- Series: Sacred Design Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 76 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Clr Csm edition (November 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1493642456
- ISBN-13: 978-1493642458
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mandala Designs Coloring Book No. 1: 35 New Mandala Designs (Sacred Design Series) Clr Csm Edition
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I received the book today and while the designs are pure Hutchinson, they do seem a bit more simplistic than "Mystical Mandala." There are 35 designs on one-side only; no need to decide which side to color due to "bleed through." This is definitely a huge plus. Paper quality, at first glance/touch, appears to be similar or the same as Dover, albeit a little thinner; less porous.
She has included among the designs about six whimsical mandala designs with cats, dogs, ducks, etc. Those should be fun to color, and they seem a bit more intricate than the other mandalas.
However, what is causing me to give her book three stars instead of five is the page numbering "designs" on each page, and the way the book is bound together.
First, below each mandala is a designed box that spans the width of the page and is two inches high. It says: "Design No. 1 Mandala" and so on until we reach the 35th design. We can color the page numbering designs, but for me this is a big distraction from the actual mandala which is above it. I like to hang my finished mandalas up in the kitchen. To do this with the new book, I'll have to cut off the bottom of the page in order to leave out the paged numbering designs.
Which brings me to the other reason I gave the book three stars. The book is not stapled, like the Dover books. It is heavily glued. I assume this is due to the book being thicker; stapling might not have worked well. But, unlike the Creative Haven coloring books which are also glued, the Homemade Books do not have a perforated edge in which to cleanly tear out each design. If we don't wish to leave the book intact as we color each page (I don't; too cumbersome), then we must cut them out with scissors. Since the glue made for an excellent binding (nothing cheap about it, I must say), it was not easy to cut out a page that looked decent on the bound edge.
So I carefully removed the outer cover and then slowly worked to remove, as best I could, each page by slowly tearing it out. This involved some effort of tearing away at the tough glue, and wasn't perfect in the beginning, but in the end it did work for me aside from a few pages that had a more jagged edge than the majority of the other pages.
Most people won't go to this trouble, but for me, it's the only way I color all of these books. If stapled, I remove the staples and then carefully cut each page into a single page.
With this new book, when I color the pages, if I want to hang them, I'll also have to cut off the bottom of the page (with the designed page numbers) thus making it smaller with not a lot of white space on top, bottom or sides.
I've uploaded a photo to show what the page numbering design box looks like.
I appreciate that Ms. Hutchinson is doing more design books; I often hoped she would. I also appreciate that there is, ostensibly, a new competitor for Dover with Homemade Books. But it would be nice to have the mandala centered on the page with white space borders without the page numbering designs; also would like perforated edges.
The paper used by this publisher works well for me. I am no professional artist, but I really like my results on this paper. There are some other adult coloring books under different publishers that use paper that is harder for me to color on and still look good.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys coloring mandalas!
I've bought many different mandala books since and I've even tried some books that are designs, yet not specifically mandala designs. I have discovered that I definitely prefer the mandala designs, as they really are the best for me for relaxation and focus. With all of the other books I've tried, mandala or not, I've never found another author that I prefer so when I saw these (I bought all three books in the series so I will be posting this review to all three of the books as well), I didn't think twice about buying them, even though I already have enough books to last me years of coloring. They do not disappoint. They are just as good as the Mystical Mandala Coloring book.
The main difference between these books and the Mystical Mandalas is that on each page, there is a "design number plaque" (my description of it). You can color these as well. I'm not sure whether I like them or not yet but I've been coloring them and they do look nice below the design; kind of a finishing effect. If you display your completed designs, you can decide whether you want to keep that or not as there is ample space between the design and the "plaque" to remove it if you wish. I color for my well-being and do not display them so there is no issue for me.
In a nutshell, I have bought many different authors and have not found better designs; they just look better when they're done. I think that is in part due to the bolder lines that the designs are made with.
Coloring is always thought to be for children but mandalas are for everyone. You will feel much better for having done them;and the beauty is that you are in charge. Use pencils, crayons, markers, paint...whatever you choose. With these three books, the designs are only located on one side of the page so that you can cut it out if you choose to use markers or paint so you can keep the colors from bleeding through the paper to your other designs. The Mystical Mandala Coloring Book is two-sided. I use colored pencils so I do not have an issue.
I hope this helps. Enjoy!
Pros: 1) The pictures are detailed enough to be good looking and the larger scale details are easier to color when you are
not looking to be greatly challenged,light is not the best, you're tired etc. No squinting at 1/8 inch triangles!!
2) The annoying large number placque accompaning each picture ( panned by other reviewers) HAS BEEN REMOVED
from this new edition. Yeah!
Con-None that I saw!!
I highly recommend this book!