- Type: Paperback
- No of Pages: 86
- Publisher: LightBurst Media
- Release Date: 29 September 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9780997938913
- Size: 21.6 x 0.5 x 27.9 cm
Kaleidoscope Dreams by Thiciana Mandu and published by Lightburst Media is a psychadelic inspired colouring book full of retro 60s and 70s illustrations.
This is a A4 sized paper-backed book which is glue-bound. It has a glossy cover and has a woman with flowers and beads in her hair surrounded by clouds, rainbows, eyes, stars and moons on the front and on the back are three thumbnails of illustrations from within the book. On opening the book you are met with a greyscale image of the front cover on the first page. All the pages are one-sided so you won’t have to worry about ruining the back if you use markers.The paper is that of Amazon Createspace; it is thin and about the thickness of decent copier paper with a bit of a tooth to it. There is a copyright page followed by an introduction, then over the page are details of where you can share your coloured pictures.
There are 35 colourable illustrations that feature on one side of the page only , so you could easily use alcohol or water-based markers in the book. I would however place a spare sheet of paper behind that which you are working on as I found that even with water-based felt tips there was shadowing and bleed-through. For those who prefer pencils it takes them well too, although a bit of blending may help as the grain shows a little due to the paper having some tooth (roughness), however you can layer as much as you like.
The illustrations are fun and for those who lived through the peace and love generation and hippy movement of the 60s and 70s this will be a wonderful ‘trip’ down psychedelic memory lane (if you can remember any of it). The illustrations are of hippie culture – rainbows, flowers in the hair, eyes, CND, stars, campervans, suns and moons all mashed up in a psychedelic swirling magic mushroom inspired mash-up. It’s a very fun book and screams out for bright and clashing colours to be used, however it is so different it won’t appeal to everyone. This would be a great book for your neon pens, pencils and highlighter pens! The trippier the better, go wild! Love and Peace!
I decided to colour this lovely picture of a woman with flowers and beads in her hair which features also on the front cover on the book as I thought the image was beautiful. I love how she is walking on clouds staring at the trippy imagery. I used Prismacolor Premier pencils.
I was kindly sent a copy of Kaleidoscope Dreams from the publisher, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are honestly what I think about the book and not influenced by this fact.