studies and received her Bachelor of Teaching from The University of Sydney in 2006.

Natalie has been working in public education since 2006 and is passionate about making learning engaging and accessible for all children.

In 2009 she created On the Tudor Trail, a website dedicated to documenting historic sites and buildings associated with Anne Boleyn and sharing information about the life and times of Henry VIII’s second wife. Natalie is fascinated by all aspects of life in Tudor England and has spent many years researching this period.

Her first non-fiction book, co-authored with Sarah Morris, In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn, was published by Amberley Publishing and released in the UK in late 2013. Natalie and Sarah have just finished the second book in the series, In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII, due for publication in the UK on 15 March 2016 and on Amazon US on 19 May 2016.

You’ll find Natalie on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram (themosthappy78).


Beth von Staats

is the owner and administrator of Blogger of "The Tudor Thomases", Beth specializes in writing magazine articles, online historical articles, short stories, and flash fiction.

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