Fantastic collections

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From Abrams and Chronicle books we received this book Fantastic Collections for writing a review about. We want to thank Abrams and Chronicles very much for this.

Information you can find on internet about this book: In this newest colouring book by the author of the internationally bestselling Fantastic Cities (more than 400,000 copies in print worldwide), artist Steve McDonald applies his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful and intimately detailed line drawings of amazing collections of objects. Finding inspiration in the unusual (museum collections, antiques and quirky toys) and the everyday (bicycles, butterflies, vintage cameras, store product displays), McDonald creates playful and immersive illustrations that are as lovely as they are fun to colour. The large, crisp white pages are conducive to a range of applications, and a middle margin keeps all the artwork fully colorable, and a dozen meditative mandala drawings created from the drawings round out this gorgeous adult colouring book. 

My immediate impression is that this is a nice large book. Almost 30×30 cm. The book has firm white pages that are printed double-sided. The designs vary a lot and there’s enough to chose from in this book.The design covers the whole page, but in the seam there’s a white edge. This is nice because now you don’t have to colour all the way to the middle. I will give you a little insight of the book first.

I coloured my first design using the Faber Castell polychromos. The paper is white and of a firm quality. It’s nice colouring on this paper. The surface is nice and smooth and the pigment attaches well. As you can see this is a design in which the pattern repeats itself. This happens a lot in this book. I like colouring the repetitions using the same colours, but you’re free to use different colours if you want. This design is also nice for framing if you like, and adding pictures to the already coloured frames. I liked colouring this one very much.


On the second design I used different brands of brush pens. These are water-based, which reduces the pressing through considerably. It’s always great fun colouring with these brush pens, because they’re so easy to mix. The paper in this book has no problems whatsoever with the somewhat moister ink of these pens. It doesn’t bulge or roughen, not even after going over the same spot multiple times. The ink doesn’t press through the paper at all. I found this design very appropriate for this time of year.


Finally my opinion on this book. A firm and large size book with good quality paper. You have to have a preference to the designs in this book. It’s just a little different from an avarage colouring book. There are serene designs in here, but also a lot of busy designs, in which the details are repeated. I personally like this and find the colouring very relaxing. The book lays flat on the table and you don’t have to colour until the seam. The paper is thick which allows you to colour on it with many different materials without them pressing through. Always test this on an invisible spot just to make sure. In short : a nice book and certainly one with challenges. Lots of colouring fun.

Data of the book:
Title: Fantastic Collections
Illustrator: Steve McDonald
Publisher: Abrams and Chronicle books
Pages: 60
Product dimensions:5 x 292 x 299 mm
ISBN: 9781452153247
Price: € 11,27

This book is available at a.o.

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

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