Amazon is one of my weaknesses, I will quite happily browse through items on Amazon all night - it's a good job I make vouchers for the place otherwise I'd permanently be skint. Thing is though with my colouring habit it's become very easy for me to go through colouring books quite quickly, so I'm always on the lookout for new colouring books. When I first got back into colouring with some decent pens, it was the first place I went to, to look for a book to colour in. It took a lot of decision making to pick one though, because there was a lot!
~*~ Modern Patterns Illusions Colouring Book ~*~
This colouring book, was one of the first to attract me when I was looking through Amazon - I saw the word pattern and though that sounds good for me. The patterns on the front of the book though looked really good as well, and they did attract me to it - the fact that the pictures are on alternate pages means that you're not worried about colouring through to the pattern on the back page, and if it's for kids you can pull out and frame the best ones your children do. I liked the look of it and it was a decent price, so I thought why not and added it to my basket!
~*~ Colouring It In ~*~
Now in all honesty I wish I'd been able to see the inside of this colouring book before I bought it, because it really is quite disappointing, although the pictures are meant to be illusions, they really are just a bunch of straight lines or circles. There is nothing in the style of illusion at all, it's just a very simple and plain colouring book that I really don't like at all. The fact that the book although it's of very good quality and the paper is nicely printed and only on one side of the page as advertised, it's not got anywhere near as many patterns in it as I would've liked. It doesn't tell you on the listing how many pages it is, but trust me it's not enough given how much money you're spending on it. It has a glossy cover and looks quite professional, but it's not worth the well over five pound I spent getting it here. The paper quality means even if you did have pictures on the other side, you'd be able do the picture on the other side because it's thick enough for even a cheap set of pens to not go through. So it's got that in its favour, but there isn't a lot else to go in its favour, it's a pretty poor excuse for a colouring book really.
It's fine if you like to be colouring items that are very straight and simple, that don't really require a great deal of imagination to colour them, then it's perfect - but if you want something that requires a bit more imagination and a need to pick colours carefully this book isn't for you. As for the claims that say it's going to have mind bending patterns, and able to create a pulsating 3D effect - I don't think you're going to get it no matter how clever you are with your colouring unfortunately. It wasn't a great pick on my behalf really, because the majority of the pictures are the same it's even harder to enjoy doing it because you turn a page over and it feels like you're doing the same thing over and over again. I did do a couple of these pictures but it didn't take long before I got bored and decided I didn't want to do it any more, now it sits on my shelf unloved - I've got much better colouring books now!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
This colouring book is available from Amazon currently for £3.20 for the book on its own and then another £2.50 for its postage - I wouldn't bother personally there is much better thicker and worth the money books out there!
Manufacturer: Green Board Games