The Time Garden 

 

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Artist – Daria Song 

Publisher – Ebury Press

Pages – 80

Link to Buy –The Time Garden Purchase

Book

The Time Garden is one of two books by Daria Song. Both are square, around the same size as Secret Garden/Enchanted Forest. The book is 80 pages which makes it a lovely thickness.
The cover is a card, with a simple design of stars under the dust jacket. The dust jacket has a nice embossed design with touches of gold.

The paper is a medium thickness and I had no issues with bleeding with pencils, fineliners or water based markers, even though the images are double sided.

The spine is glue and string bound, although I found after spending some time on one double page design the spine had started to split. This may have been because it was the first page, but I am yet to encounter this on other pages.

  
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The Time Garden tells a story of a young girl fascinated with a cuckoo clock. She looks inside and finds a fairy, who takes her on an adventure – through the gear filled clock, down alleyways, through garden parties, to a tree filled with magical creatures. 

The images are very unique, and remarkably varied. Song has a unique quality in that although the images are so varied, the story and her consistent style tie all the images together with very little repetition. There is a mix of single and double pages spreads throughout the story. 

Even though the book is made up of scenes, there are patterns made up of wallpaper, trees and various scenes for pattern enthusiasts. 

There is a nice variety of intricate parts and bigger spaces for any level of colouring expertise, and I think it is definitely a book that would grow with the colourist. 

Something I say about a lot of books is that it takes you on a journey. This book doesn’t take you on a journey, but its like reading an interactive picture book. One that you have collaborated with.

   
    
 
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This is a great book for anyone. It has patterns, scenery, nature and people. I think there is something for everyone. It is a great book to get lost in if you are in need of distraction or wile away a night. The subject matter is whimsical and sparks the imagination. If you can concentrate a little more, it’s a great book to start cover to cover, as you would a picture story. 

The only person I think this book isn’t suited for is a diehard mandala/pattern fan – but if you’re looking for a different book to try, this does a good job of combining patterns and scenery! 

   
    
 

Tropical Wonderland

Disclaimer – I was not paid or compensated for this review.

Pages –  96
Artist – Millie Marotta
Publisher- Batsford
Link to Purchase – Tropical Wonderland Purchase

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Book

This book, like most colouring books that have emerged recently, is square shaped. At 25cm x 25cm it is a good size for working on at all angles, and at 96 pages is a good length and weight.
The cover is a card cover, embossed with a lovely image preparing you for the images within. The paper is bright white and smooth, with a good thickness and texture preventing bleeding and shadowing from waterbased pens.
Sadly, images are not prevented from entering the spine, although few are double page spreads, so the amount of images affected is few.
The spine is glue and string bound, so will remain sturdy no matter how you twist and turn it.

Images

Those familiar with Millie Marottas previous work, Animal Kingdom, will not be surprised by the content of these images. A nice variety of full page patterns, mandalas, animals and any combination is in this book, and this ensures that it has a lovely feeling of consistency without becoming tedious.
The images are a combination of intricacies, with some images having many small details and other having smaller spaces. Medium line thickness remains consistent throughout the book.
The combination of animal and flora pictures make this book a delight to look through, and work in. The images all stir the imagination to think of the place where these images are real and what that may look like.
As with many other books, and Millie Marottas previous book, some images do contain creative prompts. These are easily ignored if you aren’t a fan though!

This book will suit many people – animal lovers, nature fans, fanatic colourists and I think the variety makes it a good choice for someone who has not long started colouring.

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Health

This book would be good for distraction, If you’re in pain, having a bad mental health day or just a bit bored, this book will be great for you. The range of images, combined with the subject and varying intricacies, make it great for any concentration level.

Overall, I think it is a fantastic book, full of rich imagery and quality artwork. For another of my favourite books, check out this link

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Colouring For Mindfulness – Moorish

Disclaimer – I have not been paid or compensated for this review

Pages –  72
Publisher- Hamlyn
Link to Buy

Book Depository – Moorish Purchase

Amazon US – Moorish purchase.

 

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Book

Like the rest of the Colouring For Mindfulness series by Hamlyn, this book is square shaped. At 20cm x 20 cm, it is a unique, but convenient size. At 72 pages it is a good thickness and length for either travelling or at home.
The unique thing about this series is that these books open at the top and have pages that are gluebound as a notebook – so are meant to come out. This is great for people who like to share their work with others or frame it!
The pages are double sided and when using fineliners, there was a small amount of bleeding (as spots) on the next page. This was easily covered when colouring the next page however.

