Book Review – Color Me Mindful: Underwater

Posted September 30, 2015 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review – Color Me Mindful: UnderwaterColor Me Mindful: Underwater by Anastasia Catris
Published by Gallery Books on August 25, 2015
Genres: Adult Coloring Book
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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These intricate and beautifully detailed line drawings of underwater scenes are ready for you to bring to life. Relieve stress, practice your mindfulness, and discover your creative side as you unplug and slow down by filling these exquisite pages with color.

No matter our age, useful mindfulness techniques can help re-center us amidst a world of noisy stimuli constantly vying for our attention. Coloring can act like a tranquil meditation—relax and unwind with this calming coloring book for adults featuring beautifully detailed line drawings and designs of soothing ocean motifs.

Make your mark—inside or outside the lines—with these fifty beautiful black and white illustrations of fish, turtles, coral, and other amazing ocean life just waiting for your gentle touch to bring the magic of the sea to life.

Don’t miss the other adult coloring books in the Color Me Mindful series: Color Me Mindful: Birds and Color Me Mindful: Tropical. Join the coloring craze!

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Adult coloring books are the latest craze and I have to admit I wasn’t at all interested in these. But I was surprised to receive the Color Me Mindful: Underwater coloring book in our September XOXperts box. After flipping through the book I found myself getting excited to color. My daughters are teenagers now so it has been a long time since I’ve colored anything. But as soon as I saw the beautiful drawing of the seahorse I couldn’t wait to start coloring. I’ve always loved seahorses so I knew right away this was the drawing I was going to color. As a kid I always loved art class and was a perfectionist. The perfectionist in me came out again and it took me a while to select the colors. I decided to use colored pencils because I was worried markers would bleed through the paper. Coloring was soothing just as the book described it would be. My job has been stressful lately so coloring was calming. It was also a nice break for eyes since I spend all day at work on a computer. Normally at night I would read on my Nook but a break from the bright screen was relaxing. I am now hooked on coloring and I can’t wait to buy more books.


I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.

Color Me Mindful Seahorse

About Anastasia Catris

Anastasia Catris is a freelance illustrator and writer from Wales in the United Kingdom. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA Hons in English Literature, she travelled to the United States to pursue her passion for comics and graphic novels by studying at The Kubert School of Comic and Cartoon Art.

She returned to the UK in 2009, taking her first art job as an illustrator for HarperCollins Publishers. Her debut illustrated book, 'SuBo's Cat: The Imaginings of Susan Boyle's Pampered Pussy', a satirical comedy cartoon, was published through HarperCollins in 2010 and was sold in book stores worldwide.

She began exhibiting at comic conventions in 2011, becoming a regular face at acclaimed expos including Showmasters and MCM. Her experience at conventions led her to producing ACEOs and Sketch Cards, for which she has since been hired by International companies including DC, Marvel, IDW, Dynamite, Perna Studios and Breygent Marketing.

Most recently she has completed a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for her creator-owned project 'Cirque Du Mort', which reached its target within 36 hours of going live. She has also recently completed projects for DC on their upcoming Super Villains trading card set.

She is currently working for several publishers on freelance illustration work whilst completing work on the 'Cirque Du Mort'.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 New Release Challenge


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2 responses to “Book Review – Color Me Mindful: Underwater

  1. I’m really going to have to try the adult coloring. =D I used to color with Xavier when he was little and it was so relaxing. This one looks cool. I like the underwater theme. =)

    • Kathy

      I was surprised with how much fun I had coloring. It is really relaxing and it felt good to rest my eyes from the computer.