I recently ordered and received Smile!, an adult coloring book collaboration between Sanrio and Japanese artist Aiko Fukawa, and I could not be more pleased with it.
The pages are packed with some of Sanrio’s most iconic characters including Hello Kitty and friends (including My Melody), Little Twin Stars, and Patty & Jimmy. I am beyond excited to have Little Twin Stars in this book, as they are my Sanrio favorites! I really can’t overstate how cute the art is.
There is plenty of detail in the art to separate it from Sanrio coloring books for children, but at the same time I do not believe it is so small that it would be too challenging or overwhelming for anyone that might not like very detailed coloring books.
The pages are double sided, and there are many double page spreads. The paper is at least a medium quality and thicker in comparison to other coloring books I own. I have not tested markers in it yet so I can’t say if there would be bleed through with them. Colored pencils and gel pens are a safe bet, though, and my preferred art supplies.
Smile! is a wonderful coloring book that is perfect for any Sanrio fan who might prefer more detailed art to color, and I can’t recommend it enough. The book is available for purchase at Amazon Japan, which ships internationally, for around $13 before shipping costs.
This is a guest post from Andi, who is on the shortlist to become SCK’s new craft writer! Let us know if you’d like to see more posts like this.
Andi lives in the US and her favourite crafts are needle felting, clay craft, coloring, paper crafting, and making plushes. You can follow her crafty makes on Instagram at @pixiaa.
Andi lives in the countryside of Georgia in a house packed with kawaii decor and vintage toys. When she’s not barricaded in her pink craft room creating something, she can be found reading, playing Animal Crossing games, or baking something to satisfy her massive sweet tooth. Andi is currently taking a mental health break, but hopes to be back in 2023.