Current Price: £9.98
Number of Pages: 90
Size: 25 x 25cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Good
One sided: No
Binding: Lay flat, easy remove
Drawings go into the spine: Yes
Waterbased pen bleed: None
The creators, 'Toc De Groc', are a trio of Spanish designers who came together in 2001 to combine their artistic talents into creating quirky textiles, paper products and other merchandise. Although much of their work is directed towards children, Hidden Nature is their first colouring book for adults that still incorporates their playful and charming style. This attractive yet peculiar brand of illustration really appeals to me, in much the same way as Coloring is a Form of Happiness, another favourite colouring book of mine.
As the title suggests, the book includes lots of camouflaged animals nestled between the lines, particularly one cute little cat that appears on every page. Check out the massive slideshow of images I've put together for you, as it was impossible to choose a small selection!
The stunning double page spreads are worth a mention too, from epic ocean scenes with patchwork ship sails and whales spurting flowers from their blowholes to heavily patterened animals slowly making their way across a savannah... yep, I'm going to go all-out and declare Hidden Nature as my FAVOURITE colouring book of all!
The book doesn't physically disappoint, either. From its partially coloured, removable dust jacket to the large square format, it oozes quality. Lots of elements that the average colourist wants has been taken into consideration: crisp, white paper that is thick enough to prevent bleed from all waterbased pens, a special lay-flat binding which also makes removal of pages quick and easy with no rips, and bright white paper which handles pencils well and makes the crisp fine lines of illustration look clean and clear on the page.
This book is a no-brainer for me, so I'm extremely surprised that it hasn't appeared much on the circuit of adult colouring Facebook pages I'm a part of. Let me know what YOU think of it! Here are a couple of my finished pages which I absolutely LOVED doing.