Number of Pages: 66
Size: 21x21cm square
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Average
One sided: Yes
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: None
First there was The Wild Colouring Book, and now Meg has released its sequel:The Calm Colouring Book. This second book concentrates less on nature's landscape scenes and more on mandalas with a natural flow. The designs are dominated by leaves, flowers and branches, things that Meg particularly loves to draw, with a few animals sprinkled throughout. The gentle, curving shapes certainly have the desired calming effect, each design featuring soothing text incorporated within its lines. These uplifting words are printed at the reverse of each page, and can sometimes be difficult to spot within the image, such is their camouflage!
The illustrations were purposefully designed to be varying in levels of complexity, giving the colourist a choice of intricacy depending on how they feel at the time. Each hand drawn image feels so organic and fluid that it isn't hard to feel relaxed when colouring them, the assortment of tree roots, flower buds, daisies and feathers really giving that peaceful sense of earth and nature.
Meg has included a Tester Page at the front of the book, so that you can check your markers for bleed, figure out colour palettes or just practice your techniques before diving straight into the designs. With all the images being one-sided, there's no worry over using heavier inks that saturate the page- all you have to do is pop a piece of paper or card underneath and you're away.
Here is my finished page, coloured with Promarkers.
Meg has also created accompanying books to the Calm series, including an A4 Notebook and A5 Diary which contain pages from the main book. The diary allows you to colour on the go alongside keeping track of your appointments, whilst the notebook's larger format serves as a creative journal or ideas outlet with colouring pages dotted throughout.
2016 Diary: Week per page, includes note pages, appointment grids and whole month planner pages.
Colouring Notebook: Line ruled on A4 smooth white paper, featuring illustrated brackets in the corners and frequent mandala colouring excerpts from The Calm Colouring Book.
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I was given these books in exchange for an honest review. You can buy a copy on Amazon here: