– Hannah Lynn
– Hannah Lynn Art & Design
As regular readers know, anything fantasy themed gets my attention – that’s what grabbed me about Hannah Lynns first book (reviewed here) and again with this one.
The cover is a glossy cardstock, complete with a collage of completed images from the book, for an outstanding effect.
The book is 20.3 x 13.3cm or 8 x 5.25 inches – meaning it is the perfect solution to a long wait time, a train ride, boring lunch break or just a quicker colouring project!
The spine is glue bound, which means it can withstand quite a bit of manoeuvring without pages falling out or the spine breaking. The spine is quite pliable with some use as well, which is a very helpful feature.
Images are single sided, which is fantastic – something I’m seeing more and more amongst all levels of publishers!
The images also contain a very helpful border around the edge of the image, preventing the image entering the spine!
One very handy feature, that I hope is continued with her next book is the contents pages. These are very small tiles containing the image and title, making it easy to refer to the original artwork or inspiration for the image.
The paper is not very thick, but does have a bit of texture, and works well with pencils. One of the introductory pages instructs you to place a few pages of copy paper behind each image, to prevent bleeding or indentation from pencils.
I do wish the paper was a little thicker as the images are so suited to the vibrancy of markers, but this is easily fixed with some paper behind the image.
Pages are not perforated, but would be easily removed from the glue spine if you wished to remove them.
As with the first book, this pocket sized edition contains images from Hannah’s portfolio of images; cropped so that the image is focussed on the areas around the face. This by no means is the only content of the book – there are unicorns, wolves, landscapes, plantlife, clothing, hair and more to colour within this book.
The images are quite a bit smaller than Hannah’s previous book, and contain no repeats. The main focus of this book is on the girls/mermaids/fairies etc themselves, with a side focus on their surroundings and companions.
The images are a mix of portrait and landscape. Some of the images are a close up of the woman’s face, hair and a small part of the surroundings, some are of the entire figure with some of the surroundings, others still have half the figure and half the images. I feel it is a good mix – if you are after a small colouring project; you can choose to focus on people, the natural themes in the image, or just go section by section.
The linework remains thin-moderate throughout, and this suits the style of image quite well. Any thicker and the lines would be quite jarring with the imagery and themes I think. The intricacy varies, as mentioned above, some images focus on the figure and have larger areas, while some have other components and smaller areas. On the whole, the intricacy is moderate, with a good mix of smaller and larger areas.
My two favourite colouring ‘themes’, particularly for health benefits, are fantasy and nature. This one has both, and I think the benefits are great.
The images take you to this world; where there are magical creatures, fairies and gorgeous landscapes. I often find myself completely immersed in wondering about the background of the images/characters while colouring. This is fantastic for distracting you from pain, anxiety, depression or just a plain bad day! There are images that suit any level of concentration, with larger spaces or a higher level of intricacy. Overall, the intricacy is moderate and would suit most people well.
The line thickness and intricacy makes it most likely suitable for anyone with a vision impairment or fine motor skill issues, but as always, please check the images before purchasing!
Personally, I find this book very helpful when I am feeling down or am in a great deal of pain – the fantastical imagery and whimsy in the book, combined with the detail and smaller size makes it perfect for these times.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review. For more pocket sized fantasy , make sure to read my review of Selina Fenechs’ Magical Minis here!
Hannah Lynns third book, Simply Sweet is available now on Amazon (here) – make sure to follow the blog so you know as soon as I have reviewed it!