Colouring Book Reviews · Min Mandala by Maria Ljungeld

Min Mandala by Maria Ljungeld



  • Type: Paperback
  • No of Pages: 96
  • Publisher: Pagina Forlag
  • Release Date: 30 September 2016
  • Language: Swedish
  • ISBN: 9789163612558
  • Size: 24.6 x 1.3 x 24.9 cm

Min Mandala (My Mandala) by Helsinki based artist Maria Ljungeld is the first colouring book from the artist behind Black White There are many Mandala books on the colouring market and after a while they can all look the same, repeating circular patterns ranging in intricacy, but that is not this book – it is unlike any others that I have seen. Sized in the popular format of 25cm x 25cm with a grey card cover embossed with glossy pink linework and gold lettering even the cover is different for a mandala book, although the front mandala is more traditional than many of the mandalas inside. The book is glue and stitch-bound and none of the mandalas go into the spine and are well-placed and they are roughly the same size on the pages making for an easy colouring experience. The paper is smooth ivory Munken Pure 160gsm which is a medium weight and water-based markers may bleed through a little so test your colours first to see how they fare.

The Mandalas are all hand-drawn and often revolve around a repetition of objects rather than mere pattern. Sometimes these have a theme such as baking, woodland or the dentist, others are more abstract. Some are not what I would traditionally think of as mandalas at all like the circular designs of plaited and woven ‘hair’ or the fragmented ‘crystal’ ones.

The first mandala in the book is a collection of hands making a heart shape, flowers, banners, elephant’s heads with lighthouses around a pinned piece of paper. It certainly is a surprising collection of images together and it sets the tone that this book is not going to be what you may expect from a mandala book. There’s a radio themed mandala with radios, microphones, a vinyl record, cup of tea with a teabag, wires and pens. There are leaf mandalas, flower mandalas, pattern mandalas (not many like those you may see elsewhere), d.i.y tool mandala, chairs mandala, guitars with birds. There’s even a mandala of painted patterned finger nails. It’s fun looking at some of the mandalas closely to see what the collection of objects are and if it fits a theme or not, especially ones that throw in a curveball of an object which makes you look twice. At the back of the book there are also four pages of templates so you can have a go at drawing your own mandalas too if you wish.

This is a mandala book that will appeal both to mandala fans and people (like me) who usually don’t like colouring them. It’s a very unusual and unique book and I really like this one.



Min Mandala by Maria Ljungeld is available to purchase from Swedish bookstore

I was kindly sent a copy from the publisher. All thoughts and comments expressed are my own honest opinion and are not influenced by this fact.