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Bloom Tracing Book: The Tracing Co.

Whenever I see an opportunity to try something artsy and creative, I’m right there. The other week, The Tracing Co. were looking for bloggers to review their Tracing Books and it didn’t take long for me to decide that I needed to give this a go. Currently, they have three books to choose from: Wildlife, Bloom & Believe. Believe is the holiday edition with a huge Father Christmas on the front cover. Even though I was tempted to get festive early this year, I picked Bloom, the pinkness and the floweriness won me over.

The Tracing Co. are a husband and wife pair whose books are designed with the busy person in mind. You create thoughtfully layered images, doing as much or as little as you have time for. Tracing is both therapeutic and cognitively beneficial. The book says: While you relax and trace the elaborate lines, your mind is recognizing patterns and memorizing shapes, which increases your ability to recall information. 

I’ve already done paint by numbers, dot-to-dot, colour by numbers, and wellbeing journalling which are all designed to de-stress and calm the mind. However, I had never done a tracing book for relaxation, so I was very keen to see if it worked. I spotted this pack of Ryman Tracing Paper (25 sheets) for £2.99 in town the other day so was all ready to go!

You will need: The Tracing Co. book, tracing paper, two different thickness pens, a pencil and felt-tips.

The book suggests to use two black pens: a thick pen for the first image and a thin pen to trace the remaining images in the set. I have a pack of Staedtler Technical Drawing Pens with assorted line width, so I used the sizes 0.8 and 0.1 which worked perfectly.

Before you start creating your beautiful images, trace the triangle at the bottom of the page in pencil to keep everything aligned. There are three images in each set but there are no rules to say you have to use those three, you can mix and match – the possibilities are endless!

I really like the bolder lines in the middle and the more thinner lines as the drawing becomes more detailed and intricate. It doesn’t take long to get into the tracing-zone, I found it really calming knowing that the picture was going to turn out looking pretty so long as I followed the lines. I didn’t have to think about what to do next, I could just switch off and relax into the moment. 

I did a little experiment to see which felt-tips would work best on tracing paper, and my Stabilo Pens came out best. I picked six of my favourite colours and got colouring.

The cool thing is, you can re-trace the design again and colour it in completely differently. As it is a tracing book, you will never run out of pages to do, you can create so many pretty patterns and the book itself will always look as good as new. You can even gift it to a friend once you have finished.

I honestly spent hours and hours just tracing new patterns and colouring in the designs.

It is such a therapeutic activity – just pop your favourite music on and feel the stress melting away.

The book contains 12 stunningly detailed images and it is so easy to use.

It was enjoyable to try different colour combinations and see which worked best.

This book would be great for those who want to improve their drawing skills.

You could even cut these out and stick them onto cardboard to make your own colourful & creative cards. 

This was a really enjoyable and relaxing activity so thank you to The Tracing Co. for sending me Bloom to try. I’ve just ordered myself a copy of Believe – the Christmas edition and already looking forward to trying this out in a few months, so watch this space. Which pattern is your favourite? Have you ever tried a tracing book? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. 

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84 Comments

  1. September 3, 2018 / 7:54 am

    Ahh this looks really relaxing! I’ve never seen these books before but love anything creative. They’d look lovely framed on a wall as a collage I think! Thanks for sharing Bexa xx

    Rebecca | http://www.rebeccasreviews.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 3, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      Thanks so much Rebecca! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post. Aww yes, framing them on the wall would be a great idea, thanks for the inspiration! 😍 xx

  2. September 3, 2018 / 8:21 am

    This post brought back a lot of my childhood memories. 🙂 My parents are engineers and we have always had tracing paper around the house. However, the one they used came in rolls. I loved drawing on that kind of paper and copying images from my favourite books.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 3, 2018 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks so much Rita! 💖 Aww that’s so cool you did a lot of tracing when you were younger, I remember enjoying it as a child too! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 3, 2018 / 12:18 pm

      Thank you so much Sheena! 💖 It was really relaxing and calming. Glad you liked the post 😍 xx

  3. Roxie Watt
    September 3, 2018 / 9:13 am

    What an amazing idea! The designs are so pretty and I love how you can use the designs to create your own unique patterns. Tracing and colouring in is so relaxing and satisfying.

    Roxie | thebeautifulbluebird.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 3, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      Thank you so much Roxie! 💖 It really was so relaxing and nice to see the patterns emerge. Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

  4. September 3, 2018 / 10:45 am

    This looks like such a lovely activity, and what a good idea to use tracing paper. Flora has so many pads of tracing paper for just this purpose, but I never thought about using it myself. Gorgeous pictures, Bexa, I love all the different colour variations, and great tip about the Stabilo pens working on the tracing paper – thank you for sharing!xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 3, 2018 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Lisa! 💖 I’ve never tried tracing for relaxation before but it’s really calming, I’d definitely recommend. Even better that you can use some of Flora’s tracing paper too! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 3, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Aww thank you so much for the kind comment Cora! It’s such a great way to relax. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕☺️ xx

