Inky Christmas: An enchanting, festive adult colouring book

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From Helenclaireart we received the book Inky Christmas for writing a review about. We want to thank Helenclaireart very much for this.


Information you can read on the internet: A wonderland of 32 magically-enchanting, festive illustrations, await your imagination! … A square book featuring: summer Christmas scenes, pets climbing presents, whimsical elves on shelves… to the chocolate factory, penguin ice bar, and Santa’s chaotic mail room… there is plenty to captivate and entertain. … The series so far: Inky Ocean, Inky Garden, Inky Mandalas, Inky Mandalas Mix, Inky Extreme, Inky Dinky Blossom, Inky Lifestyle, Inky Galaxy, Inky Whimsy… and now Inky Christmas!

As we recieved this book from Helenclaireart, I started flipping it right away. The paper feels thin, but what I think is a plus, is that the pages are printed one-sided. How the paper will handle the colouring is something we’re going to find out during colouring, and I will get back to that later on.

In the back of the book you will find a testing page, on which you can test different materials before you start on a design. You can see whether it works or not.


The designs are various and have a nice Christmas atmosphere. I will show you some examples.

I started colouring of course. I started with felt-tips. And I chose the Faber Castell Pitt pen brush. These pens coloured very nice on this paper. The ink does press through to the backside a little however, but because the paper is printed one-sided, you don’t lose a design. What I do advise, and what Helen herself advises, is to put an empty piece of paper behind the design you’re working on, in order to prevent pressing through on the next design. The ink dries nicely and very quickly, and the colours are displayed well. I’m very happy with the result because of this.


Next I coloured a design using pencils. I chose the Faber Castell Polychromos. The pigment is absorbed well by the paper. Applying multiple layers isn’t a problem either. I adapted some parts with a Koh I Noor blenderpencil, but I did notice that when I accidentally went over the printed edges, the black was released a little. So if you want to use a blenderpencil you have to be very careful. Furthermore I’m very pleased with this design.


Conclusion :
I personally think this is a very nice Christmas book for colouring. The paper feels thin, but it can handle the different materials very well. The testing of the alcoholmarkers on the testing page went very well too. Do put a sheet of paper between the pages when using makers, to prevent the ink from pressing through. The different kinds of Christmas designs guarantee that almost everyone will find something nice in here. I think it’s a very nice book.

Data from the book:
Title: Inky Christmas: An enchanting, festive adult colouring book 
Illustrator: Helen Elliston
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 215.9 x 215.9 x 4.06mm
ISBN: 978-1537720753
Price: $ 7,99

This book is available at Amazon a.o.

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

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