Publisher – Michael O’Mara Books
Pages – 96
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.
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.
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
Another great book with a variety of calming images is reviewed here.