Adult Coloring Book Review & What I Color With – Secret Garden by Johanna Basford


Hey guys! I’m Trina and today I want to do
a different kind of review. I want to talk about adult coloring books. I don’t know,
I just want to talk about coloring. Coloring is fun. The one that I have specifically is
the Secret Garden by Johanna Basford. She has another one that’s out called The Enchanted
Forest, which is also very very popular. And she’s got a new one coming out in October
called Lost Ocean. Adult coloring books are very very trendy right now so there are several
different ones out there, not just the Johanna Basford books, but this is the one I have.
When I picked this one out I had trouble knowing which art medium I wanted to use on it. Did
I want to use colored pencils? Gel pens? Markers? So that is specifically what I will talking
about in this review today. It’s probably more a review of the paper quality and what
you can use in these coloring books. Obviously, I can only speak about this coloring book
that I have but I would think it is safe to assume that because the Enchanted Forest and
the Lost Ocean are also by the same artist and same company putting them out that the
paper quality would probably be the same. So you can probably assume that what I’m saying
is good for all of Johanna Basford’s coloring books. Basically, the reason I’m doing this
review is because it took me a long time to pick out which coloring book I wanted. I would
really just suggest going on Amazon, searching for adult coloring books, and just doing the
preview images. You can also look in the customer reviews -a lot of times reviews do include
images of their finished product too – and just look at the art styles and see if it’s
a style that you like. I would highly recommend the Johanna Basford adult coloring books because
one thing that’s really cool about them is it’s not just coloring, there are actually
a lot of pages that ask you to finish the image or fill in your own details. These are
actually front and back printed, so you get double the amount of images. Another cool
thing about this is that you can remove the cover and the inside of the cover can be colored,
and then you can color the actual binding of the book. So I felt like the Johanna Basford
books were a better investment because I was getting basically double the images, but I
was worried about bleed through. Since they are printed front and back, was I going to
be able to use markers or were they going to bleed through? I have used all 3 of these
different mediums in my coloring book : colored pencils, gel pens, and markers. I’ll start
with the markers first since I was just talking about bleed through. You can actually read
a lot of customer reviews for any of the adult coloring books that mention what those different
customers are using in their coloring books and how they perform. So I kept seeing the
name Staedtler as a brand of markers that don’t bleed through and I picked up a 20 pack.
I got mine at Staples, you can also find them on Amazon, and I’ve seen some Staedtlet products
at Target so you can check there. Specifically I went with the fibre tip markers because
they not only have the very small tip, but they have a broader edge that you can color
larger spaces with. I’ll give you a close up of what the tip of these markers look like.
Another option you can get with Staedtler markers are the fine tipped, but I didn’t
want those because I didn’t want to be dealing with large spaces and coloring it in with
this teeny tiny little point. So, these work good for the fine details and the larger spaces.
And I’ve had absolutely NO problems with bleed through whatsoever. I have colored 1 page
with the markers so far and I will show you the back of that page too to prove that there
was no bleed through for me. The paper is pretty thick so I think that it would probably
take most markers alright, but not like a Sharpie. So I would definitely suggest the
Staedtler brand if you don’t know which markers to pick up. So like I said, a lot of customer
reviews of these coloring books will mention what they used and I saw so many people mentioning
gel pens so I picked up a pack of Fiskars gel pens. I got a 48 color pack and they have
like, neons, pastels, metallics, glitter. They can really get in there for the fine
details and have a lot of great colors. The true downside of the gel pens is that it just
takes a while for them to dry. As you go all over the page you might smear it before they
have had a chance to dry. But if you can deal with the drying time, or if you can rotate
the page so that you’re not smudging it with the side of your hand, or if you can just
go left to right or right to left then I don’t think you’ll have that much problem with it.
I’ve used gel pens more than any other of these mediums in my coloring book so far.
I’ll show you some close ups of these images too. The end result really is great with the
gel pens – I really like how bold the colors are and the different textures you can get
because of the glitter or the metallic or the neon. And lastly, probably the most commonly
used coloring method is just colored pencils. I have a mixture of Crayola, Prismacolor,
and Faber-Castell brand colored pencils. I would just say to start out with a basic pack
of Crayolas. They are very affordable. You can get like 48 colors and then once you start
actually coloring with them and noticing which colors you wish you had, then you can go to
like a craft store – Hobby Lobby and Michael’s I know sell individual colors of Prismacolor
and Faber-Castell. They will cost you about $2 per pencil, which is a little bit steep,
but it’s a good way to start out with a basic set of Crayolas and then supplement as you
come across colors that you wish you had. Prismacolors and Faber-Castells do go on a
lot more smoothly and they blend a lot easier, but to be honest, Crayolas work really well
on the paper in this Johanna Basford coloring book because the paper is very smooth so it
lets them blend out really easily. So really, any of these options are going to work just
fine in these coloring books. So, that was my really unusual review of a coloring book.
I hope that maybe this had helped you and answered some questions that you might have
had because I had those same questions. Thank you so much for watching and I will see you
in the comments. Byeeee! [Outro Music]

