Just Add Color: Mid-Century Modern Mania – A Review

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This book is published by Rockport, a sub-company of Quarto Publishing who kindly sent me a copy to review. Just Add Color: Mid-Century Modern Mania is one of the quirkiest colouring books I’ve come across and is unlike any I’ve seen. My mum described it perfectly as looking like an Ikea catalogue with all of the colour removed. It is a fun book that is filled with images of retro furniture, eccentric ornaments and not so stylish living spaces. There are pages of decorative bowls, clocks, kitchens and living rooms. There’s even a picture of a fondue taking you right back to 70’s dinner parties, or in my case, occasional special dinners in the 90’s made by my retro parents (I really fancy a cheese fondue now). The pictures are all illustrated by Jenn Ski giving the book a lovely cohesive style. They are all drawn with thin black lines so you will need a fair amount of fine motor control so that you don’t colour over the lines. There are a few small areas such as pot plants or drawing pins but this is not an intricate or finely detailed book so you don’t need perfect vision or huge amounts of concentration to be able to enjoy this book and get a calming or relaxing experience from it. This book is perfectly suited to any colouring medium because the images are printed one-sided so you don’t need to worry about bleeding. You could use sharpies or alcohol-markers with no issues, as well as felt-tips, fineliners, gel pens and colouring pencils. The pages are perforated meaning they can be removed to make colouring easier or afterwards so you can display your work. This book is so quirky that you can’t help but come away with a smile on your face. It’s really unusual and different and therefore ideal for those of you with a fairly exhaustive collection already. The paper and print quality are exceptional and you’re really getting a book that has been well put together and thought about rather than a rushed job where the paper or image quality has suffered. This book would be perfect for both male and female colourers because it’s modern and funky rather than pretty or delicate. If you would like to get yourself a copy then head over to Amazon via this link Just Add Color: Mid-Century Modern Mania.

For general review information about the Just Add Color series and information about other titles in the series click here.

The image below was coloured using Marco Raffine Coloured Pencils and Staedtler Triplus Fibre-Tips.

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