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The Flower Colouring Book
Colouring Book Series
Polly Pinder

Search Press
1 November 2014 / ISBN 9781782212133
How-To Books / Coloring

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


I remember how absorbing and relaxing a coloring book was as a child, and now they are back in fashion with a twist… they are for adults! Search Press has brought out a series of five titles, and there is more to them than meets the eye…

A coloring book is as good as the paper it is printed on, regardless of the designs and this one has thick, white paper that seems to beg to be colored on. The pictures are printed one side of the page only so felt pens and paints will not bleed through and as such you can color them in with almost anything. At the front of the book the first few pages are printed on shiny, thinner paper and are already in color. This is to give you an idea of what colors to choose for a selection of designs and if the act of coloring is therapeutic above all else, eliminating agonizing over color choice makes sense. The pictures are not as detailed as those in some adult coloring books and vary in size from full page to a quarter of a page or less, meaning you select one that fits the amount of time you have. A number of different styles of portraying flowers have been used including Art Nouveau, Victorian, botanic, folk and modern. You can cut them out and use them in papercrafts directly, and if you visit the website you can find the designs as PDFs ready to print out and color in again, or use as ideas for your own projects (provided they are not for sale). I imagined the floral motifs as embroidery patterns, showing that this is a volume with more to it than a mere coloring book.

If you cannot find a good range of coloring materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

Reviews of other titles by this author

Egyptian Designs / Medieval Designs
Oriental Flower Designs
Glitter Greetings Cards
Papercrafts For Christmas (w/ Judy Balchin)
How To Draw Animals in Simple Steps (w/ Susie Hodge, Eva Dutton, Jonathan Newey)
The Great Big Book of Designs (w/ Judy Balchin, Penny Brown, Lesley Davies, Jane Greenwood, Elaine Hamer, Elaine Handley)

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 2014