I’ve been addicted to Miki Takei’s art style ever since buying her first coloring book, so I’m now obliged to purchase all of her new releases. I love her delicate art style and she’s definitely one of my all-time favorite artists!
As it’s a postcard book, it is of course a fraction of the size of her previous releases. It does still include a short introduction on her method of coloring that is similar to her other books. I take a photo using the Google Translate app on my phone to translate these parts, so it’s still useful!
There’s only 3 pages of the coloring instructions, and then it’s on to the postcards! There’s 12 in total, one for each month of the year. I understand the thought behind it, although I love Miki’s art so much that I wouldn’t have minded a few more cards in the book.
Each page is perforated into two postcards featuring the same art: one already colored, and one to color yourself. I do love this part as it’s perfect as a reference if you want to replicate Miki’s work! The artwork is self is quite fine and delicate, however, which could present a challenge for those with certain disabilities.
The paper itself is a thinner cardstock, so it has just a bit more weight to it than Miki Takei’s other coloring books. It has some texture and is overall very high quality. I’ve been too chicken to try using watercolors in the other books, but I may try it in this one! I think it would hold up well with it.
The pages are perforated in a way so that you can tear off the coloring versions and leave the original postcards inside the book if you prefer, or you can tear everything out. If you want to keep the entire book intact, the spine of the book folds down completely flat so that coloring the cards will be very easy.
Overall, it’s not my absolute favorite of the four coloring books she’s released, simply because I would’ve preferred more than 12 postcards. However, it’s definitely worth owning if you enjoy her artwork, and I still highly recommend it if you color.