by Grace J
Published by Abrams Books on September 2017
Style: double page printing
Format: Card cover with fold out
Each page features cats in different scenes with quirky personalities and fun activities
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Cat Coloring Therapy Coloring Book Review
As soon as I seen the cover of this Korean cat themed coloring book with ginger and white cats and others, painting trees, I knew I had to have it. The cat chewing its pencil on the cover reminds me of a cat I was lucky enough to be servant to for many years. As most readers know, I am very keen on kitty cat books so if the cover entices me, it’s likely to be added to cart, quick smart.
Cover & Layout
The sturdy card cover has a design that wraps around the spine to the back cover. On the front cover our gorgeous kitties are in the process of coloring the art work themselves. On the back cover, they are tired out and relaxing, ready for a deliciously fishy picnic in the garden.
The cover art work is indicative of the type of detailed scenes and quirky coloring scenes you will find in the book.
On the front fold out flap, there is text in Korean. I assume this informs us about the artist. At the back we see a colored cat rear view while he “signs” his work with his paw prints. It seems that often in our foreign coloring books, we see these scenes that imply the end and they are always sweet and different.
There is nothing to color on the inside of the fold out flaps.
The book measures 25cm x 25cm.
A plain text title page commences the book with text in Korean on reverse. These pages would be t he best spot to test out your mediums and see how they perform with the paper.
This is followed by another text title page with the start of the coloring book on the reverse. The last page in the book contains copyright and publishers’ information.
Illustrations have been printed on both sides of the white, medium quality paper. The bulk of the book is double page scenes. There are 2 double page vertical scenes.
Most of the illustrations run to the spine of the book. At the moment, the spine is a little stiff. I have found that just by pushing on random parts of the book that the book lays down well. You do need to be firm but once you do that you will not have any problem coloring the areas near the spine.
Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
The illustrations in Cat Coloring Therapy – Cat Coloring Book are so adorable and whimsical that it would be hard not to fall in love with it.
You will find that every page contains at least one cat. Most of the cats are outlines, but with just a few strokes the artist has managed to convey an expression and personality within the cat.
There are scenes that are very detailed with a lot of small elements and others that although there is a lot of art work on the page, have larger more open elements, making it easier to color in.
The cats in this book have such a great life, they cook, watch tv, knit, have friends over, own their own shops, go on picnics, fall in love and involve themselves with fish a lot!
Throughout the book there are signs and labels on items all in English which is a surprise in a Korean coloring book. Usually, I spend time, getting a wrinkle wondering what the text says but this time it’s simple!
As well as coloring the kitty cats there are a multitude of other things to explore your coloring skills and techniques with including trees, streams, cottages, food of all types, interiors, wood, stone work and metal.
The coloring book appears to be set out to document a year as the final pages in the book cover things like Halloween and Christmas.
Throughout the book there is reference to Uncle Tom. Uncle Tom has a book called “Uncle Tom’s Story” in one scene, a cafe in another and a fountain named after him in yet another scene.
The artist has an abundance of gorgeous colored cats on her Instagram page which I encourage you to check out. They are stunning!
As the cats are primarily outlines, skilled colorists have a lot of opportunity to add their own spots and markings to the cats as they wish.
Line art is black and crisp and very easy to see in this book. However, each page has a lot of detail on it, making it difficult often for those with a visual impairment to enjoy. There are a handful of pictures that have larger, more open spaces for those with a minor visual impairment or motor skill challenges.
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