Nordische Wildnis

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CoverFrom Graefe und Unzer we received the book Nordische Wildnis for testing and writing a review about. We want to thank Graefe und Unzer very much for this.


Some information about the book : untouched nature, deep blue fjords, impenetrable forests, steep cliffs, wolves, owls and bears. Bring out the beauty of the North using your own colours. The book Nordische Wildnis from illustrator Claire Scully attracts you from the first page. Relax during the colouring of elk, wilde cats, squirrels and whales, hidden lakes and mysterious forests. Let your creativity run free and escape the daily routines. The reward ? Relaxation, mindfullness, tranquility and inner peace.
In addition there are cards and pages made with great care, to colour and tear out. So pick up your pens and get started.

The cover of the book is showing a wolf with a lake and snowy mountains in the background. You get the feeling this is about nature right away. This book contains mainly designs on animals, but there are also some designs on nature in it. The animals that are in the book remind me a lot of the book AnimalWorld. But this book is more. It contains other designs too. I will show you some examples fro te book now.

Besides the normal designs which are printed double-sided, there are some designs and cards in the back of the book that are printed one-sided. These can be taken out as well, which makes it easier to frame or send them. These designs are also printed on thicker paper.

I started colouring in this book and I chose to using colouring pencils first. I coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos. The pencils coloured very nicely on this paper. The pigment was released very well. I didn’t need much pressure in order to get a nice and even result. I didn’t adapt afterwards because I was happy with the result as it was.


Next I chose a design for using felt-tips on. I chose the Faber Castell Pitt artist pen brush. The tips of these pens are rather small, but still I had some trouble reaching the edges of a box without touching the next one. The box next to it getting the same colour wasn’t much of a problem however. The pens dried almost stripeless on this paper and the coloures are displayed very nicely.These designs are not for doing in between, because there are so many boxes to fill, you will be busy for quite some time. And it’s a challenge to make something nice of it. The pens didn’t press through, not even when going over the same spot multiple times. This is what makes this paper very suited for using pens too.


I tried a little piece using alcohol markers too and this went well. Off course markers always press through, which is something that you must keep in mind, because the design on the back will become useless. You can use the alcohol markers on the cards and detachable designs in the back as well.

Conclusion : This book contains designs that are related to nature, Nordic Wilderness in particular. The paper is of an excellent quality and it seems there has been put a lot of work in that. Pencils as well as pens work very well on this paper, and even alcohol markers don’t bleed on this paper. They do press through however. The cards in the back are a nice extra, and gives the book a special touch.

Data of the book:
Title: Nordische Wildnis
Illustrator: Claire Scully
Publisher: Graefe Und Unzer Verlag
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 230 x 240 x 15 mm
ISBN: 9783833852626
Price: € 12,99 (Bol)/ €10,97 (Bookdepository)

This book is available at Bol & Bookdepository a.o.

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

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