Current Price: £10
Number of Pages: 96
Size: 25 x 21cm
Paper colour: Ivory
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Very Good
One sided: No
Drawings go into the spine: Yes
Waterbased pen bleed: None
Blomster Mandala, or Flower Mandala, is a beautiful botanical colouring book by Swedish designer Maria Trolle, published by Pagina Forlag who also published Sommarnatt and Hanna Karlzon's other books. It is exactly the same format as Hanna's books in every way, from the Hardcover to the paper. The obvious difference is the illustrations, which are much more plant and nature based than Karlzon's, due to Maria's keen interest in gardening (check out her gardening blog here).
The delicate illustrations are inspired by Trolle's own garden, and such is her love for the subject matter Blomster Mandala was sketched and complete in just a month! Don't let the speed of creation fool you into thinking the art is rushed and of a lesser quality- each one is stunning and really captures the feeling of being right in the midst of the horticultural world, discovering beautiful new flowers and plants as you turn each page. Not only this, but some graceful woodland creatures are also included among the foliage.
As I touched upon earlier, the paper is exactly the same quality, tone and style as Sommarnatt: very smooth, thick and ivory coloured. The hardback cover is enhanced with gold foil on the text, contrasting against the black colour. In fact, the cover looks to me like a night-time garden, full of secrets and mysteries that its furry inhabitants keep. This is further reinforced by the mixture of backgrounds in the book; most are ivory, but there are some black backgrounds too. I like the mixture, it gives the book an extra bit of character.
Blomster Mandala is certainly a book I'd recommend for people who predominantly love colouring flowers and plants, but I think the sheer beauty of the illustrations will appeal to most colourists.
As far as I know, the book hasn't been picked up by a UK publisher as yet, so you will have to buy this book from Penstore.com and have it shipped to your country from Sweden.
Here is a quick page I coloured with my neon Triplus felt pens.
Now for a giveaway! I have a copy of Blomster Mandala to give away to one of my lovely followers. Just enter via the Rafflecopter below. it's open WORLDWIDE and ends on 19th April 2016. Good Luck!
12/4/2016 04:37:25 pm
This book looks beautiful and I am a big fan of colouring flowers. Thx.
12/4/2016 05:26:56 pm
Nice to see more colouring book is with black backgrounds!
12/4/2016 05:29:37 pm
This looks like a fun book.
12/4/2016 06:41:12 pm
I saw this book when I ordered from the Pen Shop earlier this week, but I had not seen any reviews on it at the time. Now I have seen a few flip-throughs for it and I want to get it as well!
12/4/2016 07:09:19 pm
Great giveaway! I need your instagram address one more time to make sure I followed you! :)
12/4/2016 08:18:59 pm
Beautiful coloring book! I agree that the cover looks like an enchanted garden. What fun!
12/4/2016 08:37:09 pm
Love the look of this book! Thanks Claire x
Teddy Jane Burke
13/4/2016 02:34:47 am
Hi Claire :) I see you're giving a copy of this beautiful coloring book away. Thank you and that's so sweet. Can you tell me if I can buy a copy of this book in the U.S. please?
13/4/2016 08:52:52 am
Thank you for the review. It looks like a lovely book. I've entered the giveaway as I am now itching to colour that circle of flowers!! xx
16/4/2016 03:31:46 am
Beautiful book. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance.
16/4/2016 05:04:28 am
I love this book! Hope that I win hehehe
16/4/2016 12:59:40 pm
I fell in love with the book from the first moment that it caught my eye! Great illustrations! Fingers x :)
25/4/2016 05:11:30 pm
Awesome book.I saw the review of this book. Just love it.
26/4/2016 07:21:38 am
I am in love with the blomster ananda coloring book .I would like to purchase one.PLEASE show me how to get one.I need to know what the American price is. Everywhere I find it ,it is listed £10.l don't know how much that is in my money. I know a lot of other people would like to buy this book to, but need our price Thank you
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