Artist – Johanna Basford
Pages/Postcards – 20
Publisher – Laurence King
A book of postcards to colour, the Secret Garden postcards are smaller than colouring books, at 15.5cm x 12cm (6.0 x 4.7 inches) and 20 ‘pages’ or postcards.
The cover is a firm card in black and white embellished with gold 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.
The images are all taken from the original Secret Garden book. Images are either scaled down full images or sections taken from single or double spreads.
The images are a wide variety from the book, with many popular images. The owl, the well, hummingbirds, the scarecrow, all feature along with the requisite flowers and garden images.
The intricacy is widely varied. Half of the images are quite simple, with large areas and less detail. Some contain a good mix of larger and more detailed areas. There are some images, ones that have been scaled down, that are beyond intricate. Images such as the well are scaled down, and even the steadiest hand would struggle to colour it. These are not very suitable for a colouring postcard in my opinion, and could have been replaced by less detailed images. Line thickness varies from very thin to moderate, a good range.
The garden and nature themes of Johanna Basfords artwork are fantastic for anxiety, concentration 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.
With the exception of the scaled down images I addressed above, I think these would most likely be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but please do check the images beforehand.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review