Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book

by Johanna Basford


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Good news for all SECRET GARDEN fans! All editions of SECRET GARDEN now feature thicker and heavier paper stock, fighting bleed-through from ink pens.

Experience the phenomenon that has sold 11 million copies worldwide and launched the coloring craze for adults.

This beautiful and interactive coloring book features delicate and highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting to be brought to life with color. As added entertainment, tiny garden creatures are hidden on the pages, waiting to be found, and a key and index are included in the back. The book's cover and jacket are also colorable.

Appealing to all ages, SECRET GARDEN is the original and first book by Johanna Basford.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780671062
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 51,859
Product dimensions: 9.81(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Johanna Basford is an illustrator and ink evangelist who creates intricate and hand-drawn illustrations rooted in the flora and fauna that surrounds her home in rural Scotland.

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Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Cyndal More than 1 year ago
To the person who said that the Authors personal website says to use markers, you didn't read or understand it clearly. She suggest 4-5 types of coloring pens/pencils made by Staedler. I hope this won't prevent people from not buying this book, as it almost did me. I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each picture takes a good amount of time, but i am using glitter gel pens and every picture looks fabulous!!  It is a very cathartic was to pass time.  I had never heard of it before, but a friend was obsessed with these books and had to buy one, so I bought one for myself too, and I am so thrilled that I did.  After I bought this one, I even had to track down the Enchanted Forest!!
SeriesCollector More than 1 year ago
Having a great time with this coloring book! Have not reached some of the other fun stuff yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Using colored pencils and my completed pictures really make me smile. If you enjoying pictures of gardens and making pictures your own, you will definitely enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The designs in this book are beautiful and fun to color. Highly recommended for an adult needing to relax (like myself). It can take quite some time to complete a picture, so I see this book lasting me a very long time.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
I do not plan to make it a habit to review coloring books, but I just couldn't help myself with this one. I love it that much! When you look at the cover, you cannot help but notice the amount of detail on it. It is filled to the brim with flowers, vines, leaves, etc. However, you may find yourself wondering "are the pages on the inside like what I see on this cover?" The answer is a very strong and profound YES!! Inside you will find many pages to help you relax. Each one is filled with a design consisting of flowers, leaves, animals, and other things one might expect to find in a garden. There are a lot of small details to the items on the page which will keep you pretty busy. Not only will you find things to color, but some of the pages have prompts for you. These include, but are not limited to, adding your own small designs to preexisting flowers, adding on to Johanna Basford's designs with your own drawings, and mazes. This coloring book has a lot for you to do. You will find hours of entertainment within just this one coloring book alone. It is sure to help you relax after a stressful day and help you feed your creative side. However, from what I can tell it is not exactly easy to get your hands on this one, or her other titled Enchanted Forest, from what I can tell. So, if you see one, I suggest you pick it up or you risk missing out! This is easily a 5 out of 5 star item! You can find more of my reviews here:
PanamaJP More than 1 year ago
I bought this "coloring book" (so much more than that!!) for my sister, who used to LOVE coloring. It was her favorite gift for her 60th birthday. She works on one of the beautiful, detailed pages whenever she has the time. If you know someone who enjoyed color books as a child, buy this! You'll be glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this adult coloring book. It is so detailed and fun and it is so relaxing to spend time coloring in it. I can't wait to get more books by this author!!
Zombiedoll More than 1 year ago
When a friend of mine posted about this book I knew that I have to have it. Even though it took almost 3 weeks for B&N to post it the book arrived yesterday and I couldn't be more happy . The papers are great quality,the drawing are beautiful and you really can get lost in this enchanted world of colors. I recommend to use pencils.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this book advertised on the internet and I purchased a copy. The pictures to be colored are intricate, detailed and beautiful. However, after I'd started coloring the first page using fine-tipped markers, I noticed that the color was bleeding through to the next page, effectively ruining the next page. No where in the book is it indicated what specific coloring agents were to be used and when I looked online at the artist's site, markers were suggested as one agent to be used. Thus, I'm returning the book today. I'm so terribly disappointed because I was so excited initially about this book. If markers are not to be used, there should be some indication of same.
Selena_the_Great More than 1 year ago
A beautiful, intricately designed coloring book for people of all ages and all artistic abilities. Great stress reliever and a delight to work on.
puzzlehead More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome coloring book with a lot of really cool garden themes. The problem I am experiencing with it is that the pages are double-sided and are nearly impossible to remove the pages from the book without tearing the picture. I prefer to color a page outside the book as it is easier for me to rotate the page. I had to rip the binding apart to separate the pages. Please consider a book with perforated pages. Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just most beautiful and most amazing adult coloring book out there!!! I have both this and the second book, Enchanted Forest. I've given a few copies too to my friends and family as gifts and everybody loves it. The paper quality is really good! I use colored pencils, gel pens and Staedtler fine liners. There's no bleeding or any marking on the other pages. 
AtLeastImTrying More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I was not disappointed! I recommend using the back page to use as a testing area for the coloring utensils you plan to use to see how they fare on bleeding through the page! I recommend soft core colored pencils or a range of small and large tipped markers.
nannykat More than 1 year ago
Love it, love it, love it. I have had a great time coloring.
AMJones More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book. Bought one for myself after my daughter bought one for my granddaughter. Had to buy three more as gifts!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿
Finchfeeder More than 1 year ago
Recipient was thrilled ~ so happy to give a wonderful gift!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing black and white, gorgeous colored in!!
SheMcG More than 1 year ago
This is the most Beautiful and Charming coloring book ever !! I have purchased 5 so far for my 5 GrandDaughters...even the 4 & 5 year olds love theirs! A nature lover of any age will be smitten with this awesome book!
JackieLvs2Read More than 1 year ago
This is such an amazing coloring book. I've used different mediums; soft pastels, color pencils, inktense pencils for water coloring, staedtlers and stabilo 88. The paper is of great quality and take on the colors very well! The inktense did not bleed through when activated. The only thing I didn't like were the pages where she asks you to draw.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice coloring book. Interesting but common designs. Prismacolor pencils and watercolor markers worked well. Didn't bleed through. Three stars due to: One huge negative with this authors books are that the images are on both sides of each page of the book. This feature does not allow for framing both colored pages. Additional negative is that the book is bound with no perforation for easy removal of the pages. I don't know many people who color a page while it is inside the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT It is the best!coloring book ever i love using glitter gel pens with glitter and it is beautiful!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coloring is the new stress release for adults!! I am finding it quite successful! This beautiful book is not only a challenge but one of the best for this activity.
BrandyGirl More than 1 year ago
Thought I would try something different and this will keep you busy in your spare time.