Review – Colour Me Calm: Mandalas

Posted February 17, 2016 by Nicky in Reviews / 6 Comments

Cover of Colour Me Calm: Mandalas by Elizabeth JamesColour Me Calm: Mandalas, Elizabeth James

An okay book of around thirty mandalas to colour, printed on one side of the page only. The paper seems good enough quality — my markers aren’t bleeding through onto the next design, though they do bleed through the page a little — and there’s a nice range of fiddly bits and larger areas to colour, with some extremely detailed mandalas among the more simple ones. It’s not bad for the price, which was only a couple of pounds.

My only issue is that I immediately recognised the fifth to last mandala from another colouring book, the Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups book of mandalas. On a bit of checking up, it’s possible they both got the image from Shuttershock innocently, since both credit Shutterstock at the front, but it does make me wonder a little about where exactly the mandalas were gathered from and if due credit was given… in either of the two books, since both came out in 2015.

So, a lesson, I guess — if you design mandalas, check yours hasn’t made it into one of these books.

Rating: 3/5


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6 responses to “Review – Colour Me Calm: Mandalas

  1. That’s really bizarre that they would have taken a design another book has already used. I suppose it’d make sense if it was designated free use for all on Shutterstock, but in that case, why wouldn’t someone just download it free themselves too? Anyway, I don’t know if I can color a whole book of just mandalas, as pretty as they are. I need some variation too!
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