 

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I know very little about Moorish patterns and motifs, so I’ll take Hamlyns’ word when they say that this book draws inspiration from them. Whether they are or not, the images in this book do remind me of artefacts and images from the Middle Ages – flicking through for the first time I felt as if I was back in history class.
The images are quite varied – some are full page spreads, some are smaller, some are mandala style. However, they are all quite intricate and contain fine lines. None of the images in these books will be a quick colouring session!
The images do have a feeling of consistency throughout, which is a nice change as many books assembled using stock images are repetitive with no focus!


  
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As stated above – this book is intricate. If you frequently struggle with concentration, or get overwhelmed, this is not the book for you. If you like to colour images that suck you in and distract you, then this is a great book. I’ve found it very helpful for nights when I can concentrate but require distraction or just want to wile away a few hours!

If you like more intricate images have a look at this review!


  

Colouring For Grown Ups – The Can’t Sleep Colouring Book

Welcome to a super special Insomnia Edition review! Special features include – whatever I colour while I can’t sleep, photos by lamplight rather than natural light and super exclusive pics of my bedside table!

I’m kidding, but this is one of my absolutely favourite books to colour when I can’t sleep. If you would like to purchase a copy for yourself or a tired loved one it is available via this link with 30% off and free shipping or from Amazon via this link.

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Publisher – Michael O’Mara Books

Pages – 128

Book

As part of the Creative Colouring For Grown Ups series, the book has all the same features. It is A4 sized, with a card cover featuring a colourfully embossed design.
The spine is gluebound and has a handy 0.5-1cm border preventing the image from entering the spine thankfully!

The paper is bright white, and gorgeously smooth. The tooth doesn’t allow for a large amount of layering, although I got quite good results with the picture I did in pencil.

I had no issues with bleeding, although some shadowing did occur with connector pens (markers). The pages are double sided, so this was easily rectified by colouring the next page!


  

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This book has a bit of everything. Geometric patterns, mandalas, doodles, repetition, animals, scenery, hot air balloons – anything! This makes it great for its purpose – insomnia!

The images are varied in both subject and intricacy. Some might take you a few hours, while others only half an hour. There is a nice variety of larger and smaller areas, along with varying line thicknesses.

The images don’t get repetitive as with some other books. The variety means that every time you turn the page, you’ll be completely surprised by what you see!
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As stated, this book is great for insomnia. I think it would make a great addition to any bedside table for those nights when you just can’t sleep.

Whatever you like to colour, this book has it – most likely in a variety of intricacies!

I’ve wiled away many a night with this book – it suits any focus/concentration level and the images aren’t particularly difficult. It’s also great when pain makes it difficult to colour with great precision, because many of the pictures are quite free form.

This also makes it perfect for beginner colourists. The book isn’t intimidating to new colourists like some and would be great for a friend or relative with anxiety!

For the rest of my reviews in this series, have a look at this link.

Anothet favourite when I can’t sleep is the Anti Stress Colouring Book.


  

The Garden Of Earthly Delights 

Disclaimer – I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an objective review. If you would like to purchase this book, it is available from The Book Depository  via this link or from Amazon via this link.

 

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Artist – Adriana Picker

Publisher – Hardie Grant

Pages – 96
Book

This book is a good size – square, but not small, weighty but not huge at 96 pages.
It has a firm paperback cover, with a gorgeous black, white and metallic foil cover.

The pages are gluebound into the book, which will secure them for a long while. The paper feels wonderful, delightfully textured and thick. The paper is thick enough to take several layers of pencil and I had no bleed through with water based pens.

It is an uncommon colour – more beige than off white, and that seems to suit the images very well. The paper is a delight to colour on, any medium I tried felt like colouring with butter.


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The artist is an Australian artist and this is where she has taken her ideas from, an Australian garden. These pages are filled with common sights in the average yard – snails, slugs, bees, butterflies and frogs along with a variety of flora. It almost feels as if you are walking through the backyard and seeing and feeling these things as you go through the pages. As you can see from the images, I coloured in the garden – it just felt right to colour such a natural piece of art outside!

The images are a mixture of double page and single spreads, and there is a nice variety of intricacies. Some will take a few minutes, some will take longer. There is a lovely consistent style throughout the book that makes it feel like a story.

It did become a little bit repetitive as I was flicking through, but for the colourist who prefers this subject, it will be perfect for them.

The images are a style that would also suit colourists that love to add background details. Many of them are over half the page, some have gaps that can be filled with whatever you like. This makes the book feel like a collaboration.



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If you like flora and fauna, this is the book for you. It has such a nice variety of gorgeous images that you will be love it.

