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Johanna Basford 2016-2017 16-Month Colouring Weekly Planner – A Review

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Johanna Basford 2016-2017 16-Month Colouring Weekly Planner is published and was very kindly sent to me to review by Andrews McMeel Publishing. I was sent a US edition of this planner and am awaiting confirmation from the publisher about any differences (other than spelling) between the UK and US editions, I will update as soon as I know more. This planner is the perfect combination of organisation with space to write plans, appointments and notes, whilst also having weeks and weeks of colouring for you to do too. This planner is paperback with flexible card covers which have a beautiful black floral and foliage design on the front and back with the negative image drawn in white on the insides of the covers, the front cover has gold foiling accents and the front and back cover have removable brown card strips with the information about the planner and the barcode etc printed on them. The planner is spiral-bound and measures 21.6 x 19.6cm, the covers aren’t especially sturdy so I’d be careful about travelling with it much and you’ll want to keep it safe somewhere rather than stuffing it in a bag or it’ll get damaged very quickly. This isn’t the best planner I’ve seen in terms of features and organisation, but for the combination of colouring and organising, it’s perfect and strikes a really good balance. The planner runs for 16 months and starts from the 29th of August 2016 all the way to the 31st of December 2017. The planner is printed double-sided and starts with a one-page overview of the year 2017 and then the planner itself starts with an image on the left of each double-page spread from one of Johanna’s three colouring books, images from all three (Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and Lost Ocean) are included, and the week’s days and dates with writing space for each on the right (this is in the same style as normal planners with added leafy accents and leafy lettering for the month title at the top). Each week runs from Monday to Sunday with equal space to write for each day, the dates are on the right and important festivals and bank holidays etc are written in small text on the left of the page, as well as the country it’s celebrated in. After the planner pages, which make up the vast majority of the book, there is a double-page spread with sections for each month of 2018 for you to add your advance plans to. Following this is a full page of 2016 dates and a full page of 2018 dates, followed by 7 lined pages where you can write notes (all with added leaf accents) and the final page is a colouring test page where you can test out your mediums to check for bleed through.

The paper is bright white, lightly textured and medium thickness, sadly it does shadow a fair bit with water-based pens but it doesn’t bleed through; I’d strongly advise writing in pencil throughout or you’ll ruin the image on the reverse either with shadowing or indentation from ballpoint pens. Pencils work well on this paper so I’d suggest mostly colouring with pencils and using water-based pens if you don’t mind the shadowing showing through on the planner pages. A great selection of images from Johanna’s books are included with some being sections of original images at the original size and others being the whole page shrunk down to fit on the planner page so some of the illustrations are quite tricky to colour neatly but almost none look impossible as long as you use a good set of fineliners or sharp pencils. All of my favourites from the three books are included and I didn’t notice any of the best or most iconic illustrations missing so there’s no disappointment to be had with this planner and it really is a great mix between organisation and colouring (two of my favourite things)!

In terms of mental health, this colouring planner is ideal. It gives you a manageable goal of colouring one page per week which could either be next week’s page so that it’s coloured ready for that week or this week’s page so you can colour as you plan. You could even colour it ahead if you’re quick but you’ll need to get a wriggle on with just 5 weeks until it starts. The pages are a great size to practice colour schemes for your copy of the actual book, or even to try out colouring mediums on a smaller page. The spiral-binding makes it easy to access the whole page and none of the images go into the spine, it’s also ideal because once you’ve finished using the planner at the end of 2017, the pages are easy to remove for framing or gifting if you want to get more use out of your works of art. There isn’t a treasure hunt element in this planner and there are no written hints for drawing though there are plenty of spaces on a number of images to be able to add your own details or backgrounds to really make the pages your own but this of course isn’t necessary and it’ll look finished without the need to draw at all. This planner is perfect for fans of Johanna’s work and it is a beautiful new way of using her illustrations. The line thickness varies a little throughout from thin to spindly thin and the intricacy and detail levels are higher than in the books because many of the images are shrunk down to fit the pages so you will most definitely need very good vision and fine motor control to get the most out of this planner if you’re wanting to colour it; you could of course leave it blank and just admire the illustrations because they really are beautiful to just look at with no need to add colour if that’s too challenging. The images aren’t arranged into any order but a few have been cleverly chosen to fit celebrations like a heart for the week of Valentine’s Day and a Christmas tree shape design for Christmas week. The page size is much more manageable and less daunting to colour and this is ideal for those of you with fluctuating conditions or concentration levels because these pages are quicker to finish and likely to cause less frustration.

