Color Your own Tattoo…

Megan Massacre, a tattoo artist and reality tv star, designs and creates gorgeous artwork for her customer’s bodies. Marketing those skills outside of television and tattooing, Ms. Massacre has created a coloring book of her designs entitle Marked in Ink and published by Crown Publishing. Guys…this book is gorgeous! Even if you never ever plan on getting a tattoo, this book is a beautiful and well made testament to art of many kinds.

The paper is heavy duty, the pages are printed on one side for easy display, and the artwork is amazing. I high suggest you go and check this out. 618ksslhCaL._SX372_BO1,204,203,200_

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Coloring with Wonder

I love to color. There is something creative and almost freeing in the act of choosing colors and finishing pages. I find so much inspiration in coloring, in fact, that I often incorporate it into my own writing process. So is it any wonder that I jumped at the chance to review another coloring book? Not really. Especially not since this particular coloring book is an imagining of Lewis Carroll’s world of Alice in Wonderland.

While I was expecting a fun and whimsical coloring book, the reality was so much more. Artist/Author Amily Shen not only created a gorgeous new reimagining for us to color, she included us in the story. Separated into 9 chapters, each section begins with a title pulled from Carroll’s Alice, followed by a few paragraphs that read as though you are, in fact, the one that followed the rabbit down into Wonderland.

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I love the artwork in this book. The style is distinctly whimsical and fun, showcasing wonderful imagination and inspiration from the artist  and for the color-er. Not to mention the fact that it came with a dust jacket that, when removed, revealed a cover ready to be colored on AND the inside of the dust jacket as a long poster waiting to be colored. SURPRISE!

Some of the pages are almost a little disturbing in their difference from my own imaginings or memories of the illustrations and movies. But my biggest complaint is that this doesn’t have more pages. I vote for a full Alice novel with coloring borders and illustrations.

**I received this book in exchange for an honest review**

Every Little Thing

 

 

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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; Csm edition (November 3, 2015)
  • Language: English

 

Every Little Thing

SUMMARY:

Wander through a 1980’s-inflected dreamscape of stuffed animals and boom boxes, dance along with a joyful parade of woodland creatures–each page of this coloring book invites you to explore a different kaleidoscope-like universe of pattern, shape and image. From the mind of Payton Cosell Turner—the creative force behind the celebrated wallpaper studio Flat Vernacular—comes this all-ages ode to the wondrous objects that make life beautiful. The coloring journey you take through these exquisite hand-drawn pages will inspire and delight.

Review:

I am sad to say that I was very disappointed in this book. Billed as a 1980s coloring book, there were very few instances of the minimal 80s editions in the repetitive and almost poorly drawn pages. While I’m sure many people find the repetitions to be soothing, it actually causes me anxiety. Very bad business. To top it all off, the pages are not easy to remove after coloring them, making it difficult to hang them up or gift them (One of my favorite things about the other non-story based coloring books I own is their perforated pages!).

I give this book a 2.5 out of 5 possible stars.

Coloring Time

The Time Chamber

By: Song Ji-Hye (Daria Song)

Published in the United States by Watson-Guptill Publications,

an imprint of Crown Publishing Group,

A division of Penguin Random House, LLC, New York.

(Originally published in Korea by the Business Books and Company, LTD.)

Copyright 2015

I have made mention before of how much I love the ‘new’ idea of adult coloring books. In fact, I even reviewed the first book in this coloring book series, The Time Garden, which can be found here.

Well folks, Daria Song has done it again. This book is gorgeously drawn, beautifully storied in a few short sentences, and incredibly imaginative. A fairy who lives in a cuckoo clock decides to venture out into the world of her friend, the little girl. Suddenly the most innocent and mundane of items turns into magic and the audience is taken on an adventure chronicled through images that make you wonder even in black and white. I cannot wait to begin coloring these books…although I almost want to leave them in their pristine condition. The inclusion of the audience in the story, through the ability to color the story itself, reminds me of the beloved books from my childhood in which we chose what happened and turned to the appropriate pages. This grown up version, however, is so much better!

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Even the book jacket reveals a large illustration to be colored if one so desired. With owls on almost every page and the only real direction the inclusion of the fairy’s hair color, each individual will come away with an entirely different take on this picture book for adults. Color it in yourself, pass it along to a friend or loved one, give it to a child on the street…I cannot think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate this book on some level, unless it they are blind. In fact, describing the pictures and reading the short sentences to someone who cannot see might actually allow them to appreciate it as well.

I give this book 5 out of 5 dragons. I am excited to see what Ms. Song comes out with next. Whatever it is, I am sure it will be beautiful!

For more information about Daria Song, her books, and free downloadable coloring pages visit: http://www.readitforward.com/time-garden-time-chamber/

I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review. All views are my own. For more information on Blogging for Books see bloggingforbooks.com 

The Time Garden – A Book Review

The Time Garden by Daria Song is the compelling and beautifully portrayed story of a little girl who explores an old cuckoo clock and finds herself in a fairy’s dream world.

The only negative thing I have to say about this book is really not that negative. That is, that I would have loved to see a few more lines of story intermingled with the gorgeous coloring pages. Yes, that’s right, COLORING PAGES! This gorgeous book is one of hauntingly beautiful artwork placed in color book format for adults to complete.

With approximately 65 different pictures of various sizes and content, this coloring book is truly a gorgeous picture book that each reader is able to participate in on a deeper level. The book jacket even comes off to reveal the interior as another large coloring sheet!

I give this book 4 out of 5 dragons, I can’t wait to get back to coloring now.

*Full disclosure: I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. The comments and views are my own.*