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
I'm really excited to show you my current favourite book, full of pretty and whimsical designs centred around flowers and animals, with truly stunning illustrations of some unusual objects and themes.
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!
There are so many different themes to colour, from hot air balloons, VW Beetle cars and sewing paraphernalia to mermaids, rotary telephones, crystal tiaras and cupcakes! With no shortage of fine detail most of these illustrations are perfect for the advanced colourist, yet there are some fairly basic images sprinkled in for those who struggle with complexity.
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.
I love this book so much I need for you to have a chance to win yourself a copy! Just enter below and a winner will be chosen at random on 09.01.16 (UK ONLY). Good luck!
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here:
2/1/2016 09:53:40 pm
Hey Claire! I didn't see the last line ...U.K. only so I am sorry I threw my name into the mix! =( Just wanted to let you know so you could withdraw it! Good luck everyone! =) Happy New Year! =)
2/1/2016 10:46:20 pm
Wow your finished pages are amazing! I love that deer! The first page I would do would be the cat in the balloon! Too cute
4/1/2016 09:26:53 pm
Absolutely amazing books would love one myself. Fantastic
29/1/2016 04:21:56 pm
I picked this book up today at the Tate Modern in London... Absolutely gorgeous book and I remembered you saying it was your favourite! I love it too and can't wait to get stuck in!
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