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Colors Make You Happy 3 – Coloring Book Review

Colors Make You Happy Volume 3 Buy on Amazon JP|Buy from Etailer|Buy from Booktopia
by Miki Takei
on November 2017
Style: color inspiration images, double page printing, Instructions - Tips
Pages: 72
Format: Dust Jacket
Colors Make You Happy 3 – Coloring Book Review

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Colors Make You Happy 3 – Coloring Book  Review

Every time I see a cover of one of Miki Takei’s coloring books it makes me so smile.   They are so deliciously sweet that my teeth ache just looking at them.  It always surprises me because I am not a pastelly sweet kind of girl at all.   But coloring books are different from real life and what I may prefer to surround myself with in real life has no reflection on my taste in coloring books.    If that was the case,  I would actually have a bunny rabbit!  Out of all of Miki’s previous works, which I love,  this one has completely and utterly stolen my heart.    It might be the assortment of cute kitties, unicorns and of course abundance of bunnies.  I don’t know.   There’ something incredibly cute about this book.    You just want to cuddle it.  Yes, I love it.  I hope you love it too.

Colors Make You Happy 3 -Cover & Layout

This is the third coloring book in Miki Takei’s Colors Make You Happy series and the cover of this book certainly makes me happy.    A lemon yellow forms a background for pastel colored teddy bears, kitty cats, unicorns, squirrels, flowers and owls.   Some are colored in pretty pastels that manage to stand out from the background without merging into a pool of lemon sweetness.    Some are scaled down line art from the book.   An orange spine has the title in Japanese on it and then the them of the front cover art extends to the back.    Here you will find the most adorably bunny rabbit laying on some leaves and cute little mouse holding a flower for you.   Dotted between those are little gems, candles, hearts and perfume bottles.   Are you ready to dive into being a girly girl and swoon with me?

The dust jacket is slightly waxy so although there is line art to color,  it will probably be too difficult to penetrate that waxy layer.  Fold out flaps show previous coloring books at the front and information about the artist at the back.

The glossy card cover of the coloring book proper is orange to match the spine of the dust jacket.   The line art printed in white would prove quite challenging to trace around so best to dive into the pages.

Ancillary Pages

At the start of the book you will find some gorgeous colored printing consisting of  full colored title page, unicorn and bears page.   In addition, there are tips for coloring bubbles on the bear picture as well as the rainbow unicorn.   These are step by step guides but the text instructions are written in Japanese.

A text title page follows with flowers and perfume bottle decorating it.

Each end of the book contains thin rice paper like protective paper.

There is no real page that you could test your mediums on in the book so you may have to test on the edges of the ancillary pages at the front or the title page (although there is an image on the reverse)


Illustrations have been printed on both sides of the off white, medium to heavy quality paper.   Although the paper is very good quality alcohol markers should not be used as they will damage the other side.   If you are sparing with the water then water based pencils or mediums should be fine (but always test discreetly first)

Coloring Book Images and Illustrations

Miki has a way of creating sweetly whimsical illustrations that make you think the world is a wonderful place.  I can never imagine these drawings in anything but pastels but I would love to see them colored some other way just so it would challenge my thinking.

You will find all things cute and sweet in this book – so sweet your teeth will ache!   Cuddly bears, graceful unicorns, gorgeous perfume bottles,  cute bunnies and more.   This book is filled with adorably cute animals that do not require you to be a wizz with fur to color them and make them look adorable.

One of the things that I love about Miki’s work is that the art work is not overwhelming.  There are small pieces for when you have a little time.     There are larger drawings when you feel like a project but none of the drawings make you feel that it would be impossible to color them even if you are a beginner.

Miki uses a clear, black crisp line to create her illustrations with a fine to medium weight.    It is very easy to see the line art.   Colorists with a minor visual impairment will be pleased with the amount of pictures that have large open elements but may find that they need to slowly complete other elements in the background of the picture.

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Happy coloring x



About Miki Takei

Miki Takei was born in 1983 Hokuto city, Yamanashi. She graduated from Nihon University College of Art. While working for a design office, she studied psychology counseling at the Japan Mental Health Association and became an independent counsellor as well as a freelance illustrator. She is well known for her delicate and pastel art works.

About the author


I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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