“Inkspirations for Women will help you leave the demands of the day behind for a much-needed boost of happiness and creativity,” the back jacket states in Marci Shimoff and Judy Clement Wall’s book.
~ What ~
This seventy-two-page letter-sized paperback targets women who like to doodle, draw, and fill in drawn pictures. With quotes from well-known individuals on the left side of the pages, the right sides include black and white drawings to color.
After an introduction of the benefits of coloring, mandala information, a note from the illustrator, tips to coloring, how-tos with color theory, and some finished examples, there are thirty-two pages of designs to color. The designs include birds, animals, insects, mermaids, flowers, balloons, scenes, teacups, bicycles, castles, and mandalas.
The back sides of the pages have quotes from Lucille Ball, Albert Einstein, Audrey Hepburn, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eckhart Tolle, Ophrah Winfrey, and the Dalia Lama to name a few. The book ends with instructions on making a mandala and more finished examples.
~ Why ~
As an artist, I find inner solace and tranquility whenever I design or create. I like how the hand drawn illustrations are fanciful yet detailed enough to get lost in artistic abandon. With each page perforated and the book able to lay flat, its format rises above other books on the market today. Crayons, gel pens, colored pencils, and watercolors can be used.
~ Why Not ~
Those who feel restricted or overwhelmed coloring a page should try it to see how they are in control of the outcome, with no rules to follow except for staying within the lines. Some may not like that some coloring tools such as paint and gel pens may bleed through to the back side. Others may find some drawings are too detailed with small sections to be filled in individually.
~ Who ~
Bestselling author, Shimoff is a transformational teacher who focuses on happiness, success, and unconditional love. Wall is a freelance artist and illustrator who writes, doodles, and creates unique cards and original artwork.
~ Wish ~
Wanting to use the finished pages to frame under glass, I wish the pages were one-sided to ensure no bleeding. I am not a fan of some of the quoted writers, but others may be.
~ Want ~
If you like an adult coloring book that focuses on beauty, positiveness, and peace, this may inspire your creativity as it produces calmness and serenity while completing.
Rated 4.5 of 5 stars.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and HCI Books for offering this book to review for my honest opinion.
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