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The Second One and Only Colouring Book For Travelling Adults – A Review

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The Second One and Only Colouring Book for Travelling Adults was published and kindly sent to me to review by Phoenix Yard Books. It is the sequel to The One and Only Colouring Book for Travelling Adults which I have previously reviewed. This book is the same format and it paperback with card covers, and comes in a cardboard sheath which admittedly isn’t the strongest and will probably get pretty battered if shoved in and out of a bag but it’ll certainly serve the purpose of protecting the book from receiving the same injuries. This book is smaller than most at approximately A5 size, making it the perfect size to fit in your handbag for your commute or a suitcase or rucksack for travelling further afield. The book is spiral-bound meaning none of the images are lost into the spine and you don’t have to colour with the book lying open, you can fold it in half so it takes up less space – particularly useful if you’ll be colouring on the move on a train or plane with limited space. The paper quality is fantastic! It’s bright white, lightly textured and so thick that I’d be tempted to describe it as card and there was absolutely no bleeding or shadows with any of my water-based pens. The images are printed double-sided but as long as you’re careful there is no worry about ruining any of them with your water-based pens, alcohol markers will definitely bleed through so I’d avoid those! The book contains 60 single page images of both abstract and more realistic designs and the sheer amount of variety within them is astounding from swirling patterns to abstract creations, pictures of food, objects and flowers, to patterned cats and woolly jumpers, this is a great book for those who love variety!

In terms of mental health, this book is truly fantastic! The images are really varied so you won’t get bored and no matter what mood you’re in you’ll be able to find a page that calls to you and just asks to have colour added. The images are drawn with varying line thicknesses to adapt to your better and worse days of vision and concentration. The pictures vary in intricacy and detail and will keep you occupied for hours as you colour in each detailed section. I would strongly recommend investing in a good set of fineliners (I recommend Stabilo Point 88), so that you can really get the details without the frustration of accidently going over the lines. You will need fairly good vision and fine motor control in order to get the most out of this book but if you have those then this book is ideal for anoyone who want to colour on the move!

I found this book very calming and soothing. The intricacy of the designs meant I had to focus, meaning I had less capacity to be anxious and listen to the worries that so often plague me and the smaller size meant that the pages weren’t too overwhelming when trying to choose a design to start, as sometimes happens in A4 books. The nature of the spiral-binding and cardboard sheath mean it’s perfect for taking with you wherever you go and those of you who, like me, use colouring as therapy or as part of mindfulness, should definitely be investing in this book so that you can have art therapy on the go to whip out when you feel your anxiety increasing or stress levels rising. I highly recommend this book for those of you who love to use fineliners and felt-tips that often bleed in other books and for any of you who want to travel and colour or who use colouring as therapy so that you have it with you whenever you may need it without fear of ruining the book in your bag. This is one of my firm favourites.

If you’d like to purchase a copy it’s available here:
Amazon UK – The Second One and Only Colouring Book for Travelling Adults
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/The-One-Second-One-and-Only-Coloring-Book-for-Travelling-Adults-Part-2-null/9781907912986/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The image below was coloured using Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners and Stabilo 68 Fibre-tips.

The Fourth One and Only Colouring Book for Adults – A Review

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The Fourth One and Only Colouring Book for Adults (One and Only Colouring / One and Only Coloring) is published and was very kindly sent to me to review by Phoenix Yard Books. This book is the fourth in the One and Only series, you can read my reviews of its predecessors here: First, Second, and Third. It is smaller than A4 but larger than A5, paperback and pretty thick as it contains a whopping 144 images! The paper-quality is pretty good, bright white, non-textured and fairly thick and I found that as long as I didn’t over colour with my felt-tips it didn’t bleed but did a little with my fineliners and it did shadow a little with both so be aware of this before getting stuck into an image with a reverse that you’re also very keen to colour. As with the other books in the One and Only series, this book contains a truly huge variety of images which are mostly patterns, shapes and line designs but with a fair helping of floral images thrown in – there are fewer images of ‘things’ in this title than the previous ones so this really is a book for lovers of patterns and the abstract. The line thicknesses vary enormously from fineliner thickness to much thicker, marker-style lines and everything in between. A couple of the images have black backgrounds with small white spaces to colour and a couple of these also have white outlines. The spine of the book is glue and string-bound and this is fairly stiff at first but with some work it does become more pliable meaning it becomes easier to lie flat over time but that a thin strip of each image is lost into the spine and unable to be coloured. The book is printed double-sided; most of the designs are single pages but some are double-page spreads and obviously the middle of these can’t be reached.

