Adult coloring books offer adults the chance to be artistic and find an artistic hobby that can complement their moods and their tastes. These books are more than just coloring. They offer adults the chance to become creative and use a wide range of media to express that creativity. There are hundreds of techniques that can be used as well. Videos are all over social media showing how to blend colors, create watercolor effects, use alcohol based markers, and discussing the pencils that should be used. At the center of all these videos are adult coloring books like Artistic Affirmations Volume One, I Am.
The first thing to look for when you are buying an adult coloring book is the quality of the paper. This tells you a lot about the types of coloring options you have. For example, thinner paper will mean that coloring pencils are likely the only option that can be used because anything else would bleed through. However, a cardstock thickness means you could use any sort of coloring option. The Artistic Affirmations I Am has a moderate thickness that would allow primarily pencil coloring with a few light marker or gel pen touches without bleeding through.
The other thing to look for when you purchase an adult coloring book is the type of artwork available. Ideally the finished product should be clear, and if wording is there it should be easy to read. This is a toss up when it comes to I Am. The affirmations are there and are spiritually inspiring, clear, and to the point. For some, the affirmations may not be as bold as you would like and often it may seem that they should be reversed where they take more of a prominent role. However, the overall effect of most of the renderings are ideal, especially if you plan on hanging them in your office or home.
The pages are easy to remove and can be colored to be suitable for framing. If you use techniques that require wet techniques such as using watercolor or grease additions then you may want to avoid those with this book. Overall, if you are looking for a book or gift that has affirmations that speak to the heart and give your creative side a chance to shine then this is likely a good choice for you.