PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Griffin, 10/2015
GENRE: Arts/Adult coloring books

FROM PUBLISHER: Color away the stress with these stunning book of relaxing designs that offer a therapeutic retreat into a world of beauty, inner peace, and relaxation. Each exquisite design allows you to fall deep into the calming experience of coloring, providing tranquility and ease that we so often miss in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Perfect for framing and gift-giving, these designs bloom from creative sanctuary to modern works of art.

. Soothing designs perfect for art therapy
· Instant stress reliever
· Original designs
· 8.5 x 10 tear-out pages fit for framing
· Personalized artwork for home-decorating, framing, or gift-giving


The first two are close ups of the larger one below them. Click them to make larger.

 Below are scanned images of three pages of more intricate designs from near the back of the book, as well as one image of several animal heads. Click on each image to make larger.

MY THOUGHTS: I must admit I really enjoyed coloring with colored pencils. Adult coloring books have become very popular this year. I think the craze came out of Europe. I can't say I've colored since elementary school. There are six animal heads, twenty-four animals, lots of floral designs, and some I don't now how to describe. There are cats, rams, birds/hummingbirds, tigers, horses, turtles, hot air balloons, butterflies, telephones, fish, and so on.  Most of the designs aren't what I'd call feminine, though the floral designs are my favorite, and this certainly is for both genders.

The quality of the paper is very good and bright, possibly like 22 lb. printer paper (definitely stronger than 20 lb.). The pages are blank on the back. The pages are perforated and I recommend you tear them out and use a clipboard or something else hard to put the paper on when you color. People have said about other adult coloring books that marker bleeds though so if you use markers, especially if you leave the pages in the book when using them, make sure you put a couple sheets of printer paper behind the one you're coloring to protect the page behind it. You may even want to make a copy of each one you're going to do in case you mess up and your eraser isn't any good.

Publishers say coloring books are supposed to be relaxing but for me it was a bit stressful, since I'm not artistic and can't drawl or anything like that. Choosing colors is much harder than it sounds but I did enjoy this little project. I didn't really know what I was doing and it took me more than a few hours. I used Cra-Z-Art brand from Walmart, but mine was a pack of 36. I guess they were alright. I don't have anything to compare them to. The color didn't smear while I was working, so that's a plus. A regular pencil eraser didn't work too good on it.

Evine (formerly called ShopNBC) has a set of four Zendoodle coloring books that comes with a 12-pack of Crayola colored pencils.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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