From a mental health perspective this is a fabulous starter book because it contains such a huge variety of images, line thicknesses, intricacies and design styles. If you’re new to colouring and not yet sure what sorts of images you want to get into, or indeed if you even want to pick a specific area then this book is ideal for helping you choose as most aspects are covered with the most notable exceptions being people and mandalas. This book will keep you occupied for a very long time and every time I flick through it I discover a new image that I’ve not noticed before. The sheer number of images makes this book great value and it would certainly be one I’d be adding to my list if I’d not already been sent a copy. The variety means the images are great for lots of different moods, some are calming and soothing with flowing lines, others are more distracting (great if you’re anxious) with intricate details and beautiful petals to really take your time over colouring in, others still are vibrant and energetic and feel like they’d perk you up on a low day and increase your feeling of energy. This book is great for anyone, whether you have 20:20 vision and love to colour tiny details, or have visual problems that mean you need chunkier pictures to colour, fine motor control is not a requirement for this book because there are so many images that have thicker lines that you’ll easily be able to colour within or thinner lines that you can colour over if you so choose.

I would highly recommend this book for those of you on a tight budget who want a lot of images for your money, those of you who have a lot of variance in symptoms and want one book to cover all of your different levels of severity, and those of you who are just dipping your toe into the colouring world and want to try lots of different styles. Of course, seasoned colourers like myself should also seriously consider purchasing a copy as this book is very different from most on the market and is a lovely size being not too small but not overwhelmingly large so that it takes weeks to complete an image. The paper quality isn’t ideal for pens and is best suited to pencils. This book really is one that can be described as the only one you’ll ever need, though be warned, colouring is highly addictive and I don’t know anybody who manages to stick at buying just one book!

If you’d like to purchase a copy then it can be found here:
Amazon UK – The Fourth One and Only Colouring Book for Adults (One and Only Colouring / One and Only Coloring)
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Fourth-One-and-Only-Coloring-Book-for-Adults-null/9781907912979/?a_aid=colouringitmom

If you like the look of this book, you’ll love the other books published by Phoenix Yard, my reviews can be found here – Phoenix Yard Book Titles

The image below was coloured using Stabilo 68 Fibre-tips.

The One and Only Elephant Parade Postcard Colouring Book – A Review

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The One and Only Elephant Parade Postcard Colouring Book (One and Only Colouring / One and Only Coloring) is published and was kindly sent to me to review by Phoenix Yard Books who have partnered with Elephant Parade. This book is a really unusual concept with 30, large-scale postcards being printed with designs taken from 30 of the Elephant Parade statues that have toured capital cities around the world in order to raise awareness and funds for the charity Elephant Parade who work on elephant conservation, this book is being sold in aid of this work. This book is much larger than most postcard books at 22 x 14.6cm. The book is paperback with a flexible card cover with a partially coloured design from inside, the spine is glue and string bound and is quite tight to begin with but it does break fairly easily and become flatter for easier colouring. The postcards are perforated and can be easily removed before or after colouring in order to send to friends and family or to be framed. The back of each postcard has space for a postage stamp, address lines and a full colour image of the elephant statue that the design has been taken from as well as the name of it and the artist’s name (the original statues have each been painted by a different artist or celebrity). The postcards are printed on bright white, medium thickness, bendy card which has a very slight tooth for pencils and didn’t bleed or shadow at all with water-based pens but it will bleed with alcohol markers so do bear that in mind when colouring to post them to others.