I would highly recommend this colouring planner to fans of Johanna’s work and to those who love to be organised. It’s a great combination of planner and colouring pages and the size and format is ideal for those who find the full-size book pages too daunting. It’s great for practising colour schemes or using new colouring mediums and it’ll be a lovely keepsake to work through from beginning to end and see how you’ve progressed over the 16 months it runs for; you can even remove the images afterwards and frame or gift them.

If you’d like to purchase a copy it’s available here:
UK Edition (Publishes 1st of August)
Amazon UK – Johanna Basford 2016-2017 16-Month Colouring Weekly Planner
Book Depository Worldwide –
US Edition (Already published)
Amazon UK – Johanna Basford 2016-2017 16-Month Coloring Weekly Planner
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Johann-Basford-2016-2017-16-Month-Coloring-Weekly-Planner-Calendar-Johann-Basford/9781449478797/?a_aid=colouringitmom

Can’t get enough of Johanna’s illustrations and the ability to organise your life? Then check out the following reviews for the Lost Ocean and Enchanted Forest Wall Calendars, and a page-a-day calendar too.
Lost Ocean 2017 Wall Calendar
Enchanted Forest 2017 Wall Calendar
Page a day calendar

The image below was coloured using Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners.

Enchanted Forest 2017 Colouring Wall Calendar – A Review

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Enchanted Forest 2017 Colouring Wall Calendar is published and was very kindly sent to me to review by Andrews McMeel Publishing. I was sent US editions and am awaiting confirmation from the publisher about any differences (other than spelling) between the UK and US editions, I will update as soon as I know more.  This calendar is beautiful and is the same format as the 2016 Secret Garden Colouring calendar. The calendar itself is the same size as most others at 12 inches square, making it significantly larger than Johanna’s books. It includes 13 of Johanna’s signature and most well-known designs from her second colouring book Enchanted Forest (this calendar doesn’t include any new images), an illustration for each month of the year and one at the beginning for a 4-month overview of September to December 2016. I have included pictures of all of the calendar pages below so that you can decide if this is for you, as well as comparison photos of the book and calendar size. The whole calendar, including the covers, is made of thick white paper which is good quality – I thought it was going to bleed with water-based pens but there was no bleed-through at all and only very very slight shadowing when using my darkest fineliners and none with my lighter colours. Do bear in mind, when writing on the calendar I’d strongly advise using pencil so that you don’t get bleed through onto the next month’s image, or indentation from using a biro. The images are printed larger in the calendar than in the book so this is a great purchase for those of you who found Johanna’s books just a little too detailed and small. You definitely can’t use alcohol markers because the images are all printed double-sided with the dates for the previous month on the back of the page which will get ruined by bleed-through if you colour ahead but would be fine if you colour month by month. The paper is quite smooth but has a little tooth and I didn’t have any issues with getting a few layers built up with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. The calendar is spiral-bound so you can easily fold it back on itself for easier colouring as it’s a little unmanageable when it’s not folded in half. Each page has a small hole at the top, this is smaller than on normal calendars and doesn’t fit a nail through it so you’ll have to very carefully hang it up with string (be careful so you don’t rip the pages). The cover has signature gold foil accents and is fully colourable, as always, and each calendar page has lots of tiny leaf accents and each month has a leafy lettering title.

In terms of mental health, this calendar is ideal because not only does it give you hours of colouring fun and distraction, you can also easily display it on your wall to brighten up even the darkest of days and you’ll get satisfaction every day looking at all of your beautiful hard work. The slightly larger image size means it’s more suitable to those of you who don’t have perfect vision or fine motor control. It’s a great project that will help motivate you with a deadline of making sure each image is ready for the first day of the following month. The pages could also be removed at the end of the year once you’re done with the calendar and could be easily framed or gifted to others to bring enjoyment for years to come. There is a small inky treasure hunt within the pages, like in the book, but I feel this was a bit of a pointless venture because some of the items you’re expected to find are the entire subject of the image e.g. one owl, one rabbit or one dragonfly, rather than hidden within the image. As with all of Johanna’s images, they are intricate and detailed and do require a fair amount of concentration which is great for keeping you occupied when you’re feeling anxious or low. Johanna’s images are really good for practising mindfulness techniques because they require a lot of focus and time to complete meaning this calendar is ideal for those of us who are mentally ill and needing to zone out. The line thickness is thin throughout but it’s not spindly so there is a little leeway when colouring.

