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Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book Paperback – 22 Oct 2015
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PRAISE FOR JOHANNA BASFORD'S COLORING BOOKS
"The colorists have a queen, and her name is Johanna Basford." --New York Magazine
"Consider trading in your yoga mat for a set of markers and peruse the gorgeous gardens of Basford's imagination." --Huffington Post
"Artist Johanna Basford is at the forefront of the grown up coloring trend. Her whimsical artwork just makes us want to drop all our responsibilities and color forever." --Hello Giggles
"This is a breathtakingly beautiful coloring book, full of detail, whimsy, and possibilities. Inspiration invades at the turn of the first page and is guaranteed to capture the imagination and attention of any artist young and old." --The Children's Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A beautiful new colouring book that takes you beneath the waves by creator of the worldwide bestsellers, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest.See all Product description
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In short, Johanna’s done it again – it’s fabulous and everything you’d want from a watery-themed colouring book. It is worth noting here that the UK and US editions are different and I’m reviewing a UK edition. From what I’ve read online, the UK one is 50g heavier meaning the paper is almost certainly thicker in this copy and the dust jacket in the UK version is removable, like the previous two books by Johanna, but it is not removable on the US edition.
Lost Ocean is a paperback, square book (25cm x 25cm) which is exactly the same size as Johanna’s previous two titles, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. It has a black spine with white text, the same as Secret Garden and it looks beautiful with the other titles on the shelf (see photo below). The UK edition has a removable dust jacket which has gold foiling accents on the front and back, really adding to the luxurious feel of this book. The jacket is made of thick paper which you can colour and the inside of it is covered with a beautiful fish pattern which has a waxy finish and can be coloured but only with certain mediums because most pens and pencils are repelled by the shine. This dust jacket is a little looser than the previous two and feels a little thinner, it is also bright white and not cream (see the photo below to see the difference) so it does look a little different from the other two. Under the dust jacket, the book is paperback with bright blue card covers which have an inky black seaweed and coral design on the outside and inside covers.Read more ›
The images are intricately drawn, and provide hours of colouring. Pencils can be used, as can felt tips, which do not bleed through the pages.
I've coloured in a handful of designs, and there are plenty more available. Throughout the book, you can search for little 'creatures', which add to the pleasure of using it.
I bought another book from the series for my 12 year old, and she's thrilled with it.
This comes highly recommended. As long as the recipient has a steady hand and likes to colour, they will adore this colouring book.
My husband has high blood pressure and has found colouring these books very relaxing.
This book arrived yesterday and it is a beautiful book and quite thick. Will take a very long time to use it all.
Johanna Basford has a number of adult colouring books out - all quite amazing. I thought I would dive (pun intended!) into Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Colouring Book.
I liked the gold accents on the cover - it hints at treasure within. (I'm a magpie - anything shiny catches my eye!)
Now, are you one of those people who will start at the beginning and do all the pages in order? Or are you like me - I'll pick the one that appeals to me and start with it, choosing another as the mood strikes. Lost Ocean offers a wide range of choices from intricate, to simple. Basford has touched on all things oceanic from images of creatures of the deep - fish, octopuses, mermaids, lobsters, crabs to sunken galleons and their treasures, whimsical designs and more. The last picture is a double sided four page foldout - okay I am indeed saving that one 'til last. Every page from cover to copyright page has images to bring colour to.
And then there's the added fun of trying to also find hidden images in the drawings - diamonds, rings, keys, gold coins and others. (No worries - there's an answer key at the back!)
Lost Ocean is produced on nice, clean, crisp white stock - all your colour choices will show up true. I thought I would start with imagining some brightly coloured fish under the waves.
Remember - there's no 'right' way to colour - enjoy it! Have you tried adult colouring books yet? Lost Ocean would be a good one to get your feet wet! (pun intended!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a beautiful adult / older child colouring book. The pages are good quality and despite using fine markers the colours don't show through onto the next pagePublished 10 days ago by Ollie
Ocean themed coloring book with great quality paper! I coloring this book with Derwent coloursoft pencils, Staedtler fineliners, Amaza gel pens and Tomboy brush pens. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rutuliukas
Richly detailed and carefully considered artwork. Wonderful.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Just like all Joanne Basford books beautifully illustrated, and good value for money Highly recommendPublished 1 month ago by Barbara Hiscox
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