Type – Paperback
No of Pages – 208 pages
Publisher – W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date – 22 Mar. 2016
ISBN – 978-0393711783
Size – 20.3 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
Mindful Coloring: Calming the Mind through Art by Diana Elisabeth Dube contains 208 pages with abstract, mandala, animal and landscape images on one-sided and perforated paper. The paper which is quite thin takes pencil well and if you place a spare sheet behind the one you are colouring (it will stop it bleeding through to the next) and as it is one-sided you can use alcohol markers on it. It is glue-bound and perforated so you can easily remove any pages. The book is smaller than most colouring books on the market, but what it lack in size it more than makes up for in the number of pages.
The hand-drawn zentangle type images and range from simple to more detailed. The majority of the illustrations are abstract in nature although there are some landscapes, animals and Mandalas. The designs are small and simple enough that you could colour these reasonably quickly compared to a lot of colouring books out there. this is a book to switch off and just enjoy the process of colouring rather than trying to create an art masterpiece. If you like colouring zentangle patterns there is enough here to keep you occupied for quite a while.
As an advanced colourist I found the designs too simplistic for myself and I dislike colouring patterns. However this book is not aimed at me – this is for those who just want a colouring book to help you with winding down and relaxing with, and I have judged the book from this perspective.
I chose to colour this Mandala image. I used Prismacolour Premier pencils and just relaxed colouring the simple design in soft colours.
I was sent a book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and observations are my own.