Artist – C. J Hughes
Pages – 64
Publisher – Dover Publications
The people at Dover Publications have been making colouring books for adults for a long time, and they have the formula down pat!
Chalkboard Art is no different – at 20.8cm x 27.9cm it sits flush with most colouring books, and at 64 pages is a nice length for home, work or travel.
The spine is lightly bound, preventing the images from entering the spine – a common frustration!
The cover is a striking black with a brightly coloured image from the book on a glossy card. It is an eyecatching title.
The paper is a medium thickness with a small amount of texture. This does allow for some layers of pencils, but not many. The paper is well suited to markers however, and is one sided so there is no need to worry about markers bleeding through.
The pages are perforated, allowing for easy removal for whatever purpose you need it for!
The images in this book are unique, as they aren’t the same as other black background colouring books. The images are black backgrounds with white artwork, but it is as if someone has drawn it in chalk right in front of you! The effect is quite striking, although does take a little adjusting to.
As the images are not entirely white, shading over the images may have different effects, depending on the amount of white. This is an easy adjustment though, and I found it interesting to see what the colour would look like.
Each image is an inspirational quote, surrounded by a design. Images vary from long whites and designs to quotes of a few words and simple designs.
Intricacy remains fairly simple throughout, the majority of images are made up of larger spaces with only a small amount containing small designs. The benefit of black background images is that you can block colour these areas without being able to see in the finished product.
I think inspirational quotes are a great theme to colour when you are feeling down or anxious – it gives you something positive to focus on and bring to life with colour.
The added benefit of this book is the new experience of colouring ‘chalkboard art’ – not a difficult adjustment but definitely something different to the usual! This is great for distraction from pain or any thoughts you may want to stop.
The large spaces are great for those with joint pain or similar that struggle to manoeuvre into smaller spaces. This is also suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but please do check the images before you decide.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review!
For another wonderfully inspirational colouring book, have a look at this review of the Notes Of The Universe colouring book!