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...'You can't please all of the people all of the time...'
on 13 July 2015
With so many 'adult' colouring-in books on the market, now, it is natural that there are going to be some you like and some you don't like so much. This one falls into the latter category for me but that is just my preferences considered.
I would recommend...for any colouring-in book...a flick through in the High Street, wherever possible, because they do vary enormously as do the general ideas on what a colouring-in book should offer.
Don't get me wrong...this book is jam-packed with lovely designs; some simple but most with varying levels of intricacy and already partly coloured-in, quite heavily in places, with just the odd few being a simple outline giving scope for your own colour scheme.
The back cover explains, to a point:
'Creating beautiful art can be a very positive and soothing experience. Complete the stunning illustrations in this book and improve your focus and mood through creativity. Even amateur artists can create something of exceptional beauty and no drawing skills are required.'
...but I still do not think that it prepares you for the colourful experience already inside!
The chunky book, with eye-catching, thick card covers measures around 20.75 cm x 29.5 cm x 1.5 cm and has quality pages inside.
It does indicate that pens can be used but I cannot comment on this as I only use colouring pencils.
It is split into 2 sections:
1. Colouring (about 2/3rd)
2. Doodling (the back 1/3)
I have had this book for over two months now and it is my least favourite to grab when some suitable time presents. Far from an 'anti-stress' experience, I find the opposite effect with those aforementioned pre-coloured areas, which are in a number of colours apart from black outlines, simply overshadowing the colours I choose, however vibrant.
Even the 'doodling section' is partly coloured and, overall, I find it hard to select colours other than those already used in the pictures. I also find it the devil's own job to get the book to stay open and flat at chosen pages near the front or the back.
Granted...'with colouring and doodling, you need have no fear of making mistakes or failing. There is no right or wrong technique, only the opportunity to create stunning art. That's why this book contains no rules or complicated step-by-step instructions - you don't even have to stay within the lines if you don't want to.....'
Taking that all into account, it is still hard to do your own thing, in my opinion!