I think I've found a new favourite colouring book! I'm so excited to show this to you, so put on your explorer clothes, grab a compass and scout through the forest undergrowth with My Magical Oasis!
It's a stunning new volume from Plexus Books, featuring a massive 101 beautiful designs to colour. Some of the illustrations are similar in style to Johanna Basford & Millie Marotta's books, with a huge range of all things natural and more. Within the pages you will find indigenous animals, tropical plants and flowers, landscapes, zentangles, mandalas, paisley designs... the list goes on! There are even some areas where you are encouraged to add to the illustration yourself, although these prompts are not intrusive or frequent so there's no need to feel intimidated. In fact, there's an overwhelming sense of calm instilled in these drawings, making you feel as though you have truly entered a magical oasis of tranquility.
There's something for everyone in this book, and I'm very surprised that it seems to have remained under the radar since its release at the end of May. Due to the sheer number of images in the book, I've compiled a bumper slideshow for you to get a good look inside & see what you think!
The cover also deserves a mention as it is so aesthetically pleasing. The muted pastel colours look natural and dreamy, offset by opulent gold lettering and detail to give a touch of luxury. The pages are smooth and bright-white, thick enough that even the hardest of presses with Triplus or Stabilo don't make an impression on the other side. As for the illustrations themselves there is a diverse selection of line densities, from thick & bold to delicately fine. I would recommend My Magical Oasis as an 'all-rounder' for the colourist who wants a bit of everything all in one handy book, or for someone who can't get their hands on the most popular colouring titles at the moment.
Here's my first finished page of what's definitely to be many, coloured using Triplus fineliners.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here:
29/6/2015 10:46:26 am
Great review - can I ask what do you use to do your colouring in? Are they felt-tip pens?
29/6/2015 11:20:49 am
Hi Jules, I used Staedtler triplus fineliners on this particular piece, but you'll find I mainly colour with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers as I find them the best quality. xx
29/6/2015 01:37:06 pm
The new book is really beautiful. I'd really like to get it
29/6/2015 07:57:45 pm
This looks like a great book! Are the pages single sided?
30/6/2015 01:28:00 am
Hi, no they're all double-sided, but thick enough that water based markers like Stabilo will not bleed through. Alcohol markers will of course xx
5/7/2015 06:45:38 am
It looks like a really nice coloring book &I you have colored it nicely.
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