This book is designed by holistic lifestyle guru Annie Yates, who believes in nourishing the body and mind in simple, natural ways. With a background in illustration, she decided to produce her own colouring book to soothe and de-stress the mind as part of her healthy lifestyle. So take a deep breath and unwind as you settle down into the pages of Relax me.
First of all I have to mention something that probably sounds rather odd, but I love the dot on the end of the title! I don't know if it was a concious thing but it really sets off the statement; it's simply: Relax me. That's it, that's what you get with this book.
The 18 designs within are mostly made up of flowing lines and swirly patterns, which feel relaxing just to look at, never mind colour! I found filling in the pages very calming, losing myself in the lines, so it certainly lives up to its title in my opinion.
As well as the flowers and leaves within, the book physically feels very organic too. The cover is exactly the same paper as the pages, so there's no heavy binding or anything to detract from the simplicity of the book. The paper is extremely good quality, very thick and smooth to the touch. There is a mixture of broad and fine linework, many of the illustrations containing the same elements arranged in different ways, which connects all the images and makes the book flow really well.
The designs are complex but no so intricate that they seem daunting. It's a perfect medium I think, and definitely a book I can see myself coming back to again and again, especially when I want to wind down before bed. There's a dreamy quality to this book which I think sets it apart from others on the market.
Here are my completed images :)
I was given a copy of Relax me. in exchange for an honest review. You can find it in on Annie's website, Wild Heart Native Soul, in paperback or digital download format.