Monday, 5 September 2016

30 Enticing Birds in Circles

The circle shape really appeals to me; just instinctively, so it's no surprise to me that I find colouring mandalas really calming and fulfilling. Wendy's series of books on themed mandalas - animals, flowers, ocean, dreams and birds - bring an extra, enjoyable element to colouring mandalas.

My colouring

Title:  Coloring Bird Mandalas 
Artist:  Wendy Piersall

Here is my video flip through -

At a glance…..

Size - 190 x 235, 64 pages
Single-sided images - yes
Images into the spine - no
Paper - good
Perforated - no 
Water based pens - yes but test first.
Who will love it - those who like Wendy's drawings, those who enjoy colouring mandalas, and those who enjoy colouring birds.

You can find out more …

Coloring Bird Mandalas

You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon US

You can read my reviews of these other Wendy Piersall books -

Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards - here.

The Masters of Fashion Illustration - here.

Tell me more …


Wendy has a unique way of hand drawing her mandalas. Some of them are symmetric but often they aren't and it makes a welcome change for mandala colourers. There are lots of different, identifiable birds in this book - owls, flamingoes, toucans, peacocks and parrots. I think my colouring above are Birds of Paradise. If you know and love Wendy's books, you'll not want to miss out on this one.


The variety of images in this book is considerable. Sometimes just one bird takes up the whole mandala. In other images there is a circle of birds. There's one lovely image of birds peeking out from a tree. And of course there are plenty of beautifully patterned feathers and outspread wings.
The line width is fine to medium and the detail is manageable. None of the images go into the spine and each is centred on the page.

Layout and Paper:

I really like the size of this book. It sits easily on your lap to colour or you can slip it into a bag to take with you. It is glue and string bound and the pages lie quite flat.
The images are on single-sided pages on white, medium quality paper.
This means that as long as you protect the following image, you can use your pens. Just check on a spare page for sideways bleeding though.
There is an introduction from Wendy, linking to her informative website. On the final page is a biographical note about Wendy.

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Reviews and Posts from last week

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring bookhere.

Tangle Magic by Jessica Palmerhere.

* This book was sent to me by the publisher for an honest appraisal. Thanks.

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