Number of Pages: 54
Size: 21 x 21cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Average
One sided: Yes
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: Slight
Midlands-based graphic designer Sarah Gasby, otherwise known as 'Miss Wah' is passionate about two things: Japanese popular culture and street art. Her kawaii (Japanese for cute) characters first appeared on her YouTube channel before being reproduced as murals, stickers, spray paint pieces and canvases. This hugely commercial aesthetic, which emphasises bright colours, cuteness and a childlike appearance, formed the basis for her first colouring book, Shades of Kawaii.
Miss Wah's characters fill each page of the book, full of smiles, love hearts, sweet little clouds and buttons. If you're a fan of this style you'll be in your element with the 22 designs on offer here, bursting to the seams with happy cats, pandas, bears and much more.
The cover is soft touch and partly coloured in pastel shades, and the paper is thin but has a good tooth. All the illustrations are one sided and contained within a square border, so nothing goes into the spine or off the edge. Overall this is a really adorable book that kawaii enthusiasts and indeed many colourists will love!
Here's my finished picture, coloured with Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils.
You can find Shades of Kawaii on Amazon here: