Publisher – Michael O’Mara Books
Pages/Postcards – 20
A book of postcards to colour, the Art Therapy postcards are smaller than colouring books, at 17cm x 12cm (6.7 x 4.7 inches) and 20 ‘pages’ or postcards.
The cover is a firm card in pastel pink with a coloured design from one of the postcards in a limited palette and silver foil.
The binding is what you would find on a notepad or legal pad, a soft glue binding that makes it very easy to remove the postcards from the book. I’ve removed 6-7 of these and not encountered any problems with this binding at all. If you prefer to leave them in the book to colour, the spine lays flat while you are colouring which is very handy!
The postcards themselves are a thick card. I experienced no bleeding or shadowing from waterbased markers. Make sure to remove the card, or pop a few sheets of paper behind it if you plan to use alcohol markers. I was able to achieve quite a few layers of coloured pencil with no issues.
If you are familiar with the Art Therapy series, you will recognise the style of images. There are a huge variety of images contained within these 20 images. Animals, patterns, mandalas, floral arrangements. All this and more, with a sense of consistency throughout.
The reverse of the images are a standard postcard format with a stamp box, address line and space for a message.
A unique feature is the backgrounds – in the images that do not take up the entire postcard, the backgrounds are pre-coloured. I thought this would be intrusive, but it hasn’t been. The backgrounds are easily ignored if you choose, or easily matched if you want to go that way.
The artwork does range quite a bit in terms of intricacy. Most of the images are on the more detailed side, but there are a few that are simpler. Line thickness is consistently moderate throughout. I’ve included a flipthrough with each postcard (excluding the two coloured images) at the end of this review.
I am loving postcards to colour. The small size makes them perfectly suited to most moods, particularly times of anxiety or pain when you may not be able to concentrate on a larger project.
The designs in the Art Therapy postcards are perfect for bright colours and markers, so suit low concentration levels well. The intricacy also means that you can choose to block colour areas or colour each individual space, depending on your need.
These may not be suitable for those with vision or motor impairments due to the intricacy, but as always please check the images before deciding.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review