Artist – Elizabeth James
Publisher – Kyle Craig Publishing
Pages/Images – 64/32
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The fourth in the Really/Completely Relaxing series, Playing With Patterns, fits well with the previous three. At A4 size, and 64 pages, it is a nice size for using at home or slipping into a bag to travel with.
The cover is a glossy image reproduced from the book and half coloured in bright, eye catching colours.
The spine of this book is string and glue bound, providing some extra resistance. The images, as with all the Really Relaxing series, thankfully do not enter the spine – meaning less manoeuvring to get to the last bit of your image!
The images are single sided, a blessing because unlike the others in the series, my copy has quite thin paper. Markers and Fineliners bled through to the back of the page, and pencils indented the next page. This is an aberration from the rest of the series, so may be restricted to one production batch.
As the title suggests, this book has many patterns. Many types of patterns, intricacies of patterns, sizes of patterns.
There are mandalas, full page patterns, randomly shaped patterns, and patterns that swirl and curl around the page. The patterns may be geometric, shaped, symmetrical, floral, or oriental style.
Line consistency remains reasonable consistent throughout the book, mainly moderately thick, which suits the images quite well.
The images are not very intricate, with a good amount of space and minimal tiny spaces in the patterns.
This book is a nice collection of different patterns. If you’re new to colouring, or wanting to try patterns, this will be a great place to start!
As mentioned above, the images are not too detailed and line length is mainly of medium thickness. These factors mean that it would likely be a good fit for those with vision impairments or fine motor skill issues.
If you benefit from a repetitive pattern when you are anxious, or depressed, or at any other time, this book will be great. The range of patterns available means you can choose a larger or smaller one and the act of doing a repetitive motion will most likely assist in distracting from that.
For more in this series, read my reviews of the rest the series via this link.
For more patterns begging to be brought to life with colour, have a look at this review.