I would highly recommend this for any colouring fan who needs a calendar in their life. Johanna fans won’t be disappointed with this calendar, it’s beautiful with a lovely selection of designs and great paper quality and it will brighten up the darkest of rooms and moods. It would make a fabulous gift either as it is, or fully coloured for someone and it’s not only useful for the coming year as a calendar, but for years to come when you can frame your pictures to continue the joy.

If you’d like to purchase a copy it can be found here:
UK Edition (publishes 1st of August)
Amazon UK – Enchanted Forest 2017 Colouring Wall Calendar
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/JOHANN-BASFORD-ENCHANTED-FOREST-2017-W-null/9781449479855/?a_aid=colouringitmom
US Edition (publishes 12th of July)
Amazon UK – Enchanted Forest 2017 Coloring Wall Calendar
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Enchanted-Forest-2017-Wall-Calendar-Johann-Basford/9781449478780/?a_aid=colouringitmom

Can’t get enough of Johanna’s illustrations and the ability to organise your life? Then check out the following reviews for the Lost Ocean Wall Calendar, a 16-Month Planner and a page-a-day calendar too.
Lost Ocean 2017 Wall Calendar
16-Month Colouring Planner
Page a day calendar

The image below was coloured using Derwent Inktense Pencils activated with water.

Colour Your Own Dutch Masters – A Review

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Colour Your Own Dutch Masters (Colouring Books) is published and was kindly sent to me to review by Pavilion Books. This book does exactly what it says on the tin, it allows you to colour your own paintings originally created by Dutch Masters! I’m no art expert and I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t recognise most of the images in here, not because they’re odd choices, but because I really don’t know much about art so it’s been a steep learning curve getting this review ready. This book measures 20.6×29.1cm, is landscape, paperback, with a thin card front and back cover but containing a very thick card board at the back which provides a great surface to colour on but does mean the depth of the book is deceptive as almost a third of it is this card board (see image below). The book has a lay-flat binding which is ideal because there is no spine to contend with and your images will be easy to remove and display if you wish. The images are printed single-sided onto bright white, medium thickness card (approx. 160-200gsm) which is lightly textured so it allows a few layers of pencil to be built up and copes ok with watercolours though my background, even only very lightly painted with water did buckle and curl a little so be very sparing with water. The card doesn’t bleed or shadow with water-based pens but may bleed a little with alcohol markers though this doesn’t matter because the images are single-sided so you’re free to use whatever medium you like. The book contains a mixture of portrait and landscape images and at the bottom of each page is the name of the painting and the date (but not artist) so you’ll easily be able to Google the painting if you’re wanting to copy the colour scheme of the original. The book contains 22 line drawings of famous paintings by Dutch Masters and includes paintings such as Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer, The Threatened Swan by Asselijn, The Goldfinch by Fabritius, The Laughing Cavalier by Hals, and Self-Portrait with a Sunflower by Van Dyck. Each full colour image is shown on the inside covers at the front and back of the book along with more information about painting type and size, artist name and dates and the name of the painting which makes each one very easy to identify. The line drawings are heavily contoured and detailed and light and shade are outlined in either dotted or complete lines to make it easier to colour sections as if it’s a paint by numbers without the numbers. This is quite a distinctive way of illustrating and it’s certainly not for everyone and my one criticism of this book is that it would have been better to print these lines in a more subtle grey than black so that the lines could no longer be seen once the image was coloured. However, this is still a great book that enables you to colour your own famous paintings and stamp your own individual style onto them.

In terms of mental health, this book is pretty good for those of you who aren’t severely ill. This book requires a lot of concentration and has a lot of small details and intricate parts and the line thickness is spindly thin throughout so you will need very good vision and fine motor control to enjoy this book. Some of the images are simpler than others, a good example of this is the Girl with a Pearl Earring, but most are extremely detailed and will take a long time to complete. These images will certainly keep you focused and help you stay distracted but I would stick to doing them on your good days or they may provide more frustration than relaxation. The image content is varied from portraits to group scenes to animals but all are somewhat old fashioned due to the time in which the originals were created.

