Art Therapy is a series of themed adult colouring books, each containing 100 designs for colouring in and relaxation. These books are published by Jacqui Small LLP and I was sent four titles by Quarto Group to review:

All of the books are A4 with a really thick cardboard front and back cover. They’re very sturdy and give a great base to colour onto, particularly for those of you who colour on your lap (like I do) without the use of a table/desk/tray.

The images are printed double-sided onto bright white, thick paper. I tested various brands of felt-tips including WHSmith’s own brand and Staetdler fibre-tips, and fineliners including those by Staedtler and Stabilo. Bleeding was not a problem with any of them.The paper is lovely and flat, without much grain, so colouring with pencils gave a beautiful bold colour without paper texture showing through.

Thanks to the way the books are bound, there are no issues with images disappearing into the spine and the few images that are double-page spreads have a thin border down the middle to prevent image loss.

Each book is very different in style as they are all created by different illustrators, so I have included a coloured page from each in the individual reviews linked above. I also give a more detailed description of what each book contains, and how each may affect your mental health or what symptoms/traits may interfere with your enjoyment of each book.

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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