Friday, 17 June 2016

The Ultimate Tenniel book...

Heidi Berthiaume at Vinatge Coloring is doing something really interesting. She's publishing colouring books that reproduce the drawings of pre early twentieth century illustrators. 
Now you can colour not only John Tenniel's drawings but those of many early artists like Beardsley, Charles Robinson, Clara Atwood, Walter Crane and others.  
I will be reviewing a couple of more of her books next month.

My colouring

Title: The Art of John Tenniel; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Artist/Adapter: Sir John Tenniel and Heidi Berthiaume

At a glance…..

Size - 216 x 279, 94 pages
Single-sided images - yes
Images into the spine - no
Paper - white
Perforated - no
Water based pens - okay with care.
Who will love it - those who enjoy colouring images based on fiction, and those who have an affinity with vintage drawings.

You may also like to read about The Alice Project - here

You can find out more …..

The Art of John Tenniel: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

You can buy it at Book Depository;  Amazon UK
Amazon US

The Art of John Tenniel: Through the Looking-Glass…

You can buy it here at - Book Depository;   Amazon UK;  
Amazon US

Tell me more…..


I'm impressed with this book and if you're wanting to colour Tenniel images, you should consider this one. This book includes ALL 42 of the Tenniel drawings for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and thankfully they're in the same sequence as the story. There is no accompanying text and no padding in the form of wallpapers. This book is a celebration of Tenniel.


Heidi has only slightly adapted the drawings to make them easier to colour; in size as well as a few details. To my mind you can't get better than Tenniel's Alice drawings. They are full of drama, darkness and humour. Here I've included some of the images that are not in the Macmillan Alice. There are more of Father William in this book too.

Layout and Paper:

The book opens with an introduction by Heidi with the suggestion to use pencils and a note on the paper. The images are all single-sided so as long as you use protective paper behind the image, you can use markers. The paper is white and medium quality. Some of the images are in landscape format but no image runs into the spine. Because Heidi is herself a colourer, she knows how useful extra pages are to try out ideas and pens and pencils. So at the back of the book are several pages for that purpose.

Book reviews and posts from last week -

Downunder Week, introducing Jane Monk - review is here.

So Which Brush Pen is the Least Streaky? - post is here.

Downunder Week, introducing Collette Fergus - review is here.

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


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