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We received a beautiful book for reviewing from publisher Pepin Press, for which we want to thank them very much.
Information you can find on the internet: PEPIN® Artists’ Colouring Books contain 16 sheets of superior acid-free drawing paper, printed with exceptional designs in very light lines. The printing is done in such a way that, depending on the techniques used, the original outline will be hardly visible after colouring. The 180 gsm drawing paper is made to our specifications by one of the best paper mills in Europe and is suitable for a wide range of colouring applications, including pencil, crayon, pastel, felt marker, gouache, etc. Also water colours and liquid inks can be used. Our first-rate paper has a long life and coloured sheets can be framed and displayed without the risk of rapid deterioration.
These Books match the quality of the finest artists’ pads. They are perfectly suited to practice your colouring skills and create beautiful pieces at the same time. In order to get the best results, we recommend you use high-quality colouring materials.
It is indeed a very nice, large book. The paper feels very firm and the beautiful designs are printed on one side only. This is always a plus when you want to use multiple colouring materials. The designs have been kept very soft by the artist so when finished, the lines are hardly visible. I will flip through the book and will show you some examples.
This paper seems very suited for using watercolour pencils on. I’m going to try them first. I chose to use a combination of Faber Castell Albrecht durer and Caran d’Ache Prismalo. They work well in combination with the Caran d’Ache waterbrush. The pigment attaches very well to this paper and as soon as I touch the pigment with the waterbrush it flows beautifully. The colours mingle fine and it’s a lot of fun doing this. The quality of the paper is excellent. It doesn’t bulge and remains in good condition despite it getting moist from the water. I can only say that colouring this one was great fun.
I coloured my second design with the waterborn Tombow ABT brush. These pens are pretty moist too but this is no problem whatsoever. The ink flows into the lines well and the colours remain bright. Pressing through of the ink on this paper is out of the question. I really liked this design. By colouring more and more details the total picture becomes more and more beautiful. The picture of the fish wins in shape and in the end it is wonderful. That’s why I chose to leave it like that and didn’t colour anything more. That would make the boxes disappear and I didn’t want that.
Now for the pros and cons of this book. I noticed that most watercolour paint, watercolour pencils, pens and markers are very nice to work with on this paper. Normal pencils are optional, but give lesser result because the pigment doesn’t enter the coarse structure. Look at the picture with the layer of pencil. Blending or stumping with blending fluid is optional then. Then the colours will get even.
De pages are printed one sided and can be removed easily for other purposes. I personally think the soft lines are very nice. It looks softer than with those hard, black lines. In short a very nice book for colourists who like working with watercolour or pen materials. The size of the designs is perfect. Highly recommended from my point of view.
Data from the book:
Title: Japanese designs Artists colouring book
Illustrator: Pepin van Rooijen
Publisher: The Pepin Press
Product dimensions: 10 x 346 x 254 mm
Price: € 12,95
This book is available at Bol.com a.o.
This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.