skyhorse-mandalas-everyoneMandalas: Coloring for Everyone
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Copyright: 2015
Number of designs: 46
ISBN-10: 163220648X
ISBN-13: 978-1632206480

The very first thing I noticed about the books from Skyhorse Publishing was the weight. These books have a weight to them that I’ve never seen in a coloring book before! The paper they chose is art quality, and will take markers and even watercolor paints without any difficulty. The bright white paper is extremely smooth, and the pages are perforated for removal.

One thing I did notice – because of the smoothness and quality, the paper grabbed colored pencil pigment and held onto it like glue! I had to use a very light touch if I wanted to blend more than one color together. So colored pencil users should experiment a bit with the pages at the back of the book before starting on a design.

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Book Size: 8.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Design Borders: none
  • Design Lines: thin to medium
  • Paper: very thick
  • Printing: single-sided and perforated
  • Binding: glue-bound

Speaking of the back, this is the first book I’ve seen that has several pages in the back that are color palette sheets. Each page has several sections of squares where you can test colors and mediums to find the one you want to use before starting to work on the actual designs. It’s a great idea! They also included several pages in the front of the book, with a sample coloring of each design. These and the introductory text are the only pages that are not single-sided.

The designs are fairly complex and appear to be created digitally. The only reason I included beginner in the complexity evaluation is because there are a few designs with larger spaces. But the majority of the designs I would classify as intermediate. If you love coloring mandalas, this book will keep you busy for a while!

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