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From QuartoKnows Publishers we received the beautiful “Wildflowers” by artist Lisa Congdon, a brand new addition to their “Just add color” series. We thank QuartoKnows kindly for this review copy.
On the Internet the following information about this book can be found: Who doesn’t love to color? As an adult, now that you can stay in the lines, you only need to think about what color to use! Rockport Publishers presents a series of grown-up coloring books for art and design lovers. Just Add Color: Wildflowers includes 30 original designs from artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon. From coneflowers and poppies to foxgloves and zinnias, you’ll find 64 perforated pages of beautiful wildflowers to color and frame. You’ll be inspired by the sumptuous artwork in this book, and the use of color is endless. Relax, have fun, and Just Add Color.
This very attractive book contains 30 pictures with drawings of wildflowers, drawn in a somewhat abstract way that I like very much. Lisa Condon is not just any artist but one who works for large companies and institutions like the MoMa and several publishing houses. This is a book to cheer one up and the time of publishing couldn’t be better now that spring has arrived.
In the first pages of the book four by Condon colored pictures are displayed to be used as an example, but for the rest it’s up to your own imagination how to color the picures in. The book has a sturdy binding and can be placed down flat well. You can take the pages out if you like because all pages are perforated. It is printed one sided so you don’t have to worry about bleeding through the page (this happens by the way only with alcohol based markers).
I thoroughly tested this book while using several different kinds of material: colored pencils, felt tip pens, markers, aquarelle pencils and pastel pencils. On almost all fronts and materials this book satisfies. Therefore I tremendously enjoyed working in this book.
The first picture I colored in with colored pencils. Better than this it doesn’t get as far as the paper is concerned. It seems that American publishers are often better in this than European ones. Like it is here. I used Derwent Coloursoft colored pencils and did not need a blender pencil or white spirit to blend colors and to achieve a nice and smooth result. The paper handles an eraser also well without getting damaged. For the background I used a Spectrum Noir marker.
The second picture I colored in with Tombow Dual Brush pens. The paper handled these also well. I was able to put several layers down on the paper without it getting damaged. Here also the background is done with a marker because water based felt tips would inevitably make for a stripy effect.
For the next picture I used only Spectrum Noir markers. An unpleasant surprise awaited me here. The ink bleeded through the lines immediately.
I had not expected this because I already used markers for the background in the two previous pictures. And there that did not occur. It turned out that the wax of the colored pencils and the ink of the Tombows withheld the ink from the markers from bleeding through the lines. There was only one way to finish this picture and that was to draw over the lines first with a pencil. That worked for the most part. But of course this should not be necessary and it made the coloring of this pictures rather tedious.
The fourth picture I colored in with Koh-I-Noor Mondeluz aquarelle pencils. This went excellent. The paper bubbles only slightly but that is no problem. It dries fast, yet with enough time to mix en blend colors.
The last picture I did with Koh-I-Noor pastel pencils. Just as was the case with colored pencils this paper is perfect. It was such a pleasure to work with these. The pastel lies down excellent and stayed put on the paper before using a Edding fixative spray.
My conclusion is: excellent! Nothing but praise for this publisher when it comes to their choice of paper. The only material I would not recommend this book for are alcohol based markers. But all other materials, whether dry or wet: this book handled them very well.
And of course also praise for artist Lisa Congdon whose cheerful designs make this coloring book so wonderful!
Data from the book:
Title: Just Add Color: Wildflower
Product dimensions: 6 x 215 x 255 mm
Price: € 14,99 (Bol) € 6,65 (Bookdepository)