Thursday, 10 December 2015

Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

Lost Ocean
An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book
by Johanna Basford

Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books

An absolutely lovely Christmas present for anyone from 10 - 110.

Intricate but not too intricate, lovely and meditative without being too much, you know?

Just what we need.

A step up from colouring, for us souls that love and need the detail work, the slow down work. Thinking without over thinking. Get out the really good pencil crayons. The expensive markers. Make yourself a tea.

This is meditation for us non meditators, or even the believers. It's good. It is so good. I love this book so much.

Get the other ones while you are at it. Get them for everyone. Just do it.

From the Back Flap:

From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves

With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses, and delicately penned seahorses. Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will welcome this creative journey into an inky new world.

For Lost Ocean, Johanna picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and compliments your chosen color palette. The smooth, untextured pages allow for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with colored pencils or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.

About the Author: About Forbidden Jungle

Follow ink evangelist Johanna Basford down an inky trail through the Forbidden Jungle and discover a forgotten world of flora and fauna just waiting to be colored in. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations, color-inners of all ages are invited to explore an exotic rainforest teeming with creatures large and small. Encounter speckled tree frogs and dainty hummingbirds, prowling tigers and playful monkeys. Let your imagination run wild in the leafy treetop canopy or find yourself drawn to the delicate world of sensational blossoms and tropical plants below. There are ancient relics to be found along the way, each one leading toward the mystical treasure hidden at the heart of the Forbidden Jungle. Only the bravest, most inquisitive colorers will discover what lies hidden at the end of this inky quest.

“The colorists have a queen, and her name is Johanna Basford.” —New York Magazine

“Consider trading in your yoga mat for a set of markers and peruse the gorgeous gardens of Basford’s imagination.” —The Huffington Post