Artist – Millie Marotta
Pages/Postcards – 30
Publisher – Batsford
As with most postcard editions of colouring books, the Animal Kingdom version is in book format. At 16 x 11.2cm (6.2 x 4.4 inches) it is a good size for home or travel.
The cover is a black, white and gold foil card, folding back to reveal a lay flat binding with a light glue binding, similar to a notepad. This makes the postcards very easy to remove.
The postcards are a thick card, bright white and smooth. Despite the smooth texture, I found pencils layered and blended quite easily. Waterbased markers did not bleed or shadow, but be careful with a heavy hand and alcohol markers. Ensure you either remove the card or have a page behind to protect the next one.
All thirty images are taken from Millie Marottas Animal Kingdom book. Some of these are the full images scaled down, some are sections of images, and others are the main feature of an image centred in the postcard.
The reverse of the postcards are completely blank save for a small lower copyright notice in the lower corner.
The intricacy varies widely in this postcard edition. Scaled down images are incredibly intricate, only the finest of pens and sharpest pencils will be able to colour these. Images that have been taken and sectioned are less intricate, with larger spaces and less detail. Line thickness remains consistently thin throughout.
The nature themes of Millie Marottas artwork are fantastic for mental health or pain issues, as the subject and colour palette are innately soothing. These are perfect for those who would benefit from this, but may not have the concentration to focus on the full version.
The variety of intricacy is well suited to those with fluctuating mental health or pain issues, as you can find a detailed postcard to distract yourself, or a less detailed one if you cannot focus properly.
The postcards (with the exception of a handful of very intricate images) will most likely be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but as always, please check the images beforehand.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review