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Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book for Adults

  • From Secret Garden artist Johanna Basford
  • Lost Ocean contains detailed imagery of the underwater world
  • Exotic fish and coral reefs along with pirate treasure are in the pages
  • A coloring book for experienced colorists
  • Use colored pencil / pen / marker
Joanna Basford's 3rd book, Lost Ocean, follows the tradition of Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. It contains detailed pen and ink illustrations to color and embellish with pen, colored pencil or marker. This title takes you underneath the ocean to discover exotic fish, octopi, seahorses, coral reefs, shells, treasure and even shipwrecks. Another great adventure awaits for adults, kids and entire families!

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  1. 104 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Stunning book. Paper is bright white and thinner than her previous books. Lovely images but some are super intricate. Gorgeous!, 22 Oct. 2015

    This review is taken from my blog where I review adult colouring books from a mental health perspective. This book is from my personal collection and more photos from inside can be found on my blog. colouringinthemidstofmadness.wordpress.com

    In short, Johanna’s done it again – it’s fabulous and everything you’d want from a watery-themed colouring book. It is worth noting here that the UK and US editions are different and I’m reviewing a UK edition. From what I’ve read online, the UK one is 50g heavier meaning the paper is almost certainly thicker in this copy and the dust jacket in the UK version is removable, like the previous two books by Johanna, but it is not removable on the US edition.

    Lost Ocean is a paperback, square book (25cm x 25cm) which is exactly the same size as Johanna’s previous two titles, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. It has a black spine with white text, the same as Secret Garden and it looks beautiful with the other titles on the shelf (see photo below). The UK edition has a removable dust jacket which has gold foiling accents on the front and back, really adding to the luxurious feel of this book. The jacket is made of thick paper which you can colour and the inside of it is covered with a beautiful fish pattern which has a waxy finish and can be coloured but only with certain mediums because most pens and pencils are repelled by the shine. This dust jacket is a little looser than the previous two and feels a little thinner, it is also bright white and not cream (see the photo below to see the difference) so it does look a little different from the other two. Under the dust jacket, the book is paperback with bright blue card covers which have an inky black seaweed and coral design on the outside and inside covers. The paper is NOT the same as in any of the Secret Garden or Enchanted Forest editions. They had thick (almost card-like), cream, lightly textured paper; Lost Ocean has bright white medium thickness paper which cannot be mistaken for card and is smooth. I found blending and shading with coloured pencils quite a bit more challenging in Lost Ocean than in Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, it’s not impossible but the tooth dies pretty quickly so you can’t create as many layers as you might like to. Water-based pens don’t bleed but they do shadow so be very careful when using them and always test each brand in an inconspicuous place to make sure you don’t ruin any pictures. The images are printed double-sided with no border and the spine is glue-bound meaning a little of each image is lost into it which is a real shame because the images are so beautiful that you want to be able to colour all parts of them. However, this is a minor niggle in an otherwise near perfect colouring book. The book contains 80 pages of stunning images, fewer than Johanna’s first two books (96 Secret Garden, 84 Enchanted Forest) but I have to say, I didn’t notice this at all until I looked at the specs on Amazon.

    The book starts with a “This book belongs to …” page where you can add your name and then goes on to show all of the items of treasure that are hidden within the pages for you to find (at the back of the book all of the items are listed under a miniature image of each page they are contained within). You are then transported into Johanna’s Lost Ocean where you will encounter jellyfish, octopuses, mermaids, shipwrecks, seaweed, coral and fishes galore. The images range from double page sea life scenes, to mandala style images of sea creatures, fishy repeating patterns, to single creatures taking centre stage in bordered images, and so much more. Your journey into the ocean starts with patterns of octopuses and turtles before you happen upon the fishy seabed where crabs and lobsters lurk. You board a ship before encountering pirates and becoming shipwrecked amongst the jellyfish, seahorses and sharks and get your first glimpse of what lies ahead. Travelling past starfish and eels, you find a beautiful double-page spread of the stunning underwater city. As you leave, you swim through beds of seaweed, coral reefs and even visit a pair of friendly dolphins, a gorgeous patterned whale and shoal upon shoal of fish before being escorted home by some mermaids. Finally, at the very end of the book is a fold-out 4 page spread which is very different in format from the one in Enchanted Forest – no spoilers here but if you’d like to see it then click here where I have taken photos of both sides of it if you’d like to see. A number of the images in the book have large blank spaces where you can add your own inky seaweed and fish or just leave them blank if drawing isn’t your forte and unlike in Secret Garden there are no written hints so you’re free to create whatever your imagination can conjure up. If you need inspiration then head…

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  2. 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Johanna Basford has a number of adult colouring books out – all quite amazing. I thought I would dive (pun intended, 12 Dec. 2015
    By 
    Luanne Ollivier
    (REAL NAME)
      

    Okay, I admit it – when I first heard about adult colouring books, I was skeptical. Could sitting down to colour be enjoyable? Relaxing? Dare I say – stress relieving? And then I tried it – and the answer is yes to all of the above.

