After the massive impact Johanna Basford and Millie Marotta's books made in the book charts, not to mention basically kicking off the adult colouring phenomenon, it's not often I come across another book that I would consider to be a staple for colourists everywhere. Both Color Me Happy and Color Me Calm sit comfortably in that category. They seem to have a bit of everything, all sorted into 6 colour-coded sections so you can easily flick to whatever it is you want to colour at the time. They're like an index for colourists! If you want to colour people, there's a section for that. If you want to colour water scenes, there's a section for that. If you want to colour mandalas or geometric patterns, there's a... you get the picture. Basically, if you enjoy colouring I reckon these should be on your bookshelf, simple as that!
Here's a pic of the edge of the pages, each section a different colour.
And here's a bumper slideshow of pictures from both books!
Each chunky book has a 100 single-sided colouring pages, they're like tomes! The back of each page is colourfully patterned instead of being left white, which is a nice touch. It is thick and white, with each drawing encased in a border. The books ooze quality, and have the quantity to match The illustrations are whimsical and lovely to look at, not too intricate either (too much detail makes me anxious never mind calm!).
The sections in each book are as follows:
Color Me Happy
2. Animals and Babies
4. Food & Drink
5. Whimsical Imagery
6 .Art & Architecture
Color Me Calm
2. Water Scenes
3. Wooded Scenes
4. Geometric Patterns
5. Floral and Fauna
6. Natural Patterns
The books also have an introduction, advice on colours and pre-coloured images to give you inspiration. The cover has lovely glossy lettering and accents, bright colours and a durable finish. As you can tell I'm pretty impressed with everything about these books! I only wish I had Color Me Stress-Free to complete the 'Zen' series (next purchase me thinks!). My only quibble is that I wish it was spiral bound. It can be a bit of a tackle to get the books to lie flat, especially if you're colouring near the front or the back.
Here are my finished pictures, completed with Spectrum Noir, PanPastel and a hint of glitter gel.
I was given these books in exchange for an honest review. You can find them on Amazon here: