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Color and Relax: Peaceful Patterns: Volume 1 is set to be a series of themed colouring books and the first title Peaceful Patterns has been kindly sent to me by the illustrator Jo Shiloh who has also very generously sent 4 copies for me to give away (more details below). So, on with the review! Peaceful Patterns is paperback and contains 40 single-sided images of patterns and abstract designs of varying complexities. Each image is surrounded by a thick white border to ensure none of the image is lost into the spine. The paper is bright white and thin and does bleed a fair bit but this is not a problem as long as you put some scrap paper behind your work. The line thickness varies from medium to thick so there are no issues for those of you with poor vision or problems with fine motor control. None of the images are overly intricate or detailed so if teeny tiny spaces aren’t your thing then this book may be ideal for you.
In terms of mental health, this book is great because it contains abstract and unusual patterns which can be coloured in any colours you fancy. You don’t have to make it look realistic or natural, you can just pick up a pen or pencil and start colouring. This means that if decisions are difficult for you to make you may find this helpful because you just need to pick a medium and can even just close your eyes and dig around in the container you keep them in and pick out a random one and get going. The patterns range from square and blocky to swirling and flowing and cover everything in between. This book really reminds me of the altair design colouring books of my childhood and if you liked those then you’ll be sure to like this book. Patterns are great for practising mindfulness while you colour and the repetitive nature of the designs is very calming and relaxing. The image below was coloured using Staedtler Fibre-Tip pens.
If you’d like to get your hands on a copy and you live in the UK then fill in the form below the gallery of images where I’m running a giveaway for 4 lucky people to win a copy each – You have until 6pm on Wednesday the 16th of September to enter. Alternatively, you can order a copy from Amazon here Color and Relax: Peaceful Patterns: Volume 1