by Lucy Fyles

extraordinaryGardensArt Therapy: Extraordinary Gardens
Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP
Copyright: 2015
Number of designs: 100
ISBN-10: 1910254061
ISBN-13: 978-1910254066

This beautiful book is full to the brim with pictures of gardens, flowers and wildlife. Some images are of whole gardens, others of a repeating flower image. Many designs include large, small, or a mixture of sizes of flowers.

This book is particularly good for those of you who like to use coloured pencils and who like to colour realistic images. This book, as with all of the others, has thick enough paper to use felt-tips but the images are not particularly well-suited to this as many are not very detailed or intricate. The images really benefit from the added details of shading and blending to bring the pictures to life.

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Book Size: 8.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Design Borders: None, approximately 1/4 inch margins
  • Design Lines: hand-drawn, so it varies
  • Paper: above average thickness
  • Printing: double-sided
  • Binding: glue-bound, with hard covers

The natural images are great for calming the mind and bringing the outdoors indoors, particularly for those of you who are housebound like I am. One of the things I miss most about being able to go out is seeing flowers, birds and the leaves changing colour as the seasons change. This is a wonderful book to bring a bit of garden into your home.

extraordinaryGardens-colorSampleThe images in this book are printed with a variety of line thicknesses making it suitable for people on medications that affect their ability to colour intricate details, or whose patience and concentration levels change over time.

It’s a very soothing book with some really lovely pictures that will definitely develop your skills in colouring realistic, natural images of flowers and plants. Highly recommended for my green-fingered colourers! This image was coloured using Spectrum Noir oil-based coloured pencils.

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Editor’s Note:

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.)

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