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The Colour Me Mindful books – illustrated by Anastasia Catris and kindly sent to me for review by Orion Books, are beautiful, small, square books that measure 17x17cms. They are much smaller than the current bestselling square books which makes them perfect for colouring on the move because they’ll slip easily inside a handbag or suitcase for that convenient colouring fix. The books are paperback and glue-bound, the images are printed double-sided and cover the whole page meaning a little is lost into the spine. Some of the images are double-page spreads and others are single images. The paper is bright white and only lightly textured and while it looks fairly thin, I experienced no bleeding when using my Stabilo .88 fineliners which can often cause problems in double-sided colouring books. I saw very faint shadowing when using the darkest colours but as soon as you colour the image on the reverse this is unlikely to be noticeable. Each book contains a hefty 50 images that are all intricately and beautifully drawn within the confines of the titled theme and there aren’t any random “filler” images – each one has definitely earnt its right to be there. Every time I’ve looked through each of these books I’ve noticed a new image that I hadn’t spotted before. Despite being small, these images take hours to colour and will keep you occupied for a really long time while you carefully colour each detailed section. The line thickness is very thin, thinner than the average fineliner, so you will definitely need good vision and fine motor control to be able to get the most out of these books. I went over the lines a few times because they are super thin but as long as you’re careful and have very good lighting, you’ll get a huge amount of enjoyment out of these books because the images are just lovely! There are currently six titles out – Birds; Butterflies; Enchanted Creatures; Seasons; Underwater and Tropical, which I have reviewed in more detail and photographed below.
Colour Me Mindful: Birds – Review
Colour Me Mindful: Birds (Colour Me Mindful Colouring Bk) – Buy it here
Colour Me Mindful: Seasons – Review
Colour Me Mindful: Seasons (Colour Me Mindful Colouring Bk) – Buy it here
Colour Me Mindful: Tropical – Review
Colour Me Mindful: Tropical (Colour Me Mindful Colouring Bk) – Buy it here
Colour Me Mindful: Underwater – Review
Colour Me Mindful: Underwater (Colour Me Mindful Colouring Bk) – Buy it here