The problem, for me, is the title. It is called Calming Crochet. For me, calming crochet is a meditative state that I enter as I am crocheting. At worst, it is the feeling I get when I have finished a project.
What this coloring book portrays is stereotypical images of crocheters and their projects. There are granny squares and hipsters and odd little projects. Frankly, in order for the title to match the content, I would have wanted a title something along the lines of “Odd, out of date trendy, crochet”.
Having said all of that, the designs themselves are well done and, if you like this style of crochet or want to give a gag gift to someone who crochets and colors, this one might be a book that you would like. It’s just not really what I wanted or expected but it is what it is. I’ll find a home for my copy with someone who will appreciate it for what it is.
I’ve noticed that the paper quality seems to change quite frequently on the Creative Haven line. Because of that, if you buy one of these books, it may be slightly smooth or slightly rough depending on when and where it was printed. I’ve found that coloring medium, including pencils, work similarly with both slightly rough and slightly smooth paper from Creative Haven. In this case, my coloring book pages are slightly rough.
This is what I found in this coloring book and how my coloring medium works with Creative Haven books.
31 Crochet Inspired Designs included in the book
The designs are printed on one side of the page
Paper is the usual Creative Haven quality: white, medium weight, slightly rough and has perforated pages
Glue Binding but with perforated pages so removing a page is fairly simple
The designs do not cross over the perforations
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page
Water-based markers bleed through in spots and show colorful shadows on the back of the page
Gel pens and India ink pens leave shadows of color on the back of the page. India ink pens can bleed through when I apply more than one layer of ink.
Coloring pencils work well with Creative Haven paper. I am able to get good pigment (color) lay down, layer the same color and multiple colors and to blend easily using a pencil style blender. Both oil and wax-based pencils have similar results. Hard lead pencils, like Verithins, leave dents on the back of the page.
I suggest either removing pages from the book to color or using a blotter page under your working page. I like card stock as it keeps ink from seeping through and damaging the pages below.