The Time Garden, by Daria Song, calls itself a “magical journey and coloring book.” Is it just me or have coloring books for adults been all the rage recently? They supposedly have stress-relieving properties and can help foster mindfulness. I’ve kept coloring books around ever since high school, because I think it’s a fun, goofy way to destress after school. The Time Garden is a little different from the other ones that I’ve seen, because it has a storyline behind the book. The book description says:
“Journey through the doors of a mysterious cuckoo clock into its inky innerworkings to discover a magical land of clock gears, rooftops, starry skies, and giant flying owls—all ready for you to customize with whatever colors you can dream up.
Cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . When the clock strikes midnight, you’ll wonder, was it all a dream?”
I think the storyline/narrative component of the book was a nice idea, but it didn’t really speak to me. It led to a lot of repetitive imagery, which isn’t really what I want to do when I open a coloring book. I don’t tend to color the pages in order, and I want a lot of options when I’m deciding on what design to color in. (Completely unrelated, but my favorite coloring books are by Taro Gomi, like Doodles.)
However, the book is printed on a really lovely thick paper that prevents markers from bleeding through. The spine of the coloring book looks like gold foil, and the overall presentation of the book is really thoughtful and nice. It isn’t the kind of book that I would buy for myself, because the designs are so lovely and intricate, but not conducive for coloring with crayons or pastels. However, if you like to color with fine tip markers or colored pencils, this may be the one for you! I think this would be make a great stocking stuffer as the holiday season approaches.
Here are two of my favorite pages from the book:
This may make some people cringe, but I even think the pages of the book could be cut out to be mailed to pen pals or to wrap small presents for people. I’m a big believer in beating up your books – I write in them, spill coffee on them, and dog ear the pages. If you want a page of this coloring book, let me know! I’d be more than happy to mail a page or two to you.
I would recommend this book to coloring book fanatics, people who are buy coffee table books for fun, people who like to buy soap from Anthropologie, and people who are looking for good stocking stuffers.