For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram, you may not know that I am a huge fan of adult coloring books. I’ve purchased 5 in the past month alone, and I’m constantly shopping around for new art supplies and materials to use with my coloring books. When I saw that The Time Chamber was available for review, I jumped at the chance to receive it. I purchased the first book in this coloring series, The Time Garden, last month and have been having so much fun with it. The detailed illustrations that Daria Song creates are time consuming but very relaxing to color.
My first colored page from The Time Garden:
I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of The Secret Garden coloring book series, or this book’s prequel, The Time Garden. Daria Song’s illustrations are stunning, with gorgeous details on every page. This coloring book series is different from other adult coloring books in that it features a beautiful story within the pages.
The Time Chamber continues the story in The Time Garden as we follow a tiny fairy who enters the human world at night from her home inside a cuckoo clock. Unlike the first book, the story in this coloring book is scattered throughout the book in short words and phrases. I found this very enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing. The text does not detract from the gorgeously illustrated pages whatsoever. The dust jacket is removable and can be colored, as well as the actual cover of the book.
The illustrations from this book are printed on both sides of the paper, using good quality white matte coloring paper, comparable to other adult coloring books. I use Prismacolor Scholar colored pencils with this coloring book, and they work beautifully. The colored pencils glide across the smooth, thick paper to create bright, vividly colored images. I think that markers would bleed through the pages, so use caution if that is your medium of choice. I’m planning to experiment with watercolor pencils and paints in this book, and I think the pages will hold up well if used with a light hand. The binding is quite strong, and it does take some stretching and breaking of the spine in order to lay the book flat to reach the details otherwise lost in the binding, but this didn’t seem to weaken the binding of the book.
I encourage fans of The Time Garden to check out this sequel. I found the illustrations even more pleasing than the first book in the series. The presentation of this book is beautiful, and it would make a terrific present or coffee table book. Daria is working on a Christmas follow-up currently for release in South Korea, and I will be impatiently waiting for a US release of that book as well.
Download four free coloring pages from The Time Chamber and The Time Garden HERE.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
Are you a fan of adult coloring books? What are some of your favorites? Do you use colored pencils or do you prefer markers or another medium?