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May 20th, 2015

On My Bookshelf: Johanna Basford’s ‘Enchanted Forest’ (Giveaway Closed)

Enchanted Forest

As you probably all know I am a great fan of anything illustration-related and love to fill my own notebooks with little scribbles. With that in mind it won’t surprise you that the next book I’ve selected to share with you from my bookshelf is Johanna Basford’s latest masterpiece, ‘Enchanted Forest‘. 

Johanna Basford

Johanna’s book is a labyrinth of hand-drawn intricate designs – peer closely and you discover her world of elaborate and hidden illustrations. Taking a pen to her fairytale-like creations is both a mesmerising and thoroughly relaxing experience.

Enchanted Forest courtesy the artist and Laurence King

You may have heard of Johanna’s previous book, ‘Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book‘? It was with this internationally-bestselling title Johanna convinced the world that colouring in is no longer just for children. (It also outsold the best-selling cookery book in France!)

Johanna Basford and illustrations

If that isn’t enough to convince you that this trend is on the rise, the bestsellers and most wished for charts on Amazon are currently littered with colouring books for adults.

Thank you Johanna for bringing back the colouring book!


Thanks to the lovely people at Lawrence King, I’ve got one copy of Johanna Basford’s ‘Enchanted Forest’ to giveaway to my readers. For the chance to win it, I would like to know the following:

If you could let your imagination run wild and create a colouring book of your own, what would sort of thing would you like it to feature? Fairytale forests, intricate cityscapes or scenes from around the world…

Whatever it is I would love to hear what gets you feeling creative so leave me a comment here on the blog. As usual, bonus points for sharing the competition on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Note: I’ll be drawing a winner on Thursday 28th of May, so make sure you get your entries in by Wednesday 27th. Bonne chance!

This giveaway is open for residents of the UK only.

UPDATE: This giveaway has now closed.

Johanna Basford's Enchanted Forest

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11 thoughts on “On My Bookshelf: Johanna Basford’s ‘Enchanted Forest’ (Giveaway Closed)

  1. I love these books. I have Secret Garden, and love colouring it in. I would crate fantasy worlds of fairies, mermaids, dragons… lots of things like that. Thank you for competition. 🙂

  2. Hello Rachel,

    I would love to create a fairytale forests colouring book. I’m a school teacher and at the moment we are doing a fairy tales topic in our school. I enjoy seeing the kids gasp with awe when they see enchanted trees and gardens in fairytales I read to them. They would love to bring the pictures alive by colouring them! 🙂

  3. It definitely feature fairytale landscapes: forests, castles, hidden towers…
    I’ve always loved the dark yet whimsical illustrations of Arthur Rackham – his fairytale work is beautiful, and would definitely inspire a colouring book of my own.

  4. My colouring book would be one that uses a similar style to Enchanted Forest/Secret Garden but based on favourite places and well-known landmarks. I’m thinking waterfalls tumbling down Castle Hill rocks in Edinburgh, flowers adorning The Shambles in York and fireflies lighting the way through Tower Bridge in London. A little way to dream up something extra lovely in those places which can so quickly become too familiar for us to appreciate fully.

  5. My colouring book would have to be food related! I can visualise piles of vibrantly coloured vegetables and fruit, not to forget a page full of French pastries and gateaux. Cooking with crayons!

  6. U are so good at drawing. I wish i could draw like that,U have a skill 4 art. I have a friend who has one ur books and she always inspires her drawing with yours.

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