Enchanted Forest - Johanna Basford

Front cover of Enchanted Forest, gold embellishments and all.
Could this possibly be my first book review or doesn't it count because it has very few words? Either way, this Inky Quest and Colouring Book has got me flabbergasted. Every detail is so intricately though out and hand drawn by Johanna Basford, a Scottish illustrator who is inspired by the beautiful surroundings she grew up in. Here is a quick interview with the talented lady herself in her studio.

I was more of an outdoors child when growing up and I cant remember many instances where I had a stack of colouring books and crayons. I probably learnt most of my creative skills at pre-school so it doesn't come as a big surprise that I have only completed 2 pages of this book even after having it for about 3 months. That's what I like about it. You can go at your own pace and skip days, weeks and months if you aren't feeling creative enough or simply don't have time. The images and stories wont ever age.

Pages from Enchanted Forest.
I mostly coulour in as a pass-time project. Watching series like Gilmore Girls or the Bachelorette doesn't need your full attention, you can mostly listen to the story line, so that is when I do most of my colouring in. Or at work when I am on the phone. No more mindless doodling in your diary when you have beautiful designs to personalize. I use regular Bic pencils but I am finding that they just aren't the best I could be using. I do not suggest using felt tip pens as they will bleed onto the back of the page. I am really looking into getting some Faber-Castell pencils and even the watercolour pencils as I have seen how beautifully the colours come out on the pages.

I must say that whilst this book was on the top of my wishlist, there are many more colouring books for adults out there which have equally striking ideas and imagery. I suggest jumping on Takealot.com and scan through the options they have (not sponsored). Bookstores don't have a lot of options on the shelves yet as adult colouring books are still a new concept in SA. Online shopping is the way to go.

Lost Ocean will be the third book by Johanna Basford and will be released in October 2015. Read more about this underwater adventure here and you can even get a free download for this new book to get you intrigued.

Have you got your own coloring book? I would love to know how often you use it and what pencils/ art materials you use.


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