Don’t Worry Be Happy

Artist – Thaneeya McCardle 

Publisher – Design Originals 

Pages – 208

Link to Purchase – 

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Cover
 
Book

The structure of this book is a colourists dream. The weight of this treasury just feels right, weighty and full of potential!

The book is spiral bound, with a firm coil. This allows for full access to the entire image, and absolutely no concerns about images entering the spine of the book. The pages are also perforated, allowing for easy removal for storage, displaying or gifting. 

The paper is white, moderately textured and a nice medium thickness. I had no shadowing or bleeding with waterbased markers, fineliner pens and using pencils was a dream. 

One of the best features of this (and indeed, all of Thaneeya McCardles books) is the first 8-16 pages of the book are full colour examples, tips and coloured images from the book. This can be very handy for all colourists, but particularly those starting out.

   
  

One of the theory and example pages.
  
 
Images

This is a treasury, meaning it contains bits and pieces from a few of Thaneeyas books. From what I can tell this treasury includes Happy Campers, Dapper Animals, Day Of The Dead, Peace and Love, Nature Mandalas, Good Vibes and the Groovy Abstract books. This makes for such an amazing variety of images with the same consistency of any authored book. 

Line thickness remains consistent throughout the book, with most images containing moderately thin lines and some containing thin lines. This can be varied within an image, but not so much that it is noticeable. 

The book is varied with intricacy, some images are quite simple patterns or animal images, while others are intricate phrases or mandalas. The more intricate images in this book are not intimidating at all – in fact, they nearly reach out to beg you to colour them! 

   
    
 
Health

This book makes me smile. Not only for the easy of use, but the subject matter and the experience of colouring is a happy one! 

I think there is something for everyone in here, unless your preference is strictly one type of image, this is a book that is handy to have around as it contains pretty much anything you could want to colour in one handy volume! 

As mentioned above, line thickness and intricacy are not as difficult as some books, so I do think this book would be suitable for all ages and motor skills.

As for mental health, at times when I have been in a depression or feeling down, this book has cheered me up. Focussing on the subject matter, the cheerful animals or phrases makes me smile and does the job – distracts me with something pleasant! 

Overall, I think this is a great book for anyone, but particularly for new colourists, and colourists with depression would benefit from it! 

If you enjoy the cheerful, uplifting side to this book, have a look at my review of Creative Coloring Inspirations.

   
   

Escape To Wonderland 

Artist/s – Good Wives and Warriors
Publisher – Puffin 

Pages – 96 

Link To Purchase –  From Amazon or via The Book Depository.
 

Cover with fineliner for size comparison
 
Book

This book is a great travel size, at 18.5cm x 18.5cm, it is a good size for travelling and the pictures are a good size for a less intensive colouring session while still having intricate images. 
It is paperback, but the covers are embossed card, in a lovely cream, blue and gold pattern. The spine is glue-bound which tends to be sturdier than string bound. 

The pages are double sided, and there is no border around them. This of course, prevents colourists from finishing the picture completely without breaking the spine to enter the binding. The double sided pages do bleed with alcohol markers, although I had nil bleeding with water based markers. 

The paper is well textured, allowing for a large number of pencil layers, meaning that you can blend a lot more than some books! 

   
    
   

Images

The images are a unique blend of modern, classic and abstract Alice In Wonderland imagery. There are a mix of double and single page spreads, allowing the artist to choose the time investment they are making.  

Line thickness is consistent throughout, a nice feature that provides a feeling of consistency throughout the book. 

Some pages contain quotes from Alice In Wonderland, and a great many contain nods to classic imagery from Tenniel. 

There is a nice mix of intricate and simpler images, some allowing for experimenting with the background in some images and some requiring the artist to focus to distinguish lines and patterns. 

   
   
Health

I would recommend this book to any book lover! It is a great way to remember the classic story while still indulging in a favourite hobby. The pictures are a great size for any colourist, at any level. The line thicknesses are consistent, making it a great book for those with vision issues. 

The size and diversity of intricacies in the book makes it a great buy for anyone with varied concentration. Some images will require a heavy time investment and others won’t. This makes it great for anyone with mental health issues, as it can make it hard to concentrate sometimes. 

If you like the style and story aspect of this book, have a read of my review of The Time Garden!
   
   

Country Style – Colour In The Country 

Publisher – Country Style

Artist – Daniella Germain 

Images – 36

Available at newsagents or via this link.

Country Style has also provided a page from the magazine for you to print and colour via the above link! 

  

Magazine

Country Style has jumped on the adult colouring trend. The magazine is as high quality as their publication with a sturdy spine and an embossed card cover. 

The pages are standard paper, although they are one sided, a blessing for colourists! 

Some images do enter the spine, but the spine is easy to manoeuvre to get to the images. I had minimal shadowing with water based markers and fineliners and the paper handled pencils well with no transfer or indentation.
   
