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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Traditional Designs from India Sept. 12 2009
By Jackie R. Johnson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a lovely book either to color or to simply leave black and white. If you choose to color it, the designs are quite intricate and complex. It requires sharp pencils or fine tipped markers.

I know next to nothing about Indian Art, being from a very different cultural background myself, but it looks like Ms. Noble as gone to great pains to make her designs as accurate as possible. The designs come from varied sources: embroidery, woodcut, painting, scrolls, etc.-- some of which have been combined by the artist to created a composite piece of her own (and probably to make the design fit the page better).

This is one of the best coloring books that I have from Dover's cultural series. I think anyone who is enterested in different cultures or who simply wants an enjoyable coloring experience will like this book.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
beautiful pages to color or use for painting July 27 2008
By A. Laurita - Published on
Format: Paperback
Beautiful pages to color. Intricate so not for the very young. Good for copying onto a wall or furniture to paint. Unique designs.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great coloring for older children and adults! March 7 2010
By JMarie - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Dover coloring books are great, the designs are wonderful, and I'm enjoying the time I spend coloring in them.

One thing to note, if you use markers there is some bleed through to the next page. It is unfortunate that I did not test this before I started out using markers. Colored pencils would be my recommendation unless you scan and print each picture on an individual page to color with markers.

I would order these again, and I'll probably end up ordering some for my daughter as she likes to spend time coloring intricate designs as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very intricate designs, and very interesting! Dec 27 2010
By Molly Block - Published on
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I wanted to buy this coloring book for a long time, just for the possible designs it had in it. I wasn't sure if there was going to be a lot of small designs, like small 1 to 3 inch patterns of some sort, or maybe images that took up half of a page. What this book ended up containing were not smaller images, but rather, full sized pages of of some very interesting pictures and designs from India.

I am perfectly happy with it! I love this coloring book. I have a great interest in India anyhow, so I found this coloring book interesting.

But there are a couple of things you should know. In my opinion, this is not a coloring book for a small child, no, not at all. And I say this because the images, the pictures, have very very small areas to color in. Some are very intricate. Some of the pictures have very small patterns in them, and you'll need a fine point. And so, with that in mind, you should also think about using fine tipped markers to color these pictures, or colored pencils, which would probably be the best option, because the bad thing about this coloring book is that there is a different picture on each side of each page, so the marker colors will bleed through to the other side, ruining the other picture. This is the reason I didn't give it 5 stars. Why didn't they print only one image on each page? Leave the backside of the page blank, so it would be ok if the colors DID bleed through.

What I recommend is making photocopies of each page that you would like to color. Get some heavier stock paper, not just copy paper. And print out your own pages to color in. This way, you can always have the book with the originals.

Each picture has a small line of information under it, telling a little info about what each picture is, where it originated, what year it orignated, etc. Some are apparently very famous Indian pieces of artwork. Some of the pages are of pretty patterns, which are denoted to be things such are inlaid carvings in wooden boxes, or patterns found on a vase, for instance.

If you are looking for a book of Indian patterns, say you want to make henna tattoos, or some kind of small embroidery patterns to sew on clothes... or maybe you were looking for ideas of Indian themed patterns that you could yourself paint onto small art projects... then this book is probably NOT for you. Each page is one full sized image, nothing small here. HOWEVER, you CAN get TONS of ideas from studying each image, and I'm sure you could come up with your own smaller image and pattern designs and ideas.

If you are looking for larger full sized pages of beautiful Indian patterns or Indian scenes to color, images that have VERY SMALL areas to color in, (and you can color within the lines hahaha), then this book IS for you.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
for experts and quick learners only March 27 2009
By Gerald E. Weaver - Published on
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Only attempt this if you have a particular intrest in Indian art itself or are not afraid of messing up. The designs are straightforward but the spaces are small and balance is essential. this is for practiced hands and expert eyes only. the pictures are beautiful untouched and it is far too easy to mess them up. SERIOUS brainstorming is the extent that, to me, this is almost a task, an assignment for art class.

Buy this book to prove your skill, not for entertainment.