The Chronicles Of Narnia – Official Colouring Book

The Chronicles Of Narnia – Official Colouring Book

Artist – Pauline Baynes
Publisher – Harper Collins
Pages – 96

Available for purchase from Amazon (US) via this link or from The Book Depository via this link.
 

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Cover
 

Book

This is a book I have been waiting for for a long time. From the second I opened the package, I was impressed. The cover is a soft matte card, primarily white, with some designs from the book on the front. The designs are coloured in a limited palette, with an impressive half coloured Aslan under the metallic copper title.

The spine is lightly glue bound with string reinforcement, meaning that it can take quite a bit of pushing, pulling and traveling without any issue. The book is 28cm x 22cm, a nice standard size for a bag or a bookshelf. 

The paper is a medium thickness. There is a moderate amount of tooth, and pencils lay down well on the bright white paper. I experienced no bleeding with waterbased markers or fineliners, but some shadowing. This is unfortunate – the images are double sided. 

Some of the images do enter the spine, but the spine does become quite pliable with some use. 
 

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Coloured using Faber Castell Classic Coloured Pencils

 
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Images

With the plethora of colouring books based on popular culture being release lately, this was a great change. The images are taken from the original illustrations from C.S Lewis’ tales. They have been adjusted to make them suitable for colouring. 

The images do have sketchy lines in areas, as well as some areas with shading and depth indicated with linework. This isn’t common in colouring books, but is a nice change. It gives you some idea of where the shadows and depth should be in an image.

The images have a consistent style throughout, thanks to both the story and the source of the images. There is a variety of double page spreads, scenery, maps, wallpaper pages and colourable quotes from the story.

The book is divided amongst the various Narnia tales, beginning with The Magicians Nephew. There is an introductory page with the title, an image and a patterned border, then a mixture of colourable quotes and images following this. This is repeated for all of the Narnia tales. 

Intricacy varies throughout, but the majority of images do contain an equal mixture of smaller and larger areas. Line thickness remains moderate throughout, but it suits the style of image very well. 

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Health 

The fantasy and story theme throughout this book makes it a great way to distract yourself from an unpleasant reality, whether that be a bad day, insomnia, pain or anxiety. 

The intricacy is suitable for those with fluctuating concentration levels, as there are smaller images, images with repeating patterns and more detailed, larger images for when your concentration is better. 

The line thickness and intricacy means it is most likely for those with vision or fine motor impairments, but as always, please check the images beforehand. 

If you enjoy this style of image to colour, read this review of The Jungle Book Colouring Book.
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Peace and Calm Colouring 

Publisher – Michael O’Mara Books

Pages – 96

Available for purchase from Amazon (US) via this link or from The Book Depository (UK) via this link.
 

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Cover

 

Book



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 green 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. 

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Images
 
The focus of this series is on emotions – Relaxed & Focused, Happy & Energised, Serene & Tranquil and this volume, Peace & Calm.
The focus of this particular volume is to be calm while colouring. The majority of images are nature based – leaves, animals, plants, flowers etc. The theme is consistent, although as the artwork is from a variety of sources, the style is widely variable.

Intricacy varies between the pages, with some images being quite open with large spaces, others being full of small, detailed areas and others still being a combination of the two. Line thickness varies from thin to thick throughout, with many images containing a combination.

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Health
As the title of the book says, the natural images can help you calm down. If the nature, animal and floral themes are a calming influence on you, then this book will help you greatly. The colour palettes that come along with these are innately calming as well.

 
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! 
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review
Batgirl x

Another great book with a variety of calming images is reviewed here.
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Harry Potter Magical Places and Characters

Harry Potter Magical Places and Characters

Publisher – Hardie Grant (in Australia)

Pages – 96

Available to purchase from the Book Depository (UK) here or from Amazon (US) here.

 

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Cover

 

Book

If you are familiar with the previous two Harry Potter colouring books (my reviews are here – Harry Potter and Harry Potter Magical Creatures), then this will not surprise you.

The book is 21.3cm x 27.4cm along with the others in the series. The cover is a glossy card in black and white image from the book with red accents. The spine is the same red, and really looks lovely with the others in the series. The spine is lightly glue bound, which means it is fairly pliable after some use.

Images are double sided, which is a shame, but the paper is quite thick. I had no bleeding or shadowing with water based markers or fineliners, and no issues with pencil marks. The paper is the same slightly yellow textured paper from the first book, which I know is not the preference of some colourists! The U.K. version (available on the Book Depository via the link above) has been published with bright white paper.

Some images do enter the spine, but I’ve found that the spine is quite pliable, enabling you to get to the entirety of the image.

One handy feature is the last 16 pages of the book – these contain full colour concept art and stills from the movies to give you inspiration or a reference for the images within.

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Images

As the title suggest, this book is primarily made up of characters and sets from the books and movies. Starting with Harry and Hagrid on the very first trip to Diagon Alley, and ending with a portrait of He Who Must Not Be Named, this is an amazing range of people and places from the series!

There is an equal distribution of people and places throughout the book. These come in the form of scenes, portraits, double page spreads of classrooms and halls, and a few scattered ‘pattern’ pages containing wands, quidditch tools and more. The filler images are much less than the previous books, there are very few images that seem as if they don’t belong.

Despite being illustrated by more than one artist, there is a feeling of consistency, not only within this book, but throughout the entire series.

Intricacy varies a little, but most of the images are quite detailed. The scenery and double page spreads contain mainly small areas, although there are larger areas within the images. Line thickness remains quite thing throughout.

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Health

If you’re a Harry Potter or fantasy fan, this book will most likely put a smile on your face. The variety of people, places and style of image makes it easy to find an image to suit my mood and concentration level.

It’s a fantastic book for feeling anxious – the combination of well loved story, and fantasy imagery is very soothing.

The line consistency and intricacy does vary quite a lot, so if you are a person with a vision impairment or fine motor issues, please have a look at the images first. I think there is definitely something for everyone in this book though!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review
Batgirl x

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Greyscale Colouring Book Reviews

So you’ve had a look around, tried some greyscale and decided you want to do more? Or you’ve loved it from the start, but aren’t sure which of the recently released greyscale books are any good?

I’ve been looking for good quality greyscale books for awhile and will be adding reviews to this page as I review them.

 

Books With Black Backgrounds

I know people are often wondering about colouring books that have black backgrounds. There are quite a few now, so I thought I would make a post with the ones that I have reviewed.

Black backgrounds can be great for adding vibrancy and colour to an image, trying out new colour schemes and is particularly forgiving if a slip of the hand happens! 

The blue text are links to my reviews of the book, links to purchase are in the reviews.


 

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From Decorative Designs

  

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From Decorative Designs
 
 
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From Creative Haven – Chalkboard Art
 

Spellbinding Images: A Grayscale Fantasy Coloring Book (Beginners Edition)

Spellbinding Images: A Grayscale Fantasy Coloring Book (Beginners Edition)

Artist – Nikki Burnette
Publisher – Aurella Art
Pages – 60

Available to purchase from Amazon (US) via this link and the Book Depository via this link. 
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Book



This book is stunning and eyecatching. It is a standard size, 29cm x 21cm (11 x 8.5 inches) and glue bound. The cover is a glossy card, with a half coloured image from the book in a limited colour palette. 

The paper is not your standard self published paper- it is thicker and smoother, and much more suited to the image style in this book.

I had no trouble with pencils, and could achieve quite a few layers with wax and oil based pencils. I experienced no bleeding or shadowing with fineliners, but some heavy shadowing with markers. Images are single sided, so this isn’t an issue. Make sure to pop a few sheets of paper behind the image to protect the next one. 

 

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Tester Images
  
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My finished image, using Tombow Dual Brush Markers

  

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One page of the information given
 

Images 
This book is one of a few grayscale books coming out recently, and is a fantastic example of a greyscale book done right. 

There are two versions of this book, the beginners edition, which I am reviewing here, and the advanced edition, which I will be reviewing next week. The beginners version has darker shadows and details to guide you, making it a great option for those new to greyscale or wanting an easier book. You can find more information, tutorials and examples on the artists website here.

The images are from the artists previous books, but rendered in greyscale, not black and white lineart. Images are surrounded by a black border, preventing them from entering the spine at all.

The introductory material is one of the great features of this book. There are 4 pages of greyscale tutorials, introducing you to the basics of colouring greyscale images. There are also some techniques for pencils and markers explained in this section. The artist has a huge amount of information, tutorials and product reviews on her website as well.

After the introductory material, there is a section with tester images. This is three small versions of each image – one with the artists original colours, and two blank versions for you to test media and colours before starting the full size version.

Intricacy and line length is a bit tricky to evaluate in a greyscale book, but the images do have mainly larger  areas with only a few intricate components. 

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Health 
If you like fantasy, this book will be a great one for times of anxiety or pain. The imagery is the type that lends itself to distraction. If greyscale colouring is new to you, it is a great way to start with some simpler images. 

For times when your concentration is low, this book would be a great fit – the images don’t require a huge time investment, and you can even colour the smaller tester images if you feel the larger ones are too much. 

Those with visual or fine motor impairments should not struggle with these images – there are few intricate areas, and the shadowing and depth means that these are forgiving of a slip of the hand. But as always, please check the images before you decide! 

Check out the artists website here for more information and examples! 

For more greyscale colouring, have a look at my review of another gorgeous one here. 



I hope you’ve enjoyed this review,

Batgirl x
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Geopatterns Enhanced 

Geopatterns Enhanced 

Artist – John Wik 
Publisher – WIKArts 
Pages – 108

This title can be purchased from Amazon (US) via this link or from The Book Depository (UK) via this link.

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Cover

Book


This book appears different from the get go – unlike the majority of colouring books, this is a bright white, colourful wrapping. The cover contains a colourful completed pattern with the artists name  on a glossy card.

The book is glue bound, although not tightly, meaning that while it may not lie flat, it will become more pliable with use. The images have a border around them, of about 1.5cm around each image, so you can get to each corner without worrying about the spine.

The paper is surprisingly thick and textured, I managed quite a few layers of pencils while I was colouring. There was no bleeding, only some shadowing when I was using waterbased markers or fineliners . Nevertheless I would recommend placing a piece of card or a few sheets of normal paper between pages if you are planning on using wet media.

The shadowing wasn’t an issue – the images are single sided! 

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My work in progress

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Images

John Wik makes fabulous patterns, tesselations and geometric designs. This book is filled with a mixture of lines to colour, surrounded by larger areas. This can come in the form of a mandala amongst a lined background, a patterned wall, or a page of interconnecting circle patterns. 

Given the style that the artist works in, the variety within the book surprised me. It is nice to be able to choose between a geometric mandala, a full page pattern or anything else. 

Something quite unique about this book, is that it contains a table of contents of sorts. 4 pages at the start of the book contain smaller versions of the pages – easy to see the contents at a glance, or colour a smaller version of an image.

Line thickness is consist throughout, remaining quite thin throughout the book. Intricacy also remains quite detailed throughout the book, although larger spaces  are interspersed throughout the images 

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Health 

This is another of the books that I love when I need to distract myself and concentrate on something else. The lines and spaces are repetitive and allow you to complete pages without having to think too much or make decisions beyond the first colour choices! I love this book for insomniac nights, because it doesn’t matter about technique or colours etc, I’m focused on the activity of colouring. 

The line thickness and intricacy means that it may be difficult for people with vision or fine motor impairments to enjoy this book, but please do check out the images before you make up your mind. 

For some more geometric colouring, read this review!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review,

Batgirl x

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