    Johanna Basford has a number of adult colouring books out – all quite amazing. I thought I would dive (pun intended!) into Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Colouring Book.

    I liked the gold accents on the cover – it hints at treasure within. (I’m a magpie – anything shiny catches my eye!)

    Now, are you one of those people who will start at the beginning and do all the pages in order? Or are you like me – I’ll pick the one that appeals to me and start with it, choosing another as the mood strikes. Lost Ocean offers a wide range of choices from intricate, to simple. Basford has touched on all things oceanic from images of creatures of the deep – fish, octopuses, mermaids, lobsters, crabs to sunken galleons and their treasures, whimsical designs and more. The last picture is a double sided four page foldout – okay I am indeed saving that one ’til last. Every page from cover to copyright page has images to bring colour to.

    And then there’s the added fun of trying to also find hidden images in the drawings – diamonds, rings, keys, gold coins and others. (No worries – there’s an answer key at the back!)

    Lost Ocean is produced on nice, clean, crisp white stock – all your colour choices will show up true. I thought I would start with imagining some brightly coloured fish under the waves.

    Remember – there’s no ‘right’ way to colour – enjoy it! Have you tried adult colouring books yet? Lost Ocean would be a good one to get your feet wet! (pun intended!)

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  3. 21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    this book has garnered turbulent reviews and seems to be either a definite like or definite dislike for most of the colouring co, 25 Nov. 2015
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    This review is taken from my adult colouring blog. Visit colourwithclaire.com for more info!

    Here it is, the name that has been on everyone’s lips since Johanna revealed it: Lost Ocean. The hotly anticipated follow up to Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, this book has garnered turbulent reviews and seems to be either a definite like or definite dislike for most of the colouring community. I have mixed feelings as there are certain aspects of the book that I love, but there are also some areas of disappointment I agree with.

    First of all, the illustrations. In her staple inky style Johanna has created a curious and captivating undersea panorama of beautifully decorated whales, magical mermaids, undulating octopi and great multitudes of fish species. There are shell-top castles, seaweed adorned ships and ornamental coral structures, with watery plant life and undiscovered treasure abound.

    But.

    An awful lot of these illustrations are extremely intricate, and I’m talking tiny spaces that even the finest of fineliners or the sharpest of pencils would struggle with. I have perfect 20/20 vision and yet I find a few of the images just too detailed for me to comfortably look at for an amount of time. Johanna has said this is her most complex book yet, and it’s definitely true.

    In addition there are a great deal of mandalas and repeating patterns featured in the book, something I didn’t expect as the predecessors are all about the beautiful unique landscapes and double page spreads. There are hardly any of those large scenes in Lost Ocean, the majority of the illustrations printed as individual pieces on each page.

    Another thing that has divided opinion is the paper quality. As I understand it, the US version is somewhat lighter than the UK, meaning that the paper weight is slightly heavier over here than in the States. A lot of people have complained the the paper is thinner than Johanna’s previous books, and the new smooth white finish is now notorious for bleed with pens that would usually fare well. I have to disagree on this point. I have both the smooth white and the coarser cream versions of all the books, and in my opinion the white stock is not only thicker than the cream but feels much nicer under the hand and lots smoother under the pen. I used Staedtler Triplus fineliners and there was not one spot of bleed on the reverse side. I would much rather have this bright white paper over the cream, which felt rough, thin and too dull to properly show vibrancy of the colours.

    Whilst there is a treasure hunt to follow, Lost Ocean doesn’t flow nearly as well as the previous books, particularly Enchanted Forest which featured those beautiful woodland scenes and mystery tiles to ‘collect’ for the big reveal at the end. The illustrations seem thrown together without order, nothing to connect them, and the fold-out spread at the end is underwhelming. With all the repeating patterns and images that look as if they’ve had a quarter drawn and have been flipped and copied to make the whole piece, it is a disappointment after all the hype.

    Overall I like the book but I don’t love it, as I would’ve liked to have seen more of Johanna’s signature spreads instead of so much repetition. It’s definitely still worth buying though, if only for the few stunning undersea palaces which are my favourite parts.

    Here is my finished picture. It took the best part of a day of solid colouring but I enjoyed it :)

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