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Art Therapy An Anti Stress Colouring Book: Adult Colouring Book Review

Art Therapy An Anti Stress Colouring Book
Written by coloringqueen
The Art Therapy Colouring Book by Hannah Davies, Richard Merritt, Cindy Wilde
Published by Michael O'Mara on June 5th 2014
Pages: 128
Format: Hard back
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three-half-stars
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Readers can start to relax with this sophisticated anti-stress colouring, doodling and drawing book. From creating free-flowing lines and swirls to shading in intricate patterns, every illustration in this book has been carefully crafted so that even amateur artists can enjoy the satisfaction of creating something of exceptional beauty. Everyone will benefit from the stress-relieving effect that increased focus and creativity can provide. There are no rules or complicated step-by-step instructions in these pages and no need for expensive art and craft supplies. Readers can simply scribble, scrawl and shade to their hearts' content.

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Art Therapy An Anti Stress Colouring Book illustrated by Hannah Davies, Richard Merritt & Cindy Wilde

This is a large, sturdy book.    It measures nearly 30 cm x 21cm approximately.   The hard back cover makes the book heavier than most of my other books.   The hard back also means that you can use the book to colour on rather than removing the images and attaching to a firm clipboard, as you may be used to doing.

There are 128 illustrations in this book created by Hannah Davies, Richard Merritt and Cindy Wilde.   The illustrations do not denote which artist was responsible for each illustration. I think if the publishers had done so it would have been a nice touch for a collaborative book.

The format of this book is likely to be controversial amongst colorists.     Unlike most colouring books that have black and white line work on a white/cream background or sometimes a black background this book has been pre printed with colored backgrounds.

You will find that the illustrations may have a background of grey, blue, green, purple and the like.    Whilst I am not opposed to the background being pre printed (it saves me having to do it!) I am not a fan of the printing of color on the illustrations.  You will find many illustrations have already been printed with colors in part.   In my view this limits the colours that I could have selected for the image.    No doubt, everyone will have different views on this – there is no right or wrong, just personal preference.

The line work on the whole is strong black, without broken lines or any fainting.      There are a number of images that have a lot of solid black already pre filled.  Again, some people may prefer this whilst others may not.   You will also find that some line work is coloured to match any partial coloured printing on images.

The illustrations in this book are varied.   You will see animals, abstract, feathers, hot air balloons to name just a few.

The paper quality is good and thick but I would test markers at the end of the book.

At the end of the book, there is a section on doodling where you can let your creativity go wild.  You can add patterns to items or backgrounds or just test your markers and pencils.

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Happy coloring x

Lea

three-half-stars

About Hannah Davies

Hannah has a degree in Surface Pattern Design from Swansea University. Her love of textiles is evident in the distinctive patterns of her illustrations. Her work is very detailed and you can often detect an Eastern influence on her art.

About Richard Merritt

Richard Merritt holds a BA in illustration. He has illustrated for over 10 years on a wide range of creative briefs ranging from children’s books, packaging and even designing costumes for film work.

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coloringqueen

I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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