Lost Ocean: 36 Postcards To Color and Send by Johanna Basford

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While I was in the midst of reading Frankenstein by our picture window, the UPS truck came with a special delivery of this book: Johanna Basford’s Lost Ocean postcards.

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I could not help but open it immediately, sighing at the beautiful cover, which opens to reveal a picture on the inside of each front and back, with the postcards bound and nestled so charmingly inside.

Each card is of heavy card stock, perfect for coloring with any media you choose, and sending, or saving, or gifting, as you see fit.

You may remember how I’ve enjoyed the larger pictures from the Lost Ocean coloring book, but these are just as charming, and perhaps all the more do-able for their miniature size.

I can’t recommend them enough, both the Lost Ocean and the 36 postcards edition; what lovely, lovely books to while away the time when one needs some mental restoration.  Like this summer.

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Lost Ocean postcards were published May 31, 2016.

Cover Reveal for Johanna Basford’s Magical Jungle and a few thoughts…

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Magical Jungle is Johanna Basford’s newest coloring book, which will be released August 9, 2016.

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Maybe by then I will be halfway finished with the Lost Ocean, which I love.

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I have spent the afternoon coloring this panoramic page because it is indeed restorative to color. When electronics become an encroachment instead of an amusement, there is something to be said for my childhood pleasures: coloring, reading, being still.

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Yet it occurred to me that perhaps my place in life is to be the color-er and not the artist; the reader and not the writer. This is a rather humbling thought for someone who once saw herself as capable of creating almost anything.

Now I am more realistic. I am finding contentment in being the person who enjoys what others have produced, for if there were none of us, who would enjoy the fruit of their labors?

Someone has to be in the audience, clapping at the end of the performance.