Review for Make Something Beautiful: Coloring in the Maximalist Style by Bari J.


October 1, 2016 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth


Bari J. is an artist whose designs can be found in wall art, fabric, home decor, stationery, wall paper, and so much more. Bari J. says “color is my joy” and has a “deep love for mixing vivid colors, florals, and patterns.” And now, in a fresh, fun, new way, Bari J. brings her art to you via her brand new coloring book, Make Something Beautiful: Coloring in the Maximalist Style.

What is Maximalist Style? Bari J.’s design philosophy is that more is more, but the more is meaningful. You can read more about Bari J.’s philosophy and creative process in the introduction — it’s quite lovely to read and I wish more coloring books included such long, personal statements from the artist.

This quirky and unusual coloring book is full of black and white images of Bari J.’s art — and over half of the designs are set against full-color and faux textured backgrounds. The book is brimming with floral and floral-inspired designs. There are roses and floral bouquets, a flamingo decorated with flowers, a peacock with lush foliage for plumes, a woman wearing a dress with a long train of flowers (cover image), a teapot sprouting flowers from its spout, a deer wearing a floral headdress, and so much more.

Make Something Beautiful is sized 9 x 11 inches with 96 pages. The cover has chic magenta foiling accents. The designs are printed single-sided on smooth, medium-weight, perforated, white paper. The final four images in the book are printed on lightly textured, heavy-weight, perforated, watercolor paper that is cream-colored. There are 46 designs total to color — of these, a little more than a dozen are wallpaper or repeating pattern designs.

Below is a silent video flick-through of Make Something Beautiful — you can click the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the video screen and make it full size.

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Where to buy: Amazon USA | Barnes & Noble | directly from publisher

Releases on Amazon UK on November 6

Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for a review. The opinions are my own.

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4 thoughts on “Review for Make Something Beautiful: Coloring in the Maximalist Style by Bari J.

  1. Patricia Sundberg says:

    This is truly a beautiful book. Different than most I’ve seen. Problem is that I have almost 100 books and just can’t add anymore at this time. So sad!! lol, because I’d really like to do a few pages in this….

  2. Laura Stotlar Bagby says:

    I, too, love color! So I would probably enjoy this book except that I am pretty tired of coloring flowers. They are beautiful and lend themselves to many different brilliant colors but isn’t there something else that has a variety of colors?

    • Laura, I do agree that many adult coloring books are filled with flowers and that can definitely get tiresome, but I do feel that Bari J. presents her floral and floral-inspired designs in a new way. The inky drawing lines are more loose and organic, there’s a hint of whimsy, and there’s those colored and textured backgrounds…..

      Embarrassed to say, but admittedly I don’t know a lot about designer Bari J. but maybe florals and floral-inspired designs are like her thing (and what she’s most known for) so maybe that could be why her (first) coloring book is full of these types of designs. Perhaps if she does a second coloring book the designs will be more varied in theme.

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