paisley-designs-marty-noble-doverPaisley Designs Coloring Book (Dover Design Coloring Books)
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Copyright: 2008
Number of designs: 30

I purchased this book for a reason that has nothing to do with coloring or paisley, although I do like paisley designs. When I was first dating my husband, one of my favorite blouses was a deep rich red with a small repeating paisley design. The first time he saw it, his face scrunched up and he said “I shoot paisley, you know.” It became a recurring joke in the family that anyone who wore paisley was in danger of being shot by him.

I shoot paisley, you know.

So, when I saw this book, I just had to buy it! Strangely, when I first got the book 3 years ago, he barely glanced at it, and didn’t say anything. I thought my joke had fallen flat. When I started this site, I pulled all my coloring books out. This one was on the couch one night. He glanced down and yelped. He pointed to the book and, in a tone of profound disapproval, said “You bought a paisley coloring book!” Needless to say, I had a bit of a giggle fit!

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Book Size: 8.25 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: 1-inch margin with a black border
  • Design Lines: clearly hand-drawn, they vary, but are generally fairly thin
  • Paper: average thickness
  • Printing: both sides of the pages
  • Binding: staple-bound

In Paisley Designs, Marty Noble gives us 30 designs using mostly nature elements – flowers, leaves, and birds. Some of the patterns are symmetrical, while others flow with a more organic style.

Paisley has a rather fascinating history, dating back over 2000 years. This article from 2011 is an interesting visual account of the cultures that influenced this popular design. It is generally accepted that the motif originated in Persia, although the word paisley actually comes from the town Paisley in Scotland, which became known for its paisley textiles. Another term for it is “Persian pickles,” a reference to its origins. More information can be found in this Wikipedia article.

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