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#OOTD: Fashion Flat Lay Colouring Book (Colouring Books) Paperback – 27 Sep 2016
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What’s your outfit of the day? Whether you’re a boho babe, a rock chick or a seventies sister, show off your #OOTD by colouring in these chic black-and-white fashion fashion flat lays - giving each outfit your own personal style. Including real pieces by independent designers and many timeless fashion trends, this book is perfect for every fashionista and colouring enthusiast.
About the Author
Laura Hickman is a South Wales-based designer specialising in illustration and creative support for independent fashion designers. She has trained as a make-up artist and was previously a Senior Visual Specialist for Arcadia, including the UK's leading young fashion brands, including Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Warehouse.
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is based on the hugely successful hashtag that has swept its way through Instagram and Twitter - #OOTD which stands for Outfit Of The Day where users lay out their day’s clothing on the floor or a pretty or striking background and upload it for all to see. This is a BIG thing with almost 96 million posts on Instagram alone! With that in mind, illustrator Laura Hickman decided to bring the insanely successful hashtag and theme to the colouring book world and create a book filled with themed flat lays for you to customise, spruce up and personalise. The book is 24cm square, paperback, with a pale pink flexible card cover, a striking black spine and copper coloured foiling, the insides of both covers are filled with black outlines of clothing which are fully colourable. The spine is glue and string-bound and therefore it’s very durable, none of the images enter the spine because they are each contained to one page and all have a small border around them so you’re able to colour the full image on each page. The illustrations are printed single-sided with a flat lay on the right side, on the opposite page is a small colourable design with a one or two-word description/title for the opposite illustration. The paper is bright white, lightly textured and medium/thick, water-based pens don’t bleed or shadow and pencils blend and shade beautifully on it. The images themselves are of a mixture of different outfits, garments, objects, and accessories. They include heaps of clothing from tops to jackets, jeans to bikinis, skirts to pyjamas and even a Christmas jumper! The accessories range from sunglasses to jewellery, hats to scarves, handbags to make-up and so much more! The objects are the most wide-ranging from fruit to phones, macarons to incense, pencils to flowers and even a retro Walkman and a French Bulldog, there’s heaps and heaps of content!
In terms of mental health, this book doesn’t have a lot of impact on it but it certainly won’t exacerbate any of your symptoms. The line thickness is consistent throughout with thin outlines and some spindly thin details and patterns. The intricacy and detail levels are fairly similar throughout though there is a bit of variance and mostly it’s a moderate level of detail with some more intricate parts dotted throughout. The images have very natural stopping points which is really helpful for those of you with fluctuating symptoms or concentration. You can easily colour one garment or a pair of shoes or the whole page if you’re feeling up to it. There’s huge scope for adding your own patterns or embellishments, making the items look really realistic, or creating your dream outfit, you can use any colours you fancy and really go all out with your colour schemes and mediums, it’ll suit pastels, pencils, pens, paints, gel pens, glitter, you name it, it’ll work on this subject matter. The images are very neutral and therefore won’t negatively affect your mood though if you’re a fashion-lover then I’m sure it may well cheer you up and get your imagination going.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book for fashion-lovers. It seems to be aimed at Instagram users, fashionistas, teenagers and the young at heart. It’s a good, fun book with heaps of stuff to colour, it might even inspire some outfit choices for you!
I had the pleasure of getting this for review, but if I had seen this in my local bookstore, it would have been coming home with me. Not only do I get to colour (one of my favourite hobbies) but I get to mix two of my favourite hobbies by Laura's craft of merging colouring and fashion effortlessly. One of my favourite designs (below, half coloured in so you can see the chic monochrome design) is with a laptop, candle, pen, headphones, glasses and daily planner, which ultimately looks like my day-to-day life when I'm blogging away. I love that the drawings are so vivid and realistic, equally paired amazingly with ebullient and fashion-forward highlights.
Overall, I literally can't stop thinking of when I get to colour in this again (right after this review, most likely). It's perfect for girls and guys who love to colour, are addicted to fashion and obsessed with the #OOTD trend. I highly recommend it as a gift also! At this time of year, that family member of yours or your best friend who loves style and fashion will adore this. Five stars completely.
I will certainly be buying a few more copies for Christmas presents!
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