Author – Mike Dooley
Publisher – Hay House Inc
Pages – 96
This book makes me smile – the cover, weight, size – it all just seems right. At 21.6cm x 28cm and 96 pages, it’s a great size and weight.
The cover is a cheerful mixture of black and white doodles with some coloured in a limited colour palette.
The book itself is glue and string bound, meaning it can take a bit more pulling and travelling than purely glue bound books.
The paper feels lovely and thick, almost like a light card. The paper is bright white and textured, and using pencils on it is a pleasure. They blend and layer beautifully on this paper. The thickness of the paper is wonderful, waterbased markers and fineliners didn’t bleed nor shadow. If you’re using alcohol markers, put a few sheets of paper behind the image just in case.
Images are double sided, but I experienced no bleeding, shadowing or indentation through the paper. Each image is perforated, allowing for easy removal for gifting, displaying or framing.
Notes From The Universe is an idea started by Mike Dooley – the idea that these little notes, quotes and ideas are sent to people, personalised with your name and signed , The Universe. The messages are mixes of ideas, quotes, inspirational messages and observations intended to make you think, change your outlook or uplift you.
This book is a mixture of these notes, other quotes, images and patterns to colour. Each double spread contains a ‘Note from the Universe’ with a colourable, patterned frame, with some inspirational words with an image and/or patterns to colour on the facing page.
There is a great variety of images in this book, each turn of the page will show you something different to add colour to and reflect on. An elephant, an owl, a lotus bloom, a page of small leaves and petals, a mandala, an elaborately decorated butterfly.
The intricacy is consistent throughout the book, with most images containing large/moderate spaces with a small amount of more intricate areas.
Line thickness remains consistently moderate, adding to the sense of consistency throughout the book.
Inspirational messages and quotes may be a cliche – but they are for a reason. When you’re feeling down or struggling with physical health, it can be a nice change of pace to focus on an uplifting quite and a cheerful image.
The line thickness and intricacy would most likely suit those with vision and fine motor impairments, but as always, please check the images before you make up your mind.
This book would suit those with fluctuating levels of concentration very well. The various components mean that it is easy to just colour a small image, part of a colourable frame or a word if you are having trouble focussing, or finish an entire double spread of you aren’t or if you need to distract yourself.
If you enjoy inspirational words and messages, please have a look at my review of Creative Coloring Inspirations!
I hope you enjoyed this review, and let me know what you think!