Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara turn their art into free colouring pages

These world-renowned Japanese artists have released their iconic creations as free colouring pages. Download them now

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada

What better way to pass the time at home than engage in some meditative colouring? If you've already breezed through these traditional Japanese wave drawings, as well as the Doraemon and Olympic Mascot craft activities, it's time you add these art colouring pages to your list. They are also a good way to keep your kids entertained while staying in.

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who's highly regarded as the pioneer of the Superflat movement, recently designed the cover for Colombian singer J Balvin's latest album 'Colores'. Naturally, the cover art features Murakami's signature smiley flowers.

Both the artist and the singer have also collaborated to release a free colouring page inspired by the album art. This is done in conjunction with the Coloring Without Borders project, which seeks to provide children with universal learning experiences during this time of home quarantine due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Download the free colouring page here.

Yoshitomo Nara colouring page

Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, on the other hand, is best known for his peculiar drawings of children and animals, which are instantly recognisable for their sweet but sinister expressions. In a joint effort with The Japan Society in bringing art to our homes, Nara has created the 'Yoroshiku-Girl' in plain black outline for you to colour in – you can download it here.

Once you're done colouring, don't forget to post your work online with the hashtag #JSFromHome; it might just be featured on The Japan Society's social media channels. Nara himself is also known to sometimes share his fans' colouring work on his Twitter feed – check them out for a bit of inspiration.

Although closed for the time being, The Japan Society in New York City is hosting a Nara exhibition titled 'En/trance'. You can explored the show through this video.

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