Book Title:
Color Me Mindful - Underwater
Book Author:
Anastasia Catris
Book Series:
Color Me Mindful
Publishing Date:
July 30th, 2015
Publisher:
Gallery Books

Synopsis

These intricate and beautifully detailed line drawings of underwater scenes are ready for you to bring to life. Relieve stress, practice your mindfulness, and discover your creative side as you unplug and slow down by filling these exquisite pages with color.

No matter our age, useful mindfulness techniques can help re-center us amidst a world of noisy stimuli constantly vying for our attention. Coloring can act like a tranquil meditation—relax and unwind with this calming coloring book for adults featuring beautifully detailed line drawings and designs of soothing ocean motifs.

Make your mark—inside or outside the lines—with these fifty beautiful black and white illustrations of fish, turtles, coral, and other amazing ocean life just waiting for your gentle touch to bring the magic of the sea to life.

Don’t miss the other adult coloring books in the Color Me Mindful series: Color Me Mindful: Birds and Color Me Mindful: Tropical. Join the coloring craze!

My Review

Color Me Mindful: Underwater was the first “grown up” coloring book that I bought.  I always loved to color when I was little (and I found myself coloring in my daughters’ coloring books all the time), so when I saw the new coloring craze that was going on, I decided to get in on it.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that coloring relieves stress and anxiety, and as someone who suffers from severe anxiety and panic attacks, I’m always looking for ways to help with it.  Even if it didn’t really help calm me down, I knew that I would still enjoy it, so I bought myself a coloring book and some colored pencils and started coloring when I got home.

Let me just say, not only does coloring help relieve stress, it helps keep you calm even after you’ve finished coloring.  It really helped me relax, and I find myself going back to it at least once a day, sometimes several times (and I’ve lost track of a lot of time this way!), and it never gets boring.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time with Color Me Mindful: Underwater.  There are quite a few pictures in this book, and each of them are nicely detailed without being so detailed that it becomes more of a chore to color than a fun activity. 

Here are some of the pictures that I’ve colored in this book so far.  There are more, but I’m just posting a few:

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I colored all of these using the 50 pack of Crayola colored pencils, and I found that they worked really well.  Since I have kids, I couldn’t see paying a whole bunch of money for the higher end colored pencils, because let’s face it – art supplies and kids.  It’s only a matter of time before they are no longer my own, anyway.  Still, I’m happy with how they turned out.

The pages in this book are relatively thin, so I don’t know if markers would work out too well.  If you did decide to try out markers in this one, I would recommend slipping a plain sheet of paper between the pages, because they are printed on both sides.  Otherwise, you would probably wind up ruining some of the pages.  Also, I noticed the pages have a tendency to curl up a bit after coloring.  I’ve seen someone noted that this happened when they used markers, but it happened to me while using colored pencils, too.  It isn’t a real problem or anything for me, but I just wanted to point that out.

The only real thing I found myself disliking about this book is the number of two-page scenes.  Because of how the book is printed, it makes it a little difficult to completely color the pictures when they span across two pages – it’s difficult to color anything near the spine of the book.

Still, I’m really happy with this coloring book, and I know I’ll be spending countless more hours helping myself de-stress by making pretty pictures.

4 stars
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4 Responses to Color Me Mindful – Underwater by Anastasia Catris

  1. Deanna says:

    Very cool! Your pictures turned out very pretty.

  2. Aentee says:

    You did a beautiful job with the colouring! I have a couple of books but haven’t gotten around to colouring them yet – I have such little patience haha. I would love to complete a picture someday, though – I just wish I was better at concentrating or multitasking!

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you so much! I used to have very little patience but once I get started o just want to keep coloring. Sometimes I lose track of time completely!

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