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Review THE POMEGRANATE GROVE coloring book

Review THE POMEGRANATE GROVE coloring book

Thanks to Antonina Kalinina i get the chance to review this beautiful coloring book.

Information:

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Book: THE POMEGRANATE GROVE coloring book
Artist: Antonina Kalinina
ISBN: 9781536817164
Print: pages to color are printed on one side
Paper: white
Price: $6.30
Buy it here:
https://www.amazon.com/Pomegranate-Grove-Coloring-intricate-inspired/dp/1536817163/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480943334&sr=8-1&keywords=The+pomegranate+grove

Introduction:

The designs in this book are inspired by Iznik pottery, a type of ceramics decorated with bright and intricate floral patterns, which originated in the famous Turkish city of Iznik(known as Nicaea in antiquity). Iznik pottery flourished from the late 15th till 17th century, but it’s influence is still very much alive in the work of modern Turkish artisan ceramics.
Tulips and carnations, pomegranates, artichokes, hyacinths and campanulae are some of the popular Iznik motifs. Iznik ceramic murals often depict a cherry or an almond tree in full bloom against a deep blue or white background – this pattern is called ‘tree of life’.
Cheerful bright hues of blue and red dominate the Iznik palette, but you can also see on occasional splash of yellow and green. One would see a blue carnation or a blue tulip in Iznik desings – isn’t it an amazing freedom to learn from for a colorist as well?

Iznik knew no mandalas, but rather round patterns painted on dishes. However, the traditional Iznik flowers – carnations, hyacinths, tulips and campanulae – make great stuff for intricate mandalas. I included some such mandalas in this book alongside with a couple of versions of the ‘tree of life’ pattern.

I hope that the spirit of Iznik is present here despite some inevitable modifications.
Welcome to the Pomegranate Grove – fragrant with campanulae and hyacinths, where the tree of life grows clad in perpetual bloom, and where precious pomegranates hang down from intertwined branches and fall on the grass mottled with bright carnations and tulips. Whether you color it your own way or the traditional way – using blues and reds only – i hope the time you spend on it will be pleasurable and rewarding.

Happy coloring!

First impression

Because i really love intricate and detailed pictures to color … I loved the cover of this book from the first moment i saw it!
When looking in the book, my first impression was: very detailed flower patterns and light weighted paper.

Review:

Pictures/drawings:
As i allready said, all pictures are very detailed!
They are all tiny flowers and leaves but if you like intricate coloring pages you really will love this book.
The lines are not too thick and the book is very well printed.

Flipthrough

Paper:
White, smooth but very light weighted paper.
In the book you can find an 80% discount code to buy a digital printed version. That way you can print the images on any paper brand you want.

Paper in combination with different mediums

Colored pencils:
Perfect! You can use any brand of colored pencil in this book without a problem. I tried prismacolor, lyra and faber castell polychromos and it was very easy to color and blend the colors together.

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Watercolor pencils + brush/waterbrush: 

Tested with derwent inktense pencils.
Because the drawings are very detailed it’s hard to stay in between the lines with an aquabrush.
It doesn’t bleed through but the paper will buckle. I don’t really recommend this technique in this book.

Watercolor pencils + blenderpen:
This technique works perfect! When using a blenderpen with a very small tip (i used tombow N00) you can get a very nice effect. Paper will not start to buckle and doesn’t bleed through!

Normal pens/fineliners:
Tested with staedtler teiplus fineliners. They bleed through a bit but when you put an extra white paper in between 2 pages you will not ruin your next page. Every picture is one side printed also.

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Alcohol based markers:
Bleed through… But these markers always bleed through in coloring books.

Conclusion:

Very cute book with nice, intricate, detailed illustrations of flowers and leaves.
Not really a recommendation for people who just started coloring but for those who love intricate drawings, this is really a very good book!
Paper is not very good quality but with the 80% coupon code you can print the images on any paper you want.

Some pictures:

Review MINDFUL COLORING – Diana Elisabeth Dube

Review MINDFUL COLORING Calming the mind through art – Diana Elisabeth Dube

Thanks to W.W. Norton & Company i get the chance to review this beautiful coloring book.

Information:

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Book: MINDFUL COLORING Calming the mind through art
Artist: Diana Elisabeth Dube
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 978-0-393-71178-3
Print: pages to color are printed on one side.
Paper: white

Book dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
Price: £ 8.62 / $14.95 / 19.50 CAN

Buy it here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mindful-Coloring-Calming-Mind-Through/dp/0393711781/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475497601&sr=8-1&keywords=mindful+colouring+diana

-Information on the backside of the book:

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First impression

I like the book dimensions a lot, not too small but also not too big, really cute, thick book, nice to hold and invites me to have a look inside and discover the illustrations.
Paper is feeling very thin, not that good quality but that i will test later on.
I see a lot mandala-styled drawings but also some about nature.

Review:

Pictures/drawings:
This is a very good book for people who just started coloring or want to give it a try. The illustrations are not that detailed as written in description at the backside of the book.
The drawings are mostly very simple. A lot of mandalas but also some illustrations about nature.
All images are hand-drawn and abstract.
This book is printed one-sided, this makes it nice to work with markers that will bleed through. That way you’ll never ruin the image on the other side of your colored page.

Flipthrough

Paper:
White, smooth but very light weighted paper.
All pages are perforated. That makes it easy to pull out the pages you want.
Paper in combination with different mediums

Colored pencils:
Perfect! You can use any brand of colored pencil in this book without a problem. I tried prismacolor, lyra and faber castell polychromos and it was very easy to color and blend the colors together.

Watercolor pencils + brush/waterbrush:
Tested with faber castell aquarelle pencils. The paper really takes the water immediate. You don’t have time to play with the color a bit, paper will go buckle and you have a bleed through.
I don’t recommend this technique in this book.

Watercolor pencils + blenderpen:
This will work for smaller areas but not for bigger because you will destroy the paper. It does bleed through but you can put an extra piece of paper between the pages.

Normal pens/fineliners:
Tested with stabilo markers. They bleed through immediately but when you put an extra white paper in between 2 pages you will not ruin your next page.

 

Alcohol based markers: 

Bleed through… But these markers always bleed through in coloring books, you can color with it but then you really need to put some cardstock in between the pages.

Acrylic based markers:
This is ok for details, but when coloring larger images you will destroy the paper a bit.

Conclusion:

Very cute book with nice, simple illustrations of mandalas and nature. Very interesting for people who wants to start coloring or just started it.
Paper is not very good quality in combination with water so i only recommend to color in it with normal colored pencils and markers.

Some pictures:

BON VOYAGE By Lizzie Mary Cullen – review

Review BON VOYAGE by Lizzie Mary Cullen

Thanks to John Murray Learning, i get the chance to review another beautiful book!

Information:

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Artist: Lizzie Mary Cullen
Publisher: John Murray Learning
ISBN: 978-1-473-64018-4
Print: pages to color are printed on both sides
Paper: white
Price: 9£99
Buy it here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bon-Voyage-Colouring-Lovers-Things/dp/1473640180/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474891242&sr=8-1&keywords=Bon+voyage+lizzie
Information on the backside of the book:

Discover the beauty of all things French as Lizzie Mary Cullen takes you on a cultural exploration like no other.
Trace your pencil through iconic urban spaces, elegant art nouveau patterns, peaceful landscapes and elaborate stained glass rosettes as part of an immersive journey through France and French life.
Gild, decorate and bring to life exquisite details, both historic and modern, including hand-made lace, intricate royal gardens, classical architecture, scrumptious patisserie windows and stylish Parisian shops. Lizzie’s unique style rooted in psychogeography and urban cartography has resulted in lavish interpretations and new perspectives on iconic images.
Over 80 of the most poignant French proverbs provide a window into the culture and te inspiration for the hidden objects you will discover as you lose yourself in the icons of France.

Lizzie Mary Cullen is an award-winning illustrator, artist and speaker based in London.
Working in pen and ink, her psychogeographic maps of urban environments have been exhibited around the world.

First impression:

Just like ‘Buena vista’ , I was so happy when i received this book because i allready have 2 of Lizzie’s books (The magical city and The magical journey) and i really really love her books and beautiful artwork.
So my first impression of this new book is : a few drawings look also a bit smaller but her unique way of illustrating is still there!
The format of the book is the same as the 2 others and that is a very nice format to color in. (25 x 25 cm)
I also notice that each illustration has a French proverb. (Like the Spanish proverbs in ‘Buena vista’)

Review:

Pictures/drawings:
As i said before, Lizzie has a very unique style of illustrating and yes this book is another proof of how talented she is. All drawings are about France .
The drawings are a bit smaller and don’t cover the whole page but i think that’s ok because then you can play with coloring the background.
This book is very well printed, no blurry lines!

I also told you that there are words written on some drawings… French proverbs.
All proverbs are translated in the back of the book and there you can also find the English equivalent.
What i also like a lot is that each image contains a hidden object. The reveal of all hidden objects, you can also find in the back of the book.

Flipthrough

Paper:
White and smooth paper. I hope the paper has the same quality as the other 2 books because i really love to play with watercolor in her images. But that i’ll find out very soon!

Paper in combination with different mediums

Colored pencils:
Perfect! You can use any brand of colored pencil in this book without a problem. I tried prismacolor, lyra and caran d’ache and it was very easy to color and blend the colors together.

Watercolor pencils + brush/waterbrush:
Tested with derwent inktense + waterbrush: works perfect! And i am so happy because i really love to use this technique in those books! Paper doesn’t start to buckle and it is easy to move the color over the paper. There is no bleed through at all!

Watercolor pencils + blenderpen:
Also tested with derwent inktense pencils and a Zig blenderpen.
This technique also works very good in this book! No bleed through and no buckled paper!

Normal pens/fineliners:
For all fans of using pens: don’t worry! You can use your pens in this book without bleeding through, only when you go over and over the same spot a whole lot, you have a little bleed through.

Alcohol based markers:
Bleed through… But these markers always bleed through in coloring books, you can color with it but then you will ruin the page on the other side

Acrylic based markers:
Ok but i won’t recomment it for bigger areas because then you destroy the paper a little bit but for details it works perfect!

Conclusion:

Another amazing book by Lizzie Mary Cullen! Really beautiful artwork!
There are detailed images but also images that are a bit bigger for those who just start to color.
I really recomment this book to anyone who likes to color!

Some pictures:

Review ‘Buena Vista’ by Lizzie Mary Cullen

Review BUENA VISTA by Lizzie Mary Cullen

Thanks to John Murray Learning, i get the chance to review another beautiful book!

Information:

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Artist: Lizzie Mary Cullen
Publisher: John Murray Learning
ISBN: 978-1-473-64019-1
Print: pages to color are printed on both sides
Paper: white
Price: 9£99

 
Buy it here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Buena-Vista-Colouring-Lovers-Spanish/dp/1473640199/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474630075&sr=8-1&keywords=buena+vista+colouring

Flipthrough video

Information on the backside of the book:

Get ready to embark on a vivid journey through the land of tapas, sun and flamenco.
Discover the beauty of all things Spanish as Lizzie Mary Cullen takes you on a cultural exploration like no other. Trace your pencil through iconic urban spaces, symbolic ornaments, heritage villages and romantic patterns as part of an immersive journey through Spain and Spanish life. Gild, decorate and bring to life exquisite details, both historic and modern, including delicate maps, traditional crafts, Gaudi’s buildings, royal imagery and unforgettable Andalusian dancers. Lizzie’s unique style rooted in psychogeography and urban cartography has resulted in lavish interpretations and new perspectives on iconic images.

Over 80 of the most relevant Spanish proverbs provide a window into the culture and the inspiration for the hidden objects you will discover as you lose yourself in de charms of Spain.

Lizzie Mary Cullen is an award-winning illustrator, artist and speaker based in London.
Working in pen and ink, her psychogeographic maps of urban environments have been exhibited around the world.

First impression

I was so happy when i received this book because i allready have 2 of Lizzie’s books (The magical city and The magical journey) and i really really love her books and beautiful artwork.
So my first impression of this new book is : a few drawings look a bit smaller and some are mandala-minded but her unique way of illustrating is still there!
The format of the book is the same as the 2 others and that is a very nice format to color in. (25 x 25 cm)
I also notice that on some pages there are quotes … In Spanish i guess because i don’t understand any of them and all pages are numbered.

Review:

Pictures/drawings:
As i said before, Lizzie has a very unique style of illustrating and yes this book is another proof of how talented she is. All drawings are about Spain but there are also some pages with flower mandalas and other abstract mandalas.
The drawings are a bit smaller and don’t cover the whole page but i think that’s ok because then you can play with coloring the background.

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Some pages are not very well printed (picture), some lines are a bit blurry and i know some people really don’t like that but for me … It’s really not too bad so i don’t mind.

 

 

I also told you that there are words written on some drawings… And now i know what they are … They are spanish proverbs, all proverbs are translated in the back of the book and there you can also find the English equivalent.

What i also like a lot is that each image contains a hidden object. The reveal of all hidden objects, you can also find in the back of the book.

Paper:
White and smooth paper. I hope the paper has the same quality as the other 2 books because i really love to play with watercolor in her images. But that i’ll find out very soon!

Paper in combination with different mediums

Colored pencils:
Perfect! You can use any brand of colored pencil in this book without a problem. I tried prismacolor, lyra and caran d’ache and it was very easy to color and blend the colors together.

Watercolor pencils + brush/waterbrush:
Tested with derwent inktense + waterbrush: works perfect! And i am so happy because i really love to use this technique in those books! Paper doesn’t start to buckle and it is easy to move the color over the paper. There is no bleed through at all!

Watercolor pencils + blenderpen:
Also tested with derwent inktense pencils and a Zig blenderpen.
This technique also works very good in this book! No bleed through and no buckled paper!

Normal pens/fineliners:
For all fans of using pens: don’t worry! You can use your pens in this book without bleeding through, only when you go over and over the same spot a whole lot, you have a little bleed through.

Alcohol based markers:
Bleed through… But these markers always bleed through in coloring books, you can color with it but then you will ruin the page on the other side

Acrylic based markers:
Ok but i won’t recomment it for bigger areas because then you destroy the paper a little bit but for details it works perfect!

Conclusion:

Another amazing book by Lizzie Mary Cullen! Really beautiful artwork!
There are detailed images but also images that are a bit bigger for those who just start to color.
I really recomment this book to anyone who likes to color!

Some pictures:

Review Ayahuasca jungle visions – a coloring book

Review AYAHUASCA Jungle visions – a coloring book by Alexander George Ward.

Thanks to the great artist Alexander George Ward, i got the opportunity to review his amazing new coloring book.

Information:

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Artist: Alexander George Ward
Publisher: Divine Arts
ISBN: 978-1611250534
Print: pages to color are printed on one sight
Paper: white:
Price: 12$95

Extra:
All pages can be pulled out.
There is also a color protector page in the book for protecting the next page while using markers that bleed through!

Information on the backside of the book:

Ayahuasca Jungle Visions is a coloring book inspired by artist Alexander George Ward’s journey from the source of the Amazon River into the very heart of the Amazon Jungle. There, at the home of the greatest abundance of life on this sacred Earth, Ward encountered the ancient cultures and traditions of tribes that have learned to live in harmony with Mother Nature.
As you color the magnificent illustrations that grew from his travels, you will begin to see the jungle through the eyes of ancient shamanic cultures. The tints and tones you choose will guide you into the artist’s vision of humanity in proper relationship to Mother Nature, Pachamama: the great giver of life. Each image you complete will lead you closer to discovering your own place within the vast web of nature, which connects us all.
Alexander George Ward is a world-traversing, multidisciplinary, visionary artist. He has worked as an art directorflr the animated feature film Back to the sea (China) and as a conceptual artist for video games such as DJ Hero 2 (UK). He divides his time between the UK and Greece.

First impression:

Amazing, beautiful bookcover! Makes me want to open it immediately!
When i opened the book, i saw all wonderful drawings about everything in the jungle.
From flowers, over peoples to animals…

Review:

Pictures/drawings:
Very professional drawings from the hand of a real artist
Not only very detailed pages but also pages with larger areas for the colorists who just started coloring.
Paper:
White, not very heavy weighted paper

Paper in combination with different mediums:
Colored pencils: perfect! Good paper to use with colored pencils (any brand)
Watercolor pencils + brush/waterbrush: not a good idea, water makes the paper start to buckle
Watercolor pencils + blenderpen: because a blenderpen is also wet, this technique is difficult to use in this book
Normal pens/fineliners: that is ok, you can perfectly color with pens in the book but make sure u use the protector page because the pens will bleed through.
Alcohol based markers: in this case, you’ll need more than one protector page, alcohol markers always do bleed through and run out
Acrylic based markers: makes the paper also start to buckle

Conclusion:

WAW what an artist!
This book is so beautiful illustrated!
Paper is not the best quality in combination with water but working with normal coloring pencils and pens is really not a problem.
For those who like anything about nature /jungle this is really a book to have!

I can’t wait to start coloring!

Some pictures: