Updated on September 10, 2015
My First Adult Coloring Book was … a Magazine
When I made my first baby step into adult coloring, the few I had heard the most about were sold out online. So, I headed to my closest book store (remember bookstores???) to touch and feel what everyone was so hyped about.
I didn’t want to spend my hard-earned cash unnecessarily.
Unfortunately, the store’s display with its small selection of adult coloring books was very picked over – the only ones left were over $20; As a rank beginner I wasn’t ready to make that investment. My husband and I headed out of the store, and as we passed the magazine stand and lo and behold, we saw a few nice-looking coloring magazines at a more reasonable price. I picked up
Relax with Art – Colouring for Adults – Issue 2 for $8.99 (list was £2.99).
There are 24 pages in the magazine with illustrations that are a mix: realistic (flowers, birds), mandalas, paisleys, abstracts…nice to have something different on each page. All illustrations are single-sided, and since the magazine is stapled it opens up and folds over quite easily so you don’t have to tear out any pages.
The paper is good quality, and even with my starter set of Crayola colored pencils, the color depth was decent and my first attempts at shading were pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.
I did try some of the “a la carte” pens I bought at Michaels for testing on one illustration, and all of them bled through to the other side of the paper to some extent. However, I put a safety sheet of paper behind the illustration and I didn’t have any ink transfer to that. Regardless, I decided to stick to my pencils for this magazine because I wasn’t that experienced with the pens yet and wasn’t sure about the paper quality (so much to learn!).
Overall. I was happy with this magazine and will consider tracking down another issue when I am done. Relax with Art is on Facebook, and you can buy a subscription here. The magazine is from the UK, but they do ship to over 100 countries. For the 12 month/13 issue subscription for the US, the price is US$77.84 as of the date of this post. The publisher also has a pocket-size collection that is available in single issues at US$6.22; I am ordering one of these today and will do a review at a later time. They also have a couple of other titles available as “singles” including Zentangle and Calm Colour Create.
Have you found any alternative sources for quality adult coloring illustrations?