GIVEAWAY – Win Colouring Books worth £15 ENDS 9th APRIL 2016



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Review of Lost Ocean Colouring Book

I have made a youtube video review as well so please make sure to check that out


Another beautiful book from Johanna Basford. This time with an Ocean Theme.

This book is very well bound with a stunning removeable jacket which can be coloured in as well. Printed on white thick cardlike paper.

Images are double sided but I have used various colouring mediums and no bleedthrough at all. However you do get a bit of a shadow showing through but it’s a very minor issue.

There are some double pages spreads and some images do go into the spine but it is fairly easy to press flat and the images are well lined up so it is not an issue.

With a wide range of images from seascapes and ocean life to an amazing underwater city there is lots to colour and bring to life plus as with her other books there are hidden objects to discovers on your colouring journey.

This book is truely stunning and I personally plan on completing it pages to page and keeping it to show off to visitors

It gets a firm 10 out of 10 from me and I recommend it to you all

You can purchase from amazon here where it is currently on offer at £6.49


Mini Review of Animorphia and Work in Progress

I purchased Animorphia Colouring Book for myself this week

It is definitely a book for more experienced colourists as the images are very detailed and there are some images that require you to finish drawing them and add doodles of your own! There are also a lot of double page images so these are not quick 1-2 hour colouring projects and you can expect a large image to take a week or more to finish.

The book itself has images on both sides of the pages but the paper is quite thick and cardlike so there shouldn’t be any bleedthrough

I will do a more in depth review at a later date once I have completed a few of the images to show you all

For now here is my Work In Progress with my own doodles completing the image

REVIEW: Johanna Basford Pull Out and Frame Colouring Books


Johanna Basford colouring books are very very popular amongst adult colouring enthusiasts and I thought i’d do a review of these 2 lovely Artist Editions of her books Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden.

They are much larger than her normal versions of these books and each contains a selection of 20 images on a very very thick card.

These books are very barely bound with glue so just a slight tug and the card pages pull out nicely for framing – this does mean it’s hard to keep the book intact if you wanted to – so for that purpose i’d suggest the smaller and superbly bound editions of the books.

The images are one sided with just a little motif on the back of each page.

The images are on a larger scale than the normal versions of the book so a little less fiddly to colour in.

These books are made from very very thick card which would easily take any kind of colouring medium – pens, paints, pencils etc.. without any issues at all.

Here is an image I have completed using Fineliners and Pencils


The pages lay entirely flat so you can easily colour from the book and none of the images go into the spine so they are easy to colour.

Both books are available to buy from amazon:

Secret Garden Artist’s Edition: A Pull-Out and Frame Colouring Book

Enchanted Forest Artist’s Edition: A Pull-Out and Frame Colouring Book

These books are both lovely and I give them both a 10 out of 10


Simply Ways to Pick Colours

Many people ‘wing it’ and pick colours at random when colouring – this can sometimes lead to:

  • Too many colours being used and the overall picture looking confusing and jumbled
  • Too few colours being used and the picture looking dull and boring
  • Colours being used that clash quite badly and can be a bit of a headache

I’ve spoken to a few people who would love to give Adult Colouring a go but are daunted when it comes to choosing colours and are put off.


Depending on the size of your picture and how complex it is i’d recommend using 6-12 colours – perhaps with some extras for shading or huge double page spreads



Simply put this is literally picking your colours at random – you don’t know what you are going to end up with and it is an exciting way to learn how colours interact with each other and practice working with a limited palette.

Here is an example of a limited palette colouring I did with very few colours picked at random



Start by picking one colour and then choose each colour as you progress with your colouring – it is easy to lose track of how many colours you have used and I suggest trying the colours out on a scrap of paper as you go

Here is an example of a colouring where I winged it



I use this method quite a lot when colouring – I choose 2 opposite points on a colour wheel one for either end of a large image I am colouring and then follow the colours on the colour wheel in between.


For example on the Jelly fish image from Lost Ocean Colouring Book I decided on Orange and Blue

So the colours go from Orange, Orangey Red, Red, Reddy Pink, Pink, Pinky Purple, Purple, Blue

To make things a bit more interesting I then reversed this on some of the tentacles and had some shorter tentacles with just 1 or 2 colours



If you still don’t feel too comfortable using these methods above there are also a wide range of Colour Palette Generators online or as Apps on Mobiles and Tablets which work by either:

  • Generating a completely random palette for you
  • Generating a palette based on a photo or image you upload
  • Generating a palette based on one colour you pick
  • A library of palettes to pick and choose from

Here are some Colour Palette Generators – to find more try a search for ‘Colour Palette Generator’

If you have a different method for picking colours i’d love to hear about it and will gladly edit my post to mention it – so comment below!



