Twilight garden artist’s edition

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From Gibbs Smith we received the book “Twilight garden artist’s edition” for testing and writing a review about. We want to thank Gibbs Smith very much for this.

Information on the internet: A collection from Sweden’s newest coloring book sensation, available in North America for the first time.

Maria Trolle’s Twilight Garden coloring book collection sets itself apart from the competition with its romantic sophistication. Striking white-on-black printed imagery dispersed throughout lend each edition a luxurious feel. Twilight Garden Artist’s Edition features twenty oversized art card drawings to hang on one’s wall or share with friends.

Complete your collection with the hardbound Twilight Garden Coloring Book, boasting 96 pages brimming with lush gardens, flowers, and fantastic creatures common to a Scandinavian landscape. Twilight Garden 20 Postcards are ideally priced and perfectly sized.

Maria Trolle is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Tyresö, outside Stockholm. Her passion for gardening acts as a thread to her art, with plants, vegetables and flowers offering daily inspiration—preferably from her own garden.

I always like Maria Trolle’s designs very much so I was very curious about this artists edition. The paper is of a firm and thick quality in this artist edition. What comes to notice right away during flipping the pages is that they are printed one sided and can be torn out.
Besides there being a lot of designs with a white background, there are also a lot with a black background, this gives a totally different appearance. I will show you some examples first.

There also are some coloured examples in the book. This gives extra inspiration. And these designs can also be torn out easily. You can frame the designs or give them as a present. A nice little extra.

Of course I started colouring in this edition. I chose a design which I coloured with pencils. I chose the Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. These pencils release their pigment very well onto the paper. In order to get it more even I adapted it with a blenderpencil. In this manner you rub the pigment into the paper a little more and the pigment attaches even better to the paper. I coloured the flower with different shades of red and working in layers went without any problems.

Next I coloured a design using felt-tips. I chose the Zig Clean color real brush pens. These pens have a rather spotty appearanceon this paper. The ink doesn’t dry very nicely. I don’t find it very disturbing on this design however. Because they’re petals which are never completely the same colour, I think it’s fine here. If you do find it disturbing I would advise to use a different kind of felt-tips and test them in a corner, to see whether that one dries even or not. Because of the thick quality of the paper you have no problem with any pressing through.

Conclusion : Pencils colour very well on this paper. The felt-tips I used, Zig clean color real brush pens, dry not completely even. I don’t think it’s a problem and suits this design rather well. Because of the thick quality of the paper there isn’t any pressing through at all. What I always find a plus is that the pages are printed one-sided and they can be taken out of the book.

Data of the book:
Title: Twilight garden artist’s edition
Illustrator: Maria Trolle
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Pages: 20
Size: 15 x 296 x 210 mm
ISBN: 9781423647072
Price: € 11,99 (Bookdepository)/ € 16,26 (

This book is available at Bookdepository &

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


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