I think this book would be great for when your concentration or focus is low, as the nature of the images means that you can basically pick colours and off you go! The variety of intricacies means that it will suit any focus level or colouring level.

If you would like to know more about the most popular books releasing in the next few months, check out this link with the books I’m most excited for!


  

Dagdrömmer 

Disclaimer – I was not paid or compensated for this review.

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Artist – Hanna Karlzon

Pages – 96


Book

This book feels luxurious. I’m not sure if it’s the hardcover, the gold foil and embossed design or the nice weighty feel, but it feels like a book that you want to proudly display!

At 96 pages, it is a good length and at a little shorter than A4, it is a good size for travel or home.

The pages are glue-bound, making them nice and secure no matter how much you twist and turn. Images do enter the spine, thought this will hopefully be rectified in future editions.

The paper is an off white, with a nice amount of texture for adding layers. I primarily used fineliners and pencils and had no bleeding and only minor shadowing.
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Oh the images. Put together, they seem eclectic and odd – but there is something magical about them. I had heard about them and seen pictures but I didn’t realise how gorgeous this book really is. All pictures are illustrated by the same artist and the consistency and love of art really shows through in each image.

There is a variety of subjects – animals, scenes, gardens, people. Some pictures contain patterns, while others have blank spaces. While there isn’t any mandalas or strictly geometric pages, the elements of some pages contain the same principles – repetition and colours.

I have coloured two pages in this book since I received it, 24 hours ago. Even just paging through it, I feel as if I have been taken on a journey through the artists mind and it’s a fun one! I seem to see something new every time I open the book.

The book is mainly intricate images although there is enough of a variety that I think it would suit anyone’s preference.

There is a variety of layouts, some double page layouts and some single. There are four pages that include the (near obligatory) add your own doodles or drawing instructions, but these are easily ignored.


  
  
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Unless you are strictly a mandala or geometric patterns colourist – you should try this book. While I struggle with intricate pictures sometimes – because of pain or lack of concentration or just getting bored – these are not tedious or repetitive.

I think this book would be great for times when your concentration is fluctuating or you need something to distract you. It both sucks you into a journey and relaxes you, taking you to a new place and time. It would be a great book for days when pain or fatigue makes colouring very intricate pictures difficult, purely because of the range of pictures.


  

If you would like to purchase this book, it is available from this link. The Pen Store ships internationally and I was very impressed with how quickly it came! The English language version is now available from the Book Depository via this link and from Amazon here

If you are after a similar journey style book, read my review of Art Therapy – The Enchanted Forest.

The Anti Stress Colouring Book

Disclaimer – I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It is available  via this link from The Book Depository or from Amazon via this link.

Dr Rodskis next book, Calmness: Meditation Through Colouring is available for preorder via this link.
 

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Author – Dr Stan Rodski

Publisher – Hardie Grant 

Pages – 96


Book

Another book that feels right! A sturdy A4 cover and 96 pages makes it just weighty enough to be comfortable either on the move or at home. 

The paper is nice and smooth, bright white and a nice medium thickness. I experienced no bleeding with either fineliners or connector pens (textas/markers) which is a plus, as the images are single sided. 

The book is actually an amalgamation of three editions of the Anti-Stress colouring books. It is divided into three sections, but all images are quite consistent throughout the book.

The images stay well away from the spine, which is great news for anyone who is frustrated by images going into the spine! 

   

 
   
 
  
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I love this book. To be honest, when I first received it, I wasn’t sure. I like geometrics, but it didn’t seem like anything special. The book is put together by neuroscientist Stan Rodski, a big proponent of adult colouring for positive brain chemistry. 

As mentioned above, the book is split into three sections, with a double page spread explaining the science behind adult colouring and the benefits behind it. This is great – I love knowing why I feel such benefits from a book!

It has a nice variety of images – some can be done in fifteen minutes, some might take bit longer.

The images are a variety of geometric scenes, repeated objects and line patterns. Enough to feel consistent, but not tedious! 

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A funny thing happened while I was colouring in this book. I stopped caring. I’m not super critical of myself – but I had picked my colours and started and didn’t really care about going outside the lines all that much. I was just colouring, focussing on what I was doing and completely distracted. 

Even if you aren’t a fan of geometrics, patterns etc, I encourage you to give this book a shot! It surprised me by how helpful it was when I was edgy and anxious. 

I think it would be great for anyone who likes a variety of intricacies, but needs a book for times when your anxiety or stress levels are high. It will both distract you and help you feel better! 
Another book/series I am a big fan of for stress relief is the really relaxing series. Read the review here.