Lake Mills teenager creates pandemic coloring book

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July 29—By Marissa Hanson

Boredom during the COVID-19 pandemic has launched a new opportunity for a teenager from Lake Mills.

Anna Stene, daughter of Andy and Kendra Stene, is 16 and entering her second year of high school.

Anna said she made a coloring book inspired by her interest while she was bored.

“I love the outdoors and was bored during COVID so I started drawing stuff,” Anna said.

She drew things that interested her and said the drawings just came together.

“There are treehouses, outdoor activities and campers,” Anna said.

“It’s all nature-based,” her mother added.

The teenager said it was her mother who gave her the idea for the coloring book.

“I’ve always loved art and I’m very fond of painting,” Anna said.

“Her dad’s family is very artistic – that’s who she got it from,” Kendra Stene said.

The book includes 11 coloring pages assembled with a spiral binding, which makes it easy to use, as well as a plastic cover and a cardstock back page, the mum said.

She said if people are interested in ordering one, they can message her on Facebook to Kendra Stene.

Books are $16 each.

The teen’s coloring books also help raise funds for the Humane Society of Northern Iowa, and for every book sold, $2 is donated to the organization.

Although they started the book as something fun to do, Anna said they had no other plans at the moment and the art was still a hobby.

“We just started this as a fun thing, but a lot of people got into it,” Kendra Stene said. “It’s a children’s coloring book because of the size of the drawings, but some adults ordered them themselves.”

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