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The Creative Colouring For Grown-Ups series by Michael O’Mara is their largest series and one of, if not the, largest colouring book series on the market currently. I have 6 editions which are each reviewed individually below so this is an overview of the series generally so that you don’t have to read the same paragraph each time when you’re trying to find out about each title and what sorts of images are included.
So, without further ado, as far as I’ve seen, all of the full-sized books are made with the same paper which is bright white, fairly thick and doesn’t bleed when using felt-tip or fibre-tip pens but does bleed when using water-based fineliners (I’ve tried a number of brands of each and felt-tips are safe but all fineliners, even the lightest colours, do bleed through to the reverse image). The paper in the travel sized books however is slightly thicker and I experienced no bleeding from felt-tips or fineliners. The books are all printed double-sided and each image has a thin margin around it to prevent any of the image being lost into the spine. The full-size editions are A4 size, paperback and glue-bound. The smaller editions are just shy of A5 size and are softback (the covers are pretty rigid but do bend so it’s not a hardback) and have an elastic band to keep them closed making them perfect for travelling and popping in your handbag or luggage if you fancy colouring on the move. Each book contains over 100 images roughly grouped into a titled theme, some are a lot more obscure than others like Gorgeous or Creative rather than Tattoo, or Typography (I don’t have the latter two but have seen inside and they do exactly what the title states). The images within each book are really varied as you’ll see in the individual reviews below. No colour has been added to the pages so you’re free to use whatever colour scheme you fancy and the paper is suited to most mediums so you can either stick to one, or mix and match as you please.
The travel-size editions, rather than having scaled down images, are actually just the middle of the full-size images cut out (see pictures below). This means that a fair few of the images in the travel-sized copies are a little strange and oddly centred because they were originally meant to be A4 size and have just had the middle chunk copied onto smaller paper (see below). However, because they’ve not been scaled down, it means that the intricate images are still able to be coloured without the spaces being impossibly small.
For more information about each specific title, please click on the individual reviews below where you’ll see what type and style of images are included in each book, as well as plenty of photos from inside each one. Happy Colouring!
The Can’t Sleep Colouring Book – Review
The Can’t Sleep Colouring Book (Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups) – Buy it here