Thursday 8 October 2015

{Review} Secret Garden Artist's Edition: A Pull-Out and Frame Colouring Book by Johanna Basford

26521218Posted by Melanie
Release Date: September 14th, 2015
Finished Date: October 5th, 2015
Publishers: Laurence King
Genre: Adult Colouring Book
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 20
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US 
From the artist and the publisher that brought you the hugely successful Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest - this special artist's edition features 20 beautiful, pull out art prints for colouring in. 

Colouring fans of all ages will enjoy immersing themselves in a selection of the most popular artworks from the original book, now presented in a new, large-scale format for maximum colouring enjoyment. 

Each detailed illustration is printed on high-quality card and can be removed easily for framing or craft projects.

The Review: I normally receive fiction to review so you can imagine my surprise and glee at getting this! Adult colouring books are really taking off at the minute and I have quite a few, I bet most of the adults who indulge in these books used to love colouring in as a child and I must admit that I definitely did and nothing gave me greater pleasure than getting a new colouring book and felt tip pens in my Christmas stocking. That being said… I have NEVER seen a more beautiful colouring book as this and when I unwrapped it, and looked through, I was really blown away by the quality of it. I have seen the paperback version of this book and I was impressed by it, there are a lot more pages of course but here they seem to have taken the best of those pictures and created an artist’s edition. The images are superb, really wonderful and quite whimsical too; every single page is a work of art and open to interpretation by the individual in how they would like to decorate it. I actually didn’t even want to colour it in for fear of spoiling the book. The artist really excels at the subject of the book and I couldn’t imagine any more images so perfect for the topic.

The quality of the books pages are premium – thick card pages that are easily detached from the spine or left alone in the book. They withstand the pressure of pencils, absorb the colour of pens without seepage and have no doubt that paint wouldn’t make a difference either. It’s like being given a freestyle paint by numbers where you’re given the template and have the freedom to run wild with whatever media and colour you decide plus you can frame the results easily.
I have to say this is the best colouring book I have ever seen, I have shown everyone who has came into my home and they –like me – are well impressed and I’d be very surprised if they didn’t go out and buy their own. No amount of words can describe this, it must be seen to be appreciated and believe me…. You’ll be in awe too!

Thank you to Laurence King for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 


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