The Indie Rock Coloring Book: August’s Book of the Month Giveaway

Book of the Month: The Indie Rock Coloring Book

Going to an art gallery–pretty sophisticated, huh? Attending an indie rock show–super cool. Coloring–FUN! That’s exactly what you can do with The Indie Rock Coloring Book, our August Book of the Month!

Created by the do-gooders at Montreal organization Yellow Bird Project, this activity book is more than just an artistic exercise. In 2006, Yellow Bird founders Casey and Matt brainstormed ideas to contribute to charities through an art form they enjoyed, indie rock. Musicians and artists are asked to create designs for T-shirts, posters, and even a coloring book. Those items are then sold, with the money going to charities of the creators’ choices. Sweet deal, huh?

To illustrate our enthusiasm for such a cool project, our graphic designers actually did a li’l bit of coloring themselves! Check out their fridge-worthy masterpieces below.

ModCloth's graphic designers

Do you have a box of crayons that needs a reason to get busted open? Leave a comment in response to this month’s discussion question, below, you’ll have a chance to win a copy from us!

How would you turn one of your hobbies into a force of good? (That is, if you haven’t already!) 

  • You have until Friday, August 31, 2012, to participate.
  • Though you may leave comments after the above date, any comments left after 11:59 p.m. PT on August 31 will not qualify.
  • Only comments left on this blog post will be counted into the giveaway.
  • We will contact you via e-mail if you are a winner.
  • For more information, please see our Contests & Comments page.

Time to color!

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  1. bee 08/24/2012 at 11:38 am #

    My hobby is photography and lately I’ve been taking many photos of animals, some of which are strays. I’ve been thinking of taking pictures as many pictures of them as I can and then ask my college if I can maybe have the pictures installed into the art gallery to bring awareness into how many strays there are.

  2. rodadecura 08/24/2012 at 11:38 am #

    Reblogged this on roda de cura.

  3. Alli Cat 08/24/2012 at 11:38 am #

    Cook for all the hungry people out there!

  4. Anna H. 08/24/2012 at 12:00 pm #

    I love coloring, and this giveaway reminds me of the time in high school I helped my friend come up with the idea to write a speech on the benefits of coloring; how it relieves stress and stimulates imagination and creativity. I always joke about starting a coloring club in college…maybe I actually should!

  5. Grace 08/24/2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I LOVE coloring books! This one looks sooo cool 🙂

  6. Elizabeth 08/24/2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I’m a DIYer at heart! I love creating and making anything for myself from homemade beauty products to clothes to little trinkets. In my college town (its 1 square mile not including the campus; we are a little isolated from the rest of the main city) there are a lot of homeless people. So every winter I participate in an event where we get to make blankets for the homeless! We make a lot of fleece tie blankets then we go out and distribute them to those in need! Its nice to see how much these people appreciate what we’ve done. (:

    elizabeth41192 AT gmail DOT com

  7. val 08/24/2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I think coloring books are our initial introduction into the world of art as children. It’s our earliest contact with illustration and color palettes. I can remember the world opening up to me as I studied and filled in each page. I’d love to get back in touch with the tactile joy that is coloring. I’m also excited that this coloring book features some of my favorite bands!

  8. Anna 08/24/2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I play my violin at nursing homes! That coloring book is too adorable.

  9. Gabby Hayes 08/24/2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I sew a lot in my spare time, and I would use my skills to make clothing for people in need, like homeless shelters and such, especially babies in orphanages. I’ve already donated a lot of things I have made to A local thrift store to sell towards Carolina Hospice, a group tht makes life more comfortable and dignified for those with terminal illnesses. It’s such a good feeling. I just wish I could do so on a larger scale!

  10. Sarah (@ghost_catfish) 08/24/2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I share my trials and tribulations of being a diabetic on my blog, Insulin Pens Don’t Have Ink. I hope to help other teenagers out, so they realize that they aren;t the only ones with diabetes! C:

    • Kel Marie 08/24/2012 at 8:03 pm #

      That’s really awesome Sarah. I’m a diabetic too. I had a lot of trouble dealing with it as a teenager. This is a great idea!

  11. Christine 08/24/2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Being outside and creating art projects are two of the things I love doing most. When I go on mission trips, my favorite part is playing with the kids in the needy areas. I love running around with them, and when we get tired, we sit down and do crafts. Recently I went on a week-long trip to a small town in the US’s 5th poorest county. The entire week (while we weren’t doing various community service projects) we played with the local kids. We ran around playing capture the flag, baseball, etc. and waded in the creek to catch “crawdaddies” (crawfish) and toads. When we were worn out, we sat down to color in coloring books, draw with chalk, or make necklaces/bracelets. I really enjoyed working with these kids, not only because they were really sweet, but also because I got to do things I love (and they loved too!) while playing with them 🙂

  12. Kimberly 08/24/2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I have always loved to craft, color, glue things together and basically make the world more beautiful! I work with a elementary-aged mentoring program (called Kids Hope) that works with at-risk kiddos and my favorite times are when we get to make Valentines, build models, decorate cookies or anything else creative. The kids love it and it tends to draw the more timid kids out of their shells so you can really see them shine! 🙂

  13. Danny Lynn 08/24/2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Share all the extra produce from my garden!

  14. Kel Marie 08/24/2012 at 8:02 pm #

    I make and sell jewelry as KMarieJewelry on etsy. I have a line I developed with a musician friend of mine, Pato Margetic, and 10% of all proceeds go to Camp Michitanki a camp for kids who have had organ transplants. I had a liver transplant when I was 13 and wish that I had had a place like Camp Michitanki to go to.

  15. Megan 08/24/2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Cute! Count me in to winnnnnnn!!!!

  16. Marisa 08/25/2012 at 12:17 am #

    I’m a huge book nerd and have been since I was a little girl who memorized her favorite book that her parents read to her every night. I work at an after-school center with many kids who just aren’t enthusiastic about reading. Throughout this past year, I have slowly encouraged my kids to explore reading things they’ve been reluctant to try in the past. This past spring, for example, I introduced three of my kids to the wonders of Harry Potter, though they insisted fantasy was “not their thing.” I can happily say that they adored the series and went through the entire thing in just two months!

  17. Emily 08/25/2012 at 1:09 am #

    My gosh this looks like THE most spectacular colouring book EVER!!! I love art and drawing (and reading too). I reckon it would be really cool to do a wall mural spreading awareness about a worthy cause – the environment or maybe even violence against women. It would be a really fun project and hopefully inspire action (and an indi colouring book would be awesome practice for this dont ya think?!!)

  18. Giovanna 08/25/2012 at 3:56 am #


  19. angela 08/25/2012 at 7:28 am #

    Nice !
    As I always love drawing. And fashion. What I do is to combine both of them into new hobbies : creating fashion design and illustration for clothing. I just start it. I feel ts my passion that i have not dug it a lot. Now I realize my talent and passion there, I start thinking what to draw, starting from simple clothing design.

    I decide to join t shirt contest. And surprisingly, I have more and more ideas in my head coming 😀 but my hands are still two. Plus, I want to really develop a design, not to be cluttered by many ideas. So I start from simple design, but really developing it.

    It’s not like office work, so… lots of fun ! I would not be rushed by deadline, as the website I apply to runs periodically… And as I’m free spirit, I can develop any concept I want. Cause I feel myself has good taste 🙂 and often think much differently from other people. It’s not thought yet, but I know it will be good, and better.

  20. Michelle Venosta 08/25/2012 at 8:28 am #

    My hobby is cooking. I would cook some delicious lunches for homeless people. I seriously should do that !

  21. Nako 08/25/2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I like to play guitar, sing, and write songs. There is a program called Music is Medicine where you perform for Children’s Hospitals to boost their spirits. I really want to start a chapter this year where I live.

  22. Marissa 08/25/2012 at 5:01 pm #

    I volunteer at a dance center – it’s a great way to share creativity!

  23. Katie Putnam 08/25/2012 at 11:01 pm #

    My hobby is video blogging and I have been trying to use it as a force of good by making people smile! My hope is that people can relate to my videos and feel like they don’t need to hide their flaws for others to love them.

  24. Meghan 08/26/2012 at 1:58 am #

    This is awesome! 🙂

  25. Sara 08/26/2012 at 4:37 am #

    My hobby is making friendship bracelets, and if I didn’t fall in love with every one that I make, I would sell them and give the money to charity, probably One25

  26. Rachael (@LO_TS) 08/26/2012 at 5:05 am #

    I love crocheting so I’d love to get back into crocheting blankets that go out to old people in care homes.

  27. Ashley Seng 08/26/2012 at 9:05 am #

    I love knitting! I would make scarves and send them to children in need. The Indie Rock Coloring Book is so cute!!

  28. nik 08/26/2012 at 9:08 am #

    Selling jewelry and donating the profits to the Adopt-An-Elder program. 🙂

  29. Kayli 08/26/2012 at 10:18 am #

    My hobby is photography, and I would do good by taking pictures of important moments (such as weddings or senior pictures) for people who can’t really afford a professional photographer. Pictures are important, they help to hold on to memories.

  30. Brooke 08/26/2012 at 10:22 am #

    I love cooking, but more importantly, I love eating! My charitable hobby is cooking for friends. Banana bread pancakes with vanilla ice cream for birthday breakfasts, homemade pizza just because it’s Tuesday, or anything really.

  31. Conny 08/26/2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I LOVE to cook, and create new dishes. It would be amazing if i could be able to cook for children who have low income families.

  32. Layni Bowen 08/26/2012 at 12:26 pm #

    One of my new hobbies is crafting and sewing. I’m currently trying to make a quilt that will be donated and used at a hospital =] I would love to do more things like that

  33. Caroline 08/26/2012 at 3:20 pm #

    I love acting and i would love to make movies about eating disorders and other diseases for awareness and give some of the money to different organizations 😉 <3

  34. albraytonmodel 08/26/2012 at 7:45 pm #

    This is silly. Modcloth customers want modcloth products…clothing, accessories. Not Coloring books. Get real.

  35. kristin 08/26/2012 at 8:47 pm #

    I haven’t turned one of my hobbies into a force of good (yet!), but I’m always recycling materials used and purchasing things via local goodwill stores that donate a portion of their sales to charities, so in a way, all of my hobbies help someone out somehow! I’ve always loved this colouring book and the idea behind it. I’d love a copy!

  36. hayley 08/26/2012 at 11:02 pm #

    well color me tickled pink!

  37. Nicola 08/27/2012 at 4:25 am #

    I work in school-aged care and colouring or craft with the kids is definitely one of the perks of my job!

  38. Anna J 08/27/2012 at 4:34 am #

    I would use my love of baking to make everyone happy. I love getting my resources from little businesses and giving back to them. I love teaching anyone how to bake and to use simple frosting techniques. To let everyone know that designing cakes is a fun art form and you can never be wrong. I love to open my own bakery and give back to the community, especially the ones who protect us.

  39. Rebecca 08/27/2012 at 11:01 am #

    I used to sew monster dolls for a non-profit that sold them to raise money for victims of human trafficking! it was a great way to get involved!

  40. Miki 08/27/2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I love the concept of this coloring book! I’ve been thinking about creating my own store (probably an etsy) where I sell cat themed handmade objects and I really want to donate part of the earnings to a cat shelter.

  41. Mari 08/27/2012 at 9:51 pm #

    My hobby is repurposing vintage things and doing diy projects. The way I use my hobby for good is that I cut down on waste and help save the planet.

  42. Colby 08/28/2012 at 8:38 am #

    My hobby is playing ukulele and singing; there are sooo many ways one can use music for good. In the past, I have played at benefit shows whose proceeds go to children’s hospitals or homeless shelters. In the future, I would like to just walk around the street singing sweet songs to everyone and hopefully brightening their day and making them smile. 🙂

  43. Dory 08/28/2012 at 9:51 am #

    One of my hobbies is performing as a spoken word artist in the area where I live–there’s SO much room to grow and learn from others. There’s a ton of ways spoken word artists can use their voice, and one of them that I do and plan to do more in the future is to perform pieces for causes I care about, to call attention to them and raise awareness. Through raising awareness, a spoken word artist can be a social activist and be a voice for change. There are a lot of people suffering who don’t necessarily have visibility or the chance to use their own voice, and the amazing thing about spoken word is the flexibility of the art form, and its power to move people. Things like “This Is My Body” campaign are great examples, and it’s what I want to do with my poetry.

  44. clapyourhandssaymera 08/29/2012 at 7:15 pm #

    I love baking and as an aspiring Pastry Chef, my dream is to open a Cafe. With this specific cafe, I strive to help aspiring musicians/local bands to perform every weekend. This would help them create a fan base and get known around the area and so forth. Plus, there’d be coffee! 😉

  45. alyssa balboa (@alyssabalboa) 08/29/2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Time to bust out my prosmacolors!

  46. alyssa balboa (@alyssabalboa) 08/29/2012 at 7:24 pm #

    haha oops, I meant prismacolors lol……..PROSMACOLOR! 😀

  47. re morgan 08/30/2012 at 11:35 am #

    My hobby is gardening. We already volunteer in our community garden weekly so while it’s fun, everyone benefits. 🙂

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