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From Watkins Publishing we received the Mindful Mandala Colouring book for testing and writing a review on. For this we want to thank Watkins Publishing very much.
Information on the internet: Viewed as the key to self-knowledge and inner peace in Eastern traditions, a mandala is a symbolic spiritual image which, when meditated on, can bring about profound transformation. Featuring imagery from a range of spiritual and religious traditions, as well as from the natural world, this wonderful book offers a superb collection of black and white mandala artworks for you to colour in, plus guided meditations for every image, and a further section of basic line templates for you to create your own mandala designs.
When I was asked to review this book I was very happy and curious. This seemed a fantastic book to review. When it arrived at my house and I plipped through it, I was very excited. The first impression of the book is super, and it contains very beautiful designs. I also noticed that there is a little piece of text with examples of meditation next to the mandala, and a piece about the colours you can use. I’m happily surprised, and can’t wait to start colouring.
First I’m going to show you some examples.
I started with choosing a design to colour with Faber Castell polychromos pencils. I chose a design from the chapter Buddhism mandala’s. This chapter was most appealing to me. I started by reading the meditation description and then I read which colours could best be used. I stuck to the guidelines almost completely. I thought these colours fitted this design perfectly and it relaxed me also. The paper coloured nicely with these pencils, the pigment released well even with low pressure. You can also work in layers in this book very well, so you don’t have to use a blender pencil. I did however addapt the butterflies with the blender pencil, to get a nicer gradient.
I chose my second design also from the chapter Buddhism mandala’s. I chose this one because it seemed very suited for using my Staedler Triplus felt-tips. Also because there are designs in there with lots of (little) details.
As I started colouring I noticed that with the pencils it coloured a lot better in this book. You can’t colour over the same spot too much, because then you will damage the paper. And I didn’t think the felt-tips went over the paper very smoothly. The colours came out very well however on this paper. The felt-tips pressed through. This is no problem however, because on the backside there is the text about meditation and which colours to use. So the other design remains intact. You can always put a blank piece of paper in between the pages just to be on the safe side.
In this book you also have the possibility to design your own mandala. Because I like to draw self I was very pleased with this option in the book. I chose a layout in the book. I chose to trace the layout on an a4 paper. In this way I can use it again. After I finished tracing I started with Zentangle patterns. Look at the result below.
Conclusion : I think it was an awesome book to review. The book is contains three chapters.
- Buddhist Mandala’s
- Celtic Mandala’s
- Healing Mandala’s
My chapter of preference was Buddhist Mandala’s. They were most appealing to me. Colouring with the Faber Castell pencils went very well in this book. The pencils went over the paper very smoothly and delivered pigment very well. The addapting with the blender pencil also went well.
The felt-tips didn’t colour nicely in my opinion. They didn’t go over the paper that smooth and they pressed through. This isn’t a problem however, because the book is printed one-sided. This was done because there are pieces of text printed on the backside of the design explaining meditation and the use of colours. You can always put a sheet of paper between the pages to make sure the other design doesn’t become useless.
I found this book to be very nice and awesome. It contains a lot of diverse designs and there are lots of different designs. There are the somewhat simple designs, but there are also a lot more difficult and challenging ones, because of the tiny details. This book also contains templates. These can be traced/ copied. You can then use Zentangle to draw in patterns and colour them.
All in all this book is very diverse, and therefore very suited for a lot of people with a lot of wishes. I can recommend this book for sure. And I will get this book at hand more often in the future.
Data from the book:
Title: Mindful Mandala Colouring book
Illustrator: Lisa Tenzin-Dolma
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Product dimensions: 22 x 240 x 230 mm
Price: € 15,49
This book is amongst others available at Bol.
This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.