Publisher – Michael O’Mara Books
Pages – 96
Series – The Art Of Mindfulness
This is one part of a series of colouring books presented by Michael O’Mara Book called The Art of Mindfulness.
This book is about halfway between A4 and A5 (A4.5?!) which is a good size for either travel or home. The cover is a glossy, embellished grey with coloured images around the title.
The paper within, as with most Michael O’Mara Books, is a bright white, and smooth. The spine is glue bound and reinforced with ystring, meaning that it will stand up to quite a bit of pulling, manoeuvring and transporting.
The pages are unfortunately double sided, which is a disappointment for those who prefer pens and markers to pencil. A light touch reduces the shadowing on the other side, but I would only recommend coloured pencils for this one.
Some of the pictures have a border around them, I presume to prevent images entering the spine, but this is not consistent throughout the book. The spine is quite pliable with some use though.
This series focuses on emotions, this one aiming to make you relaxed and focused while colouring. As such, many of the images contain patterns and natural images, a common theme amongst ‘calming’ colouring books.
There are mandalas, full page patterns, pages with squares of different patterns, birds, trees and much more.
The line consistency throughout does change quite a bit, varying from quite thin to quite thick. This does all correspond and suit the image however, so it is not as noticeable as some books. Intricacy is widely varied throughout the book, although more than half are what I would consider detailed. There is some nice spaces for practicing shading and blending throughout.
As the title of the book says, the patterns and natural images may help you relax. If you love the routine of choosing a colour scheme for a picture and finishing it without stopping, this book will be fantastic.
Some of the images are quite detailed, and others have quite fine lines, so not all images will be suited to people with vision impairment or fine motor difficulties. Many of the images will be however, particularly the natural images.
I do find this book helpful when I am in pain – the images are not difficult, and the repetitive nature of the patterns helps me to focus on something else apart from the pain. A constant level of concentration is also not needed, which can be a big factor when one is in pain, anxious or suffering from insomnia.
I definitely think that parts of this book will appeal to everyone, and it’s definitely one I keep on hand for bad days!
If you enjoy the designs in this book, have a look at this review of another MOM book in a similar style!
The above image was coloured using Faber Castell Classic pencils. Available via this link from Amazon.