#Giveaway Scratch & Create Books from the Quarto Group

What do you do to unwind after a long day? Listen to music? Read a book? A warm bath? Sure, these all work reasonably well and we have also tried them all to relax at one time or another. How about trying out something unique, something that speaks to your inner desire to create something beautiful? Adult coloring books started the trend of making art more accessible, fun and simple for an older audience and now there are even more unique ways of using art to relax and de-stress. We were intrigued by the new Scratch and Create books from Quarto Group. They seemed a few steps up from mindless doodling, but a lot simpler than carrying around a box of crayons or colored pencils. After trying out the Folk Art Flowers and Enchanted Animals books were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed them (even the less-artistically-inclined member of our family).

Both the books have beautiful and sturdy construction, and primarily require one to scratch dark metallic coating away from pages to either re-create a template provided on the opposite page or to reveal a colorful picture underneath. Many of us may remember the concept from the scratch and reveal books we see kids industriously working away at. While the concept may be similar, these books are definitely designed for adults with the scratching requiring more precision while also creating a lot less mess. Both books include a lightweight stylus with a pointed and a flat end for scraping, scuffing and scratching, which is kept close at hand in a reclosable clamshell storage case.

A wonderful feature of these books is that the artwork included has been created by renowned artists. Enchanted Animals has drawings created by artist and illustrator Marisa Redondo and includes renderings of rabbits and dandelions, woodland raccoons, owls, foxes, bears and a whole forest worth of other enchanting wildlife. Each drawing is created with simple lines and shapes. You can either follow along with the drawings or design your own variations as you create your own personalized scratch art on the opposite page. This book would definitely be a good gift for those who like to flex their creativity! The scratching part does require some effort so you may need to rest your hand a little while working on your masterpiece.

Folk Art Flowers has colorful artwork by Chilean illustrator and Children’s book author Maya Hanisch, which is revealed incrementally as you scratch away. Personally, that one was our favorite! Both the books have perforated pages that can come out and be displayed wherever you may feel like it (e.g. the fridge ‘gallery’), and the Folk Art Flowers pages are heavier cardstock that are also postcards (what a great idea…art + letter writing!) All in all, the books do a good job of focusing and capturing your attention, while working the creative half of your mind

The good folks at the Quarto Group are also giving away a pair of these books to try for one of our fabulous readers:


Product received, thank you to the Quarto Group and to PR for supplying us with a product for this review, all opinions are our own.


  1. aperry
    July 3, 2018 / 4:59 am

    I enjoy relaxing in my hammock swing.

  2. momo
    July 3, 2018 / 11:51 am

    My favorite way to relax is by sitting in my backyard and soaking my sore swollen feet in a ice cold foot soak tub while sipping a glass of red wine. The peace & quite is very relaxing.

  3. momo
    July 3, 2018 / 11:51 am

    I commented on this none-giveaway post; momo said…(RECIPES FOR GRILL-GATING SUCCESS) While here in Wisconsin visiting my youngest brother for the 4th of July 2018. The other night I made a chicken recipe that I poured two jars of mild salsa on, sqeezed a whole lemon over it, and added fresh lemon thyme, rosemary, & fresh mint all from my garden this year. It turned out great and got rave reviews from the whole family.July 3, 2018 at 6:48 AM

  4. Jennifer Carroll
    July 4, 2018 / 5:31 am

    I like to relax by taking a nice hot bubble bath.

  5. Edye Nicole
    July 4, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    reading a book!mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

  6. Anete Browng
    July 5, 2018 / 7:00 pm

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  7. Kris
    July 7, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    I love the adult coloring books.

  8. Leela
    July 7, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    A long, hot shower.

  9. Sue Emery
    July 11, 2018 / 11:48 am

    My way of relaxing depends on that day and what’s going on. I like to talk to God, enter contests, and do crossword puzzles.

  10. Unknown
    July 12, 2018 / 8:56 am

    Laying in bed with my fiancée and watching tv.

  11. Stacey Gage
    July 12, 2018 / 9:23 am

    My ways of relaxing are reading and coloring with the kids. Or by myself with the adult coloring books

  12. Julie Waldron
    July 14, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    My favorite way to relax is reading a book.

  13. Michelle
    July 15, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    I love to relax by reading!

  14. Nafeeza Chung
    July 16, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Watching a nice movie with some ice cream

  15. Wendy ArtsyChaos
    July 17, 2018 / 2:36 am

    I enter giveaways to relax… 😉

  16. mscoffee77
    July 23, 2018 / 3:56 am

    My favorite way to relax is a cup of coffee and a good book.

  17. Linda
    August 1, 2018 / 1:59 am

    I relax by entering sweeps or sitting in my back yard enjoying my flowers

  18. Kathy Pease
    August 1, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    I like to float in our pool

  19. Beverly Harrold
    August 2, 2018 / 4:12 am

    i relax by on the patio with a god book and an iced tea

  20. Clair Freebie
    August 2, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    I enjoy relaxing with a good book!

  21. Jennifer Herman
    August 2, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    I like to have a cup of coffee.

  22. Buddy Garrett
    August 3, 2018 / 1:51 am

    My favorite way to relax is taking a walk with the dogs.

  23. Trisha McKee
    August 3, 2018 / 2:56 am

    Being out on the lake fishing is my favorite way to relax.

  24. [Whatever U are, be a good one!]
    August 3, 2018 / 3:08 am

    My favorite way to relax is… eating and reading a good book :)Thank You for the chance!Fiona N

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