inklet-postcards-smInklets Postcard Coloring Packs
Publisher: Inklets Art by Nik
Number of designs: 11 per package

I’m not reviewing a book this time, but packages of postcards created by Inklet Arts. Each package contains 11 postcards. The front of the cards have designs to color, and the back are printed in a light gray with the typical postcard address lines and stamp outline, plus information about the artist.

As the images show, most of the designs are fairly simple, but with the small size of a postcard, that’s not really a bad thing. Some designs do have more detail and smaller spaces to fill in, which is why I’ve classified these as beginner to intermediate in complexity. But even the more complex designs won’t take long to complete. I would classify these as “primitive” in style, similar to cave drawings or other primitive art. I don’t mean that in a negative way – Nik’s art captures the essence of the creatures, which is not easy to do with very simple lines. I’ve seen primitive art sell for thousands in galleries!

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Size: 4 x 6 inches
  • Design Borders: None
  • Design Lines: thin to medium thickness
  • Paper: lightweight cardstock

There are three different postcard packs available — Animals, Birds and Variety. All three contain random selections of designs within each theme. Obviously, the Variety pack will be the most random, as they can be selected from any of Nik’s designs. The small size of the postcards makes them an ideal traveling coloring project, whether you just want to color a smaller design, or actually use the postcards to send messages to loved ones.

If you do intend to use the designs as postcards, however, you will want to choose your medium carefully. I tested one of the designs with both Stabilo 88 markers (water-based) and Sharpies (alcohol-based.) The Sharpie definitely bled through to the back of the card, and the Stabilos started to as well, even though I purposely tried to use a very light touch with both. So you will be better off sticking with crayons, colored pencils, or gel pens if you intend to have a readable message on the back of the card.

You can purchase these sets, or individual designs, at Nik’s Etsy shop, or connect with Inklets Art on Facebook.

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