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100 thoughts on “Adult Coloring Book Review & What I Color With – Secret Garden by Johanna Basford”

  1. Bonnie Blumel says:

    Great review!! I just got this book and some Prismacolor Pencils, so I am super excited to try it out. I love how much energy you have, it has me even more excited to try it out and love seeing a sample of your work. Beautifully done.

  2. scrapaway1 says:

    I loved this video! Very informative….my daughter and I are just getting into this and you helped answer some questions….thank you!

  3. raziel1687 says:

    My first adult coloring book I just bought is the Secret Garden one in your video! And I've been on a quest to find what the best mediums I should buy to color with, since unfortunately I only have crayons (which I would not recommend) and markers that half of them are dying. lol I haven't really colored anything in a long time. lol

  4. Cheyanne Clarke says:

    I found this video at the PERFECT time!! I was stressing out about which coloring book to buy and didn't even think about what tools I would use! This video really helped a lot!! I'm going to purchase one of Johanna's books today ^_^ THANK YOU!!!

  5. amanda zheng says:

    she kind of sounds like kat sketch

  6. RHrockin says:

    ok, so I had NEVER heard of adult coloring books but this seems like a fantastic idea!!! I love to doodle so, this seems like a great replacement to that! and thank you so much for the info on the pencils/gel pens/markers. that was my first thought – what the heck to color with… again, thank you.. i look forward to my first coloring book!!

  7. Pople BackyardFarm says:

    enjoyed this, my mom just bought me 2 for my birthday.

  8. hamie58 says:

    thank you for this I was looking at these books but I prefer to color with markers but was worried they would bleed through so I'm glad to see a brand that works.

  9. Lorrie H says:

    Just what I was looking for! I have ordered a few different coloring books from Amazon that are on their way. Awesome review and beautiful coloring!! Thanks for sharing your experience with each type.

  10. Patti R says:

    Thank you for this informative review; it's helped me decide on how to color with my Johanna Basford books.

  11. Silhouette Smile says:

    Awesome! Thank you for showing this video!

  12. Crafty Crafterโ€™s Place says:

    ohmy your colouring and shading is really good. Makes me feel intimidated to try as I have no idea how to do that!

  13. Melissa Lucy says:

    That looks awesome!!!!! I really want to get an adult coloring book. Seems really stress relieving !

  14. eliprince1 says:

    You are awesome for putting the links in the description! My wife's gonna love this.

  15. Mady June says:

    Thanks for the review. I've just started coloring the pages in Secret Garden and I'm only using color pencils at the moment because my hands are not quite steady and it's easier to erase the colors with an eraser.

  16. DenofGoods says:

    Very nice creativity

  17. JayTheBirdFlyZ says:

    Am I the only one who had to turn my volume down all the way to make her not sound WAYY too loud?

  18. Emily Jenner says:

    I have got the enchanted forest

  19. Holly Erin says:

    Ohmagosh the view count on this video what the what?! You weren't kidding! <3

  20. Ken Schuler says:

    Fast talkers Quik video

  21. Lily Raife says:

    i dont like johanna basfords colouring books because the pages are yellow.

  22. Mandy Dhillon says:

    Beautifully coloring pictures! and a great review. Thanks for sharing

  23. Liza Terra ASMR says:

    Has that coloring book and the enchanted forest

  24. x says:

    thank you this video helped me on what color pens i should get.

  25. Alyana Richardson says:

    Sooooooo helpful! Thank you!!!

  26. Halloweenville says:

    Seriously, take a breath

  27. Blinglover says:

    Your review would have been sooooooo much better if you didn't talk so fast. I would very much be willing to watch if you spoke way way slower. Could not make a decision because your review sped by so fast.

  28. DenofGoods says:

    Thanks for the tip.ย  I will definitely be trying that out

  29. Maria Sanchez says:

    Thanks for the review. Just got a new subscriber๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œkeep it up

  30. Naomi Kennedy says:

    Thank you

  31. Ashley says:

    Just a heads up, the Lost Ocean book has thinner paper that can't handle markers. It's a different publisher altogether, which is a shame.

  32. Catherine Kasya says:

    Can we use copic marker?

  33. bring the advice says:

    +between chapters you are really pretty

  34. Flaca Loka says:

    Thank you for posting your video.

  35. Xepherus Reads says:

    I just bought Enchanted Forest today, and I have yet to color it. Your art looked really nice, and the mediums you mentioned I will look into. Thanks for the video.

  36. OncNurseSpursSoccerChick Clayton says:

    Great review (& ps you're a really pretty girl!!)!! Thx!!

  37. Daisy Gonzalez says:

    I'm asking This for my birthday ! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’–

  38. Elaine tan says:

    what if i cant find staedtler ? are they any other recommended ones ? are fabel castle colouring pencils okay ? or are they better ones ?

  39. Elaine tan says:

    how about stabilos fine point pens ?

  40. Belynda Rios says:

    Me and my friends will make copies of the pages and trade with each other so it doesn't ruin the images in the book

  41. Elmer P says:

    is this available in the Philippines???

  42. Elmer P says:

    thanks it helps me a lot, actually this is his son I don't own this account,my father own this

  43. Cameron Toler says:

    I just got my coloring book, It's an on the go type book with thick paper an I was wondering what the best gel pens their are to use, have any suggestions?

  44. Cecilia Jenny says:

    hi, just tell you that i'm so amaze with the coloring result with crayola. it's so beautiful. so would you make the video how to coloring it ? thanks before ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. MooniGaming says:

    I prefer map pencils on adult coloring books.

  46. fazal khaliq says:

    where do you live

  47. WhiteFeather Owl says:

    I want one but they're $10 for a small one (like what a dollar store size thin coloring book) I'm glad you tell people about pens/pencils to use. I haven't seen any books in my town that says "Hey you can use pens,markers,watercolors,pastels, or crayons"

  48. CerenD. says:

    ร‡ok teลŸekkรผr ederim.ร‡ok yardฤฑmcฤฑ oldun.

  49. Micah Buzan says:

    that book looks beautiful

  50. Bronwyn Hodgins says:

    Would studio fine line markers/ color pens work? Also this helped me a lot

  51. Louvidion says:

    OMG the gel pen are amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ i love them im using color pencils faber castell but i will try some pages with gel pens:)

  52. Glitter Girl says:

    I have the four seasons one even tho I'm 10 I LOVE TO COULOR

  53. Brooklyn Mckee says:

    I'm ten years old I have 2 adult colouring book and now I'm on my third one despite I love it but I'm still at a young age it's very lovely I'm also getting more markers, gel pens and coloured pencil I love and it looks beautiful it's not difficult for me at all, very relaxing this video also helped me a lot for my third book๐Ÿ˜„

  54. Brooklyn Mckee says:

    I've also did sits on the books I've completed and using so yeah but I don't do videos

  55. Alison HQH says:

    Love this lip color.

  56. greeneyes92061 says:

    It would be really nice if you would slow down & take a breath every once in a while. You are very informative but seem so hurried.

  57. greeneyes92061 says:

    Thank you for your reply and the information. I wasn't aware that there are subtitles. I know nothing about what goes into making one of these videos nut have learned tremendously (yes, even at the age of 54๐Ÿ˜‰) I have no trouble understanding you, I actually love your accent. I just felt you were hurrying for some reason, I now understand. I discovered and have become fully addicted to this adult coloring "trend"-"craze" or whatever folks are calling it in all of 6 or 7 weeks. I've always loved to color–in the only choice–children's books. But oh my, am I happy happy happy now. And absorbing all of the info that I can from everyone's YouTube videos. Again thank you so much!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  58. chimstheticc says:

    im just ten and i love art i really wanna get one of those adult coloring books because most coloring books for kids are boring and easy i hope ill get one!!

  59. Francesca Emmott says:

    I used a silver sharpie and it didn't bleed through

  60. SunshineGirlz34 says:

    This was a very helpful video..I recently purchased all 3 of Johanna Basford's books and wasn't quite sure about what to use,my Prismacolor pencils or my gel pens…so after watching this video I'm going to use both,possibly in the same picture or alternate the gel pens on one page and pencils on the other page…I really enjoy this adult coloring book trend because I've always loved to color but all I could buy were kids coloring books..again,a very helpful video thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. LivsCrafts says:

    This really helped me. I was thinking about getting one of these coloring books and now I'm actually really excited to but the markers too! Thanks for the review!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  62. Advanced Sign and Lighting says:

    I have the enchanted forest and I have gel pens

  63. DenofGoods says:

    I am excited to try this out!

  64. DenofGoods says:

    I love this, I am not that creative so need some help, so this is just what I am looking for

  65. Dapper_Rose says:

    I have the lost ocean one because I love the ocean ๐Ÿ’™

  66. Fernando Flores says:

    Thanks for video was pretty helpful

  67. DenofGoods says:

    My kids will enjoy doing this

  68. Sparklight 0 says:

    I need some help I'm going to buy an adult coloring book tomorrow maybe the Enchanted Forest or Secret Garden I love love using markers to color but I heard they've bled through the pages are their any affordable markers to use that wont bleed through?

  69. zekehooper says:

    wow, she is so cute! very beautiful.

  70. Jessica Marie says:

    It's not( johannah)it's (jo-Anna

  71. Margaret Hanson says:

    Great tips, thanks…especially like the tip about buying frequently used colors from open stock, though one pencil may cost half of the cost of the Crayola 50 pencil collection, the amount of use for frequently used colors pretty much pays for itself! Have a great day.

  72. Emma Parlett says:

    I've tried quite a few various types of pencils and markers on Johanna Basford colouring books. The Spectrum Noir Pens aren't great and will bleed through the paper. I have the pencils too but I found blending a bit difficult. I decided to try Faber-Castell and got the 36. they are fantastic on the paper but with only 36 colours I wanted more. I saved up and I'm waiting for the full set to arrive. I love Johanna Basford books and The Magical Jungle has just arrived. It's great watching your videos.

  73. Sharon's Sanctuary says:

    OMG, I don't know what I'd do without my Faber Castell Polychromos. I have Prismacolors but the Polychromos are my favorite. Great review and thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Ruby Andrew says:

    this was so helpful for me

  75. Pucksandpaperbacks says:

    Thanks for rec'ing this video to me Trina! It really helped and I may go through with getting those markers!

  76. Jake S says:

    I have the walking dead/wild life one/city one/harry potter one/i have so many of them and i got them pens at 2:35 for Christmas have not used them yet tho been using others coz I thought they would leak through but i put some paper or cardboard in between the pages

  77. Sara_ xx says:

    This video was so helpful thank u heaps ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  78. ฤˆฤฅรฏฤ‰ฤฅฤซnรคฤ‰ฤฅรฏ Pancake says:

    I have that book and then my classmates have one too so we have the whole set

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  80. Florous says:

    i have the forest ones and its what my aunt gave me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  81. Bri Shaw says:

    I'm thinking about getting this for myself for Easter. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  82. Oculus 111 says:

    johanna basford is the best

  83. Bri Shaw says:

    Would you recommend thie staedtler colored pencils?.?.

  84. hardstylemetalchick says:

    My husband's aunt got this book. I might go for one soon. I use Staedtler color pencils and paper mate flairs in my coloring books. Im planning on having a collection of coloring books one day. I love to color. Love being creative. I enjoy coloring. So relaxing when listening to music. Puts me in the zone. But I don't color everyday. I might color for a few mins to a whole day. Depends on how my day goes.

  85. Billie Eyela- says:

    im using water color it worked out it didint leaked

  86. Beverly Frederick says:

    Fantastic Presentation โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†

  87. Nikita Kumar says:

    Very helpful. Thankyou!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  88. Karissa And Katelyn says:

    I have lost ocean and it's AMAZING

  89. Dawn Moore says:

    I just subbed. I haven't checked if you are still doing coloring videos but i hope so! Great video though!

  90. KaezaMusic says:

    This is a great review! I am helping my incredibly talented artist friend to publish her coloring book, and we are wanting to do it nicely. Do you know what publishers are the best for this sort of thing? Preferably someone who publishes AND distributes! Thank you!!

  91. Artistic_blue_wolf Artistic_blue_wolf says:

    Can I use Fabre-castell markers ? Please answer me because I want to gift this to someone .

  92. Proud Weeb says:

    Can you use sharpies

  93. Proud Weeb says:

    Oh wait I got my sanswer

  94. Lucienne Henneberry says:

    Great info

  95. Mandy Green says:

    Why in the name of fuck are you talking so damn fast? Are you high or did you drink too much coffee or sodas??? Plz slow the fuck down!!! Jesus Christ!!! You would rival the micro machine man from the 80s commercials he too talk to damn fast!!! ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค

  96. Fun Z Susan says:

    Hi let's all support each other I have a new channel fun z Susan please subscribe let's color the world

  97. Karen Kess says:

    so helpfull! thanks

  98. Evie Hammond says:

    I ๐Ÿ’œ Johanna Basford's coloring books!! The paper quality is awesome & it's one of the first coloring books I started coloring in. The only negative thing for me is the surplus of leaves.๐Ÿ˜„ There are so many that I think I've gone through at least a couple of each green that Prisma offers coloring in her books. I too, was surprised at the quality of Crayola's colored pencils. They are definitely a great brand if your just joining the adult coloring craze.

  99. Miles Justice says:

    Short and sweet review, thanks! And your pages look great!!!!

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