Steampunk Devices Coloring Book

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Information on the internet: Buzzing with steampunk energy, these mashups of the mechanical and organic worlds present curious machines to color. More than 30 original designs offer imaginative visions of flying machines, locomotives, submarines, watches, spectacles, and other curious contraptions. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Steampunk Devices and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

When I saw this book I just had to take it with me. I like Steampunk designs and I enjoy colouring them everytime.

I will show you some examples first to give you an idea of the designs in the book.

After this preview I want to show you how you can colour in this book.

I started colouring with colouring pencils from Caran d’Ache Pablo. These pencils coloured vey nicely on this paper. And despite the fact that I prefer colouring with felt­tips, it was a joy colouring. This does say something about the quality of the paper. Really suited for pencils. The pencils slided over the paper very well and the pigment release was very good, even when using little pressure. I didn’t think adapting was required. I thought it to be very beautiful as it was.

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Of course I coloured with felt­tips also. I used a combination of Tombow ABT Dual Brush pens and Pitt Artist Brush pens. Both of them coloured well on this paper, but very soon I discovered they pressed through a lot. Just to make sure I put a sheet of paper between the pages in order to protect the design on the next page. The pressing through isn’t that much of a problem because the pages are printed only one sided. The paper bulges somewhat because of the water that’s in the felt­tips, so my advice would be to put a heavy book on the design after you finished colouring. In that way the design will get flat again.

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Because I like these designs so much and I enjoy colouring with alcohol markers, I wanted to test whether you could use these in this book. I started with them but very soon I noticed that the paper absorbed the ink very much and the ink started bleeding. This causes the ink to run further than where you were colouring, so this book is not suited for colouring with alcohol markers.

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Conclusion : This book contains beautiful, detailed designs. Pencils colour very well on this paper. I really think this book was designed for colouring with pencils. Felt­tips coloured well too, but they pressed through a lot and the paper started bulging. You have to put something heavy on the design after colouring it order to get it flat again. Alcohol markers bleed a lot and are not suited for using in this book unfortunately. Because of the beautiful designs however I find this book a true asset to my collection.

Data from the book :

Title: Steampunk Devices
Illustrator: Jeremy Elder
Publisher: Dover publications Inc.
Product dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 11 inches
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9780486494432

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

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