Welcome to Enchanted Watermelon. This is a project to raise money and awareness for selected non-profit organizations while raising the profiles of participating artists.

Currently, we are putting together a coloring book that will benefit the Albuquerque, NM community. A portion of the proceeds from each coloring book will benefit  local nonprofit organizations that help children in situations of domestic violence, poverty, or homelessness. In this way, not only does the coloring book showcase artists, but since children are the target market for the book, it provides a unique, plausible way for children to help children.

We are hoping to expand the range impact of this project in the future, perhaps through a series of community artist workshops. However, right now we are focused on producing the coloring book itself.

We need art submissions for our Loteria Coloring Book.

Loteria has been referenced intermittently within contemporary Chicano art as a distinctly recognizable shared cultural experience. Loteria’s game format is inherently educational due to its descriptive quality and within our proposed project’s context it will gain relevance among participants of diverse cultural backgrounds that have a shared contemporary experience. The Loteria game is perfectly suited for younger children due to its descriptive format, which requires both visual and oral engagement. For more about loteria and the specific images, please see our loteria page.

How to Submit:

1. Select an image from the list of cards and interpret it with your own style and imagination. Your image will be printed in black and white, so please consider high contrast drawing materials/media.

2. Develop a fun rhyme or verse to accompany your image. Here are some examples:

EL DIABLITO (The Little Devil): “Pórtate bien cuatito, si no te lleva el coloradito.”   “Be good, or you will meet the little red guy.”

LA PERA (The Pear) “El que espera, desespera.”  “He who waits, despairs.”

3. Please use our Loteria template to ensure that your ratio is accurate and that you have enough space for the title of your image and a whimsical rhyme or verse!

4. Upload your 300 dpi image to our submission site or mail a hard copy with SASE to

Amaris Ketcham
UNM Honors College
University of New Mexico
300 Cornell NE
Building 73, Room 21
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Important considerations:

  • Submissions will be considered from all over the nation.
  • Each contributor will have a short biography printed in the book. Contributors are welcome to also include a website url.
  • Each contributor will receive a copy of the finished book.
  • Only child-friendly images will be considered–no violence, please.
  • Do not color in your image! We only want black line work. Coloring is for the kids!