Circolour: Mandalas & Patterns

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I was contacted by Stuart Royce who asked if I was interested in his beautiful book “Absent-Minded Art volume 2: Circolour mandalas and patterns”. As a mandala lover of course I could not say no to that. Just looking at the cover alone already got me slightly excited for this is the kind of book that so far I had not seen at our Facebook page. I want to thank Stuart so much for the copy that I received from him!

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Information you can find on the internet: This is the stunning second instalment in the Absent-Minded Art series of colouring books.. Suitable for all ages and with 101 original, full-page, single-sided mandalas and patterns to enjoy, there is a wealth of choice at your fingertips.

  • Single Sided.
  • 101 original full page designs.
  • portable 8.5”x8.5” dimension.
  • Spare pages that can be used to help protect other images from ink bleed.
  • A fun flickbook on the blank pages.
  • Glossy cover.

Brimming with beautiful and intricate designs that will engage and draw you into your own world of peace and mindfulness, all that’s missing in order to really bring it to life, is you and your favourite colouring materials. And remember, you don’t need to be an artist to enjoy this, you just need to love colouring.

Looking at the Amazon envelope lying on my doormat made me very happy. The book looks gorgeous and contains many pictures. If feels heavy although one would not say so when it comes to the quality of the paper which looks very thin. But appearance is deceptive here which I will explain further on. The pages are printed single sided so you can work with all kinds of materials in this book. The pictures are very diverse, ranging from delicate work to more roughly outlined ones. First let me show you a few examples:

The first two pictures I colored in with Koi Sakura brush pens. First of all I’d like to say that the paper is of good quality, the ink does not bleed through to the other side and picks up the ink of the brush pens beautifully. The Sakura’s color nice and evenly. I like how the pictures have turned out.

The third picture I colored in with Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils. These oil based pencils perform well on this paper. Blending with a Prismacolor blending pencil goes well. A minor downside to this is that the ink tends to rub off when you work it with a blender pencil. But I don’t think this is annoying.

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The fourth picture I colored with Chameleon pens. These are alcohol based markers. You can put the tips of two markers against each other so some ink runs from one marker into the other. This creates a beautiful effect as you can see in the picture I colored in. Of course these markers bleed through the paper but because this book is printed single-sidedly this is no problem. Just to be on the safe side I would recommend putting a blank sheet of paper between the pictures to prevent the ink from bleeding on the next picture.

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Conclusion: I think this is a gorgeous book with many different kinds of pictures. For beginners but also for advanced colorists. The paper seems thin but is excellent; one can work with all kinds of materials. Felt tip pens do not bleed through the paper but alcohol based markers of course do. Put an empty sheet of paper between the pages when you use these. The binding is good so you can put the book down flat and have access to all the inside edges of the drawings. As for the rest I cannot think of anything negative to say about  this book for I think it’s fantastic.

Once again I’d like to thank Stuart Royce for sending me this book!

Data from the book:
Title: Circolour: Mandalas & Patterns
Illustrator: Stuart Royce
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 21,6 x 21,6 x 1,3 cm
ISBN: 978-1523976188
Price: $ 9,79

This book is amongst others available at Amazon.

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