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 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.
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.
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!