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Mandala Coloring Book: 100+ Unique Mandala Designs and Stress Relieving Patterns for Adult Relaxation, Meditation, and Happiness (Magnificent Mandalas) (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, September 2, 2016
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Each mandalas has its own sheet, and the backsides of the sheets are black so there is no bleed through that I’ve noticed.
Some of the mandalas are cut off on the edges because they surpass the edge of the sheet. As if the mandala wasn’t sized to this smaller paper properly. The outlines of the mandalas were not a true black either. They look more like a gray color, it’s as if the ink faded or was running out on the printer when this book was printed out.
It turned out I was wrong. There's something really soothing and focusing about the mandala design. I only have to make one decision and then I get to implement that decision around the whole thing and wham--maximum impact, minimum over-thinking. There are also so very many of them that I don't have to stress if I don't like the choices I made at all. For reference, I've attached one that I liked (and finished) and one for which I suffered a sea of regret (and didn't finish).
I received a PDF/e-book version of this item in exchange for my honest review, so the pigmentation issues and streaking in the photos are due to my own lack of printer ink and not any defects in the book itself. I actually really like having the PDF of the book and I hope the developers and sellers of these books will consider selling these in that form. I like knowing that I could size one down easily if I wanted to insert it in my bullet journal or print it much larger if I wanted to color it in for art or with a younger child.
DESIGNS: What I really like about this particular book is the diversity and variety of the designs she's produced. There are a number of different shapes and sizes, so you can find something precisely contained, precisely circular, or larger and covering more of the page. She has also found a really good balance in how much black she includes in the drawings. I've found that some coloring books tend to go either not enough (everything is a fine line and you have no real shadow/contrast unless you think to put it in yourself) or far too much (the vast majority of the page seems already colored-in and you just get to add some flair in important bits). This book has a spectrum of mandalas, from the fine-lined to the thicker-lined, but none of them feel like they have either too much or too little black.
These are also obviously hand-drawn, as they have the characteristic minute differences from side to side that make the mandala appealing and not computer-generated. The overall symmetry is there, but it's not so precise that it's overwhelming or feels "cold," like those online custom snowflake-makers which reproduce each change with mechanical precision across all sides and keep me occupied for hours. Instead, I really enjoy moving around the mandala and coloring each section as I decide. It's a great thing to have when you're making endless phone calls, as it gives you the full strength fidgeting/coloring experience at 1/8th the level of decision making and attention-paying.
I was fortunate to receive this product at a free or discounted rate in exchange for my honest review. I am always conscious and aware of the number of items and possessions I bring into my home and try to make mindful decisions, because The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up told me to. For this reason, I only accept items that I feel will serve me, my family, and my needs. I do not accept items that seem useless or that do not speak to me. If I post a positive review it is because I had a positive experience. If I have only positive experiences, I chalk that up to a successful exercise in mindful purchasing and decision-making. If I have a negative experience, as with any Amazon product, I reach out to the seller or manufacturer and seek assistance or replacement before assuming that defective product I received is simply worthless across the board.