Vivien Mesilio was watching husband Ernest doodling one day, when she peered a little closer over his shoulder to ask what he was up to. “Just keeping busy!” was his response. And now he certainly is, as what started as a small personal project has turned into a much sought-after local colouring book for adults and children alike!
This is the third publication from the duo, who began back in 2016 with a collection of 20 hand-drawn mandalas, which they sold in order to raise money for Calpe House (Gibraltar’s ‘home from home’ for patients from Gibraltar receiving treatment in London).
It was such a success, Ernest went on to produce their second book, which included his drawings of 40 different historic buildings in Gibraltar. The money raised was given to the Bosom Buddies charity, among others.
The third in their trio of charitable projects is a colouring book, drawn entirely by hand by Ernest himself. Whilst they produced over 300 copies of their previous books, this one had a more modest print run of just 33, to be distributed amongst friends. However, as is the way in Gibraltar, people soon caught wind of this lovely project and they sold out in the blink of an eye!
Luckily, more will be printed as new orders come in, with the proceeds going to the GHA to help support essential services.
I know how I’ll be spending my weekend!
To get your hands on one of these books, and donate to a good cause in the process, call Vivien on 56000340.