Artist – Hannah Lynn
Publisher – Createspace
Pages – 108
As my regulars know, I’m a bit of a fantasy lover – I’m always on the lookout for anything fairy, dragon, cryptozoology-related. This also means I can be a touch critical of anything fantasy related!
I’ve seen this book pop up more and more frequently on Facebook groups recently and knew I had to get a copy and review it for my fellow colourists!
The book is around A4 size, at 21.6cm x 28cm, which I find a great size for transporting and using at home.
The cover is a glossy cardstock, complete with a collage of completed images from the book, for an outstanding effect.
The spine is glue bound, which means it can withstand quite a bit of manoeuvring without pages falling out or the spine breaking. The spine is quite pliable with some use as well, which is very helpful!
Images are single sided, which is fantastic – something I’m seeing more and more amongst all levels of publishers! The images also contain a very helpful border around the edge of the image, preventing the image entering the spine!
The paper is not very thick, but does have a bit of texture, and works well with pencils. One of the from pages instructs you to place a few pages of copy paper behind each image, to prevent bleeding or indentation from pencils.
I didn’t have any problem with indentation with pencils or gel pens, and I didn’t put any copy paper behind the pages I did.
Imagine Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony or Strawberry Shortcake – all grown up and as fairies, mermaids, unicorn keepers, dragon lovers. That’s what these images remind me of.
There are 50 images, all containing one of these women, accompanied by an elaborate background, and possibly a fantasy creature or two. The variety of fantasy figurines that have been captured in fifty pages is truly amazing, and each page has given me something else to imagine and add life to!
The line thickness is primarily moderate throughout, with the occasional thinner line in the background. This adds to the sense of consistency woven through these magical pages. Intricacy varies, there are images that may take a few hours, but simpler ones are also contained within the pages.
Images are a variety of landscape and portrait images, which is a nice variety, especially given the theme – sometimes portrait just doesn’t suit!
My two favourite colouring ‘themes’, particularly for health benefits, are fantasy and nature. This one has both, and I think the benefits are great.
Each image takes you into another world, a place filled with wolf cubs, a magical forest, an underworld empire, that you can disappear into for as long or as little as you like. There are images that suit any level of concentration, with larger spaces or a higher level of intricacy.
The line thickness and intricacy makes it most likely suitable for anyone with a vision impairment or fine motor skill issues, but as always, please check the images before purchasing!
Personally, I coloured the mermaid image on a night when I was having a quite anxious night, and I found the level of concentration required was just right for that moment.
I can see this book being well used!
After more fantasy? Check out my review of Selena Fenechs’ Fairy Companions.
Hannah Lynn is a fantasy artist, have a look at her site, http://www.hannahlynnart.com, for her other work. Links to purchase this book are at the top of this review.