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Modern Elegance: 45+ Weirdly Wonderful Designs to Color for Fun & Relaxation (Coloring Art) is published and was very kindly sent to me by Search Press Publishing and is illustrated by Amanda Murphy. This book contains over 45 images which are all printed single-sided and are perforated for easy removal for gifting, framing, or even before colouring to make it easier to get to all the areas. The book itself is A4, paperback and glue-bound. The pages are bright white and fairly thick and water-based pens didn’t bleed but did shadow, though this doesn’t matter as the images are printed on one-side only. The paper is lightly textured meaning it’s ideal for using pencils too and you can easily build up a few layers for blending and shading. Because the pages are perforated, you don’t have to worry about the borderless images entering the spine so you can colour all the way up to the edges without that horrid unreachable strip down the middle. The images range from swirly to floral, and most are repeating patterns that are quite similar to wallpaper, rather than natural scenes. The images include foliage, flowers, circles, swags, paisleys and more and they’re all very elegant and just waiting to be improved with colour. At the back of the book is a page explaining the basics about colour including information on primary, secondary and tertiary colours, blending and shading, and colour schemes that work well including monochromatic and analogous schemes. This is great for the novice colourer to help you get started!
In terms of mental health, this book is great for those of you with fluctuating conditions who want a book that will adapt to your needs. The line thickness varies throughout from spindly thin to medium thickness so this isn’t one for those of you with poor eyesight or fine motor control challenges but it’s great for people who really want something to distract them and keep them focused. The level of intricacy and detail also varies but most of the images are fairly detailed and delicate so you’ll definitely need a good set of sharp pencils or fineliners to get the most out of this book. It’s a great book for those of you who find detail useful for keeping symptoms at bay and it’s one to avoid if this sort of colouring increases your stress levels in any way. You will need fairly good concentration to really get the most out of this book though the difficulty level does vary so some images need a bit less focus. The swirling nature of the images, as well as the repetition and flowers makes this a great book for mental health because these things are very soothing and calming for relieving mental illness symptoms.
I would recommend this book for those with a fluctuating condition, who have good vision and fine motor control and like wallpaper-style repetitive patterns. It’s great for those who use alcohol markers because the pages are single-sided and the perforations make page removal really easy.
If you’d like to purchase a copy it’s available below:
Amazon UK – Modern Elegance: 45+ Weirdly Wonderful Designs to Color for Fun & Relaxation (Coloring Art)
Book Depository Worldwide – https://www.bookdepository.com/Modern-Elegance/9781617452802/?a_aid=colouringitmom
The image below was coloured using Stabilo 68 Fibre-tip pens.