A Crop Circle Coloring Book?
by David J. Wisbey
Like most people in the United States, I first heard of crop circles sometime in the 1990s. I remember
being amazed by them, especially on TV shows - you know the typical documentary where the people
being interviewed fall on two diametrically opposed sides: “paranormal” and “hoax/man-made”. Each
side is very convincing as to why they are right, and at the end the narrator says something like “you
decide”. I felt that there was really something to them.
Since a UFO sighting above the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station in Washington, D.C., back in 2000,
and especially since moving to Denver and joining MUFON in 2005, I have learned a great deal about
the paranormal, especially UFOs and crop circles. Besides seeing live presentations by people
intimately familiar with crop circles, I have also bought a number of books, DVDs and other products.
And now...I have my own “crop circle” product, one that is rather unique.
In an issue of Colorado MUFON News I had an article about a project I have been working on (well, on
and off) for about 3 years: the UFO Atlas of the United States. Although it wasn’t finished and I had
nothing to sell, I did also have a table at this year’s MUFON symposium. After the symposium, I
continued to work on it, but at some point I decided to put it on “the back burner” and return to
another project I had also been working on over the last 3 or so years: the crop circle coloring book.
The main reason for the change in plans had to do with a lack of money. It seemed to me that it would
be a better idea to finish the coloring book project, as there was not as much work that needed to be
done and so I could get it to market a lot sooner than I could with the UFO Atlas. I hope to have the
UFO Atlas available sometime in 2011.
Finishing the Atlas was going to require some additional funds that I didn’t have. I had tried to get
others involved in the Atlas project, but unfortunately no one has come forward to assist, so it’s been all
my work from day one. It will cost much less to get the coloring book going, and I can put what I earn
from sales toward finishing and marketing the UFO Atlas.
Also, my attendance at X-Conference 2009 outside Washington, DC, affected my desire to get the
coloring books finished. At the conference I was able to meet Colin Andrews in person, as he was
one of the speakers there (I seriously doubt he’d remember me amongst all those people, though).
A very beautiful and interesting film, What on Earth: Inside the Crop Circle Mystery by Suzanne
Taylor, was also shown during the conference. I highly recommend it!
Another change in plans came about as I was nearing completion of the coloring book, finally titled
Circles of Dreams”, partly inspired by the Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams. I decided that there
should be two different editions, one for adults (and older children), and one for younger children.
So I subtitled the first coloring book A Mandala Coloring Book, and came up with a title for the
children’s edition: Magical Circles, partly inspired by the album Magical Ring by the Irish recording
group Clannad (of which Enya was a part in the early 1980s).
I do not remember exactly when it was (some years ago) that I first saw a mandala coloring book. It
was either online or at The Tattered Cover, a popular local chain of bookstores. I bought a couple of
these and experimented with them. One of them also came with a fairly good amount of reading
material on the subjects of meditation and mandalas. I could start to see crop circles as a kind of
mandala. I don’t think that’s all they are, but they certainly can be interpreted as such. I had some
experience with meditation; I had taken a number of classes, read on the subject, bought tapes and
CDs to assist me, and gone to various group meditation meetings. I knew only very little about
mandalas, mainly that they were a meditation aid and that they were generally worked on from the
outside to the inside, or center, just as meditation is sometimes referred to as a “centering” exercise.
My understanding of “centering” is that it has to do with balance. Our world is clearly very
unbalanced; left brain dominates over the right brain, the masculine over the feminine, the eagle over
the condor, the west over the east, the north over the south, and so on. But perhaps it also calls us
beyond these dualities to a Higher Reality in which duality does not exist? I am also thinking of the
symmetry of crop circles and mandalas, as if you could place a mirror across the design and in the
reflection see the other half of the design, actually hidden behind the mirror you are holding vertically
against the drawing on a table (or landscape). And so, in drawing a mandala or crop circle pattern, or
in this case coloring in existing patterns, working from the outermost parts, gradually leading to the
center, symbolizes and even facilitates this “centering” exercise.
