Coloring dream mandalas

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From Ulysses Press we received the book Coloring Dream Mandala’s for writing a review on. We want to thank Ulysses Press very much for this.

Information on the internet: Relax and de-stress from your busy life by coloring this collection of whimsical mandalas that incorporate mystical imagery into the patterns Relax, focus, reach a higher state of mindfulness and simply enjoy yourself as you artfully turn the intricate shapes in this book into stunning works of art. Coloring Dream Mandalas offers you an imaginative array of inspiring quotes and beautiful images, including: Dragons Dream catchers Fairies Stars and Moons Angels Birds Sacred Symbols Castles

While flipping this book I wasn’t sure which design to pick for colouring. There were just too many beautiful designs. So choosing was difficult. To give you an idea I will show you some examples first.

Off course I coloured in this book. I started with pencils and chose the Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.The pencils went over the paper smoothly and even when using little pressure the pigment was delivered nicely. The layer-on-layer technique worked well also. This went effortless, as did the adapting with the blenderpencil. Only thing I noticed during adapting with the blenderpencil was, that the black lines seemed to smudge a little. At least that was my idea. I thought it to be a pity. It’s a bit disturbing, especially with the lighter colours.

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Next I coloured a design with felt-tips. Because the paper felt a little thin I put a piece of paper between the pages just to be sure. This wasn’t necessary. The felt-tips pressed through, but not that much. The next page doesn’t get damaged and because the pages are printed one-sided, the pressing through is no problem. I used different brands of felt-tips. The Zig clean color real brush, the Koi Coloring brush pens and the Tombow ABT Dual brush pens. All three brands coloured very nicely on this paper. The colour was adopted well and making a gradient went without problems. Therefore I was very pleased with this design.

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Conclusion : This mandala book is a little different from the so-called standard mandala colouring books, in which everything is straightforward. These mandala’s are a real challenge and you can indulge yourself on these for sure. Colouring pencils work very well on this paper. Adapting and working in layers goes well also. Different kinds of felt-tips are no problem either. And because of the one-sided print of the pages the pressing through is no problem. This book is a really nice asset to my collection.

Data from the book:
Title: Coloring dream Mandalas
Illustrator: Wendy Piersall
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Product dimensions: 13 x 191 x 241 mm
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781612435299

This book is amongst others available at Bol.

This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.

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