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Annette Rand has kindly sent me a set of her newest three titles to run a UK Giveaway. If you are a UK resident and would like to be in with the chance of winning a copy of Peaceful Patterns, Pets, and Rabbits and Hares, then head over to my Facebook page and enter via the pinned post by 8pm on Sunday the 3rd of April.
Doodle Artist – Rabbits & Hares: A colouring book for grown ups is a lovely book illustrated and kindly sent to me by Annette Rand. This book is filled with 2 copies of 20 full-page images of rabbits and hares and they’re lovely! This paperback book is A4 size, with a portrait cover and a mixture of portrait and landscape images. The book is glue-bound so it’s a little difficult to get it to lie flat but the images are printed single-sided with a large border around them so none of the image is lost into the spine. What I really noticed about this book, apart from the stunning images, is the paper quality. Many self-published books are printed on thin paper that you can see half the proceeding images through. Not-so in Annette’s book, the paper is bright white and thick enough that my water-based fineliners shadowed but didn’t bleed at all or chew up the paper in any way so it was a joy to colour and would be perfect for pens or pencils and you could even use your sharpies or alcohol pens with a protective sheet behind so that the next image doesn’t get spoiled. The images are all of rabbits and hares, as you’d expect, but as with Annette’s other books, they come in a variety of styles and are all filled with beautiful patterns that you can colour within or colour over to make the colouring experience easier or harder.
In terms of mental health, this book is lovely. It’s really calming and has various different levels of intricacy to suit your good and bad days. The line thickness is the same throughout and I would describe it as thin but not very thin (approximately fineliner thickness). The lines are crisp and accurate with no fuzziness, blurring or not quite joining up so this is a really professional looking book. The images of the rabbits and hares are very varied ranging from mandalas to scenes, pairs to singles, patterns to more realistic, there is a surprising amount of variety added to a single, potentially limiting subject! Some of the bunnies have larger open spaces to colour in blocks and others have intricate patterns covering them that create lots of small spaces for you to take your time over colouring in. The rabbits and hares are beautifully drawn – some are swirly, some are patterned, some are furry and a few are more abstract. This really is the colouring book bible for all those who love rabbits and hares. The majority of the images aren’t drawn like real-life rabbits, because they’re covered in patterns or hidden within mandalas but this means that you can use any colour scheme you like, as you’ll see from my bright blue bunny below!
I found this book really calming and relaxing. As with all nature themed books, I find them the most relaxing and the best at reducing my anxiety levels and this book was no exception. The pictures are beautiful, there are no filler images and each has definitely earnt its right to be there and you could even cut them out once you’re done and frame them. The variation in levels of detail and intricacy means that as long as you have fairly good vision, you’ll be able to enjoy this book on your good and bad days and those of you with moderate to good fine motor control will definitely get a huge amount out of this book. The image below was coloured using Staedtler Triplus Fibre-Tip Pens.
If you’d like to get a copy of Rabbits and Hares then head over to
Amazon UK – Doodle Artist – Rabbits & Hares: A colouring book for grown ups
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Doodle-Artist-Rabbits-Hares-Annette-Rand/9781519452634/?a_aid=colouringitmom
If you’d like to read my reviews of Annette’s other titles then click below:
Doodle Artist Butterflies
Doodle Artist Fanciful Rats
Doodle Artist Peaceful Patterns
Doodle Artist Pets
Doodle Artist Simply Snowflakes