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Tangle Wood
Jessica Palmer

Search Press
7 August 2015 / ISBN 9781782213536
Non Fiction/Coloring

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Adult coloring books are enjoying a current wave of popularity as a stress reliever, and Search Press have brought out several already. Here is a new one unlike the others that invites the colorist into a magical woodland world.

Lose yourself in a tangle of trees, birds, animals, flowers and more, and while you color, keep a look out for a selection of hidden drawings. The paper is a cream color instead of the usual white, giving the book a vintage feel like an old children's book. This is echoed in the ink, which is a dark gray with a slightly waxy look to it, a novel appearance. Pictures are detailed indeed, suiting sharp eyes and the finest of pens and are printed on both sides of the page. This means you get twice as much for your money, but you are more limited in what you use to color the drawings. I would suggest colored pencils or gel pens to eliminate bleed-through rather than the saturated colors of felt pens and paints. Pictures vary from the type covering the whole page to those you can finish drawing yourself, and frames to draw something inside. There is even a "this book belongs to" page to write your name in. Colorists looking for a challenge will find many happy hours await them with this intricate and imaginative book.

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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