Coloring Notebook

Pukka Pad A4 Colour In and Personalise Project Book – A Review

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Pukka Pad A4 Colour In and Personalise Project Book is part of the Pukka Pad stationery range and was kindly sent to me to review. This notebook is A4 in size and exactly the same size, shape and format as their standard project notebooks with spiral-binding, thick flexible card covers, and 5 differently coloured plastic pocket divider pages with tabs that can be written on to label each section (the colours of these are black, bright pink, yellowy-green, pale pink and lilac). All of the pages are lined with the usual thickness lines of this style of notebook. What makes this project book different is the 6 sides of covers that you can colour. At the front of the book are two double-sided card covers each with a different design on, the front of each has the Pukka Pad logo on, coloured in pink on the first, and left blank on the second, the inside covers of each are still uniquely designed and these don’t have the wording on them. The back cover is identical to the two designs on the first of the front covers so you get 6 A4 sides to colour with a total of 4 unique designs. The card the covers are printed on is very thick and one side is quite shiny and the other matte, both textures are equally easy to colour on with alcohol markers and I experienced no bleed-through or shadowing when using either side so you’ll be able to colour all 6 covers using alcohol markers if you wish. The matte sides will be fine to use water-based pens on or pencils if you wish, but the shiny sides are only really suitable for alcohol markers as the surface repels water-based inks. At the bottom of each notebook page is a doodle bar with the same pattern repeating throughout the book, I personally found this a shame because I’m not overly keen on colouring the same pattern 200 times, it would have been better to have them all different if possible or at least alternating between a few designs. The paper is standard notebook paper so it’s relatively thin at 80gsm and sadly, water-based pens do noticeably shadow when colouring the doodle bar on each page. When writing, there is a little shadowing but this is standard throughout most notebooks of this type. The doodle bar itself is a simple mosaic style floral pattern which certainly has lots of scope for different colour palettes, you could challenge yourself to do a different one for each of the 200 copies! The covers are a good variety of images with one being butterflies (2 copies), one repeated flower designs, one the mosaic style floral pattern shown much larger and in full (2 copies), and one a floral, circular, scaly type pattern.

In terms of mental health, this notebook doesn’t offer a huge amount of colouring so as a specific colouring product it’s not ideal, however, as a notebook, that you might need to be using anyway, with added colouring to do, it’s a really nice product and it’ll be really handy for giving you a quick colouring fix. When I was at uni and sat in lectures I’d often draw heaps of simple shapes and then colour them in, it helped me concentrate and stay focused, I wish colouring notebooks had existed at the time because not only would I have had space to write lecture notes but I could also have coloured in without having to look like a teenager with a ridiculous crush by drawing and colouring in hearts all over my book because I couldn’t draw anything else. The line thickness varies across and throughout the images from spindly thin to medium thickness, the intricacy and detail levels vary hugely too from teeny tiny spaces to larger open spaces, you will need pretty good vision and fine motor control but it doesn’t need to be perfect and you could easily do what I did and colour over some of the small sections or background patterns. The doodle strips on each page won’t take you long to colour at all which is ideal for colouring on the go and colouring on bad days, you could colour all of the covers ready for using the notebook for a new term or semester, or you could colour as you go and just fill in sections when you fancy. This notebook once finished will look fabulous and be really personal and it’s sure to brighten up your day and make dull lecture notes a bit more exciting.

Overall, I would highly recommend this project book. There’s not a huge amount of different imagery to colour which is a bit of a shame but it’s nicely produced and the images included are very nice, the project book itself is great as always from Pukka Pad!

If you’d like to purchase one, it’s available here:
Amazon UK – Pukka Pad A4 Colour In and Personalise Project Book

The cover below was coloured using Sharpie Fine Point Alcohol Markers, the notebook page was coloured using Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners.

UK Giveaway and Review – The Coloring Notebook

The Coloring Notebook is published and kindly sent to me to review by Coloring Notebook LLC. Colouring notebooks and journals are becoming increasingly popular as people are wanting to combine their love of colouring with their desire to write, many people associate journaling or writing a diary with adding doodles but for those of us with no drawing or doodling talent, the colouring notebook solves the problem of wanting to be creative but not being able to draw. This book is A5, hardback with a soft feel black cover with the words Coloring Notebook embossed on the back cover, it has a card slip around it which is removable and states what type of paper is inside and it has a black elasticated band to keep the book closed making it the perfect size and design to take with you on the move. The spine is glue and stitch bound so it’s durable and should be hard-wearing but this does mean that there is a gutter down the centre of the pages which makes it difficult to reach the centre of the images. The book and pages have rounded corners and there is a helpful yellow satin ribbon bookmark to mark your page for easy access, on the inside of the back cover is an expandable thick paper pocket which is described as able to fit A5 sheets of paper but is an inch too short for this. The coloring notebook contains 176 pages of 100gsm pages, the paper is described as archival quality and the website states you can use most mediums but I found this not to be the case. The paper is a cream colour and is thin (outlines of the images can easily be seen through the pages), I experienced heavy shadowing throughout and bleed-through in numerous places so I’d avoid using any type of pen apart from possibly gel pens, and sticking to coloured pencils which are ok to blend and layer on this paper though there’s not much tooth so you can’t build up a lot of layers. The notebooks all contain the same images but you can order them with plain, lined or dot-grid paper so they can be used for a multitude of tasks and you can order the best one to suit your needs. I was sent lined and dot-grid copies and am personally a fan of the lined paper as the dots are quite faint though this would be useful for creating diagrams or patterns. The illustrations themselves are a really random and quirky assortment of pictures created by numerous artists, they are mostly single pages and kept to the right hand page and 5 are double-page spreads. There are a fair number of double-page spreads with no images so there is plenty of room for writing, doodling or drawing, as well as over 50 colouring pages so there’s loads to keep you busy all in one notebook. The images range from cartoons and random objects like floppy discs to futuristic scenes from space, fantasy scenes of a Godzilla-style monster rampaging through the streets, to images of cupcakes and pasta dishes. There really is something for everyone, there’s even a mandala!

In terms of mental health, this notebook is great for those of you who want to combine journaling, doodling or drawing with colouring, you could even use it to jot down notes about your mental health and keep a record of it. The line thickness varies throughout and ranges from medium thickness to spindly thin so you’ll need pretty good vision and fine motor control for some of the images. The intricacy and detail levels do vary but most of the images are very intricate and detailed with few large open spaces meaning these images will take quite a long time to colour. There are a number of images that are made up of various small component parts so this notebook can definitely be easily used by those with fluctuating symptoms or concentration levels because you can easily colour one cupcake or raccoon on a bad day, or a whole page or even double-page spread on a good day when your focus is good. This notebook offers a great way of being creative for those of us who can’t or don’t like to draw and who want to combine creativity with journaling or note-writing of some kind. The illustrations are so varied that you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy colouring and they’re not pretty or girly so this notebook would suit male and female colourers alike with its quirky, fun and often downright random imagery!

I would recommend this coloring notebook to people who want to combine colouring with any activity that they usually use a normal notebook for. If you’re a pen-lover then I’d steer clear because of the thin paper as it bleeds badly, but if you love colouring in pencils or pastels then you’ll love combining colouring and writing or doodling. These notebooks aren’t available on Amazon but can be ordered to most places worldwide from the Coloring Notebook website here.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on one and would like a copy with the dot-grid paper then head over to my Facebook page where I’m running a giveaway for my second copy. This competition is open to UK residents only and will close at 8pm on Monday the 11th of July.

The image below was coloured using Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners.