Here is a list of Adult Colouring Competitions I have spotted – enjoy and if you spot any more or perhaps are running one yourself please mention it with a link in the comments

Unless otherwise stated these competitions are not affiliated in any way with myself or this blog and are for UK entrants only

Make sure you have entered my current giveaway on this very blog to win £15 worth of Adult Colouring Books – ends 9th April

Win a pack of 5 line painters – ends 8th April


Win Colour Paris and Colour London Adult Colouring Books – ends 8th April

Win a signed copy of Secrets of the Sewing Bee and a set of pastel G-2 pens – ends 11th April


Win Adult Colouring Supplies

My main hobby other than adult colouring of course 🙂 is entering competitions.

I just love the thrill of winning things and thought i’d do a post about where to look for competitions and raffles to win Adult Colouring Supplies.


Search online for brands that make pens/pencils etc.. publishers of adult colouring books and check out their websites as they often run competitions. So do stationers and shops such as ‘the works’ – I’d also recommend checking out their social media pages and competitions run via facebook and twitter pages are very common.

Then there are blogs such as this one – so try a google search for terms such as ‘win adult colouring book’ or similar and you’ll soon bring some up.


Follow this very blog as I will regularly run giveaways of my own plus I will regularly hunt out and compile a nice long list of competitions I’ve spotted to win Colouring goodies.


I have found a wonderful little raffle group on facebook dedicated solely to Adult Colouring.

Just join the group and check out the raffles and comment on the posts to obtain numbers, make payment for your numbers when asked and cross your fingers.

I have already won a nice colouring book and a set of spectrum noir sparkle pens worth a total of about £60 from this raffle group so it is well worth checking out!


Colouring from Colors of Whimsy 2 Book

I did a quick colouring last night from my newly received book Colors of Whimsy 2 by Bev Choy.

This is the first page in the book – I am trying to do them in order

I felt she had a fisherwoman look about her so wanted to run with that giving her sea blue hair and a green simple smock

Coloured using WHSmith basic colouring pencils – a set of 100 cost my £8.99 I believe and my first real issue with the pencils other than having to press quite hard and not much colour from them which I’d expected from budget pencils

My issue was lead breakages – I actually had to throw 1 pencil out as the lead just kept going and even microwaving a few seconds didn’t help. I also had several other lead breakages and had to resharpen the pencils a lot for the very small areas I was working on especially the hair strands.

However this image was lovely and I got so carried away colouring I didn’t check the time and was up til gone 1am with this one

My first attempt at skin tones – I like it but could do with being darker and not sure I’d get the colour depth needed from these pencils so I might revisit this image with some fineliners or my Polychromos Pencils when I get them to see if I can give it a little something extra

If I do I will repost the image and changes I made

I’d love to see your colouring for this image – so feel free to share in the comments


Colors of Whimsy 2 Review and Flip Through

I recent joined a raffle group on facebook and was delighted when I won this book. I’ve not actually coloured anything this intricate and beautiful before so I am greatly looking forward to delving into it.

The book is from Bev Choy and is her second book it is a very thin paper quality – maybe just slightly thicker than standard printing paper like you’d use at home.

Don’t let that put you off though as the images are one sided, beautiful and quite different to a lot of other colouring books out there.

I have done a silent flip through of the book on youtube here

There are a total of 35 images

None go all the way to the spine so the pages could be removed/framed easily

The quality and detail in the pictures is just lovely and the artist has used a fair amount of shading and texturing so these will colour up lovely

Due to the thin paper I would suggest using a sheet of card/paper in behind in case of bleedthrough if planning to use pens

The book is available on for £8.41 at the moment if you’d like to buy it

I will update with some of the completed and coloured in images at a later date

I would give this book a firm 8 out of 10 the thin paper just lets it down a little compared to some other books and the cover could do with being a bit thicker as well


In Pain – So I reached for the Pens!

Sadly with Fibromyalgia and various other medical conditions including Carpel Tunnel i’m just not up to colouring by pencil as the pressure needed to get a good amount of colour (especially with my WHSmith basic pencils) can be quite painful

So when I feel a bit too much pain I reach for the pens instead – I currently use Stabilo 68’s which are quite thick nibbed and tricky to use on very small and details colourings

I am quite pleased by the results though and these 3 colourings were completed over the last 2 nights whilst in a bit too much pain to do much else

As I started to feel better last night I also did a nice pencil and pen mixed colouring which I am particularly proud of – I chose Peacock type colours and quite like the result


Sadly I cannot tell you which books these images are from as when I first started colouring I had a very bad habit of unbinding all the books and storing all the loose pages together – so I now have a large bundle of images and no idea where they are from

I have splashed out today on some gel pens and fineliners so am looking forward to receiving them over the next few days and will post soon with what they are like and some colourings with them

I also have my eyes on some Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils on as reviews are super for them and hopefully they will be much softer for me and less painful to use and provide a better colour with less effort – I will keep you posted!

I’d love to hear what pens/pencils you use and especially any really nice soft and easy to use ones that may help with my pain condition