Adult colouring books have recently become very popular. They’re meant to relieve stress and anxiety, they’re used as therapy, and as an outlet for thAdult colouring books have recently become very popular. They’re meant to relieve stress and anxiety, they’re used as therapy, and as an outlet for those of us who maybe have limited artistic flare, able to create something beautiful without having to do the actual drawing. I bought my first adult colouring book a couple of months ago and I’ve really enjoyed the colouring-in process. It really does help me focus on something other than life. I get absorbed, and if you’re anything like me, become a a little bit obsessed, especially with keeping within the lines!
The Secret Garden Artist’s Edition was sent to me for review, and I will say that it is a lovely book. All 20 illustrations are beautiful and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed colouring them in. I’m on my fifth illustration now and I have a feeling that this is one colouring book that I will complete. What is also a big plus with Secret Garden Artist’s Edition is that the pages are made from high-quality card, so you can pull them out and frame your finished piece of work if you wish. I don’t think I’m good enough for that right now, because although the designs have already been drawn, there is an artistic quality needed to create something worthwhile enough to frame (of course this is only my personal opinion and in regards to my own work). The use of different colours, shading, etc to create something beautiful does take practice. I’ve googled lots of completed designs and I can honestly say that some people really have a talent for it, and are able create something truly beautiful. I think I have a way to go yet.
However, the good thing about adult colouring is that it isn’t all about being the best at colouring-in, it can be just for you, whether you are good at it or not. You don’t have to show anyone your work, you can just colour at your hearts content, then close the book and put your pens away until the next time. The act of colouring-in is relaxing and fun, and now, not just for children.
I’d definitely recommend this lovely adult colouring book. The illustrations are beautiful and the quality of the card is excellent (if you use pens like me there is no bleeding at all). Highly recommended for colouring-in fans of all ages. ...more
I haven't reviewed a mythology before so it does feel a little strange. I haven't read the entire book but dipped into it as if it were an encyclopediI haven't reviewed a mythology before so it does feel a little strange. I haven't read the entire book but dipped into it as if it were an encyclopedia. This is how I wanted to review this book, as a reference guide to all things vampire.
To start off with this is a gorgeous book. The pages are glossy and beautifully designed. The images used for each section of the book are great. The book is separated into five chapters with each sub-dividing further into different subjects. They range from the origins of the vampire myth, including vampire babies and Vlad the Impaler to modern day TV shows such as Buffy and True Blood.
Vampires: From Dracula to Twilight is more than the title suggests as it includes practically every area that has featured vampires at some point: vampire movies (Peter Cushing: Dracula), vampire books (The Vampire Chronicles: Anne Rice), music (Ozzy Osbourne & Marilyn Manson) and so much more.
If you are a vamp-fan, you will love this book I'm sure. It's easy to follow and beautifully illustrated. A great vampire companion.
How can you not love this book. It reminded me of my family dog and the unconditional love he gave us. He wasn't as nuts as Marley, but he had the samHow can you not love this book. It reminded me of my family dog and the unconditional love he gave us. He wasn't as nuts as Marley, but he had the same amount of devotion and loyalty. This book pulls the hearts strings and I'm sure if you haven't owned a dog you will still enjoy this book. It made me laugh and cry, nod my head in recognition of some of the antics Marley got up to. It's simply written and is an easy read. I would definitely recommend it.
NB: I actually saw the film before reading the book, even with all the bad press, and I thought the film was great. It captured the book brilliantly, so if you haven't seen the film then I would recommend that too!...more