Current Price: £9.98
Number of Pages: 224
Size: 25 x 20cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Good
One sided: Yes
Drawings go into the spine: Yes
Waterbased pen bleed: None
There's a 'for Dummies' book about pretty much everything, so why not one about colouring? I was expecting an in-depth look into the benefits of colouring on mental health and wellbeing, a substantial guide of techniques and tips for getting the most out of your pens and pencils. Oh, and a few colouring pages included too. I thought this was going to be a bible for both the new colourist and the experienced, full of really practical tutorials presented in a 'back-to-basics' way for people who don't understand how to place light sources for shading, or how to blend two colours seamlessly. Basically, the informative format a 'for Dummies' book usually takes.
I was very disappointed!
Instead of the wealth of information I was looking forward to, the book is entirely made up of colouring designs- bar a few pages at the start. This introduction feels hurried and doesn't contain anything really useful, instead it gives a few pages of very basic commentary that hints at colour theory and techniques like hatching and dotting. If you were looking for a guide to swot up on skills and developing your talent, this isn't the one.
The designs are also quite unsatisfactory, many of them seen before in The One and Only Colouring Book series by Phoenix Yard and Vintage Patterns by MoM books. There is a wide variety of styles, I'll give it that, but none are really my taste and are quite 'wallpapery' and tedious.
The paper is not too bad, and being one-sided bleedthrough is not a problem. It's quite a thick book and gives you a lot of colouring for your money, but I feel it didn't live up to its title and therefore I couldn't really get behind it in the way I wanted to.
Here's my finished page, coloured with Tombows and Zig Brushables.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here: