by Lucy Fyles
Art Therapy: Celtic
Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP
Number of designs: 100
If you like Celtic art and designs then you’ll love this book. Filled with 100 traditional Celtic images, this book contains a huge variety of Celtic knots, geometric patterns and mythical creatures. Almost all of the designs are drawn with the same outline thickness. This isn’t super thin like some books but also isn’t especially bold so if you struggle to keep within the lines or have vision, co-ordination or fine motor control issues, then this may not be the book for you.
- Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
- Book Size: 8.2 x 11.8 inches
- Design Borders: Varies
- Design Lines: medium thickness
- Paper: above average thickness
- Printing: double-sided
- Binding: glue-bound, with hard covers
The images in this book are as you’d expect them to be – they’re not pretty or girly so may not be everyone’s cup of tea. They’re very traditional Celtic images with lovely interlocking shapes and fascinating creatures.
This book would also be well-suited to the growing number of male colourers who are not so interested in colouring in delicate flowers and fairies. The designs are a good choice for something more masculine and structured that still allows you to express your creative flair. This image from the book was coloured using basic coloured pencils and Stabilo .88 fineliners.
Lucy is a UK member of my Facebook group, Coloring Books for Adults. She reviews books specifically for those suffering from mental illness. Lucy is able to bring a unique viewpoint to this target group, as both a person who suffers from her own severe anxiety disorder, and as someone who has worked with psychiatric inpatients. You can read Lucy’s blog for more information, or connect with her through Facebook.
(Since the UK uses the alternate spelling of “colour”, you’ll find “coloured pencils” and other alternate spellings used in her reviews.)