square-mandalas-alberta-hutchinson-doverCreative Haven Square Mandalas Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books)
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Copyright: 2012
Number of designs: 31
ISBN-10: 0486490947
ISBN-13: 978-0486490946

The word “mandala” has its origins in Sanskrit, and translates to “circle.” Traditionally, mandalas were created inside a circular outline. Today, however, the word is generally associated with any design which exhibits radial balance – a design based on a circle and extending out from the center.

In Square Mandalas, Alberta Hutchinson gives us designs that definitely exhibit radial balance, but are enclosed in a square border rather than a circular one. I like radial designs, and this book is no different. However, for me, the lines are much too thick for me to enjoy coloring. I prefer a thinner outline so there is more space for the color. What can I say? I love color!

If you don’t mind thick lines, I think you’ll enjoy this book. Also, this book would be good for beginners, as the thick lines make it easier to stay inside the lines. However, there is enough detail in the images to be challenging.

I do find the colored designs shown on the book covers quite lovely. They all have a very Spanish or Mexican vibe for me. I think it’s the thick lines that give me that impression, as it brings to mind Incan and Aztec stone carvings. The designs subjects are quite varied. Some have floral or leaf motifs, but others are very abstract. One design has birds, but otherwise there are no animals.

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Book Size: 8.25 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: Square with additional “framing” detail
  • Design Lines: hand-drawn, very thick
  • Paper: average thickness
  • Printing: single-sided and perforated for easy removal
  • Binding: glue-bound

Free Samples

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