Disclaimer – I have not been paid or compensated for this review.
Series – Creative Haven
Publisher – Dover
Pages – 32
Illustrator – Marty Noble
The Creative Haven series of books is renowned for their history and quality of adult colouring books. Art Nouveau Animal Designs is another gorgeous example of this.
The book is a nice size – A4, soft back and just over 30 pages, allowing for a great size for colouring at home or travelling with it.
The pages are bright white with a small amount of texture (tooth), allowing for a build up of layers. The images are single sided, with a border around each image preventing the annoying spine issue that irritates many a colourist.
I haven’t seen images quite like these before. The combination of the popular Art Deco style mixed with animals such as hummingbirds and snails that aren’t often seen in colouring books, makes for a lovely unique book.
Each of the 31 images contains a different Art Deco style and animal – and some images are even in landscape!
Despite the continual theme, the book never feels repetitive, nor the style tedious. In fact, each image feels like a new journey, a new part of the style and animal kingdom.
The images are not basic, but not intricate either. The images are all illustrated by the same artist, allowing for a sense of continuity that you can feel. Line thickness, intricacy and style remain consistent throughout the book.
This book is not difficult. It is not overly intricate, nor incredibly basic. It is full of images that can be completed in a relatively short amount of time – or you can take longer if you like.
These images are wonderful for times when your concentration is fluctuating – parts of images can be completed quickly, with large spaces, and other parts will draw you in and require your concentration.
I find this book helpful when I am feeling anxious. The subject and theme keeps my mind busy and the use of natural colours always seems to soothe my anxiety and calm me if I am feeling overwhelmed.