I have to start off by saying WOW!! I have always classified myself as someone who loves stuff that is “outside the box” and this book fit right in there. This book really reminds me of a Dr. Seuss type Coloring book for Adults except a little, well, almost creepier. His creatures all have names and lives. This is NOT your normal Coloring Book but this is my type of coloring book. Joe’s quirky imagination has come out in this book showing that his true love is drawing. He started developing his style in the 80’s and his talent has just grown from there. He has so much fun bringing them to life.
There are 50 images in this book for you to color and 50 stories to read. Each page is unique and begging you to add the color and read their story so they can pop off the page and truly be free! This book screams “Imagination Run Rampant!” These pages are not perforated but they are easy enough to get out. There is a definite stopping point to each image so all you have to do is score the image you want along the binding with a pair of scissors or an exacto knife and it should come out easily. I choose to keep all my images in the book though to keep the story line intact.
When working with mediums as always your pencils are safe. Some of my Gel Pens Bled through and some did not. My alcohol Markers did bleed through of course. I surmise that the more wet the medium is the apt it will be to bleed. I make sure that I always keep a couple sheets of paper under the page I’m working on. When working with Alcohol or Water Based Marker I suggest more than a couple or even card stock. It will keep you from ruining the next image. I am still able to read the next poem on the images I colored that bled.
Overall I have to say that this is an awesome book and I’m so very happy I bought it. I really think that Joseph has done a truly AMAZING job bringing these characters to life and Maria has done a great job with the poem like story line. This book was published by Global Doodle Gems and they do an Amazing job working with Artists! I bought The Broken Mind of Joe’s Ink: Life of the Creatures in Joe’s Backyard (Volume 2) on Createspace at a discount in exchange for my HONEST and UNBIASED review.
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