posh-artful-designsPosh Coloring Book: Artful Designs for Fun & Relaxation
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Copyright: 2015
Number of designs: 126
ISBN-10: 1449472079
ISBN-13: 978-1449472078
Andrews McMeel has put out eight books so far in this coloring series. Artful Designs is a delightful mix of geometric and abstract designs, and a large variety of other subjects. In this one book you have frogs, peacocks, hot air ballons, castles, chickens,seahorses, city and country scenes, kites, planets, birds, robots. still life, fans, trains, seahorses, dragons, and more! (An interesting note for those tired of so many flowery designs. There are only two designs in the entire book that have flowers, and those are part of a scene where the main subject is something else – in one case, snakes!)

The designs also vary between single page designs, designs that span over 2 pages, plus designs that look like a 2-page spread, but are actually just mirror images. The designs appear to be digitally created, with mostly thin lines, but they are very well done. Some digital coloring book designers don’t take the time to make sure all the lines meet properly and don’t overlap. The Posh books are clearly created by experienced artists, and all of the designs look lovely.

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Book Size: 7.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Design Borders: varies, some have a rectangular border, but others just fill the page with about 1/4 inch margin
  • Design Lines: thin
  • Paper: average
  • Printing: double-sided
  • Binding: glue-bound

The book is smaller than most coloring books, at only 7.2 x 9.5 inches, so it’s a great travel book. It is not, however, a great book for markers, as the paper is average thickness, and there are designs on both sides of the pages. So markers would bleed through and ruin the design on the back. Since the pages aren’t full size, copying the back side of the pages would give you a margin over an inch on each side, assuming you can get the copies made so the designs sit in the center of the page.

Even given all of the above, I really like this book, mostly because I really like all the designs! My only problem is every time I pick it up, I end up putting it back down without coloring in it, because I can’t make a decision about which design to do first! I may just have to take a “start on page 1″ approach, rather than “what appeals to me today,” since they all appeal to me!

Do you have this book? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments!

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