Animorphia Notebook – A Review

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Animorphia Notebook is illustrated by Kerby Rosanes and published and kindly sent to me to review by Michael O’Mara books. Colouring notebooks and journals are becoming increasingly popular as people are wanting to combine their love of colouring with their desire to write. Many people associate journaling or writing a diary with adding doodles, but for those of us with no drawing or doodling talent, the colouring notebook solves the problem of wanting to be creative, but not being able to draw. This notebook is fun, quirky, neon, and filled with incredible illustrations from the hugely popular Animorphia colouring book which I’ve reviewed here. This notebook is A5 in size, softback (with a soft-feel, sturdy cover which I’m guessing would be wipe-clean), flexibound (meaning it’ll take some working to get to the centre of the spine but that it’ll hold up to lots of use), and it has a neon orange elastic band to keep it closed when transporting it and to prevent it getting damaged in a bag. The paper is bright white and medium thickness so it is mostly fine with water-based pens but it does shadow a little and can bleed if you’re not careful so do test somewhere inconspicuous. The paper is pretty smooth so it’s not ideal for pencils but you’ll be able to build up a few layers. The pages are double-sided so I would recommend using pencil to write in the journal, or water-based pens rather than ball-points which would dent the paper heavily and take away from its lovely smooth feel. The notebook contains 128 pages and these are a huge mixture of: plain white pages with some small animals and doodles; a few black background pages with animal illustrations; lined pages with doodled borders; and a few double-page spread images with illustrations dotted around,  drawn over a corner, or one half. The notebook starts with a “This book belongs to…” page and then continues into the plain paper and lined paper pages (lots of photographs of these below). The images are borderless and do enter the spine which can be reached with some hefty manipulation and patience. The illustrations are all from the original book and sections of these are displayed throughout, with lots of whole animals, as well as alien people on paper aeroplanes, and all sorts of other quirky scenes. One major difference to note is that a large number of the images have splashes of neon orange added to them. I wasn’t keen on this to begin with because it may well interfere with my desired colour schemes, however, this feature has grown on me and it’s quite easily disguised when colouring with bright pens and will be a bright accent on more subtly coloured pages.

In terms of mental health, this notebook would be ideal for those who journal and like to write down their thoughts, feelings, memories and ideas, who also love to colour, because you can seamlessly combine the two without the need for two separate notebooks. The images are quirky, fun and sure to put a smile on your face which is ideal for your dark days. There are spaces around some of the designs where you could add your own doodles and creations but this is by no means necessary and the pages all look finished without the need for doodles. The line thickness is consistent throughout and is medium/thin, so you don’t need perfect vision or fine motor control to enjoy this notebook. The images are intricate and detailed and pretty consistent throughout, but there are large open spaces on some of the animals like the toucan, chameleon and fox where you can go to town with your blending and shading. You will need a fair amount of concentration for the larger images but most of them aren’t huge so they don’t take days and days to complete and you could easily colour them alongside your journaling so that once you get to the end of the notebook the whole thing becomes a beautiful keepsake. There is a huge range of drawing sizes from a little alien on its own, to small scenes, all the way up to double-page spreads so there really is something for any level of functioning – good, bad, and everything in between. The illustrations are ideal for people who also own the book to attempt colour schemes that they might not be brave enough to do their first version of in the book.

I would highly recommend this journal for all Animorphia fans, stationery addicts, and those who love to write and ‘need’ a new notebook. This is wonderfully quirky, beautifully illustrated and ideal for mixing colouring and writing and it’s perfect for your bad mental health days when all you can cope with colouring is a few alien creatures. This journal is well-made, sure to be hard-wearing and with its splash of fluorescent orange throughout it’s sure to brighten up the darkest of days.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this notebook it’s available here:
Amazon UK – Animorphia Notebook
Book Depository Worldwide – https://www.bookdepository.com/Animorphia-Notebook-Kerby-Rosanes/9781910552230/?a_aid=colouringitmom

If you can’t get enough of the Animorphia images then check out these beautiful postcards:
My Review of the Animorphia Postcards
Amazon UK – Animorphia Postcards
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Animorphi-Postcards-Kerby-Rosanes/9781910552247/?a_aid=colouringitmom

And if you’re late to the Animorphia party and haven’t got yourself a copy of the book yet head here:
My Animorphia Review
Amazon UK – Animorphia: An Extreme Colouring and Search Challenge
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Animorphi-Kerby-Rosanes/9781910552070/?a_aid=colouringitmom

If you can’t get enough of Kerby’s work then you can pre-order his next title Imagimorphia in both the US and UK versions which have different covers and publishing dates:
UK Edition
Amazon UK – Imagimorphia
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Imagimorphi-Kerby-Rosanes/9781910552148/?a_aid=colouringitmom
US Edition
Amazon UK – Imagimorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Imagimorphi-Kerby-Rosanes/9780399574122/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The images below were coloured using Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners.

