|Our new favorite book by Scottish artist Johanna Basford|
My girls love to color and it is an activity that I like to encourage. Coloring is great for working on hand-eye coordination, detail work and even color theory. And kids gain all this practice while completely enjoying themselves. When I purchased this book on Amazon last week, I knew that it would be a winner. At least, I hoped so.
The Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford is more than a winner: it is captivating. I was totally blown away by the intricate styling of this book. Every detail is sublime and every page opens up more discovery. It is part treasure hunt, part coloring book, part drawing class and altogether beautiful. And I wanted you all to see it for yourselves…
|botanical wonders, both already blooming and some for you to fill in…|
|This one reads “Complete the floral pattern & add lots of inky details.” Admirers are invited many times to join in the fun – create your own botanical wonders! Imitation can be a wonderful tool for education in any subject.|
|…garlands flow over the pages.|
Johanna Basford is a truly gifted artist. I really enjoyed watching her drawing process on Vimeo (see it here). She arrives at some of her botanical inspiration from her time at Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran with her gardening grandfather.
|My girl could not wait to get a hold of this book!|
|She loves to fill in the lines, playing with colors as she goes. I just might start on the other page while she works.|
|One of the many hidden owls peeking out at you!|
I happened upon this video from the publisher, Laurence King. It gives an animated idea of the fun you could have with this book!
This is a beautiful book, whether colored or in black and white. But do not take my word for it: See The Guardian’s review in which they declare it a coloring book worthy of adults. Also, they very nicely offer some free downloads of sample pages like this one to have a try!
Or see forty more glowing reviews on Amazon:
The Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford