Thursday, 22 October 2015

Review - Secret Garden Artist's Edition: A Pull-Out and Frame Colouring Book by Johanna Basford

Secret Garden Artist's Edition: A Pull-Out and Frame Colouring Book by Johanna Basford
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Released: September 14th 2015
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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From the publisher that brought you the hugely successful Secret Garden andEnchanted Forest by illustrator Johanna Basford - this special artist's edition features 20 beautiful, pull-out art prints for colouring in. Colouring fans of all ages will enjoy immersing themselves in a selection of the most popular artworks from the original book, now presented in a new, large-scale format for maximum colouring enjoyment.

Each detailed illustration is printed on high-quality card and can be removed easily for framing or craft projects.
(from Laurence King website)

I was very excited to receive this for review! I, like many people, have developed a great fondness for colouring books lately. There are so many pretty ones out there! I actually have a copy of the original Secret Garden by Johanna Basford and I adore it (though I’ve got the really old one, before it was reprinted, so I have the paper that all pens seem to bleed through, which is a shame). The Artist’s Edition, though, is even better in my opinion. First, because you can easily pull out the pages to hang up or display the ones you really like (one day I will colour a picture to perfection, and I will display it proudly. It is not this day, but it will happen). Plus, even if you don't want to do this, or if you're like me and only want to pull out one you really think is perfect, this edition is great because each image is printed on to card. Card is more durable and better for hanging or displaying, but it also means your pens won’t bleed through the pages, even if you colour over the same part ten times. On top of that, each image is printed on one side of the card only, so there's even less chance of accidentally messing up another picture (I have had many pen smudging disasters in my days of colouring). Having this card is a huge benefit for me, because I love using fineliners and felt-tips to colour in. They make everything brighter, and when the images are as amazing as the ones in Secret Garden Artist’s Edition, I feel like only the brightest and most colourful pens will do (sometimes the pictures are so pretty I’m actually afraid of colouring them in and ruining them. I could just hang them up as is).

The images themselves, like in the original Secret Garden, are absolutely beautiful. And so detailed! How long must it have taken to produce some of these? They’re honestly amazing. Here’s one of my favourites, a peacock I have started colouring in.

I have yet to finish this one, but I really find colouring relaxing and a great way to pass the time. You get so absorbed in it - I started this peacock and didn’t realise that like, two hours had gone by until I looked at my laptop. 

I will definitely be getting myself some more of these colouring books to add to my collection (I’ve had my eye on Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest for a while, and her new book, Lost Ocean, looks amazing too!). Even though I am definitely not the best in the world at colouring, I really do enjoy doing it, and having books like these makes it all even more fun (even if I do sometimes get jealous of people with fab artistic talent who produce the most wonderful images ever). I highly recommend this particular version though if you want to display your pictures, or if you are like me and love using felt-tips or other sorts of pens to colour in, because I can guarantee they won’t bleed through the page and you won’t mess up any other images by accident.


  1. I totally love Coloring. Coloring is so much fun. I will spend hours coloring and not realize it. Great review. That peacock looks like fun.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. How fun! I really do love coloring. I like that the pages are sturdy and there aren't other photos on the back so you CAN really enjoy coloring and even take it out to frame or gift. How fun.



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