Artist – Lizzy Dee
Publisher – Parragon Books
Pages – 27
This book is massive – not thick, at 27 pages, but very large compared to most colouring books. At A3, 42cm x 29.7cm or 16.53 x 11.5 inches. The purpose behind this is to allow for ease of framing and displaying.
The spine is a lay flat binding, designed so the pages are very simple to remove. Images are not all surrounded by a border, but the spine allows easy access to the entire image.
The paper, or cardstock, is amazing. I tested a number of mediums on it, oil& wax based pencils, fineliner pens, watercolour pencils, water based markers and even alcohol markers. There was no bleeding, not even a light shadow. This is something that very few colouring products can boast, and is a great feature! If you are working with alcohol markers in the book, make sure you have a piece of paper behind just in case the ink does bleed, although I didn’t experience this at all.
This is one of two in the Make Your Own Gallery Wall Art series, the second being a ‘Letters’ book. This book has 27 full size patterns of all shapes and sizes. There are mandalas, geometric shapes, repeating patterns, such as my completed example, a page of keys, and even a Moroccan inspired pattern.
Between this variety, and the ability to add whatever colours and mediums you choose, this is a fantastic way to personalise, change or give some colour to the walls in your home.
Line thickness remains moderate throughout, despite the change in themes. This suits both the size and style of the book. Intricacy does vary somewhat, but even the most intricate images in this book contain quite large spaces due to the large size of the book.
If you like patterns, or just a simple variety of images, this book would be well suited for you. There is a mix of themes and patterns to suit any concentration levels.
The nature of these patterns also means that if your concentration is low, you can colour one area or section and take a break or just go headfirst and finish it in one go if you are needing distraction from pain or depression etc.
The large size of this book, combined with the ability to use all mediums, means I would certainly recommend it for people with joint pain. There is fewer intricate spaces, fewer need to turn and manoeuvre your hands and the size means it is easier to move around if needed.
The line thickness and intricacy means that it will most likely be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but as always, please check the images before deciding.