Zoombook Colouring Notebook – A Review

 

The Zoombook Colouring Notebook is published and was kindly sent to me for review by Zoombook. Colouring notebooks and journals are becoming increasingly popular as people are wanting to combine their love of colouring with their desire to write, many people associate journaling or writing a diary with adding doodles but for those of us with no drawing or doodling talent, the colouring notebook solves the problem of wanting to be creative but not being able to draw. The Zoombook is 20cms square with an artificial leather hard cover and glue and stitch-bound pages, the spine is fairly tight so a little of some of the images is lost into it though most of the images are of objects in the centre of the page so these don’t enter the spine. The book contains 108 pages including 54 images, most of which are single-page designs and a few of which are double-page spreads and on the pages without images the paper is lined with a 1cm blank border all the way around. The book starts with a floral page where you can write your name, address, or purpose of the book on the few lines provided and then each subsequent double-page spread contains an image. The paper is bright white and medium thickness and I found that water-based fineliners shadowed heavily and did bleed through a little so I would stick to pencils both for colouring and for writing and avoid ballpoint pens or you’ll get lots of indentations marking your colouring surface. The paper is lightly textured making it perfect for blending and shading with pencils. The pages all have a coloured edging so that when the book is closed it has a beautiful colour all the way around it. These notebooks are available in a range of colours, currently 6 combinations, though 8 are pictured on the website, each one has a different coloured cover and paper edging and a beautiful dandelion style image is hand-pressed into the front cover with foiling that matches the page edging colour. My colour combination is dark teal with turquoise paper edging. The images themselves are really floral and girly and the images are the same in all of the different colour combinations so you are free to pick your favourite colour, rather than your favourite images. The illustrations have varied content all filled with floral patterns and leaves and mostly contain an object of some kind including various musical instruments, a wheelbarrow, a telephone, food, cutlery and cooking utensils, feminine objects like perfume bottles and fans, gloves, hats and dresses, it’s full to the brim with flowers and prettiness.

In terms of mental health, this colouring notebook would be ideal for those who journal and like to write down their thoughts, feelings, memories and ideas and who also love to colour because you can seamlessly combine the two without the need for two separate notebooks. The images are really pretty and nature-inspired making them perfect for calming you down and settling you and they feel very positive so they won’t have any adverse effects on your mental health. There are spaces around some of the designs where you could add your own doodles and creations but these are by no means necessary and the pages all look finished without the need for doodles. The line thickness is consistent throughout and is thin, verging on spindly thin so you definitely need good (but not perfect) vision and fine motor control to get the most out of this book. Of course, you could just leave the images blank and use it as a pretty notebook though that would be a little bit heart-breaking for me, this is a colouring blog afterall! The images are intricate and detailed and pretty consistent throughout, there aren’t many large open spaces so any blending and shading you might want to do will probably be over the lines using them as texture underneath, rather than within the lines. You will need a fair amount of concentration but the images aren’t huge so they don’t take days and days to complete and you could easily complete them alongside your journaling so that once you get to the end of the notebook the whole thing is completed and you have a beautiful keepsake.

I would highly recommend the Zoombook colouring notebook for anyone who is a stationery addict, anyone who loves to journal and anyone who really wants a pretty colouring notebook to write in for whatever reason. The images are beautiful, floral and natural and will bring a lovely splash of colour to your writing and the binding feels luxurious and hard-wearing so it’ll cope with weeks of journaling. The Zoombook is available from their website and if you’re a first time buyer you even get a discount currently! Postage is fairly high but all in for one notebook it’s under $17 plus a discount takes it down even further and if you buy more than one at once it’ll obviously work out cheaper so head there now and get a copy for yourself! https://www.zoombook.com/colouring-notebook/

The image below was coloured using Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners and the cherries were coloured using Lyra Remrandt Polycolors.