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October 3, 2016

Joyous Blooms to Color coloring book and completed pages


Created using Prismacolor Premier pencils
Created using Caran D'Ache Luminance pencils

Created using Polychromos pencils

Links to materials used in the images above can be found below the review.

Joyous Blooms to Color is a coloring book with a collection of approx., 84 illustrations (see below) by Eleri Fowler that are accompanied by uplifting quotations.

By my count I found:
  • 72 single page illustrations with 5 of them borders to color around text
  • 12 two page spread illustrations.

The book is in a square format.

What I really like:
I love the images throughout the book.  So many lovely illustrations that it's hard to decide which one to start on first.
I like that there is a little information about the artist and her inspiration at the beginning of the book.
I love the selected quotes and they fit very well with the theme of the drawings.
The paper is a good weight and a nice white.
The paper tooth is excellent for colored pencils.
The price is reasonable for what you get.

What I would change:
The pages have images on both sides which means using markers would sacrifice another illustration to color.
There is no listing of images, or page numbers/titles, for me to easily reference an image.
There is no test page.

Best media for coloring:
I recommend using colored pencils or gel pens if you do not want to sacrifice the illustration on the opposite side of the page you are coloring.

My favorite image:
About 9 or 10 pages in there is a picture of a stone path leading to a table set for two.

Overall rating:
5/5
I can see myself coloring many more of the images from this book. It's a keeper!


September 24, 2016

Escapes Collage Art coloring book review and completed page


Winery image created with Copic markers, Caran D'ache Luminance white colored pencil, and Wink of Stella pen for highlights.  Links to materials can be found below the review.

My review:

Escapes coloring book "Collage Art" is a collection of 55 illustrations by Marty Noble that were inspired by Art Nouveau posters, Japanese prints, and vintage seed packets. They are all in a horizontal format.

What I really like:
I love that there are a wide variety of images in the book which means that there is something in there for everyone.  You will find mixed media type images of every kind of subject! Some of the themes include:
  • Steampunk
  • Southwestern
  • Japanese
  • Country
  • Victorian
The pages are printed on one side which means I can use markers.
The price is reasonable for what you get.

What I would change:
The paper color is ivory and made my blue sky look a little more blue-green than I would have liked.
There is no ex libris page which means that I have no first page where I can put my name.
There is no listing of images, or page numbers/titles, for me to easily reference the image.
There is no test page.

Best media for coloring:
Since the images are on only one of the page I tend to grab my Copic markers but the ivory color of the paper altered the color.
I recommend using colored pencils with greater opacity if you want your colors to be true.

Overall rating:
4/5
A fantastic adult coloring book to add to my collection.  I have already marked off the other images I would like to work on next.

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The following are Amazon links to the items that I used to color the image above:

March 1, 2015

iATCs 2015 Candyland ATC Swap

I just finished up my contribution to the iATCs Candyland Swap.  We were instructed to depict any kind of landscape or place made out of candy.  Here is what I came up with:


Candyland River

Cupcake House
 
 
Gumdrop Canyon

 
 Peppermint Tree

I can't wait to see what the other traders come up with!