Coloring Flower Mandalas by Wendy Piersall {Review, Giveaway and Illustrator Interview}



Last Fall, I shared about Coloring Animal Mandalas by Wendy Piersall. Her book opened the door to a side of me that had been left dormant for far too long. In coloring again, I’ve been able to relax easier, stay focused, and rediscover that sense of accomplishment when a design is fully completed in coloring. I was encouraged to start experimenting in my art and in doing this I discovered new techniques I never imagined I’d enjoy so much. I’ve been very inspired by Wendy and her gorgeous designs that I feel obligated to share about one of her latest offerings “Coloring Flower Mandalas“.

In this book, there are thirty hand-drawn designs. The flowers vary in type and are all so different and unique. Wendy includes Orchids, Roses, Gardenias, Sunflower, Bleeding Hearts, Lilies, Vines, Marigolds, and many more.  My favorite design features Bleeding Heart flowers. This design has humming bird sweetly sipping on the nectar of the flowers while a cottage sits pretty in the distance.

I enjoy coloring the designs in this book with my set of colored pencils. Fine point markers or pens would work as well. This thickness of the pages has a good weight but if using ink, I would suggest placing a thin piece of cardboard or a clipboard on the backside to prevent any sorta ink bleeding, just in case.

I’m very happy with Wendy’s new book and feel any lover of art, flowers, or coloring would adore this book just as much as I do! I recommend picking up a copy for yourself and for someone you love!

-Illustrator Interview-

What Inspired this Book?

 In my personal art and doodles, flowers are my go-to subject. They are easiest for me to draw, and I really enjoy drawing them more than almost any other subject. After drawing Coloring Animal Mandalas, my Ulysses Press editor and I tossed around a few ideas for a second book, and Coloring Flower Mandalas was their favorite idea, so we went with it!

Which design in this book is your favorite?
Honestly, the poppy is my favorite garden flower, and it is also my favorite flower mandala in the book. I know it isn’t nearly as intricate as some of the other drawings, but I’m really partial to this one. Once it is colored, it is just SO pretty! You can see it as it was a work in progress here:

When your draw or color designs, what’s your music of choice to listen to (if any?)?

I’m a big fan of the art deco and art nouveau periods, and right around the time I first started working on coloring books in 2013, I also discovered the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby. It’s a really innovative mix of bluesy jazz mixed with modern dance and funk, and the genre is called Electro Swing music. The first time I heard it, my brain fried a little because it is such an unexpected mix of sounds, melodies and dance beats. Sometimes I’ll listen to some alternative rock as well, but electro swing really speaks to me.

Will you come out with a children’s coloring book similar to your others in the future?

This is a GREAT idea! I drew up some simple mandalas for kids on my blog way back in 2010 here: I’ll drop some hints to Ulysses Press the next time I talk to my editor! 🙂

-Stargazer Lily Time Lapse Watercolor from the Book Coloring Flower Mandalas-

-Win a copy!-
Three of my readers will get the opportunity
to win their very own copy of this book! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Coloring Flower Mandalas by Wendy Piersall through Ulysses Press.  I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.