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The Big Chill-Out Colouring Book
Christine Dymond

Search Press
30 October 2015/ ISBN 9781782213307
Non Fiction/Coloring

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


There are many coloring books around right now, but this is the biggest I have seen yet, a whopping 16¾” x 11¾” (40.6cm x 28.6cm). Originally published in 1995 and as Designer Doodles, this is a timely second reprint (first in 2000) of a lovely book filled with images suitable for framing. The twelve pictures are hand drawn (no pixelated computer scans here) with medium width black lines on good quality, fairly smooth paper. Each design is one sided, so you can use whatever medium you like (I suggest putting a sheet of card underneath) including paints. The pages aren’t perforated but would be simple enough to cut out, and as each image has a white border of about ½” none of the image would be lost. Ms Dymond has taken her inspiration from many historical sources, including Celtic knotwork, Persian rugs, Roman mosaics, Egyptian paintings, Italian Renaissance drawings and more. On the front and back, ideas are given for coloring two of the patterns, and inside the front cover are notes about the inspiration and coloring hints for a variety of art media. This would make a lovely present if you can bear to part with it, better buy two.?

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015