XOXpert ARC Review: Color Me Mindful: Birds by Anastasia Catris

These intricate and beautifully detailed line drawings of the world of birds are ready for you to bring to life. Relieve stress, practice your mindfulness, and discover your creative side as you unplug and slow down by filling these exquisite pages with color.

No matter our age, useful mindfulness techniques can help re-center us amidst a world of noisy stimuli constantly vying for our attention. Coloring can act like a tranquil meditation—relax and unwind with this calming coloring book for adults featuring beautifully detailed line drawings and designs of birds and their idyllic environments.

Make your mark—inside or outside the lines—with these fifty beautiful black and white illustrations of birds soaring through the sky, nesting comfortably, and resting serenely amidst the tree foliage, just waiting for your gentle touch to bring them vibrantly to life.

Don’t miss the other adult coloring books in the Color Me Mindful series:Color Me Mindful: Underwater and Color Me Mindful: Tropical. Join the coloring craze!

I've been coloring with my boys' this past week and having a blast. I totally forgot how fun and relaxing coloring could be. It’s also a great outlet for creativity. At first, I was unsure about the whole coloring book for grownup thing, but the moment I saw the book and flipped through the pages, I became really excited about the idea of coloring with my boys. I haven’t tried it yet as a stress reliever; therefore, I can’t really comment on whether it works for that purpose. I can attest to the fact that it kept my teenager’s attention for at least a good hour, if not longer. I mention this because he is on the Spectrum and has ADD and usually the only thing that holds him for any long amounts of times is gaming. 

Since this was a family affair, I thought it would also be fun to let the boys also post what they thought. So without further ado, here are their "reviews"...

Ryan (16):

“The book was fun with lots of detail to color in. It had interesting pictures, so I wasn’t bored.”

Jake (12):

“The birds were cool and when completed looked very colorful. There were many fun pages to choose from.”

Evan (11):

“When I was bored it gave me something fun to do. There were lots of cool pictures to choose from. And when finished, it looked awesome.” 


With so many choices out there, I wasn't quite sure what to color with. I took to Pinterest and Google. The suggestions were overwhelming to say the least. Before it could do my mind in, I decided to just go as cheap as possible in case this wasn't something I enjoyed doing. - 72 count Cra-Z-Art Colored Pencils - I thought these worked pretty good. As time goes on, if I continue to enjoy coloring, I might upgrade to better quality pencils, while throwing in some markers for better definition.

I loved that while the book is a good size, it is also small enough to carry around in a decent size bag. The quality is top notch and challenging. The lines are close together making it a very decent and colorful picture when you are done (dependent on your color choices of course) All in all, it was a very nicely put together coloring book that myself and my children will have fun with for weeks to come. 

I seem to have jumped on the grown up coloring craze band wagon and will definitely be buying more. I can't wait for the Butterfly one to release on the first of October. 

"I have received a complimentary copy of Color Me Mindful: Birds as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review.”

Anastasia Catris is a freelance illustrator and writer from Wales in the United Kingdom. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA Hons in English Literature, she travelled to the United States to pursue her passion for comics and graphic novels by studying at The Kubert School of Comic and Cartoon Art.

She returned to the UK in 2009, taking her first art job as an illustrator for HarperCollins Publishers. Her debut illustrated book, 'SuBo’s Cat: The Imaginings of Susan Boyle’s Pampered Pussy', a satirical comedy cartoon, was published through HarperCollins in 2010 and was sold in book stores worldwide.

She began exhibiting at comic conventions in 2011, becoming a regular face at acclaimed expos including Showmasters and MCM. Her experience at conventions led her to producing ACEOs and Sketch Cards, for which she has since been hired by International companies including Fox, Marvel, DC, IDW, Dynamite, Perna Studios, Cryptozoic and Breygent Marketing.

As a freelance illustrator she has most recently worked for Orion Publishing, Kerrang! Magazine and Cygnus Alpha: The Doctor Who Fanzine.

Most recently she has completed a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for her creator-owned project Cirque Du Mort, which reached its target within 36 hours of going live. She has also recently completed projects for DC on their upcoming Super Villains trading card set. 

She is currently working for several publishers on freelance illustration work whilst continuing her work on the Cirque Du Mort.


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