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Pretty Patterns: Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups is published and was kindly sent to me for review by Michael O’Mara and is part of the Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups series. This book contains a huge number of images, the majority of which are floral or nature inspired. It also includes some patterns including geometric, repeating, swirling, kaleidoscopic, and abstract. The pictures range from close-ups of flower centres, to repeating flower patterns, garden-style scenes and wallpaper-style designs. In terms of mental health, this book, as with the others in the series contains a huge variety of image content, image style and complexity. The images are drawn in various line thickness from very thin to very thick and a few have black backgrounds. Some are very intricate with plenty of detail which will take hours to complete and others are simpler with less detail and larger open spaces. This means that the book adapts to your fluctuating condition so if you can’t concentrate well then you can colour some of the plainer images and if you really need to get stuck in and distracted you can use the more complex pictures. The patterns are great for practising meditation and mindfulness techniques so it’s really useful for your mental health. This book is a great all-rounder and can be used by those with a range of levels of fine motor control and visual acuity. It’s also a wonderful book for practising your blending and shading skills because flowers make the perfect subject for showing light and shade and colour changes. Because this book is so heavily set in the natural world it is inherently very calming and relaxing so it’s ideal for those of you who suffer with stress or anxiety and of all of the books I have in this series, this is my current favourite because of the natural images. I would highly recommend this book, particularly if you’re wanting to dip your toe into the world of adult colouring. It’s a great price for so many pictures and the variety of image styles and intricacy levels means that the book will adapt to your needs as they change on good and bad days. For more information about the book itself including paper quality and binding style and for more information on other titles in the series click here. If you’d like to purchase a copy then head to Amazon via this link Pretty Patterns: Creative Colouring for Grown-UpsThe images below were coloured using Marco Raffine Coloured Pencils and Staedtler Triplus Fibre-Tips.
N.B There is a travel-size book of the same name with the same cover photo which I have reviewed here but please note that the images in that book are NOT the same as this book and are actually the images from The Creative Colouring Book for Grown-Ups which is reviewed here.