Dec 12

Secret Garden Adult Coloring Book by Johanna Basford #SecretGardenAdultColoringBook

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I received this product in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.


I always enjoyed coloring in coloring books as an adult.  There was never anything quite like a box of brand new crayons and a fun coloring book.  I was intrigued to hear about this trend of adult coloring books, but hadn’t really checked it out – until I received the Secret Garden Adult Coloring Book to review.

This is more than just a coloring book.  There’s a list at the beginning of the book detailing the various items that are hidden inside the book, like keys and mice.  There’s also an answer key at the end of the book so don’t feel like you’ll be searching forever.


There’s also a few pages that invite you to extend the existing drawing with some of your own.  This is the type of doodling I did as a teenager so this looked like lots of fun to me.

Here’s one example of the pages you’ll find in this book:


As you can see, it’s designed nicely to allow lots of little areas for detailed coloring, which was always my favorite type.

Here’s the page I started with:


I used colored pencils my first time.  These are nothing special, just Crayola ones that the kids had hanging around, but I really liked how they colored here.  As you can see, I need a bit more practice staying in lines, as well as a sharpener to obtain that goal!


The right side shows use of the Crayola Super Tips markers.  Marker seems to work fine with this paper (no bleeding) but I would like to find a finer tip for this particular book, as well as others I have since picked up.

I could feel myself calming down as I colored.  I think having to concentrate on staying in the lines in the small areas really distracts you from everyday stress.  I consider my first foray into adult coloring books a success!

Secret Garden would make a wonderful gift for anybody in your life that needs a little relaxation.  Pair this book with a box of colored pencils and you’ve got a great gift that the recipient may not think to get him/herself.  This book truly is one of the best I’ve seen, even when you don’t figure in the little extras that you don’t find in other books.  I see that this artist has also produced other books, and I’ll be looking to pick them up in the near future.  Soon my coloring book collection will rival my children’s!

You can get Secret Garden right on Amazon.com, along with Basford’s other books.  You can also pick up various coloring supplies while you’re there, like these markers I’m considering buying.

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  1. 8

    This would make a great gift for my Mom who never seems to stop but loves to color! Beautiful pages for a lovey way to relax!

  2. 7

    I hapn’d to see this coloring book on Amazon several days ago & added to my Wish List. I’ve always been a fan of coloring but only recently got my 1st adult color book. Also, had a lot of fun shopping for the pens and pencils to color with. Couldn’t get over price of the pens & pencils but I decided the quality art supplies would be best. Cheaper than therapy, right?!

    This book is so pretty!! I’d love to add it to my art basket.

    Happy Holidays!!

  3. 6

    I have actually been thinking about buying an adult coloring book for myself-heaven knows I need a stress reducer in my life right now. This looks like a great one to start me off!

  4. 5

    That actually looks super relaxing. I’ve been considering doing this. You may have convinced me!

  5. 4
    Sharon martin

    I love this, I could sit for ages quite happily coloring these in. When I worked in the call centre we used to color in all the time while on the phones.

  6. 3
    Angie Agerter

    Isn’t this book awesome?
    I am loving coloring in it
    Though it’s going to take me FOREVER….I am still on the first picture, almost done though.
    I love the small details, but boy is it some work! hehe

  7. 2
    sherry butcher

    A group of us are getting together to do adult coloring and this looks perfect for the project. Thanks for sharing!

  8. 1
    Barbara Lima

    This looks like so much fun!

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