The images themselves are incredibly varied and at first, before reading about the content, I found this a really odd mix from elephant to cakes, pigs to trees, triangles to scenes and so much more. Once I read the backstory to the book and discovered the message behind them and the elephant statues they were based on, the whole book suddenly got much more cohesive and felt like it had a real purpose. Seeing the original elephants in the small pictures on the back of the postcards and in larger scale on the Elephant Parade website, really helped me to understand the images and also gave great inspiration for future colour schemes as you could easily copy the original, or create your own.

In terms of mental health, this book of postcards is ideal if you like variety. The images aren’t particularly cohesive, though variety does bind them together and the fairly high number of images which include elephants in one way or another. The line thickness varies throughout from a couple of spindly thin images to some much thicker medium and even thick lines so this book is most definitely suitable for all of you with fluctuating conditions. The levels of intricacy and detail also vary throughout from very detailed and intricate images filled with lots of teeny tiny sections to colour, all the way to much larger open spaced images and everything in between, this book really does encapsulate variety! Postcards are ideal for days when you’re feeling pretty poorly and can’t cope with a full book page but still want to finish your colouring in one sitting. Because these postcards are larger than normal, it makes them great for those who find normal postcards a little too fiddly to manoeuvre and colour and they require less concentration and effort than book pages do. The images are of all sorts of things and there’s sure to be something to suit everyone from food to animals, natural to the surreal and they’re definitely distracting for those days when your symptoms get a bit much to handle.

I would highly recommend these postcards to anyone who likes variety, colouring postcards, and who wants to do their bit to help elephants worldwide. This is a lovely book with some really lovely illustrations inspired by the Elephant Parade statues and it’s sure to brighten your day!

If you’d like to purchase a copy it’s available here:
Amazon UK – The One and Only Elephant Parade Postcard Colouring Book (One and Only Colouring / One and Only Coloring)
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/The-One-and-Only-Elephant-Parade-Postcard-Coloring-Book-null/9781907912948/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The image below was coloured using Stabilo 68 Fibre-tips.

The One and Only Mini Mandala Colouring Book – A Review

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The One and Only Mandala Postcard Colouring Book (One and Only Colouring / One and Only Coloring) is published and very kindly sent to me to review by Phoenix Yard Books. This book is part of their One and Only series and I’ve reviewed 6 of their titles already which can be found HERE. This book is the only mini mandala book I’ve seen and while it’s small, it packs a mighty punch and is an absolute must-have for mandala fans. Many of my seasoned readers will know that I’m mandala’d out after colouring too many during a hospital stay, but I loved colouring this ready for my review so much that I coloured a second one, just because I could!

This book is small at just 15cm square so it’s perfect for colouring on the go and popping in your bag or colouring in small spaces while travelling or even at work. It’s paperback with flexible card covers with a full colour leafy mandala design on the front and back which oddly isn’t included within the book. The book contains 30 mandalas which are printed single-sided onto thick, bright white card which is fairly smooth and doesn’t bleed or shadow with water-based pens, does bleed through a bit with alcohol markers and is great for use with coloured pencils. On the reverse of each image is space for a postage stamp, address lines and blank space for your message. This is quite an odd shape and size for a postcard so you may not want to actually post them and if you do make sure you pop them in an envelope so they don’t get damaged in the post, but they’d also look brilliant framed. The spine is glue and stitch-bound and the postcards are perforated so they’re easy to remove but will also stay securely in the book if you wish. One small gripe I have is that the mandalas aren’t accurately centred on the page and are slightly shifted towards the right which is a shame but not overly noticeable unless you’re a perfectionist like I am, some are also shifted upwards a little too. The mandalas themselves are quite varied within the typical circular pattern from pointy to rounded, perfectly circular to flower-shaped and detailed to more open, the designs are very cohesive and sure to satisfy all mandala fans!

