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From Watkins Publishing we received the book Colouring for Contemplation for testing and writing a review on. We want to thank Watkins Publishing very much.
Information on the internet: Pick up your pens and pencils and begin your journey … This beautiful colouring book has been created to help you to be mindful – to slow down and breathe and to give you the inspiration to live more fully in the present. Each illustration has been inspired by an accompanying quote to aid your contemplation of its message while you colour. Divided into three parts, Mindfulness, Insight and Inspiration, this is a colouring journey. Each of the three parts contains quotes and simple, inspirational designs and ends with a meditation and a section with questions aimed at helping you reflect both on your handiwork and your inner journey. Dip in or work from beginning to end. Coloring for Contemplation is your calming companion.
It appears to be a nice colouringbook when you first flip through it. When you start at the very beginning it turns out to be a colouringbook that goes in to mindfulness a lot. The first ten pages are spend on it’s origin, how it works and how you can apply mindfulness in daily life. This book is written completely in English however.
It is explained that you should be able to give yourself time, space and “permission” to colour. And that you can relax even when holding a pencil for just two minutes. By colouring mindfulness we become more aware of our senses, feelings and thoughts. By colouring one becomes calm and as a result your thoughts will also.
The book contains 30 designs, printed one-sided, and on the next page there is a aphorism or saying, concerning mindfulness. These designs are arranged in three items, Mindfulness – Inward – Inspiration. The plan is to make the “journey” in this order. Every item starts with a proem, an explanation and ends with an evaluation. This can be done per item or design. Behind every evaluation there is a blank page for descibing the evaluation or make your own design.
The book also discusses the colouring-techniques, but all techniques can be used really. They also describe nice tips and ideas.
Because I wanted to show various designs in this review I didn’t start with the first page, but picked some from the book. First I will show you some examples of the designs.
I started with Staedler Triplus color felt-tips. These coloured pleasantly. They went over the paper smoothly, pressing through just a little, but that is minimal.
After this I chose the Spectrum Noir pencils to colour the waves. I found the paper to be a bit too smooth for pencils. But the blending (rubbing with turpentine) went well however. The pigment could easily be blended.
I coloured the final design with Spectrum Noir markers. Markers always press through. But because of the one-sided print of the pages that was no problem. And the proem on the backside could still be read. Very often the markers bleed on the paper, but on this paper it doesn’t happen. So colouring with these was very nice.
Conclusion : Colouring for Contemplation is a very nice book. It contains a lot of different designs. That colouring relaxes you is a known fact, but when you want to knowmore about mindfulness or learn about it, this book is recommended for sure. The only minus can be that it is completely written in English. But that shouldn’t be much of a problem while colouring.
Data from the book:
Title: Coloring for Contemplation
Illustrator: Alex Ogg
Product dimensions:23 x 24 x 1 cm
Price: € 10,99
Releasedate: 24 November 2015
This book is amongst others available at Bol.
This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.