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This is a very stylised book that is quite far removed from the standard adult colouring books that most of us are now used to. It contains many images of women in unpatterned clothing with very large expanses to add designs to as you wish. This book is very suited to those of you who are more artistic and who enjoy doodling and drawing in addition to colouring, rather than those of us who just want to colour in a pre-drawn design. If you’re someone who struggles with ideas or isn’t interested in doodling or adding patterns then I’d suggest this book isn’t for you because there isn’t that much actual colouring that can be done in this book because the expanses are so large limiting you to use coloured pencils or felt-tips (often these streak over big areas). If you’re into zentangle then this could be a great book for you. This book is like an issue of Vogue with all the colour removed, it’s very similar to a fashion catalogue and includes pictures of whole outfits as well as jewellery, bags, shoes and even lingerie. As someone who is not a doodler, I struggled to pick pages to colour in and found it challenging to come up with patterns to add to the designs but I did get there in the end and in some ways the challenge did me some good and got me out of my comfort zone. However, I didn’t find this book calming which is the main reason I colour and found that it did add to my stress levels so bear that in mind if anxiety or low frustration tolerance are issues for you. For anyone interested in fashion or design, this is a must though, particularly if you’re not great at drawing people and just want to design clothing because the hard bit is already done for you! If you do purchase this book then I’d invest in a good set of fineliners so that you can create coloured doodles and patterns (see my shoe designs in the picture below which I drew using Stabilo .88s). The images below were completed using Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners, Marco Raffine coloured pencils and Staedtler Triplus Fibre-Tips.
You can buy your copy here-Art Therapy: My Fashion Colouring Book: 100 Designs for Colouring In.- Amazon UK
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