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The Art Nouveau Colouring Book: Large and Small Projects to Enjoy (Search Press Colouring Books) is published and was very kindly sent to me to review by Search Press Publishing. The book itself is paperback and A4 in size with a glue-bound spine. The images are printed single-sided and do not enter the spine. The paper is a good thickness and bright white with a little tooth meaning you can use just about any colouring medium you fancy. My water-based pens shadowed and bled a little but this isn’t an issue because there is no image on the reverse. I found it very easy to blend and shade with my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. This book is part of a series and each book starts with 7 double-sided pages of coloured images that are contained within the book and then changes to single-sided black line images. This book contains images of all things Art Nouveau. It includes animals, flowers, leaves, fruit, and many more natural things. There are a number of beautiful, elongated flowing images of women, page borders, scrolls and banners, frames and much more. Everything is drawn in a characteristic Art Nouveau style that is really unmistakable. This book is unlike most other colouring books and is more of a collection of similarly themed images rather than a cohesive book that tells a story. Many of the pages consist of a number of small images grouped together on the same page that aren’t especially related to each other. To begin with, I found this quite off-putting because I love books that tell a story, however, the images are very nice and are great for practising blending and shading with coloured pencils and alcohol markers because the images are printed single-sided. This book contains over 190 Art Nouveau designs.
In terms of mental health, this book doesn’t have an awful lot of impact on it, though if you love Art Nouveau, it’s sure to calm you down and focus your thoughts. Because of the variety of image sizes, it’s a good book for those of you with fluctuating conditions because if you can’t focus much you can just spend a few minutes colouring one of the smaller images and then complete the larger images on days where you’re able to concentrate a bit more. The line thickness is consistent throughout and is medium/thin so you don’t need perfect vision or fine motor control to be able to stay within the lines. The images vary in intricacy and detail levels with some having lots of teeny tiny spaces and others being much larger, open designs. This book doesn’t have any full page designs, they’re all small motifs that are grouped together so you can colour just one, or all of them on a page if you’re feeling up to it. This is a lovely addition to any colouring collection and is great for practising colouring techniques.
If you’d like to purchase a copy it’s available here:
Amazon UK – The Art Nouveau Colouring Book: Large and Small Projects to Enjoy (Search Press Colouring Books)
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Art-Nouveau-Colouring-Book/9781782212119/?a_aid=colouringitmom
The image below was coloured using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.