Creative Haven – Arabic Patterns

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From Kleurboekenwinkel we recieved the book Creative Haven-Arabic Patterns for testing and to write a review on. For this we want to thank Kleurboekenwinkel very much.

Information on the internet:This exciting and challenging collection of 31 full-page geometric designs is based on beautiful Islamic art patterns selected from a rare 19th-century album. Intricate illustrations combine polygons, stars, rosettes, and other highly detailed images. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Arabic Patterns Coloring Book and other Creative Haven® coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Previously published as Arabic Allover Patterns.

When I received this book to review I had no idea what to expect. It looked pretty complicated and I didn’t think it would be my kind of book. As I started flipping the pages this feeling only got strengthend. But after some flipping I found three designs that seemed very nice to me and I then started colouring. I must admit my first impression was so wrong! I just loved this book so much with all it’s lovely patterns.And you can colour these designs in so many different ways. I’ve tried to keep symmetry in the designs as much as possible.

I would like to show you some examples of this book’s designs.

The first design I coloured with Faber Castell polychromos. These pencils coloured nicely on this paper. The pigment came out beautifully. I used little pressure and that went well. You could see the colours very well. I adapted the result with the Lyra splender to create more shine and level the pigment.

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The second design I coloured with Staedler triplus felt-tips. I just loved the way they coloured on this paper. The felt-tips didn’t run and I didn’t think the ink was absorbed either.The paper feels thick and firm and the ink of the felt-tips covered the paper nicely. Even when the ink is dried up the colour is still beautiful.Unfortunately the felt-tips did press through, but that was no problem. If you want to keep the pages in the book, you just put a white sheet of paper between the pages. When you don’t mind you can take the pages out of the book. You don’t have to loose any pages one way or the other.The book is printed one-sided so the backside is already blank.

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The third design I coloured with Bruynzeel expression colour pencils. These pencils also coloured well on this paper. I chose to use a lot of pressure during colouring this design. In this way it was immediately covered and there were no white dots left in a box. Also the colours are visible very well on this paper by using a lot of pressure. These pencils colour excellent on this paper.

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Conclusion : I was very much surprised by this book. There are a lot of different ways of colouring you can apply. With all those different patterns you can colour symmetricaly or colour just the way you feel is right.In that way you can do whatever you like. The paper feels thick and firm, and the pigment comes on beautifully, whether using a lot of pressure or almost no pressure. Felt-tips are very suitable to colour in this book. They press through however but by using a white sheet of paper in between the designs or taking the design out of the book, you can prevent other designs from getting damaged.
The designs do vary in difficulty however. Some seem very difficult at first glance, others reveal their colouring-patterns right away. That is what makes this book a lot of fun, and it keeps you busy. So if you are looking for a book with fun, difficult and various patterns, this is the book for you !

Data of the book:
Title: Arabic Patterns
Illustrator: J. Bourgoin
Publisher: Dover Publications inc.
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5x279x210 mm
ISBN: 9780486494869
Price: € 8,95

This book is amongst others available at Kleurboeken-winkel.

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

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