Book Report: ‘Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book’ By: Johanna Basford

From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves

With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses, and delicately penned seahorses. Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will welcome this creative journey into an inky new world.

For Lost Ocean, Johanna picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and compliments your chosen color palette. The smooth, untextured pages allow for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with colored pencils or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.


I’ve never had patience to colour as a child. I did it for a while but I don’t remember it being a big deal.  These days with the adult colouring book craze being what it is – I have found myself watching a film late at night after work with some new pencil crayons, a cup of tea and some toast doodling away in the lines with Johanna Basford’s ‘Lost Ocean:  An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book’.

Johanna Basford is the Queen of colouring books in the moment. Her work is ornate, magical, and mythical and has so much whimsy you can help but smile during and the end of your colouring journey.

I loved ‘Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book’.  It was slim enough that I could tuck it into my purse with some pencil crayons, take it to work or have it at home.  The prints were clear and full of motifs that were varied and true conversation pieces.

I have coloured some sheets and popped them onto my desk cubicle at work as art. I was even thinking of using some sheets to wrap small presents for friends and family.  Who needs wrapping paper when you can make your own?

My adult friends are keen on Basford’s work and I could also see myself giving this book to my 9 year old niece. ‘Lost Ocean:  An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book’ is so beautiful and a road worthy instant stress reliever.  Pick up a copy for yourself soon!

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