Review. World of Flowers by Johanna Basford.

Hello everyone.  Earlier this month I was lucky enough to receive a special box in the mail.  This box, covered with lovely floral graphics, was one of the ones sent out by Johanna Basford.  When a new product is released often the manufacturers will send samples out to the media to generate public interest.  Johanna has chosen instead to send her latest books out to people who are involved in the colouring community and I’m super lucky to be on that short list.

The box itself was beautiful: brown cardboard with a very colour-able floral wallpaper like design.  I plan to cut a piece from the bottom (which wasn’t squashed as the rest of my poor box was… darn mail carriers) to colour later on.  Opening the box brought forth a divine floral scent that i have since learnt was a perfume that Johanna sprayed into the box before closing. A floral Jo Malone fragrance… thanks Avisha. 🙂 Along with the book ‘World of Flowers’ she also enclosed three colour-able cards with envelopes with designs taken from the book, a bar of an amazing scented soap and a 24 tin of my beloved Faber Castell Polychromos pencils!  I filmed the opening and you can see the video of it here on my YouTube channel.

World of Flowers unboxing video

Of course i couldn’t wait to start working on one of those lovely pictures.  I have to be careful, though, as sitting for long periods increases my pain levels, so I can only colour in 30 minute blocks.  I completed the picture you can see at the top of this page which I also posted on Instagram.  Due to the response I received from that post i am now in the midst of making a colouring video on another page based on the technique and colour palette I used for the above picture.

The first part of the Tutorial has been filmed and is currently queued for editing.  I hope to have it uploaded for you all in the next week or so.  If you are interested in following it here is the picture that i will be using below.

And that’s 30 minutes up.  I have to go for a short walk now and get on with damp dusting the family room.  I have a doctors appointment this afternoon for my daughter but I’m hoping to squeeze in some time to film a little bit more of part 2 of this tutorial.  I anticipate it will be three parts long.

Until next time… happy colouring. 🙂


  1. Julie Holleran

    Oh thanks so much for the update–happy you can manage some coloring time now. I will look forward to that tutorial–your work is always so lovely thank you for sharing hugs, Julierose

  2. Imogen

    Hi Peta,
    I can’t wait to get this book but I have to wait two more weeks until my birthday – it’s really hard but seeing everyone else’s is making me more excited! Can’t wait to see the colour along, I followed your Duck Pond tutorial twice one year apart and I can see the difference in my colouring. I also now have more of the polychromos so it was easier. Love seeing the updates!

  3. BethAnn McGill

    I am so lucky to have stumbled upon your videos. You are the most in-depth colorist I have found. I am learning so much during the short time that I have been watching. Christmas is soon and primsacolor and some polychromos pencils are on my list along with some alcohol markers. But I do have a sort of strange question. Can I get any of these affects by using my Crayola colored pencils? I’ve always enjoyed coloring and I’m learning to color like you now. Works that could be displayed if I wanted.

  4. Cindi Grimes

    I’m very interested in auras and background coloring. Do you have any tutorials for those two things? I absolutely love your work and think you are an amazing Colorist!

  5. Martha

    Where are you, Peta? I’m not seeing anything from you recently… hope you’re ok.

  6. Rana

    We missed you looking forward to see your awesome tutorial

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