Inkspirations for Recovery Reviewed By Conny Withay of
Conny Withay

Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader and volunteers with the elderly playing her designed The Write Word Game. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

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By Conny Withay
Published on April 8, 2016

Author: Rokelle Lerner
Publisher: Judy Clement Wall
ISBN: 978-0-7573-1923-5


Author: Rokelle Lerner
Publisher: Judy Clement Wall
ISBN: 978-0-7573-1923-5

No matter where you are on your recovery journey, use this book as a tool to help you make each day a masterpiece,” the back jacket states in Rokelle Lerner and Judy Clement Wall’s, Inkspirations for Recovery.

This seventy-two-page letter-sized paperback targets women who are in any type of recovery in their lives and enjoy or need to doodle, draw, and fill in drawn pictures as positive therapy. With quotes from well-known individuals on the left side of the pages, the right sides include black and white drawings to color.

After an introduction of the benefits of coloring, mandala information, a note from the illustrator, tips to coloring, how-tos with color theory, and some finished examples, there are thirty-two pages of designs to color. The designs include birds, animals, insects, fish, flowers, leaves, balloons, scenes, mandalas, and highlighted words.

The back sides of the pages have quotes from Alcoholics Anonymous, Buddha, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gandhi, C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Lewis Stevenson to an African proverb and unknown authors to name a few. The book ends with instructions on making a mandala and more completed examples.

As an artist, I find inner solace and tranquility whenever I design or create. I like how the hand drawn illustrations are fanciful yet detailed enough to get lost in artistic abandon. With each page perforated and the book able to lay flat, its format rises above other books on the market today. Crayons, gel pens, colored pencils, and watercolors can be used.

Those recovering from an illness or issue who feel restricted or overwhelmed coloring a page should try it to see how they are in control of the outcome, with no rules to follow except for staying within the lines. Some may not like that some coloring tools such as paint and gel pens may bleed through to the back side. Others may find some drawings are too detailed with small sections to be filled in individually.

Author of three books, Lerner is a senior clinical advisor, training counselors, psychologists, and social workers worldwide in healing from addictions. Wall is a freelance artist and illustrator who writes, doodles, and creates unique cards and original artwork.

With the book not only about recovery, its finished pages could be framed under glass, but I wish the pages were one-sided to ensure no bleeding. I am not a fan of some of the quoted writers, but others may be.

If you like an adult coloring book that focuses on taking one day at a time, this would be a thoughtful and creative gift for the person recovering from surgery or an illness. Be sure to add some quality colored pencils too.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and HCI Books for offering this book to review for my honest opinion.