Querkles Masterpieces – Review

Colouring books for adults have been a bit of a “thing” for a while now.  I totally get the appeal of sitting down and zoning out on real life whilst concentrating on choosing pretty colours and keeping within the lines.  For someone like me who loves the idea of being creative but actually finds it quite frustrating because I’m not remotely artistic, colouring means I get to create a pretty picture without having to draw it myself.  However, I’ve said before that whilst I do really love a bit of colouring in – either sat with the kids or for work (being a teacher has it’s perks) – it’s not something I could see myself making time for of an evening.

I’ve recently been sent a copy of “Querkles Masterpieces” along with a set of 30 fineliner pens.  Nope, not sharing those beauties with the kids thanks very much!  Querkles Masterpieces are made up of overlapping circles which, as you colour them, reveal iconic works of art.

Querkles Masterpieces and fineliner pens

Now aside from being a seriously cumbersome book, this is basically a really fancy “colouring by numbers” – except the numbers don’t relate to specific colours.  The instructions state that each of the numbers represents a tone -with #1 being the darkest tone and #5 the lightest.  You can colour with one colour or a range or even experiment with a mixture of pens, pencils and paint.  My head was already beginning to explode just reading this.

Querkles Masterpieces - grown up colouring by numbers!
The tips section suggests colouring in one number at a time which I must admit was my first thought.  The idea of shading and cross-hatching for someone so rubbish at arty stuff wasn’t very appealing but having been sent such a varied pack of pens with the book I was able to pick out a selection of shades to work with instead.
Querkles Masterpieces - pen selection

As I mentioned, the book is enormous so you do need quite a bit of space to work on and I would suggest you need to be able to move the book around so you can get to all the sections.  I found that it was actually easier to take the sheet out of the book to work on it (the pages are perforated).  The book takes a lot of concentration (which is clearly great if you’re looking to spend some time emptying your mind) and all the circles made my eyes go a bit funny but it was great watching your masterpiece emerge as you colour.

Querkles Masterpieces - precise colouring

At first I wasn’t convinced by the whole colouring in different shades of the same colour but, as I worked, I realised it was actually really effective.  It also meant that I didn’t have to think too much about the creative side of what I was doing, it was already done for me – I just needed to follow the instructions and colour!  I was pleased to notice that as I coloured, the numbers were no longer visible.  I discovered that rather than colouring each individual section, it was easier to draw around the edges of a cluster of sections that were the same number and colour them all at once.

Querkles Masterpieces - one colour

Now as I mentioned at the start of the review, I’ve never been convinced that colouring was for me – however Querkles are fairly addictive and not only did I spend a full Saturday night colouring in this one (in part as I really wanted to show you a photograph of the completed image) but Dave decided he quite fancied having a go too!

I’m really impressed with the overall effect and I’m definitely going to have a go at doing another one!

Querkles Masterpieces - Henry VIII

*I was sent the Querkles Masterpieces book and pens free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain my own*

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