Thank you to Monika Mira and Lucid Publishing for sending this book to me This is my honest and unbiased review. I received no other compensation. This post does contain affiliate links.
Most of us have made Christmas ornaments at some point in our lives; in kindergarten I made a glitter-covered poinsettia out of egg cartons. Unfortunately, after decades of love, my Mother interred it in the ornament cemetery (i.e. trash can).
The first few years we were together, my husband and I had all of our Christmas Eve party guests create clay Christmas ornaments , and we still have a few on our tree today.
And I still have some tired-looking beaded ornaments I made a few years back.
Clearly time for some new hand-made Christmas ornaments, no? Well, I started to feel the Christmas crafting “itch” again a few months back, so I was thrilled when illustrator Monika Mira from Lucid Publishing offered to send me her book, Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts.
Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts by Monika Mira is published by Lucid Publishing, a small, local publishing house dedicated to producing high-quality, eco-friendly, artistic and educational publications. The book has 24 Christmas decorations to color. Besides coloring the designs, you can go a step or few further and use your colored-in creations as Christmas cards, decorations, and gift tags, or assemble them into unique three-dimensional ornaments to hang on the tree.
The first 19 pages are single-sided decoration designs to color followed by five pages of more complicated creations. The next pages are the simple instructions for creating the three-dimensional Christmas ornaments. The last pages of the book are ornament outlines along with ideas for creating your own designs.
The 19 decorations to color are a mix of balls, stars and trees, with three or four of each design on each single-sided page. Once colored, you can cut out the designs and assemble them according to the instructions in the back of the book. The more complex designs – an angel, a peacock, a cardinal, a snowy church and a ball – could be tree ornaments or table decor. The final pages contain outlines of 4 of the ornaments plus another cardinal.
This coloring book is 8.5” x 11.2” with 68 pages. The covers are glossy card stock showing some examples of colored-in creations. You will need to place the book on a hard surface to color. The binding is glued, and it takes just a gentle push to crack the binding to get the book to lay flat on a surface for coloring. The pages are not perforated so if you want to remove them for displaying or creating decorations, you will need scissors.
The paper is a tad heavier than copier bond with just a bit of tooth. My alcohol-based markers bled through the paper. I had no problem with this as the designs are single-sided, but did have to put to pieces of paper behind to protect the next design from the bleeding. Alcohol markers will feather a bit outside of fine line work, so save them for the less-detailed designs. If you intend to use the ornament designs as gift tags, don’t use alcohol-based markers.
Colored pencils, both oil- and wax-based, worked beautifully as did gel pens. My Staedtlers were perfect for coloring the more detailed illustrations, but they did shadow, although not enough to prevent the designs to be used as gift tags.
The printing quality is excellent; all lines are very sharp – even light line work and tiny details.
Level of Difficulty
There are designs in Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts for everyone to enjoy. The “Design Your Own” pages would be perfect for small children, while some of the more detailed designs are more appropriate for adults. The heavier line work on most of the illustrations would be fine for anyone, even those without excellent vision or fine motor skills.
Making the decorations from the colored-in designs is simple, for the most part, and involves scissors and glue. You will need hooks or light string if you are going to hanging any on your tree.
I went all out and not only colored my first ornament, but I sprayed it with fixative and gussied it up with some glitter before putting it together. I am so happy with the results:
Supplies I used:
- Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts
- Small brush (I used an old lipstick brush!)
After coloring the four pieces of my ornament with Prismacolors, I sprayed the page with fixative (outdoors, of course). I “painted” glue on the areas where I wanted glitter and, while the glue was still wet, scattered the glitter over the page. Once completely dry, I cut out the pieces and glued them together according to the book’s instructions. As a final touch, I rolled the edges in glue and then more glitter. Once completely dry, I put my ornament on our tree!
One of the wonderful things about this book is the peace you can get from the coloring, as expected. I also enjoyed reminiscing about Christmases past as I colored and then crafted. In fact, clinical neuropsychologist Catherine Carey Levisay says, “There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters [and colorists! – MK.] have known anecdotally for quite some time, and that’s that creating — whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography (or) cake decorating — is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.”
Most of the individual designs on each page will not take much time to color so they are wonderful for times when you simply cannot sit for too long. However, completing the three or four pieces and then assembling them into a finished decoration is great for keeping you distracted from stressful thoughts. If you are not confident about your cutting or gluing skills, I recommend just coloring as the additional crafting activity may be difficult for anyone who is anxious.
Get your coloring and craft on! Three-dimensional Christmas Ornament Coloring Book & Paper Crafts is great for families and all skill levels. Although I created my ornaments on my own, you could give individual pages to your family members and have a pre-Christmas coloring/crafting event. The only thing I would change is to make the paper a bit heavier for sturdier Christmas decorations. I rate it 4★ out of 5★.
And don’t forget to check out our post on other Christmas coloring and craft ideas here.
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