  5. September 3, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    This looks amazing, what a lovely idea. The mandalas look beautiful too. I have seen my mum use tracing paper ages ago. I never personally used myself. But this sure looks like an effective way to de-stress.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      Thank you so much Suktara 💖. It’s a really great way to de-stress. Glad you enjoyed the post ☺️💕 xx

  6. September 3, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    Those designs are so pretty! I remember tracing when I was younger I used to love it. Felt so creative when I was doing it! Your designs are so cute! The colours work so well together. Such a lovely review, thank you for sharing 🌷💗xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment Lauren! I remember using tracing paper when I was younger too, it’s was pretty nostalgic 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  7. September 3, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    Ooooh, these are gorgeous!! I’m not the most artistic person in the world, so I think I’d really enjoy something like this. I love the idea of using them to make cards, too. Thanks for sharing, Bexa! xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much Ruth! 💖 It’s such a great activity and you can really switch off and relax. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕☺️ xx

  8. September 3, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    I’m so bad at drawing, this tracing book looks like i’d actually being able to do pretty doodles without them looking dreadful!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Thanks Ellie! 💖 It’s such a great book that anyone can get creative with 💕☺️ xx

  9. September 3, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    It’s pretty cool that the book helps your brain with recognizing patterns and memorizing shapes. This totally makes sense for why kids have coloring books too. For the price people pay, they get a big bang! Pretty cool that you can trace the shapes too. Love how everything turned out at the end. Thanks for sharing this!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much Nancy! 💖 I love that it’s creative and good for your memory too! Win win. Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  10. September 3, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    I’ve got quite a few colouring books that I love to use when I’m stressed but I’ve never thought to do tracing before and it actually look really great! Going to need to check this out! X

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      Thank you Aaliyah! 💖 It’s a great alternative to colouring. Hope you enjoy ☺️💕 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      Thanks Amie! 💖 It’s a really relaxing activity 💕☺️ xx

  11. Shaun
    September 3, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    This looks like a really relaxing and enjoyable way to pass the time ☺️. I love your drawings, they look so pretty and the colours you have used are fantastic 💖😘. I agree, these drawings would be perfect if you were making your own cards 😍. A lovely post Bexa 😄😍💕😘 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you so much Shaun 💖. Definitely! They would be great on homemade cards! Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️😍😘 xxxx

  12. September 3, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Oooh this is so dreamy! Drawing and coloring must be so soothing and relaxing! I have not done it in ages! I love the idea of this book!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Thanks so much Corinne! 💖 It’s such a great idea and so calming too 💕☺️ xx

  13. September 3, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    I think this is such a good idea! I find colouring so relaxing too x

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Thank you so much Jade! 💖☺️ xx

  14. September 3, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    This looks so relaxing. I’ve got a few colouring books but I haven’t got any tracing ones. You could use the pictures to fill some photo frames.

    Eve x | http://www.evemorganinteriors.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:05 pm

      Thanks Eve! That’s a great idea! They would look really cool in frames ☺️💕 xx

  15. Lupe
    September 3, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    I’ve never heard of a tracing book before but I love the idea! All the designs are so intricate

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you so much Lupe! I love the detailed patterns 💕☺️ xx

  16. September 3, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    This looks interesting. I haven’t done tracing since school (many years ago!) but I’d like to give this a go. I suppose it’s the next thing after all the other adult art stuff like colouring and colour by numbers. These look great. Thanks for sharing Bexa x

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  17. September 3, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    This is all so pretty! I can’t remember the last time I even saw something like this in a shop. Those fine liners look perfect for this and I love the bold colours. The designs are beautiful x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:07 pm

      Thank you so much Sophie! I’ve never seen theses in the shops either, it’s such a great idea ☺️. Glad you enjoyed the post 💖 xx

  18. September 3, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Looks like such a relaxing thing to do ^_^

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks Nele! It was so calming 💖☺️ xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      Thanks lovely! It was a really fun activity! 💖☺️ xx

  19. September 3, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    Ah I love these patterns! They’re intricate so they don’t get boring without being too serious if that makes sense! Colouring in patterns like this is so so therapeutic!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      Thanks Eva! It was really therapeutic! Glad you enjoyed the post 💖☺️ xx

  20. September 3, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    Mandalas!! I love coloring mandalas! These look really beautiful. It reminds me, I haven’t done this in a while. I used to color a lot, I used it as an active meditation practice. Then I discovered crochet and I switched to that. I might have to go back to coloring for a while.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks Laura! 💖 I love that you used colouring as active meditation, it is definitely calming and relaxing. Glad you enjoyed the post ☺️💕 xx

  21. September 3, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    Great review and I think it’s a very clever concept.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks Faisal 💖☺️ xx

  22. September 3, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Such a creative and relaxing thing to do. Love the colours you have chosen too! Thankyou for sharing 🙂 x

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks Abbie! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  23. September 3, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    This is so pretty, I love it! I would have picked bloom too but I’m not sure it would chill me out rather than stress me out if I went over the lines haha!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:23 pm