I would recommend this book for art-lovers and those who wish to paint without having to freehand it. There are lots of details and intricacies so it’s only suitable for those with very good vision and fine motor control. The binding is ideal for use with wet mediums as you don’t have to hold the book open and can easily remove your masterpieces once they’re done so that you can frame or gift them.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book it’s available here:
Amazon UK – Colour Your Own Dutch Masters (Colouring Books)
Book Depository Worldwide – https://www.bookdepository.com/Colour-Your-Own-Dutch-Masters/9781910904398/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The image below was coloured using Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and the background was coloured using Derwernt Inktense Pencils activated with water.

Painterly Days: Woodland – A Review

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Painterly Days Woodland is published by Schiffer Publishing and was illustrated and very kindly sent to me by Kristy Rice whose Facebook page can be found here. This book is something totally new for the adult colouring market and I’m very excited to bring it to your attention. Many people have been venturing into the world of watercolour either with traditional paints or watercolour pencils. I myself bought some Faber-Castell Aquarelle Pencils and Derwent Inktense pencils last year which seemed like a great idea for colouring and blending until I realised that the paper in most colouring books can’t hold up to any water, let alone the amount of water a novice watercolourer manages to accidentally add. Kristy’s book solves that problem in an instant because the designs are printed onto watercolour paper which is much more absorbent, toothy, and doesn’t pill or feather as soon as it sees water, nor does it buckle.

This book is A4 and paperback with fold out card covers that contain helpful hints, tips and even a colour wheel on the insides so this is almost an all-in-one watercolouring kit. The book contains 25 designs, 24 of which are printed twice. The images are printed double-sided and each leaf of paper is printed with the same design front and back except for the last image which is printed with notes and acknowledgements on the back. The images are drawn in a pale grey line rather than harsh black which is ideal for watercolour and other types of paint because you can relatively easily disguise the lines and make it look more like you’ve painted it freehand rather than colouring in a printed design. The paper is luxe watercolour paper and I will point out here that I have no knowledge about watercolour paper at all and so I can’t tell you if this is good or bad in comparison to other watercolour paper however in comparison to normal colouring books, this paper is better than any others for holding up to water, it doesn’t bleed, pill, buckle, or warp and it has a longer ‘open’ time to be able to move the pigment around on the page before the water dries and the colour is stuck. The paper is white, thick and lightly textured and it shows up the colours of the paints beautifully. The book has a lay-flat binding which is absolutely ideal because there is no image-loss, and the book stays open on its own so there’s no issue with the pages accidentally closing during painting, and you don’t have to hold it open. This binding is also ideal because pages are easy to remove so if you wanted to remove them for painting you can, or for framing or gifting afterwards. The images are each contained to a single page and they are drawn in a beautifully cohesive style and are really pretty. They’re not particularly scenes or landscapes but more woodland-style patterns and collections of birds, fruit, leaves, plants, animals and flowers and a number of the images also include a quote written in a beautiful cursive style.

In terms of mental health, this book is wonderful. It’s brilliantly put together and the image content is incredibly calming and will surely soothe the most anxious of minds and brighten the darkest of days. Because the images aren’t scenes, they don’t have to be coloured in hugely realistic colour schemes and you can go to town colouring blue and orange tree frogs like I did, glowing berries and vibrant leaves, or use a much more sedate and natural colour palette, the choice is entirely yours. The intricacy and detail level varies throughout from a medium level to extremely intricate and I would suggest novices might want to use a combination of watercolour paints and watercolour pencils for the more detailed areas. This book is definitely one for those of you with pretty good vision and very good fine motor control, the paintbrushes I was using for the detailed sections of my page are much thinner than pencils and I really struggled to keep within the lines because I suffer from a tremor so be aware that this may be an issue for those of you who don’t have such a steady hand. The line thickness varies but mostly stays at the thin level so it’s manageable to stay within as long as you’re careful and patient when painting. One of the best features of this book is the section at the front of the book where there are 6 pages with a section about each image describing what the image is showing and why it’s been included, a painting tip which might suggest colour schemes or techniques and a couple of related sentences about being an artist. This is a wonderful touch and something that as a complete newbie to watercolour I found really helpful and interesting. I’ve always felt quite frightened and wary of watercolour and haven’t done any since childhood when I had to attempt it (without much success) at school but this book is inviting rather than intimidating and because the images are natural and realistic, it makes it much easier to jump in and get started. I had a go with watercolour paints which Kristy very kindly sent me to try and which I definitely need more practice with, and also Derwent Inktense pencils which you can see a video of me using on another book here. I found the pencils much easier to use and more controllable as a beginner but this book will definitely be what I will use to branch out and learn how to use watercolour paints. These images take a deceptively long time to paint so although you get fewer images in it than conventional colouring books, you’ll probably get the same amount of ‘colouring’ time out of it. It does require quite a lot of concentration and especially when you’re new to watercolour it may not be the most relaxing activity but once you get into the flow of it and get used to how the paints/pencils work, it’s much more enjoyable.

