Colouring Book Review: Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford


I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Lost Ocean
Author: Johanna Basford
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves.

With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi, and delicately penned seahorses. Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will welcome this creative journey into an inky new world.

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Lost Ocean is a colouring book that the reader/artist can really immerse themselves in and get lost within its gorgeous pages. Although it is an adult colouring book, it can actually be enjoyable at any age. This book makes the reader feel artistic, provides an amusing game and aids in relaxation.



As a non-artist, Lost Ocean provided me with a sense of artistic skill. I found the drawings to be detailed, yet simple to colour. There are differing levels of difficulty in some of the designs that allow the artist to decide the commitment level for each colouring session.



Another aspect of this book that makes it so enjoyable are the hidden objects throughout the book to colour and discover. At the beginning of the colouring book, there is a legend of hidden treasures and trinkets to be found. From magic potions to messages in bottles, the reader will be kept busy searching for these fun items while colouring away.



Time simply flies by when you are engrossed in an adventure that is both relaxing and enjoyable. It was certainly a wonderful distraction for me this holiday season to sit and colour for a few hours at the end of a busy day. I highly recommend Lost Ocean to anyone who enjoys relaxing through artistic methods.

14 thoughts on “Colouring Book Review: Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford

  1. Julia Ember says:

    I like Lost Ocean a lot, but I have to admit I’m not as enamoured with it as I was with her previous two titles — Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. I WANTED to be because I love sea creatures, but I think a lot of the images are actually too detailed to be practical with even a fine-liner pen. The paper quality also isn’t as good.

    I do love her some of the pictures though, and Joanna Basford is pretty much a genius ❤

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  2. Melanie Noell Bernard says:

    Oh man! This is so cool. I mean, I’ve seen this coloring book and I know that adult coloring books are super popular, but you were given on as an ARC to review?! Haha! How awesome! ^.^ Best ARC you’ve received or has an actual book surpassed this?


  3. Karen says:

    This looks like so much fun! I am really looking into getting some of these coloring books and this one looks perfect! I will have to splurge!!


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