      Thanks Soph! 💖 Ha ha, yeah I’m a bit of a perfectionist so had to go very carefully 😂. Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  24. September 3, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    You get the best things to feature Because, these look so relaxing and I could easily wile away a few hours making designs & colouring them, never seen tracing books before but a great idea will look for some for my niece

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:24 pm

      Thank you so much Gem! 💖 It was such a great way to spend a few hours! Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  25. September 3, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    I’d love to try something like these, they’d be perfect for when I just want a destress / self care day or evening! Thanks for sharing x

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:25 pm

      Thanks Hannah! 💖 It’s definitely a great way to relax and unwind. Glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  26. September 3, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    I love this! My cousin and I actually have coloring parties (we’re in our thirties but shhhh!). Will definitely add this to the next party and I think I need those liners in my life. The colors are gorgeous!
    xoxo Ros (ZenHealth.net)

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:27 pm

      Aww I love the idea of a colouring party!! I’m in my 30s too, can I join in? 😂💖 Thank you for the lovely comment Ros 😍 xx

  27. September 3, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    Oh wow I have never heard of tracing books before 😊 this is such a wonderful idea and it sounds like it would be incredibly relaxing! I think I might have to invest in one of these little books 😁 🖤

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Thanks Jenn! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post, hope you find one you like! 💕☺️ xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      Thanks Jenny! 💖☺️ xx

  28. September 4, 2018 / 3:41 am

    What an amazing idea, Bexa! I love that they give you options to choose from and I’m glad you picked this one! The designs are so pretty. Tracing and coloring is one of the most relaxing things out there.

    cabin twenty-four

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Eena! 💖☺️ xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      Thank you so much Radi! 💖☺️ xx

  29. September 4, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    You used such a beautiful colour combination, loved it!!! Colouring is one of the most relaxing things, isnt it?
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://www.natbees.com/

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 2:49 pm

      Thanks Anastasia! 💖 Definitely! It’s so calming and therapeutic 💕☺️ xx

  30. September 4, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    Goodness, I haven’t traced anything since I was a kid.. so this took me back. I love the patterns, it’s like an adult colouring book that you can reuse as much as you want. I love the colours you picked to colour them in too, they look very pretty. I bet it’s super relaxing too. Thanks for sharing ♥

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 3:55 pm

      Thank you lovely! I love that you can keep using the book and it always stays brand new. Glad you enjoyed the post, it was so relaxing 💖☺️ xx

  31. September 4, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    This looks so lovely, I love being able to do something and just let your hands do the work while your brain floats away. That’s why I love knitting so much, and this looks just as relaxing! I love that it’s reusable as it’s a tracing book rather than a colouring in book – so cute 💗 thanks for the lovely review, Bexa!

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much Beka! 💖 I would love to be able to knit, I imagine it’s so calming and therapeutic. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😍 xx

  32. Michelle Blackadar
    September 4, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    omg this looks so relaxing!! this would be lovely for when you want to make personalized gifts for your friends and family! looks totally professional but still easy to use! Thanks for sharing this bexa! i want to try this! xxx

    mich // simplymich.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! 💖 Personalised gifts is such a great idea! Glad you enjoyed the post ☺️💕 xx

  33. September 4, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    The Believe one sounds like it’d be the perfect thing to have during Christmas, I already see so many people discussing decorations and trees on twitter it might as well be December haha!

    Oh wait! I kept thinking it was a coloring book not a tracing book and only realized it was a tracing book once I saw the picture of you putting the tracing paper on top and tracing the flower! This looks like it’d be so much fun to do, and it’s a good thing you have a set of thin pens, can’t imagine it’d work as well with a thick one. The great thing is that in order to make sure you aren’t shifting the page around while you’re tracing, you have the little triangle to keep it aligned!

    I love the way you shaded in the one flower with turquoise, pink, and other different shades of blue, it looks so beautiful! I’ve never tried a tracing book but now I’m really tempted to go buy one!!

    Sahara
    http://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely thoughtful comment Sahara 💖. I always appreciate the time you take to read my posts and leave such kind words. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a go too! 😍 xx

  34. September 4, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    This book looks so intricate and beautiful! I haven’t coloured in years but I have a couple of friends with colouring books and they say that they’re the most relaxing things ever! Also, interesting to find out that stabilo worked the best as I love stabilo pens!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      Thank you so much Jas! 💖 I love stabilo pens too! Colouring is definitely super relaxing. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😍 xx

  35. September 5, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    This looks so therapeutic, I love it!! It’s such a great idea too that you can trace however much you want, I know I would end up doing the whole thing! Thanks for sharing, Bexa xx

    Em ~ http://thisisemsworld.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Thanks so much Em! 💖 It was really enjoyable, I can’t wait to carry on and do some more patterns ☺️. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕 xx

  36. September 5, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    Oh, I love this! I used to do a lot of tracing as a child so this really appeals to my nostalgia. I like the way you’ve coloured in the flower afterwards, the colours are perfect.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Kim 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post ☺️ xx

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