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Art Therapy Postcards (Colour Your Stress Away) is published by Michael O’Mara and was kindly sent to me by them to review. This book of postcards contains 20 images that are similar in style to the book of the same name found reviewed by me here, but these images are different from the original book and are drawn by different illustrators. Each postcard is printed single-sided with a beautiful flower image on the reverse, and outlined stamp space and address lines on the back so that you can send them to family, friends and loved ones. The postcards are not perforated but are removable with a similar glue to that of note blocks which means they can be removed with a nice clean edge ready for sending or displaying, it also means the book lays flat for colouring. The postcards are made of thick, bright white card which didn’t bleed or shadow at all with my water-based pens and will only bleed if you use alcohol markers. The line thickness is consistent throughout and is thin but not very thin, so it’s perfectly colourable for those of you with fairly good vision and fine motor control.
The images contain a wide variety of patterns, nature scenes, animals and flowers, all made up of small patterned designs so that you can colour them in blocks or colour each little section a different colour. These postcards are ideal to use fineliners with or fairly sharp pencils so that you can get into all of the corners. The cover is presented in the same way as the original books with a coloured strip down the left-hand side and a beautiful animal (a fox in this case) taking centre stage and a lovely addition to the postcard cover is some gorgeous silver foiling which adds to the luxurious feel of them. Each image has colour added to it whether it be a border, the background or a splash of colour added to the design itself, they’re all started for you which I find ideal as an anxious colourer because I’m often put off by completely white pages because I don’t know where to start.
In terms of mental health, I would highly recommend these postcards. Postcards make a great, small colouring project for days when your concentration isn’t at its best and they’re also lovely because you can display them or gift them to people. If you’re going to post them, pop them in an envelope to avoid them getting ruined on their journey after your hard work colouring them. The images are intricate and detailed but not stupidly so, they’re all doable and the image content is very calming and relaxing which is perfect for those of us who are mentally ill. It’s a shame they’re not images from the original book of Art Therapy because I love those but actually, these ones have really grown on me and are very in keeping with the feel of the series despite being created by different illustrators. They’re almost all nature-based so they’re very soothing and they’re not overwhelming in size for your bad days when a whole page in a book just seems too much. They would be a really good project to practice mindfulness with because of the size of them they’d be manageable to colour whilst trying to just focus on your breathing and the present moment.
I would highly recommend these postcards to anyone who liked the Art Therapy series of books and anyone who is looking for postcards to colour. The images are manageable in complexity for many levels of colourers and the splash of colour in each image is ideal for the anxious among us who just need that little extra push to get started.
If you’d like to purchase a set then click below:
Amazon UK – Art Therapy Postcards (Colour Your Stress Away)
Book Depository Worldwide – https://www.bookdepository.com/Art-Therapy-Postcards-Chellie-Carroll/9781782434979/?a_aid=colouringitmom
For the image below I used Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners and the background came printed yellow.