Current Price: £9.08
Number of Pages: 96
Size: 26 x 19cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Good
One sided: Yes
Drawings go into the spine: Yes
Waterbased pen bleed: None
Swedish colouring books- målarboks- are all the rage at the moment, some of which I've already reviewed (Sagolikt, Sommarnatt & Dagdrommar to name a few), and One Calm Day is a new edition to the beautiful illustrations coming out of Scandanavia at the moment. This book is also known as En Dag on some book selling websites.
Siri Carlén is a graphic designer, illustrator and even creates art installations and compositions out of physical materials. One Calm Day is her first colouring book, and concentrates on a journey throughout the day in a life of one person told at half-hour increments, from early morning to sunset. It includes inspiring phrases on the facing page that make you contemplate the smaller, quieter things in life.. Often we rush through our day, not stopping to appreciate the little things and take a breath. This book has a very relaxed, laid back feel to the illustrations and is ideal for meditative practice and soothing your mind after a hectic day.
You can also look through the book in this playful video:
The paper is a good quality with no bleed-through from water-based pens, but is one sided apart from the small piece of text on the reverse. It's an unusual shape, smaller than A4 but not a pocket size, ideal for taking out with you.
There are 48 designs in total, so plenty of colouring hours, but it still has a very clean minimalist feel with wobbly hand-drawn lines and large enough gaps to colour without the need for a magnifying glass. It has a whimsical style to it rather than realistic, so if you're a fan of colouring cartoony-type images you will love this book.
I haven't yet coloured a picture from it but I'll be sure to update this review as soon as I do. You can find it on Amazon here:
One Calm Day By Siri Carlén