Tangled Treasures

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From Quartoknows we received a review copy of Tangled Treasures for which we thank them kindly.

On the internet this can be found about this book: Coloring is a peaceful and pleasant right-brain activity that can provide a soothing and enjoyable pastime for people of any age. Unlike painting, you don’t need to have the skills of an artist to create a masterpiece. All you need is to pick the colors and draw within the lines. The results can be miraculous!

Disconnect temporarily from the everyday hustle and bustle and escape to a world filled with creativity, inspiration, and serenity. Coloring helps reduce stress levels, elevates focus, and promotes a soothing, relaxing frame of mind and sense of wellbeing.

The 52 designs in the Tangled Treasures Coloring Book are all original tangle artwork by certified Zentangle teacher Jane Monk. Monk begins the book by leading you through some basic techniques for using colored pencils or fine-point markers to color the designs, including skills like shading and blending. Each of the designs is printed on a page with a blank back, so you can remove the art from the book and frame it, if you like. Jump right in to the relaxing spell woven by Zentangles!

This looks like a nice book to color in. It is thick with single printed pages. There is much variety in the pictures which makes choosing one a pleasure. I notice that due to the binding of the book it does not open completely flat. On the other hand the pages are perforated so they are easily retrievable and therefore easy to color in. I will let you take a look at the inside by showing a few examples.

The first picture that I chose appealed to me for testing with aquarelle colored pencils. This time I used Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer together with a Caran d’Ache water brush. The paper is very suitable for aquarelle. The combined use with the water brush goes without any problem. There is no bubbling and the paper stays nicely even. Because the paper is not that very smooth the colors remain within their squares.

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The second one I colored in with a combination of Faber Castell Polychromos and pastel pencils from Bruynzeel. The latter I used for the bottom. This pencil is also very nice to use on this paper. The pigment attaches itself well to it and spreads smoothly. I thought it would be nice to color the big surface on the bottom side of the picture with pastel. I put a decent amount of pastel down which I spread out with a paper stump. Always remember to fixate the pastel afterwards to avoid smudging.

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In my opinion there are so many lovely pictures in this book that I picked another one. For this one I used Tombow ABT Brush felt tip pens and filled in some parts with Koh-I-Noor pastel pencils. The water based Tombows did not bleed through the paper. The ink spreads evenly and does not bleed through the lines. So all four tested materials prove to be no problem for this paper.

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In the front section of the book there is a clear explanation of different coloring techniques. There is even some blank space left where you can test your materials. And there is a beautiful color wheel so you  can see which colors go well together.

My conclusion about this book is a very positive one. You can use almost all materials in it. There are 52 different pictures to choose from and it is printed one sided. A minus is that it cannot be opened totally flat but then again, the pages are easily retrievable. For sure this is a must for both the beginning and the advanced colorist.

Data of the book
Title: Tangled Treasures
Illustrator: Jane Monk
Publisher: Rockport Publishers / QuartoKnows Publishers
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 213.36 x 251.46 x 15.24mm
ISBN: 9781589238954
Price: € 16,66 (Bol) / € 13,13 (Bookdepository)

This book is amongs others available at Bol & Bookdepository.


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