wondersWonders: A Coloring Collection
Publisher: Self-published through CreateSpace
Copyright: 2015
Number of designs: 25
ISBN-10: 1515313883
ISBN-13: 978-1515313885

If you Google the definition of the word “wonder,” you get the following:

a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.

Nicole Whelan’s coloring book of creatures both real and imaginary hits upon all of these words. Within the pages of her book, I found many beautiful designs. The cover and the first couple pages made me think the book was going to be all done in the Zentangle style, but then the unexpected hit me with a design that was unique and not all all “doodlesome.” A few pages farther, I found myself tilting my head as I tried to puzzle out an unfamiliar creature. I even managed inexplicable on one design, as my brain failed to realize that it was a landscape image that made a whole lot more sense when viewed with the correct orientation! LOL

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Review Breakdown

  • Complexity:  Intermediate to Advanced
  • Book Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: Varies
  • Design Lines: handrawn, medium thickness
  • Paper: average
  • Printing: single-sided
  • Binding: glue-bound

Nicole manages to combine several styles into a cohesive whole that will appeal to a large variety of colorists. As I flipped through the book, each new image appealed to me in different ways. In some, it encouraged me to let my imagination roam free, finding my own patterns and meanings as I tried to decide what colors I would use on the intricate designs. On others, it evoked childhood memories of myths and stories. Others made me smile at the artistry, originality or whimsy represented in the drawing.

While a couple of the designs are a bit simpler, all of the designs have a lot of details and small spaces. I would not suggest this book for a beginner colorist, and intermediate to advanced colorists will want to pull out their finest point pencils or markers. When I was looking at the page for this book on Amazon, I was struck by the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” list. I think it gives a very good feel for the type of colorist who would like this book:

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