Friday, 3 June 2016

Downunder Week, introducing Sami Sparrow

Introducing my first Downunder Week, featuring three artists who live in Australia and New Zealand.
I hope you enjoy this week of introducing you to three artists living and creating in Australia and New Zealand. We have so much talent down here.

You might also enjoy -

Downunder Week, introducing Jane Monk - review is here.
Downunder Week, introducing Collette Fergus - review is here.

My colouring

Title:  Sami Sparrow's Imaginarium of Love and Hope

Artist:  Sami Sparrow

At a glance…..

Size - 192 x 245, 80 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - a few do
Paper - white and good quality.
Perforated - yes 
Water based pens - Test first.
Who will love it - those who find motivation through affirmations, those who like colouring images while keeping a message in mind and those who enjoy kaleidoscope style designs.

You can find out more …..

You can buy it here  -
at Book Depository;  Mighty Ape;  Booktopia (AU)
Hopefully Amazon will list this book in the future.

You can buy Sami's first book here -

The other, similar book I've reviewed that had well chosen quotes for each drawing is Colouring for Contemplation.

Tell me more…..

I enjoy colouring patterns. I'm not sure exactly why, but I like both the intellectual challenge as well as the joy of putting down lots of colour in an ordered way. This book of Sami's has freer patterns, more kaleidoscopic and they're teamed with a punchy text.
Colouring the example above, I was surprised how much I thought about the text as I coloured. It completely determined my colour choices and I felt like I could take on anything by the time I'd finished it! The messages in this book are strong, motivational ones; not at all cutesy.

Live like you mean it

A double page spread pattern

All of these designs are hand drawn; beautiful swirling shapes that encourage you to either shade them or block colour them. I particularly like the different text styles; some that you almost have to hunt for which is quite cool. Line length is consistent and medium throughout, and the images are not too detailed. There are a few patterns that are double page spreads but most of the single spread pages are clear of the spine.

Quality over quantity

Attack the day with enthusiasm

Layout and Paper:
The colour of the turquoise foil highlights on the cover is picked up in the lovely fold out back cover design.
Mostly the affirmation designs are on the right hand pages and on the reverse is a patterned page, often similar in design to the affirmations page. This means that you aren't losing any of the affirmations if you detach the page to display. It also means that if your chosen pens bleed through, then you haven't lost an affirmations page. The pages are perforated which is perfect for this type of book as you can take out a page to colour and frame, or give to a friend.

You're perfect to me - Be kick ass

Beautiful fold out back cover

Books reviewed last week -

Fairies in Wonderland - review is here.
Irojiten Coloured Pencils - review is here.
Vintage Vogue - Colouring Fashion - review is here.

* This book was sent to me by the publisher for an honest appraisal. Thanks.

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