Thursday, 17 March 2016

The Liberty Colouring Book

Colouring books that are based on a literary classic, or explore a subject historically, particularly appeal to me. This pocket book is a collection of patterns from the famous fabric house, Liberty, founded in 1875.

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Comments: this is my first pocket sized book and it's great to pack up and pop into a bag for those brief colouring moments. If you wish, you can research the original patterns and try to replicate the colours, or put your own spin on the palette. I'll probably do a bit of both. I'm enjoying reading about the history of each pattern. A super book and I hope postcards are published at some stage.

Drawing and Layout: there's an interesting introduction about the process of designing a new pattern for Liberty. At the back of the book is an appendix/index giving information about the history of each pattern included in this book.
There's a range of drawing styles from intricately detailed Paisley patterns to just the outlines of each flower in a design. The line width varies quite a lot as a result. There is one design by William Morris and some more unusual designs to the normal Liberty floral print. I've included photos of a couple of these. The size works well for this subject as you don't really want to be colouring large double page spreads of the same pattern. The book also has foldout endpapers.

Here is the appendix at the back -

Paper: a reasonable quality white paper that takes pencils well. Water based pens will shadow with the darker colours especially and alcohol pens should be avoided. Always test on a back page first. The pages are double sided with each image covering a spread. The spine is glued and stitched so the images are easy to get to in the spine.

Here is a pattern called Juniper that I coloured in my own colours -

Other diverse images - 

* This book was purchased by me for my own collection.


  1. Interesting... unfortunately I cannot colour in pencils, my hands hurt right away. So I'm stuck with felt and brush tips, which is a pity, as I've a feeling that pencils allow for more varied effects. Thanks for the review -Silvia- (can't get out of this old Google id somehow)

    1. Water based brush pens are lovely to use and easier to hold, I agree. I'll give the brush pens more of a workout in this book. The paper should stand up to it, and I'll report back to you.