Gothic coloring book

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From Selina Fenech we received the book Gothic coloring book for writing a review about. We want to thank Selina Fenech very much for this.


Information that can be found on the internet: This 8.5x11inch sized coloring book features 25 easy-medium detailed artworks by Selina Fenech featuring magical women, dragons, witches, and dark angels.
The paper is a quality white bond, images on one side only.
BONUS This book includes TWO full sets of the 25 artworks, for a total of 50 pages to color in.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got the book. The cover radiates something mysterious. You will find the design shown on the cover in the book too.

First I will show you some examples to give you an idea of what you can expect in this book.

What is peculiar about this book is that all the designs are in there twice. Selina Fenech did this on purpose because being an artist, she knows there are moments when you think you should have coloured a design differently, or you want to try different materials on a design. This is possible now.


I don’t know if I would colour the same design twice, but because we are colouring with two people, it’s ideal to both colour the same design. I often hear people saying they want to colour a design again, so not such a bad idea after all.

Of course I coloured in this book myself. Because I wanted to do a thorough test I used felt-tips of different brands. I used the Faber Castell Pitt brush pens, Tombow ABT Dual brush pens, Zig clean color brush pens and the Sakura Koi coloring brush pens. What came to notice right away is that all pens press through. The paper isn’t very thick but it coloured nicely. The pages are printed one-sided, but to prevent the pens from damaging the next page it’s wise to put a sheet of paper between the pages. The colours are displayed nicely and the ink dried well and remained between the lines. I’m quite happy about this design.


Next I coloured a design using pencils. I used the Faber Castell polychromos pencils and the Caran d’Ache pablo pencils. The pencils released their pigment very easy and even when using little pressure, there’s enough pigment on the design. I used more pressure on some spots on purpose, but even then the pigment attached well to the paper. Adapting with the Koh-I-Noor blenderpen worked well, just as adapting with turpentine and a stumper did. I’m very happy with the result of this design.


Conclusion : I can only be positive about this book. I think the designs are very nice and the paper colours fantastic. Felt-tips press through though, but because the pages are printed one-sided, that is no problem. I would put a sheet of paper between the pages however, to prevent the ink from damaging the next design. All designs being in the book twice is a nice plus, but I would have prefered 50 unique designs. I can understand what Selina must have thought about you wanting to colour a design with different materials, or a roommate who wants to colour that design too.
All in all I just can say, if you like designs like this, this book is highly recommended. I will for sure buy more books of Selina Fenech.

Data from the book:
Title: Gothic coloring book
Illustrator: Selina Fenech
Publisher: Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd Afmetingen: 216 x 279 x 6mm
Pages: 108 pages
Product dimensions: 216 x 279 x 6mm
ISBN: 9780994355461
Price: € 11,41

This book is available at Bookdepository a.o.

This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.

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