#ColourMeMindful – Review


Title: Colour Me Mindful (Birds, Tropical, Underwater)
Author: Anastasia Catris
Published: July 30th 2015
Publisher: Orion
Genre: Adult, Colouring Book
Length: 64 pages

I received a copy of this set from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb (via Goodreads):

These intricate and beautifully detailed line drawings of the world of birds are ready for you to bring to life. Relieve stress, practice your mindfulness, and discover your creative side as you unplug and slow down by filling these exquisite pages with color.

No matter our age, useful mindfulness techniques can help re-center us amidst a world of noisy stimuli constantly vying for our attention. Coloring can act like a tranquil meditation; relax and unwind with this calming coloring book for adults featuring beautifully detailed line drawings and designs of birds and their idyllic environments.

Make your mark; inside or outside the lines; with these fifty beautiful black and white illustrations of birds soaring through the sky, nesting comfortably, and resting serenely amidst the tree foliage, just waiting for your gentle touch to bring them vibrantly to life.

My Thoughts


Of the three books that I received for the review, I kept the Birds one for myself. I found the process of shading in the beautifully intricate designs to be extremely relaxing and spent hours upon hours carefully shading the first image of the book. As you can see from the above picture, even though I’ve spent hours on this drawing already, I’m nowhere near finished it.

Harking back to my high school art days, I bought new Prismacolor pencils especially for this book and I love how they blend well against the paper. Each illustration within the book is beautifully done, with others being simpler than others. I found myself melting into the process and lost track of time easily.

I’m looking forward to trying out the rest of the illustrations within this. I’ve never felt more relaxed tan when I was working on the above drawing. I completely understand why everyone is so fascinated with this trend. As someone who used to love colouring books as a child, the fact that they’re making them for adults now has definitely won me over.


My Mum’s Thoughts


I gave the Tropical book to my mum so that she could review the book from the perspective of an older adult, a non-reader/bookish person, and a mother who used to colour with her children.

I have been using the Colour me Mindful Tropical book. I found myself being drawn in to the picture as I used various colours to bring the picture to life. The more I coloured the more I relaxed and found myself enjoying colouring again. Who says colouring is just for kids?


My Boyfriend’s Thoughts

I gave the Underwater book to my boyfriend so that he could review the book from the perspective of someone with anxiety that is induced from stress. Unfortunately, due to everything that we’ve had going on – with getting a new kitten and me moving in – he’s not had a chance to do it just yet. He and I are hoping that in the next couple of days he will get around to trying out the book and I will update this post with his thoughts then.

The Colour Me Mindful series is released tomorrow and will be featuring new designs in the future – such as enchanted creatures!

These books are available at the following links:

Birds – Amazon UK | Amazon US
Tropical – Amazon UK | Amazon US
Underwater – Amazon UK | Amazon US
Butterflies – Amazon UK | Amazon US
Seasons – Amazon UK | Amazon US
Enchanted Creatures – Amazon UK | Amazon US

Birds – BookDepository
Tropical – BookDepository
Underwater – BookDepository
Butterflies – BookDepository
Seasons – BookDepository
Enchanted Creatures – BookDepository

About the Author

Anastasia Catris is a freelance illustrator and writer from Wales in the United Kingdom. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA Hons in English Literature, she travelled to the United States to pursue her passion for comics and graphic novels by studying at The Kubert School of Comic and Cartoon Art.

She returned to the UK in 2009, taking her first art job as an illustrator for HarperCollins Publishers. Her debut illustrated book, ‘SuBo’s Cat: The Imaginings of Susan Boyle’s Pampered Pussy’, a satirical comedy cartoon, was published through HarperCollins in 2010 and was sold in book stores worldwide.

She began exhibiting at comic conventions in 2011, becoming a regular face at acclaimed expos including Showmasters and MCM. Her experience at conventions led her to producing ACEOs and Sketch Cards, for which she has since been hired by International companies including Fox, Marvel, DC, IDW, Dynamite, Perna Studios, Cryptozoic and Breygent Marketing.

As a freelance illustrator she has most recently worked for Orion Publishing, Kerrang! Magazine and Cygnus Alpha: The Doctor Who Fanzine.

Most recently she has completed a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for her creator-owned project Cirque Du Mort, which reached its target within 36 hours of going live. She has also recently completed projects for DC on their upcoming Super Villains trading card set.

She is currently working for several publishers on freelance illustration work whilst continuing her work on the Cirque Du Mort.

Find out more about Anastasia at the following links: Website | Twitter

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