Artist – Shala Kerrigan
Publisher – Dover Publications
Pages – 96
As with all books in the Creative Haven series, this one is structured very well – they know what colourists want in a book.
At 20.8cm x27.6cm, this is a great size for your bookshelf or bag, and at 96 pages, a nice weight without being overwhelming.
The cover is a glossy, colourful card with a half coloured image on the front.
The spine is glue bound, providing some extra reinforcement to prevent pages slipping out of the binding despite manoeuvring the book around or traveling with it.
The paper is of medium thickness and texture, providing enough tooth for a good amount of layers with coloured pencil and enough thickness to prevent waterbased markers or fineliners from bleeding through the page. Images have a white border around them, preventing the image from being lost into the spine.
Images are one sided and perforated, allowing for easy removal and display or gifting!
I often struggle with colour choices, particularly when I am colouring mandalas or patterns. No matter much I read on colour theory, I just cannot seem to create a pleasing colour scheme.
This book takes that guesswork away. The inside front cover contains a master colour/ number list that is used for the entire book. Each image, and each section within the image has a small light grey number to tell you what colour to use. The colours in the master list aren’t hard – to- find colours, they are most likely colours you already own.
The mandalas themselves are quite varied. Some are nature themed, others are geometric, others still are curves and lines. The range, along with the colour choices made for you, makes this an intriguing book. I started many wondering why the artists chose these particular colours and when it was finished, marvelled at the combinations.
Linework remains consistently thin throughout, and this suits the style of artwork well, and allows the finished mandalas to look like they are made of purely colour!
Intricacy varies a little, there are less detailed images throughout, but the majority are quite intricate.
When I am feeling down or anxious or I am in a lot of pain, the act of colouring is my biggest help. In these times, I struggle with any decision, such as choosing a book, a picture, colours. This book takes that away, and allows me to simply colour and still finish with a bright, nicely coloured image. For this reason, I think it’s a fantastic buy for people with health issues, but particularly mental illnesses or pain issues.
Due to the linework and intricacy, I would say that this book is probably unsuitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but please take a look at the images before you decide.
I think that this book would be good for those with fluctuating or low concentration levels, not just because are less detailed images to choose from. Another great benefit is that because the colours are chosen for you, it is an image style that lends itself to picking back up – there’s no ‘groove’ to lose so to speak.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review!
For another colour by numbers book, read my review of the Big Colour By Numbers book here.
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