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From publisher Search Press we received the book Tangle Wood to write a review on. We thank them for the book.
Information on the internet: Illustrator and papercutter, Jessica Palmer, has created 75 pages of enchanting hand-drawn pictures for you to colour and lose yourself in. The images all have a magical woodland theme, and each one includes a a ‘hidden jewel’, intricately worked into the design, which will include rings, brooches, pendants, chains, bracelets and earrings featuring insects, animals and leafy patterns. The book will include designs that fit on a single page as well as those that extend across a double-page spread. Some of the designs will fill the entire page and others will sit within it. Others will have space left for the reader to extend the design themselves.
What struck me immediately about this beautiful book is the excellent quality of the paper and the book is beautifully bound. Now I want to find out how the paper reacts to the colouring-materials.
For my first design I used Bruynzeel pastel pencils. The owl-design in this book really lended itself for these pencils. The paper is perfect for using these pencils because of it’s somewhat rough structure. The pastel attaches well on the paper.
When finished always use a fixation spray to prevent the pastel from coming off.
There is a great diversity in designs as I show below. There are plenty of options.
The next design is coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos. These pencils colour fine on this paper. Partly due to the roughness of the paper that absorbs the pigment well. There was no need for blending these colours. And even with a little more pressure the paper stayed well.
Finally the test with the felt-tips to see whether they can be used in this book. I used the Staedler triplus and the Stabilo 88. These are extremely suitable for the more detailed designs in this book. This also goes well and the felt-tips don’t press through. They colour nicely and the ink doesn’t run out.
At the beginning of the book there is a page with items that are hidden all over the book. These items are hidden in the designs.
Conclusion : A very beautiful book of excellent quality. You can use all sorts of materials in it. There is also room for making your own designs or complement designs. Find the items that were mentioned on the first page. Highly recommended for many hours of colouring-fun.
Data of the book:
Title: Tangle Wood
Illustrator: Jessica Palmer
Publisher: Search Press Ltd
Size: 222 x 222 x 6 mm
Price: € 10,99
This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.