tangled-angles-2Tangled Angles 2: A Kaleidoscopia Coloring Book
Publisher: Kaleidoscopia Coloring Books
Copyright: 2014
Number of designs: 52
ISBN-10: 1499147325
ISBN-13: 978-1499147322

Kaleidascopia books, to me, are the embodiment of the abstract coloring book. The patterns found in these coloring books invite exploration with every color in your box of pencils or markers, or exploring the possibilities of using all shades of one color, or any other color combination.

While truly abstract designs give you a ton of options when coloring, they tend to be difficult to review. You can’t really compare them to any particular theme or object! That said, in volume 2 of Loni Gansmann’s Tangled Angles, you’ll find lots of spirals and what I think of as “sunbursts” – lines radiating out from a central circular space, as well as lines forming the “tangled angles” of the title.

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Book Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: no margins, designs go all the way to paper’s edge
  • Design Lines: designs alternate between thick and thin
  • Paper: average
  • Printing: single-sided
  • Binding: glue-bound

As with all Kaleidascopia books, the designs fill the page completely, and are densely packed, making the coloring challenging. The last couple pages of the book have information on the color wheel, and definitions of various artistic terms.

Also common to Kaleidascopia books, the patterns alternated between a thick-lined drawing, and a thin-lined variation – what they call a “clone” – of that design. It’s not exactly a reverse image (like a photo negative,) but that’s the closest analogy I can think of. The lines of the design are sort of “reversed” so that it is an outline of the line. So a single straight line from the original might become a thin-lined rectangle in the “clone.”

Surprisingly, this creates a new design that has a completely different look and feel to it. Personally, I prefer the clones when coloring. I’ve never been overly fond of designs with thicker lines. But many people enjoy coloring in that style. If you enjoy coloring abstract shapes, which allow you to relax and enjoy the process without worrying about whether your colors match realiy, you will enjoy the books in the Tangled Angles series.

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

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