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Mandala Coloring Book: 100 Magical Mandalas Paperback – Large Print, September 22, 2017
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All of that being said, let's get down to the specifics. This book has 100 unique Mandalas printed on a single side. The back of the page is black to help prevent bleed through of some mediums like markers (I would strongly suggest that if you plan to use markers that you always use a blotter page behind the page that you are coloring). The paper in this book is the typical create space paper that is relatively poor. For best results I would strongly suggest that regardless of the medium you intend to use that you copy your page to 110# cardstock.
All in all, I must say that this is a fabulous book. No matter your skill level, this is the book for you.
The only thing I would say is I wish it ad more detail style. I would definitely refer Jade Summer to any coloring enthusiast.
The mandalas are in circular style format. There are geometric designs with straight lines, curving designs with elegant flowing lines and designs which include animals and insects as the main focal point. It is a really nice mix for those who love to color mandalas. I have a few mandala books in my collection and am really pleased to have purchased this one as it provides so much variety in one coloring book.
The skill level for coloring these designs is a wide variety with some designs being detailed and others open and easy to color. None of them would be what I call intricate and difficult to color.
While you can have access to .PDFs when you purchase this book, my review is based on the book as it is received from Amazon. That way you will know what the pages look like and how they accept color. I like that the publisher provides the digital version as well so you can choose the paper you wish to use and/or to color the pictures as many times as you choose.
This is what I found while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my coloring medium:
100 Different Mandala designs in circular format
Paper is typical of CreateSpace: white, thin, slightly rough and non-perforated. The back of the page is printed black.
The designs do not merge into the binding.
Glue Binding (there is room to cut the pages out if you choose to do so.)
Though you cannot see the bleed-through easily due to the back of the page being printed in black, I recommend the use of a blotter page when working in this book. I use a page of card stock or several sheets of heavyweight paper under my working page. It keeps seeping ink and marring dents from ruining the pages below.
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page quickly.
Water-based markers bleed through in spots.
Gel pens and India ink pens leave shadows on back of the page. India ink can bleed through if you apply heavily or multiple coats.
Coloring Pencils work well with this paper. I found that I could layers the same color for deeper pigment or multiple colors and I could blend easily using a blending stick. I tested both oil and wax based pencils. I also found that hard lead pencils leave dents through the paper.