Review: Secret Garden Artist’s Edition
Secret Garden Artist's Edition is rated 4.8 out of 5.0 stars by reviewers on Amazon.com
Ease of Use
Secret Garden Artist's Edition is designed for intermediate to advanced colorists.
Secret Garden Artist's Edition sells for $14.15 on Amazon.com.
Summary: The Secret Garden has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and launched the coloring craze for adults. This new artist's edition features 20 designs from the original Secret Garden An Inky Treasure Hunt And Coloring Book in an oversized poster book format that provides a larger space for an easier coloring experience.
In this review, I'll be showing you all of the benefits that Secret Garden Artist's Edition offers, and exactly what each page of this book looks like so that you can decide if it is the book for you.
- Printed on card stock
- Easy to remove pages
We Don't Like
- Only 3 drawings are larger than the original Secret Garden drawings
- A few of the pages are slightly off centered
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book is the classic book that started the adult coloring phenomenon. If you have been coloring for a while, you probably own a copy of the Secret Garden. If you are anything like me, you have a love-hate relationship with the book.
You'll love the fact that this book is filled with beautiful designs of garden scenes. You don't love that the designs are printed on both sides of the page, which make using pens and markers impossible as they bleed through and ruin the image on the next page.
Until now, your only options were to purchase two copies of the book, photocopy the pages that you wanted to color, just use pencils, or pens that aren't as prone to bleed through.
The Secret Garden Artist’s Edition solves most of these issues for you. Not only are the images printed on one side of the page, but the paper is also thicker and of much higher quality. The page size is also larger, and the pages are removable for framing. There are only 20 images, but the ability to use whatever coloring medium one wants makes it totally worth it.
Secret Garden Artist’s Edition Review
The format is larger than the original book at approximately 10 x 13 inches. Unfortunately, only 3 of the 20 drawings are larger than the original designs. The others are the same size as the ones found in the Secret Garden with some additional imagery and repetition to fill the extra space.
The designs are printed only on the front of the page. You will not have to purchase a second book, make photocopies of each page, or choose designs that you want to color.
Every image is printed single-sided on heavyweight cardstock. This paper is perfect for markers, gel pens, and colored pencils without having to worry about bleed through.
The special binding allows for easy removal of pages from the book, but also keeps the pages in place if you prefer to keep the book intact.
Features and Benefits
- Large Format - More space to color
- Single-Sided - You don’t have to choose which side to color
- Thick Paper - No bleed through
- Easily Removable - Easier to color
Customer Reviews and Scores
I was excited to see that Johanna Basford was releasing an Artist's Edition for Secret Garden. This edition comes with 20 images that are printed single-sided on heavy duty paper and are easily removable for coloring and framing.
I found 167 customer reviews on Amazon.com at the time of writing, and they had awarded the Secret Garden Artist's Edition 4.8 stars out of a possible 5 on average. The customer reviews are positive overall, but there were a few negative points raised.
I was excited to get this book. It was bittersweet upon receiving it... I love the wonderful quality of the cardstock. It is beautifully made. However, I was disappointed in the choices of prints that they chose to put in the book. Many of the ones that were favorites of mine were left out. Instead, they chose some smaller sized prints that left a lot to be desired!”
What I like about this is that you can easily remove the pages and stick it on a drawing board for easy coloring. The paper is really superb quality card-stock that can hold a number of dry and wet media with no bleeding. I have used watercolors, colored pencils, pens, and pastels, and they all hold really well on this paper. My only complaint is on the images chosen for this artist edition. I wish they had added more of the 2-page images found in the regular book and condensed them to fit the size of this paper. Really, it would have deserved 5 stars if that were the case..
Absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful and thick paper. A joy to color. The artwork is amazing. I just love this book."
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This beautiful and interactive coloring book features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting for you to bring them to life with color.