Judith has included a particular feature that I haven't seen before in colouring books: a blank colour palette next to each design for you to fill in. It encourages you to plan a range of colours to use in the picture before you start, and I think it's a great idea that should be incorporated into more colouring books. The same page also includes a cute title and some information about the animals in the mandalas. It does seem more directed towards children and is marketed for colourists aged 6 to 96, so I suppose it has to cater towards kids as well as adults. This page also eliminates the need to worry about bleed through, so you can use pretty much any colouring medium on the mandalas, although Judith recommends pencils to take your time building the piece of art.
This delightful colouring book comes to you from Judith Moffatt, an award-winning children's book illustrator from Massachusetts, USA. Judith has another book of more intricate mandalas, whereas this one is less detailed and focused more on fun, simpler patterns.
Here's some of the mandalas in the book, there are 10 in total. I love the quirky little characters!
The book itself is 8x10", so just smaller than A4 and more square in shape. It has a glossy cover and coated paper, which is good enough for Triplus and Stabilo's not to stain through. Even though the book is for all ages I would say this was more a children's colouring book rather than something I'd necessarily point adults towards. Personally I really like it 'cos I'm a big kid, and I love that each mandala is interesting and has a theme (normal mandala patterns bore me sometimes). Here's my finished work! It had bats and was Hallowe'en themed so I had to choose it!
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. You can buy it on Judith's Etsy, and find colouring tips and more on her blog.
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