Artist – John Wik
Pages – 104
Publisher – WIKArts – visit the website to see the full range and for more information.
As with the previous book of John Wiks’ I reviewed, Mosaics, this is an eye catching title. A primarily white, glossy card cover with a design from the book in a limited palette is simple but eye catching.
The spine is lightly glue bound, allowing for the spine to become pliable with a small amount of use.
The paper is bright white and quite textured. I was able to create a good amount of layers with pencils. I experienced some bleeding and shadowing with fineliners and waterbased markers, but this doesn’t really matter as the pages are single sided.
Alcohol markers will bleed, so please have a few sheets of paper or card to protect the image behind.
Images are surrounded with a 1-2cm border to prevent the images going into the spine, a relief for colourists!
John Wik creates wonderful geometric designs, mandalas, patterns and more out of simple lines and curves. This book is no exception. Each page has a well crafted mandala, that extends into a full page design.
Within this theme, Wik has managed a huge variety of images in Kaleidoscopes. Each page reveals a differently shaped and patterned mandala and pattern.
The line thickness is consistent throughout, remaining moderate within the pattern and mandala and slightly thicker on the edges.
Intricacy also varies. Most geometric patterns are quite detailed, and these are little exception. Some do contain larger spaces, while some contain mostly smaller areas.
One unique feature of these books is a table of contents of sorts. Four pages in the front of the book are dedicated to small tiles versions of the pages contained within. There are nine on each of these pages. These are great for finding a pattern that you want to colour quickly, having a very quick colouring break or even testing colours.
The last few pages of the book are samples of John Wiks’ other books, including GeoPatterns, GeoMandala and the original Kaleidoscopes edition. This is a nice way to test more of the artists designs and see if any of them suit you.
Geometric patterns and mandalas can be particularly useful for some people when they are in pain, feeling anxious or depressed. The repetitive pattern and lack of need to constantly make decisions combined with the action of colouring is soothing and gives your mind something else to focus on.
Kaleidoscopes is a great book for those with concentration issues. Despite being moderately to highly intricate, the images are sectioned so can be completed in small amounts depending on your ability to concentrate at the time. The ‘contents’ is also a fantastic way to colour and feel the benefits even if you can only concentrate for a few minutes. I know if I am feeling anxious, I can’t concentrate on a large image, so these smaller 5cm x 3cm tiles are very useful!
The line thickness used in these books means that it will most likely be suitable for those with vision impairments – I can see them without my glasses – but the intricacy may be an issue for those with fine motor impairments. As always, please check the images before you decide!
If you enjoy geometric designs that are a bit less intricate, read my review of The Anti Stress Colouring Book here.