Book Title:
Animals: A Mindful Coloring Book
Book Author:
Georgie Woolridge
Publishing Date:
September 6mth, 2016
St. Martin's Griffin
I received a copy from the publisher


In this follow-up to the acclaimed first and second books in the series, Animals beautifully captures the stunning and fascinating creatures that inhabit the world’s wilder terrains. Containing over 35 astounding drawings inspired by illustrator Georgie Woolridge’s travels in India and around the world, each intricate drawing incorporates swirling paisley patterns and other local designs inspired by the styles in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. By easing you out of your thoughts and into another world, coloring these beautiful images becomes a practical exercise in mindfulness that anyone can adopt, regardless of skill level.

Each stunning illustration is accompanied by a brief paragraph about the animal and its habitat, in addition to a helpful introduction with hints and tips about drawing, coloring, and the various effects that you can achieve by using different coloring tools. Escape the pressures of everyday life and find peace and relaxation coloring these wonderful beasts of the wild!

My Review

This is my first Georgie Woolridge coloring book, but I have seen some of her other books (Birds and Waterlife) on Amazon.  I haven’t gotten the chance to check out any of those books up close yet (just from the pictures online), but after getting to look through and fall in love with this beautiful coloring book (a huge thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for sending me a copy!), I have to say that I’m more than likely going to pick up her other two books.

Well today I want to tell you about my new favorite coloring book – Animals: A Mindful Coloring book by Georgie Woolridge!

animals coloring book

Animals has over 35 beautiful illustrations of animals from all over – horses, dogs, cats, there is a lot to choose from here, and each illustration is beautifully drawn and intricate – just waiting for you to fill it with color!  It allows plenty of room for imagination and originality – no matter what, your pictures are going to be beautiful, creative works of art, and you’re definitely going to want to keep coloring.

I have a lot of adult coloring books and I have to say, this is definitely my new favorite.  I had to look through this one a few times to even decide where to start, because there are just so many nice pages here.  I spent a lot of time on each one and was really happy with how it came out.

animals - beagle

I used Prismacolor colored pencils to color the pages that I colored, and they worked out well.  They blended beautifully on the heavyweight paper, leading to nice, smooth color transitions that really popped on the bright white background.  However, due to professional quality pages in this book, you could easily use watercolor pencils, markers, pens – pretty much anything you choose.  Although if you do decide to use markers or pens, I would still recommend placing a sheet of plain paper or something in between the pages, just in case they do end up bleeding through.  However, I don’t really see that being too much of a problem with this one.  I loved that about Animals – the paper is perfect to make the coloring book uniquely yours.

I also want to point out that the pages are one sided, with the page opposite of each illustration having a small introduction to the animal featured.  It also includes a tiny thumbnail of the image on the opposite page.  I thought this was an interesting way to learn a little bit more about the animals in the book…definitely a creative touch.

animals giraffes

The other thing I love about this book is that the illustrations do not go into the binding of the book, like a lot of designs in other coloring books do.  When that happens, it makes it almost impossible to completely color in the design.  These images are neatly centered on the page and are easy to color.

Even the cover is absolutely beautiful – the picture of the horse on the cover is also featured in the book, so you can either try to recreate the beautiful color scheme here or do something completely different!

If you enjoy coloring or are looking to get started, this is a great book to pick up.  I really had a great time with it, and I’m looking forward to many more hours of peace and calm that I know I will get with this book!

5 stars
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6 Responses to Animals – A Mindful Coloring Book by Georgie Woolridge

  1. danielle hammelef says:

    I love this book. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Tammy V says:

    My daughter would love this one. Love the pictures in it.

    • Kelly says:

      It’s such a nice coloring book – not only with the gorgeous pictures, but the little blurbs about the animals are kind of educational as well!

  3. I’ve never really gotten into the adult colouring craze but I can see the appeal. I’m constantly doodling and I think I should take up colouring! It’s great that these ones don’t go into the binding (that was a pet peeve when I used colouring books in the past. I wanted the whole image to be coloured!)

    Your pages are beautifully done. I’m glad you have a new favourite colouring book!
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    • Kelly says:

      Thanks so much! It took me a little while to get into the adult coloring trend as well…but I always loved to color and I always found myself coloring in my daughters’ coloring books, so I bought my own and I’ve been hooked ever since! I would definitely go for it if I were you – it’s so fun and relaxing, and there are some that have spaces for you to draw and complete the picture, too…so if you like to doodle one of those might be a good choice!

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