Monday, February 15, 2016

Usborne Review: Celtic & Mandalas Coloring Books

32 pages each. Paperback.

From Usborne:
Celtic: "An interactive way of finding out about the images, motifs and colors typical of Celtic art. Designs are taken from stone carvings, pottery and jewellery and include the intricate knotwork patterns for which the Celts were famous. More than just a coloring book, this is a unique introduction to Celtic art for older children and adults."
Mandalas: "Mandalas are circular patterns, used in Hinduism and Buddhism to represent the Universe, as well as in Navajo spiritual traditions. But in this case, they are just beautiful, intricate patterns to color in. With a huge range to choose from, this book represents hours of quiet coloring and contemplation. Suitable for children or adults wishing to indulge in some art therapy."

My thoughts: Grown-up coloring is such a "thing" right now! Last fall I attended a Coffee & Coloring party, where a group of us met at a coffee shop and just colored and chatted and sipped coffee for two hours. It was GLORIOUS. I have two books of my own, and my 5-year-old loves to sit at the table with me while we both color.

I am quite the multi-tasker, so if I'm doing something mindless like dishes or folding laundry I'll listen to a podcast or audiobook. But I have been forcing myself to just sit and "be" while coloring. I'm not sure if this is a fad that is in its height and will eventually fade away, but for now grown-up coloring has so many options and appeals to so many people. Usborne offers LOTS of coloring books, these two are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Mandalas: (click images to view larger)

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