Of course, a person does not have to have this aim of centering to color the designs in the books.
People are naturally attracted to symmetry and its inherent beauty; much has been said about this
aspect of the human experience. Having an interest in crop circles, either from a left-brain, scientific
perspective, or from a right-brain enchantment, being mesmerized or inspired in some way by the
designs and also the creative impulse and desire to make something more of the basic design, shown
in the books as mostly black lines on a plain, empty, white background.
There are two different coloring books now available. Circles of Dreams, the original one produced,
is more for adults than children, but is certainly not exclusively for adults. Likewise, Magical Circles is
more for children than adults…. The front and back covers of Magical Circles have the following “Dr
Seuss” quotes: “If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” “There’s no
limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.” “Think and wonder, wonder
and think.” Rather than quoting Dr Seuss in Circles of Dreams, I have instead quoted Carl G. Jung
on the subject of meditation and mandalas in Memories, Dreams, Reflections: “I had to abandon the
idea of the superordinate position of the ego. … I saw that everything, all paths I had been following,
all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point – namely, to the mid-point. It became
increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the centre. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to
the centre, to individuation.” “… I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had
attained what was for me the ultimate.”
The crop circle drawings themselves are mainly black lines on white paper (some contain various
thicknesses of lines and gray lines also), but each drawing’s page has an aerial photo or diagram of
the actual crop circle, as well as colored text giving information about each.
Creating the drawings is a very time-consuming, tedious task, but I also enjoyed it most of the time,
and really had to use my brain to figure out “how in the world am I going to do this one?!” Rather
than just tracing a pattern or aerial shot, I opted to create true shapes (mainly circles, but also many
others) that are geometrically corrected (as precise and accurate as possible). This is much more
difficult than it sounds, and it gave me a humble appreciation for the complexity and geometry of the
crop formations. Most of the work was done using ArcView GIS with many extensions loaded. But
this to me seemed really the “only” way to do it.
I have created a PowerPoint presentation showing in detail all of the steps involved in creating a
typical page found in the books. I also created an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) document with a collection of
sample colored circles/designs. There I show many that I colored digitally, creating an image of a
page and using photo or graphics software to color them; this also gives one the options of using
various effects; I have not become proficient at using the more advanced effects, but I include some
that others have done and posted online. The rest of them are colored in the traditional manner,
using Crayons, colored pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, and chalk. So far I have not tried using
any paints to color them.
Presently, the coloring books are available in the following formats from the following places:
Both Circles of Dreams and Magical Circles are available on Amazon.com. However, you can get a
better price by ordering through Createspace.com, which is also an Amazon company; there you can
use the Coupon Code (which is: 323UHZFF) at checkout which will give you $1.00 off the listed price
(s). For Circles of Dreams go to: https://www.createspace.com/3503949. For Magical Circles go to:
https://www.createspace.com/3506507. Both books are 8” x 10” paperback.
Prices do not differ greatly from one format to another; each format has its benefits. The least
expensive and fastest-delivery route, of course, is the e-book download. However, you might prefer
to have it on a CD. You also might prefer to have the printed book; you can still color them digitally if
you scan a page and save it as an image. From the e-book, after opening the Adobe Acrobat PDF
document and picking a page, you would use Adobe Acrobat Reader’s “Snapshot” Tool and double-
click the page, then open your graphics or image software and paste as a new image and save it;
then use your software to color and add other effects. So far the books, available at Createspace
and Amazon, have been the most popular.
|The Author David J. Wisbey
|Circles of Dreams
A Mandala Coloring Book
Authored by Mr David J Wisbey
A unique coloring book
created more for adults than
children, ideal for the
meditative practice of
mandalas, includes complete
table of contents and index,
as well as supplemental
educational information and
related images and maps.
Publication Date: Dec 08 2010
ISBN/EAN13: 1456358960 /
Page Count: 132
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8" x 10"
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Body, Mind &
Spirit / Meditation