 
Images

This magazine is illustrated by one artist, with a distinctive style. The images are in the theme of ‘country’ – farmsteads, animals, fields, bunnies, vegetables and even some mandalas containing these items. 

The artists style is quite sketchy, which I know is a firm favourite for some people. This does mean that the line thickness, although consistent, can be a bit thin for people with vision issues.

The images are a nice variety of intricate and simple, allowing room for colourists of all experience to enjoy. 

   
   

Health

This magazine is cheerful. Each page reminds me of happy summer days as a child, and running around in summer. The different intricacies mean that it would be suitable for most colourists, no matter the expertise. 

There are no patterns in this book, so I would not recommend this for people who love patterns, or more intricate designs. 

If you have vision difficulties, I suggest looking at the pictures before you decide, as some may find it difficult to focus on the line thicknesses.

Apart from these exceptions, I think this would make a nice magazine for any colourist to enjoy!

If you enjoy this style of colouring, have a look at my review of The Garden Of Earthly Delights

  

   
   

The Harry Potter Colouring Book

Publisher – Hardie Grant


Pages
– 96

Purchase from Booktopia (AU)
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The second book, Harry Potter Magical Creatures Colouring Book, is available now. Read my review via this link.

Front Cover
 

Book



This is a book I have been waiting a long time for – I preordered the second it was available! 

The book is about A4 sized with a paperback card cover. The cover is in an impressive greyscale and gold design. 

The book is glue bound and reinforced with string allowing for a sturdier spine. Unfortunately, the images do enter the spine, making it a difficult exercise to get into the last portion of the image. The spine does yield with some use however.

The paper is a textured, slightly off white adding to the atmosphere of the potter-verse.

Images are double sided, making alcohol markers out of the question. Using both water based markers and pencils, I have had no issues with bleeding and minimal shadowing with heavy pressure. 

   
 

Images

The images in this book are exactly what I expected. A mix of movie stills converted to colouring pages, patterns, artists rendering and conceptual art from the books and movies. In addition, the back of the book contains some concept art and stills from the movies for inspiration! 

The images have a consistent style (beyond being Harry Potter of course!) with line thicknesses and images style.

Line thickness is consistent throughout and there is a nice variety of images with large spaces and intricate images, making it great to practice and hone colouring techniques.

The variety is a nice way to journey through the Potter-verse once again, jumping from Harry in the Deathly Hallows, to baby Harry, back to the horcruxes. 

The variety of patterns, landscapes, portraits and stills makes it appropriate for any Potterhead to enjoy and bring to life. 

   
    
 

Health

I love books that go on a journey, and Harry Potter is an epic one. The colouring book is a great one to dive into and revisit the books and movies. 

There is a nice variety of images for varied concentration – good for anxious times when you can’t focus, or times when you need to dive into something for hours to distract you. The line thickness and intricacies may make it difficult for some people with vision issues, but check out the pictures before making a decision. 
Looking for more pop culture colouring? Heck out my Game Of Thrones Colouring Book review.

   
    
    
 

Percy And The Colouring Adventure 

 Artist – Narelle Craven 

Publisher – logozoo

Pages – 24

Link to Purchase – colourofcalm.com.au 

 

Front Cover
 
This book surprised me from the minute I received it. It was quite heavy, as well as sturdy. Each of the 24 pages is on thick cardstock, suitable for alcohol markers – which will be brilliant for colourists usually restricted to printed pages for Copics and Chameleon markers. Along with alcohol markers, the pages held water based markers, Fineliners and pencils brilliantly, allowing for a good amount of layers and shading.
The book is spiral bound, allowing you to reach easily to every edge of the page, and stopping the all too common frustration of trying to get into the last 0.5cm of a picture buried in the spine! 

One of the things that makes me love this book is the incorporation of Percy The Penguin into each page, representing the Australian wildlife sanctuary that the artist is supporting through the manufacture and sale of this magnificent book.

   
 
Images 
These images are unique and gorgeous. Drawn by the artist, there is something for everyone in this book, from patterns, to animals, to scenes, to mandalas. 

Line thickness does vary throughout the book, although the majority are thicker lines, allowing for those with vision or concentration issues to enjoy this book as well.

There is a lovely element of hide and seek with Percy the Penguin hidden somewhere on each image for you to find and colour. 

I love the whimsy throughout this book, the images of hipster animals, a steampunk owl, a posing mermaid. The images are intricate and in depth, but not intimidating as some can be. 

   

   

Health 
I found this book very helpful on days or nights when my anxiety is through the roof. It gives me a fun, not too difficult image to focus on bringing to life and enjoy. The quality of the paper and book as a whole makes the book easy to use and enjoy, no matter your mood. As mentioned above, the line thickness and image intricacy makes it suitable for those who are vision impaired or may have difficult retaining concentration. 

Overall, I do recommend this book to all colourists, although perhaps not as a first book! A great gift for the colourist in your life who prefers alcohol markers as well! 

Looking for more whimsy in your colouring? Check out my review of Creative Haven Art Nouveau Animal Designs