This book is beautiful and I would highly recommend it for those of you who are new to watercolour and don’t know where to start. This book has wonderfully natural illustrations, really useful hints and tips, wonderful paper and is a great all-in-one starter kit that just needs to be accompanied by some paints or pencils and away you go!

If you’d like to purchase a copy it’s available here:
Amazon UK – Painterly Days Woodland
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Painterly-Days-Woodland-Kristy-Rice/9780764350924/?a_aid=colouringitmom

Kristy has also created two more titles in the series which can be found below:
Flowers
Amazon UK – Painterly Days Flowers
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Painterly-Days-Flowers-Kristy-Rice/9780764350917/?a_aid=colouringitmom

Patterns
Amazon UK – Painterly Days Pattern
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Painterly-Days-Pattern-Kristy-Rice/9780764350931/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The finished image below was coloured using Derwent Inktense pencils activated with water. The incomplete page was painted with Artist’s Loft Watercolor Paints. The brushes I used for both can be found here.

Derwent Inktense pencils are currently available on Amazon in various sized sets
Derwent 700929 Inktense 24 Watercolour Pencils Tin – Set of 24

Birds: Art Colouring Book – A Review

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Birds Art Colouring Books for Adults is illustrated by Sandra Rushton, and published and kindly sent to me to review by Katy Sue Designs – This is the company’s third foray into the adult colouring world and they are much better known for designing and manufacturing award-winning silicone moulds for use in cake decorating and papercraft projects. For newbies to the adult colouring book world, these are very impressive – see my reviews of their other two books here – Le Shoe and Nautical Adventures.

This book is paperback, spiral-bound and printed single-sided meaning that the book lies flat for easy colouring and you can use whatever mediums you fancy without fearing about the dreaded bleed-through. The paper is bright white and very thick, almost card-like, making it ideal for use with pens and pencils and it’s likely to hold up to careful watercolour and even alcohol markers (these will bleed-through but pop a protective sheet behind and you’re good to go). The book contains 70 images which are split into 10 co-ordinating collections, each within the theme. Each collection starts with two identical shaded images, followed by two unshaded images identical to each other and the first pair, followed by 3 pages of co-ordinating patterns (see photos below which make this clearer to understand). Unlike most other colouring books, this one is landscape and the images all have cutting guides on them so that you can remove images and carefully cut them so that they can be used in craft projects, be framed, or given as gifts – the cut images measure 8×8 inches. The images are all illustrated by the same person so the book feels really cohesive and has a lovely flow. This book includes 10 images of beautifully drawn birds including a crow/raven, owls, an eagle, a hummingbird, a parakeet, amongst pretty objects like flowers and clocks, and the following pattern images include the objects from the main bird images including lots of flowers (rose, snowdrops, fuchsias, and hibiscus), lots of clocks, feathers and bird cages.

In terms of mental health, this book feels very calming and relaxing. The line thickness is consistent throughout and is thin so you will need fairly good vision and fine motor control to get the most out of this book. It’s a great book for all abilities from beginners to experts. This book is an Art book which aims to teach you a little about shading and light sources with the shading on the first two images of each collection, you can then use these placements for colouring with darker and lighter shades on the two unshaded copies to practice blending and creating shadows and depth. The co-ordinating patterns which include many of the accessories and objects included in the main image are great for practising how you want to colour them so that when you colour the main image you’ve had a chance to try out colour schemes and shading. The huge mental health benefit is the fact that the main images are printed twice each meaning that you can try out different colour combinations and also that you’ve got a second copy if you go wrong or don’t like how the first one turns out. It also means you can keep a copy and gift one, or both, or frame one and keep one in the book, the list of possibilities goes on. The images are all fairly detailed and intricate which means they’re very absorbing and useful for staving off anxious thoughts and lifting your mood while you’re being creative. Because the images are nature based, it means that they’re really pretty and great for calming you down. You can colour the birds realistically or do what I did and use your imagination to create a rainbow crow and other magical creatures. They’re well-suited to glitter gel pens, fineliners, neons, blended pencils, watercolour and anything else you can imagine.

I’d highly recommend this book to those of you that want to learn a little more about shading and those of you who love birds! It’s a really pretty book which is sure to unleash your creativity and get you using outlandish colour schemes, mixed media and trying out new things. This is a great book to incorporate into craft projects, gift coloured images to others, frame and put up on your wall, or just leave as it is with all of your beautiful coloured images held together in one book. It’s really substantial and made with great paper so what are you waiting for? Grab your binoculars and your bird-spotting guide and get colouring some feathery friends.

If you’d like to purchase a copy then here are the links:
Amazon UK – Birds Art Colouring Books for Adults

The image below was coloured using Derwent Inktense pencils and washed with water afterwards to blend the colours.

If you’d like to see a video flip-through of the book, click here.

The Fractured Art of Tiffany Budd Colouring Book – A Review

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The Fractured Art of Tiffany Budd Colouring Book: Create your own colourway! is illustrated, self-published and was kindly sent to me by Tiffany Budd. Tiffany is an artist who created her own technique for paintings which she calls “Fractured”. This is a great description for how her artwork looks as the object of the image is obvious but the scene is altered by the large fractures across it which distort the picture. Tiffany was asked a number of times by fans of her work if she’d create a colouring book of her paintings and she managed to eventually fit it in around raising her children (no mean feat at all and, no corners were cut in this process either).  The book itself is just shy of A4 size, paperback and glue-bound. The images are all printed single-sided with a border around them so none of the image is lost into the spine. This means that you can use whatever mediums you like with no worries about bleed-through and you can also remove the pages afterwards and gift or frame them. This book contains 20 of Tiffany’s original paintings all hand-drawn with the colour removed so you can either copy her colour scheme or create your own masterpiece and switch up the colours. The first page in the book is a colour copy of miniatures of all of the included paintings so that you can see what they looked like originally which is great for those of you that might need a little bit of colour inspiration. Each image is titled to give you a clue of what’s included in the slightly more abstract images and some are portrait and others are landscape. A wide variety of themes is included from landscapes to leaves, cityscapes to still life and my personal favourite, a Stormtrooper from Star Wars! All of the images are beautifully drawn and are great to colour with pencils or pens or you can venture out and try your hand with more challenging mediums like paints or watercolours because these images having originally been paintings, really do lend themselves to more fluid mediums. The paper is bright white and fairly thin with a little bit of tooth so it’s well-suited to most mediums.

In terms of mental health, this book is ideal because most of the images are nature-based which is great for calming the mind and keeping you grounded. The colour page at the beginning showing the original paintings is really helpful for those of us who are anxious colourers who struggle with choosing colours. You can see how it looks when coloured how Tiffany originally painted it, and this may inspire you to completely copy her colour scheme, reverse it, pick a limited colour palette or even just go it alone and colour it however you’re feeling at the time. The line thickness is the same throughout and is thin but not very thin so it is a little forgiving so you don’t need perfect vision or fine motor control to be able to enjoy this book. The pictures are made up of lots of small sections but they don’t feel overly intricate or detailed and you can easily use colour washes with watercolours or really pick out small details so it’s certainly a book that adapts to your concentration levels and ability on any given day. I found the book really calming to use and it was a great time to test my brand new Derwent Inktense pencils which I will review at a later date. The watercolour pencils I felt worked brilliantly with the watery landscape image I chose and I was pretty pleased with it for a first go! The images are very cohesive because of the fractured way they’re drawn, despite having a number of quite varied subjects depicted.

I would highly recommend this book for those of you that would like to venture into watercolour or using watercolour pencils, the images are really unusual and very calming and the sample page at the front is great for helping out anxious colourers with colour schemes.

If you’d like to purchase a copy you can find it here:
Amazon UK – The Fractured Art of Tiffany Budd Colouring Book: Create your own colourway!
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Fractured-Art-Tiffany-Budd-Colouring-Book-Tiffany-Budd/9781517472801/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The image below was coloured using Derwent Inktense coloured pencils and then painted over with water.