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I Heart Baking Colouring is published and was very kindly sent to me to review by Buster Books. When I saw that my two favourite pastimes were being combined into one super cute book, I was very excited! I love baking and my favourite food is cake but colouring baked treats is guilt-free because you get all of the fun with none of the calories. This book is 15cm square, paperback with petrol blue card covers and silver foiling accents on the front. The spine is glue and string-bound making it very durable but a little tricky to reach the centre of the images, it will ease up over time. The paper is bright white medium thickness and lightly textured, pencils work well on it and water-based pens don’t bleed and only occasionally shadow so as long as you’re careful this book can be used with felt-tips and fineliners if you wish; steer clear of alcohol pens or you’ll ruin the reverse image with bleed-through. The illustrations are printed double-sided and are a mixture of single and double-page spreads with the majority being single pages. This book is packed full of images of sweet treats, pastries, savoury dishes and even some fruit and veg (it does go a little off-topic at points). The illustrations are drawn by a number of different artists and therefore there are a number of image styles throughout. Some of the content includes cakes, doughnuts, sweets, vegetables, pizza, fruit, biscuits, macarons, teacups, kettles, bunting, cupcakes, aprons, Easter eggs, jam jars, baking equipment, and so much more! Many of the pages are collections of images of associated items and others are scenes of tea parties or biscuit displays. There’s a huge assortment of tasty treats packed in and this book is sure to keep up with your appetite for colourable baking but may make you hungry in the process.
In terms of mental health, this book is a great one for distraction. It’s lots of fun, full of quirks and whimsy, and a great one to flick through during a bored moment. The size of the pages means that you can finish a page in a matter of minutes if you wish so this is an ideal book for those of you with very poor concentration or who like a really quick colouring fix. The line thickness varies throughout and ranges from thin to medium/thick. The intricacy and detail levels also vary hugely from teeny tiny details all the way up to much larger open spaces. This means that it’ll suit most levels of vision and fine motor control though I’d advise against anyone with particularly poor levels of either of those buying this book as you won’t get the most from it. I Heart Baking epitomises variety and really does have something for everyone and every concentration and ability level. On bad days you can opt to quickly colour one doughnut and on better days you can colour a full table of cupcakes or anything in between. This book is a great size to pop in your bag for colouring on the move as it doesn’t take up much space.
I would highly recommend this book to any baking enthusiasts and anyone looking for something fun and quirky to really go to town on. Cakes don’t have to be coloured in brown and you can add all sorts of splashes of colour with lime green icing and purple fruit. I love this book and think it’s a must-have for all colouring foodies!
If you’d like to purchase a copy it’s available here:
Amazon UK – I Heart Baking Colouring
Book Depository Worldwide – https://www.bookdepository.com/I-Heart-Baking-Colouring-Various-Illustrators/9781780554488/?a_aid=colouringitmom
The image below was coloured using Stabilo 68 Fibre-tip Pens.