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Art Therpy
An Anti-Stress Colouring Book
Hannah Davies, Richard Merritt and Cindy Wilde

LOM Art (Michael O’Mara Books)
4 October 2018/1 June 2019 in US/ ISBN 9781912785032
Non Fiction/Coloring

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Grab some pens or pencils and get coloring! As the introduction to this book says, coloring is good for you as it helps to focus on such a soothing activity as an antidote to life’s stresses and strains. Two thirds of it is for coloring, and the final third is for doodling as you can draw your own additions to incomplete designs. If parts of it look familiar, then some of it has previously been featured in other books back in 2014 and 2015. But the earlier books featured some already colored parts and this new book does not; there are, in addition, many brand new images so even if you (like me) already own the earlier books this one seems new and fresh.

Printed on bright, white paper, there are different line thicknesses depending on the image, but all are visible. The paper is above average quality and smooth, suitable for water- based pens if you don’t linger too long in one place. It lacks the tooth for pencils, but good results can still be achieved; however I think this book is better for pens as long as they are not permanent markers like Sharpies. Pictures are printed double sided and do disappear into the spine. Careful removal is necessary once you have chosen which side to frame as there are no perforations, but with paper of this thickness it is doable with a sharp knife (draw a pencil line first). There are some great images in here and something for everybody. Choose from flowers, animals filled with intricate doodles, abstracts, mandalas, buildings, feathers, leaves…a very wide range and all of a high standard without the pixilated appearance that marks out computer art. All of the designs in here were hand drawn and many relaxing hours await anybody who buys this book.

Reviews of other titles in this series

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2019