Title: Scandinavian Folk Patterns (Creative Colouring for Grown-Ups)
Illustrators: Various
Publisher: Michael O’Mara
Genre: Colouring
Book format: Paperback
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Review: This is another great book in the Creative Colouring for Grown-ups range which is filled with lots of books, each with different themes and styles of colouring for adults (and kids who enjoy more complext designs!). Just like those books this one is A4 in size and and has the same thickness as they do, possibly the same or a little thicker than Millie Marotta or Joanna Basford books.  It’s a good thickness so lots of pages of colouring!  All the pages are just black and white (no pre-coloured bits) and are all printed on both sides, so I’m not sure whether pens would work with this book as I don’t use them, but the pages are a nice thick quality and crisp white and I would think that pens can be used as long as they aren’t pressed on too much.  There are no perforatted edges so it can get a bit awkward colouring towards the spine on some of the patterns, however as the images show the patterns don’t actually reach the centre spine and occur on only one side rather than across on a double pae spread.

Scandinavian Folk Patterns book page image one
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Every design in this book is different although follows the Scandinavian folk art theme. There are reindeer to colour on one page, two roosters facing each other on another, gingerbread houses, lots of patterns that look like winter jumpers, etc. All of the designs are different, some are just patterns, while others such as a cabin-like house and a cuckoo clock are standalone pictures. All of the images are based on folk art though and although it’s called Scandinavian folk patterns, I’ve noticed some patterns that remind me of traditional Polish art too. So a leaning towards the whole north-eastish side of Europe perhaps.

Scandinavian Folk Patterns book page image two
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All the designs look different from each other too with some being more detailed than others and a some of them having thicker outlines than others too.  They are all different because there are many different illustrators who contributed to the book, so there will be a pattern in this book that everyone will love colouring in, and all with lots of detail.

Scandinavian Folk Patterns book page image three
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This is such a lovely book of pictures and just perfect for Christmas-time but it’s also fun for colouring in at other times of the year too! There’s lots of xmas trees, or should I say pine trees, mixed in along the way and I am just loving this book! 🙂 I really recommend it. All year round!

-Review first appeared online October 2015 – now republished here.


Do you like folk art?  Would you enjoy colouring in the images in this book?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