#Colouring #BookReview: Millie Marotta’s Curious Creatures #MPBooks

A beautiful and detailed adult colouring book.

Millie Marotta Curious Creatures book coverTitle: Curious Creatures

Author/Illustrator: Millie Marotta

Publisher: Batsford

Genre: Colouring book

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My Review: Once again another Millie Marotta book does not disappoint! I’ve bought every Millie Marotta book I can since I first discovered them and this book is just as great as the rest but with lots of new creatures to colour in. ‘Curious Creatures’ is all about animals, be they fish, birds, insects or mammals, and each page or double page spread contains lots of intricate designs which I just love to colour in.

Interesting range of different creatures to colour in.

The book is the same size and thickness as her other books (or Johanna Basford’s books),wider than A4 but shorter, and contains so many pages that even for full price you are getting a bargain in terms of how much there is to colour! Each page is crisp white and nice and thick enough to colour using pens although being double sided I’d always be careful not overdoing the amount of felt pens or gel pens you use in one spot. I’ve only use pencils in my book.

More pretty and detailed images to colour.

Every picture in the book is a realistic outline of the real animal with lots of fun and detailed shapes inside it to colour in. Some of the images just have random shapes, while other animals are made from lots of leaves which just looks amazing! The animals really vary in this book and there’s plenty I’ve never seen before. My favourites include the weed sea dragons, narwhal and the kiwi. Some of the images have extra details in them such as leaves while others have blank around them. I love the blank spaces as it gives me the chance to doodle in my own drawings and there’s also a few pages at the back of the book for creating your own images which some people who enjoy drawing as well as colouring, like me, will love!
One thing I’ve noticed which I think is an improvement on the first Millie Marotta book, Animal Kingdom, is the slight increase in the size of the shapes that make up the animals. It’s not a drastic increase and there’s still as much detail to colour in but the first book had such small shapes you couldn’t always colour individual ones in easily with pencils (you’d need incredibly sharp pencils all the time).

Sharks! 🙂

The start of the book features an introduction by Marotta which as always is nice to read and the back of the book has list of all the animals that feature in the book which is great as I didn’t know what some of the birds were especially the mandarin duck.

I really love this book. I’ve barely coloured in anything and I’ve already spent hours on this and I just love it! I can’t say a bad thing about this book. Maybe it’s a little tricky to get into the centre of the book especially when colouring in a double page spread, but the book’s spine opens easily (might want to push/crack it open) and lies quite flat on a surface. It doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve included some pictures including my own colouring in with pencils. This book is just great, I can’t wait for the next one!

Here’s a coloured in picture.  Tell me what you think of my colouring 🙂 …

Millie Marotta Curious Creatures sea dragon
My own colouring 🙂

Do you enjoy colouring or Millie Marotta books?  What do you think of my own colouring? Please do comment I’d love to hear from you 🙂  You can also find me in these places: 

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#Colouring: Animal Kingdom Budgie #WordlessWednesday #MPBooks

A colourful budgie to brighten up your day 🙂

I have a new colouring book review to bring you tomorrow by the amazing Millie Marotta, her books never fail to please me!  But for now I wanted to share a very colourful budgie to cheer up your Wednesday.  This image comes from ‘Animal Kingdom’ (not the book I’m reviewing tomorrow).  I know my photography skills leave something to be desired (need a new camera) but I hope you can still enjoy the image.  Please let me know what you think?  Does it cheer you up?  Do you enjoy colouring and in particular the Millie Marotta books?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Animal Kingdom Budgie
A Beautiful Budgie 🙂 ❤
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Here’s a close up, hope it’s not too fuzzy 🙂

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#Colouring: A Walk In Nature Peacock #MPBooks

A new peacock from A Walk in Nature. Do you like this picture?

Colouring is a great form of fun as well as be a way for people to cope with some mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.  Mindfulness is the new ‘in-thing’ and what better way to be in the moment and concentrate on the ‘now’ rather than worry about the future than to colour!

Today I bring you a piece of colouring!  This comes from the colouring book ‘Chroma-Therapy: A Walk in Nature’ which I have recently reviewed here.  As this is My Peacock Books it’s only fitting I give you a nice image of a peacock.  It’s done in WHSmith Colouring Pencils (still the best pencils I’ve tried to far!).  Tell me what you think 😀 ! I’d love to know if you like my colouring skills!! 🙂

A coloured in peacock
A mix of colours, some realistic, some not 🙂

What do you think of my colouring?  Do you like the colours?  Does it spark any emotions in you?

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Hello & Welcome to My #NewBlog! of Books, Art, Poetry & Peacocks! #MPBooks

Introducing My Peacock Books!

Hello everyone! 😀  This is my new blog and my first ever blog post here!!!

I’m so excited and so is ‘Phoenix’ the Peacock!

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‘Oh yes I’m very excited too!’

I hope you’ll all want to stick around and check out my blog, even give it a follow if you like 🙂

What is this blog about?

Well it’s an easy question to answer:

Books, Art, Poetry & Peacocks!

But this blog’s going to be more than just that….  I love, LOVE my books so expect lots of book posts, reviews, hauls and other related stuff.

I also love art and have always been arty, my newest passion being colouring books so apart from the occasional art work I’ll share some colouring pics or something cool like that.

I’m an author and a writer of some unpublished work.  I love writing anything from short stories, to poetry and I’m even working on a novel right now.  I also do a fair bit of journalism (the newspaper kind – not the diary kind) so I might just write about…well…anything really 🙂

I’m also CRAZY about peacocks!!!!  Other animals too but peacocks are so beautiful and so amazing so I might just post a few peacock things too 😀

Of course I’m a deeper person that that and will have lots of other things on this blog besides including a lot of inspirational things and maybe some other fun stuff too!

Phoenix the Peacock?
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Phoenix the Peacock


Remember me mentioning Phoenix the Peacock?  Well he’s the official mascot (if you like) of My Peacock Books 🙂 .   All posts are checked and vetted by him before they’re published so I hope you’ll get to know and like Phoenix and his occasional popping up in posts 🙂  Why is a peacock called Phoenix?  Find out in my About page 😀

Why start this blog?

That’s easy but also a tough question to answer for me.  I’m not a first time blogger.  I started a blog in the past, I didn’t like it and had some bad experiences with it (I might talk more about that in the future) so I decided to start again with this blog and fingers crossed that people will love it as much as I’ve loved putting it all together.

I can’t wait to share a bunch of blog posts with everyone.  Although my blog’s firmly about Books, Art, Poetry & Peacocks I want it to be more than that.  My little corner of the web where I can share a bit of myself with all of you, some inspiring things as well as my own silly sense of humour and opinion of things 🙂   I’m not sure how I’ll go about it yet.  I don’t know if I’ll stick to a schedule or not.  I’ll probably start off slow and maybe try to do a weekly #MondayMotivation post (I love inspirational posts, quotes, etc.).   Let’s see how that goes.  But whatever happens I hope to get to know you all and I hope you’ll all want to get to know me too 🙂

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