In terms of mental health, this book is great for a number of reasons. Firstly, the size is ideal for colouring on the go and for giving a small project for days when you want a quick colouring fix, or when you’re not feeling so well and don’t have the focus to be colouring for hours. Secondly, the designs are ideal because they are fairly small and so require a fair amount of concentration to colour them which will distract well. Thirdly, mandalas are ideal for anxious colourers and those with other mental health problems because there is no correct colour scheme and they’re almost impossible to mess up so you really can just pick up a pen or pencil and get colouring. The line thickness varies between designs from spindly thin to medium thickness lines so these images are fairly good for those of you with fluctuating conditions and you can use the thinner lined images on your good days and the thicker lined images on your bad days when you’re more likely to colour over the lines. The intricacy and detail levels also vary throughout the designs from very detailed to a little less intricate but none are particularly sparse so you will definitely need fairly good vision and fine motor control to get the most out of this book.

I would highly recommend this book to people who love colouring mandalas, those looking for a small and manageably sized colouring project, and those who like to colour on the move. You will need fairly good vision and fine motor control to fully utilise this book but the mandalas are really lovely and will suit any colour scheme you throw at them, as you can see, rainbows are my personal favourite and always look great!

If you’d like to purchase a copy it’s available here:
Amazon UK – The One and Only Mandala Postcard Colouring Book (One and Only Colouring / One and Only Coloring)
Book Depository Worldwide – https://www.bookdepository.com/One-Only-Mini-Mandala-Colouring-Book/9781907912962/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The images below were coloured using: 1. Stabilo 68 Fibre-tip pens; 2. Sharpie Fine Point alcohol markers.

The One and Only Colouring Book For Adults – A Review

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The One And Only Colouring Book For Adults (One and Only Colouring / One and Only Coloring) is published by Phoenix Yard Books and is from my personal collection. This book is the First in the One and Only series, click to read my reviews of its sequels, Second One and Only, Third One and Only. It is smaller than A4 but larger than A5, paperback and pretty thick as it contains a whopping 144 images! The paper-quality is pretty good, bright white, non-textured and fairly thick and I found that as long as I didn’t over colour with my felt-tips it didn’t bleed but did a little with my fineliners so be aware of this before getting stuck into an image with a reverse that you’re also very keen to colour. As with the other books in the One and Only series, this book contains a truly huge variety of images which are mostly patterns, shapes and line designs but with a fair helping of floral images, animal repeats, images of food, buildings and more! The line thicknesses vary enormously from fineliner thickness to much thicker, marker-style lines and everything in between. Sadly, this book is heavily glue-bound meaning the spine is very tight and stiff making it difficult to lie it down flat for colouring and also meaning a fair strip of each image is lost into the spine and unable to be coloured. The book is printed double-sided; most of the designs are single pages but some are double-page spreads and obviously the middle of these can’t be reached.

From a mental health perspective this is a fabulous starter book because it contains such a huge variety of images, line thicknesses, intricacies and design styles. If you’re new to colouring and not yet sure what sorts of images you want to get into, or indeed if you even want to pick a specific area then this book is ideal for helping you choose as most aspects are covered with the most notable exceptions being people and mandalas. This book will keep you occupied for a very long time and every time I flick through it I discover a new image that I’ve not noticed before. The sheer number of images makes this book great value. The variety means the images are great for lots of different moods, some are calming and soothing with flowing lines, others are more distracting (great if you’re anxious) with intricate details and beautiful petals to really take your time over colouring in, others still are vibrant and energetic and feel like they’d perk you up on a low day and increase your feeling of energy. This book is great for anyone, whether you have 20:20 vision and love to colour tiny details, or have visual problems that mean you need chunkier pictures to colour, fine motor control is not a requirement for this book because there are so many images that have thicker lines that you’ll easily be able to colour within or thinner lines that you can colour over if you so choose.

I would highly recommend this book for those of you on a tight budget who want a lot of images for your money, those of you who have a lot of variance in symptoms and want one book to cover all of your different levels of severity, and those of you who are just dipping your toe into the colouring world and want to try lots of different styles. Of course, seasoned colourers like myself should also seriously consider purchasing a copy as this book is very different from most on the market and is a lovely size being not too small but not overwhelmingly large so that it takes weeks to complete an image. The paper quality is suited to most colouring mediums so those of you who like to use mixed media would really enjoy this book. This book really is one that can be described as the only one you’ll ever need, though be warned, colouring is highly addictive and I don’t know anybody who manages to stick at buying just one book!

If you’d like to purchase a copy then it can be purchased here:
Amazon UK – The One And Only Colouring Book For Adults (One and Only Colouring / One and Only Coloring)
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/The-One-and-Only-Coloring-Book-for-Adults/9781907912771/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The image below was coloured using Berol Broad and Fine Felt Pens.

The Second One and Only Mandala Colouring Book – A Review

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The Second One and Only Mandala Colouring Book: Second Mandala Colouring Book 2015 (One and Only Colouring) is published and was kindly sent to me to review by Phoenix Yard Books. This book is HUGE and every mandala fan’s dream! As many of you know, I’ve really gone off mandalas after spending way too long colouring them when I was an inpatient in hospital when I was 17, and normally I find reviewing mandala books a bit of a chore because I simply don’t enjoy colouring them, however, this book was different. As soon as I opened the cover and flicked through, I realised that I wasn’t going to struggle with colouring a page and knowing what to say, I was going to struggle with picking which image to colour first!

This book is large (larger than the typical books) at 30cms square and is paperback with a card cover. It has bright white, thick paper that is great for using multiple types of media and according to the publishers you can even use paint on it though I’d be very careful about how wet you get the page. I found that my water-based fineliners ever-so slightly shadowed but I experienced no bleeding and the shadowing is so slight that it would easily be covered by colouring the next image. The images are printed double-sided and because of their circular shape, they go nowhere near the glue-bound spine so nothing is lost and all of the images can be completely coloured. This book contains 70 stunning mandala images which vary in complexity levels and line thickness and while some are simpler than others, this is definitely a book for grown-ups not children. The line thickness varies from spindly thin to thick and chunky (see the photos below) and everything in between and there isn’t a majority thickness, there are a number of images in each line thickness so this book is really one that adapts to your concentration level.

In terms of mental health, I found this book fantastic for my own. As I said before, I really don’t like mandalas normally and I tend to find them very boring but despite these images being really large and detailed, I was totally absorbed whilst colouring the image ready for the review and I really enjoyed it to the point where I was disappointed when I’d finished that it was over! These images do have a variety of intricacy and levels of detail but they are generally complex and will take a number of hours to colour. They’re very calming and distracting and I think they’d be great for people with anxiety or mood disorders because they’re so absorbing and they force you to concentrate on the task rather than unwanted thoughts and feelings. Some of the images are super detailed and will be almost impossible to colour with pencils so I’d definitely suggest investing in a decent set of fineliners (you can read my reviews of the two bestselling brands here – Stabilo and Staedtler). Others you’d be able to really practice your blending and shading with pencils in the larger spaces and this difference in intricacy levels means that this book is perfect for those of you with fluctuating conditions because you’ve got mega fiddly images to really channel your concentration into and simpler designs for days when you’re feeling rough. The nature of the images being mandalas means that there’s no pressure to colour anything realistically so you really can just pick up a pen or pencil of any colour and just get going – you can plan out the colour scheme ahead of time, or pick up a random colour and fill in the next section with it and if in doubt, do what I do, and colour in rainbows, it’s easy, it’s fun and it always looks bright and cheerful which is perfect for brightening up the dark days so many of with mental health problems experience! You will need fairly good vision and fine motor control to fully enjoy this book but it doesn’t need to be perfect as long as you’re ok with not being able to colour a few of the most intricate designs. This book is also perfect for practising mindfulness!

I’d highly recommend this book for any mandala fans, anyone that likes patterns and anyone that really wants to zone out and just colour away their stress. This is a gorgeous book on a large scale that I genuinely loved colouring in and it will be remaining firmly on my shelf ready for the days when I just need to chill out and colour a rainbow. If you’d like to get a copy then you can find it here.
The Second One and Only Mandala Colouring Book: Second Mandala Colouring Book 2015 (One and Only Colouring) – Amazon UK
http://www.bookdepository.com/Second-One-Only-Mandala-Colouring-Book-Second-Mandala-Colouring-Book-2015/9781907912917/?a_aid=colouringitmom – Book Depository

The image below was coloured using Stabilo Point 88 fineliners and a couple of Staedtler triplus fineliners.

The One and Only Enormous Colouring Book for Adults

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The One and Only Enormous Colouring Book for Adults (One and Only Colouring) is published and was kindly sent to me for review by Phoenix Yard Books. This book has card covers and is genuinely enormous at slightly larger than A3 – the biggest book I’ve seen and significantly larger than Secret Garden Artist’s Edition. This book has single-sided images that are perforated meaning you can easily remove them before or after colouring (I’d recommend removing before colouring unless you have a large table to colour at because this book is huge when open!) and can then be framed or stuck up on the wall if you so choose. This book has been specifically created so that you can colour socially with friends or family around the kitchen table and the pictures are so large that there will be plenty of space for you all to sit around comfortably without bashing into each other. The pages are made from thick, white, smooth paper which didn’t bleed when using Staedtler fibre-tips or Stabilo fineliners, not that bleeding matters given that there is no image on the reverse so you can break out the alcohol markers and go to town. The images are all printed to the edges of the page with no border but nothing is lost into the spine because the pages are perforated (do be very careful when removing pages because perforations can be a little temperamental and could rip without care).

This book contains 30 images, mostly consisting of patterns some of which are swirling, others abstract and some more nature inspired. There are also a number of animal-themed and floral themed images all filled with lots of zentangle style patterns. One thing to note is that the image on the front is not included inside, this isn’t an issue but it’s always good to know! The images are drawn in a variety of line thicknesses from thin to really really thick so there is definitely something for everyone and it also means that they’re suitable for using with any age child and they’ll still be able to colour within the lines with mum and dad. The images aren’t scenes, they’re all pattern style so each of you can sit and work on a corner and either make it match or go all out and try and outdo each other and see what you all create with the same pattern and different colours or even different mediums (see what my boyfriend and I coloured together a few nights ago below). There is a large variance in levels of detail and intricacy throughout the pictures so you can work on the teeny tiny bits with adults and focus on the less detailed pictures when colouring with children or people who have poorer vision or fine motor control. This book is a great all-rounder and you’re sure to find something to suit all of the people you want to colour with.

In terms of mental health, this book is ideal because it brings a social aspect to colouring which you’re probably already hooked on by now. You may have friends who’ve never tried it before who you want to convert or friends who are avid colourers who you just want to work together with on a project – either way, this book is great for working together to create a beautiful image that can be displayed and remind you that you’re supported and cared about as well as brightening up your walls on dark days. The images are ideal for just zoning out and focusing on colouring rather than putting the right colour in the right place in scenic images.

I would highly recommend this book for those of you who would like to colour socially or create giant works of art for your walls. You won’t find a larger book on the market and the sheer variety of images, line thickness, levels of detail and intricacy is astounding and great if you have a fluctuating condition or want to use the book to colour with children and adults. Get the pens, pencils, pastels and paints out and get creative! You can order a copy via Amazon here The One and Only Enormous Colouring Book for Adults (One and Only Colouring)

The images below were coloured using PanPastels (fish picture) and Staedtler triplus fibre-tips and Stabilo Point 88 fineliners (pattern picture).