Thursday, 28 July 2016

5 Reasons to Buy a Hanna Karlzon Book…..

Patience is worth it! 
For over a year we have admired the Swedish editions of Hanna's books and now we are rewarded with the very best of outcomes. Publishers, Gibbs Smith, have taken great care to ensure that the English language versions of these books maintain the excellent production quality of the Swedish originals. We can look forward to the same publisher releasing her future books and postcards, along with Maria Trolle's books.


Daydreams and Summer Nights - a matching pair



Colouring from Daydreams by Sandra Whibberley


Here is my flip through video of Daydreams (Dagdrommar) - 



Here is the flip through video of Summer Nights (Sommarnatt) - 


Here we go…..

1 Appearance -

These books have been on a table and I cannot walk past them without stopping to stroke their smooth, silky covers and touch the contrasting textured book tape spines. 
They are hardbacks! That's rare amongst colouring books. Often I just hug them! 
These are "proper" books, to love and cherish. They ooze top quality. Well done to Gibbs Smith.

2 They are Approachable -

The drawings, although on a variety of subjects, form a coherent whole. 
They aren't so packed with detail that you'll need your magnifying glass. Phew! 
The ink is black and feels secure to colour around and the line width is mostly medium so doesn't feel intimidating at all. Looking through the books you're not aware of lots of repetition, as in many colouring books. These books don't feel as though they've been padded out with seemingly endless wallpapers.

3 Subject matter

To me it looks as though nature has met fairy tales. The drawings continue the great fairy tale illustrating legacy of Beardsley and Rackham. There's an edge of darkness never too far away and yet the nature images aren't in any way cutesy but invite you to lay down colour.
As well as nature, there are lots of images containing gems, tattoo influences and strongly drawn female characters.

4 Paper

How we love to discuss paper! And it is important when you're buying colouring books.
While these books contain double-sided images and several go into the spine - sigh - the paper quality itself won't disappoint you, I hope! The texture is quite smooth and the colour is a beautiful cream. The paper is the same as in the original Swedish versions of these books and publication was even delayed while they sourced the best paper. 
There is an Artist's Edition available of Daydreams which may be worth investigating if you are serious about colouring only single-sided images.

5 Treasured

These books have the feel of being collectible. Both volumes are the same size and sit well beside each other. They just feel and look really special. They will be still owned and treasured by many in thirty years time, I'll bet.
Hanna is currently working on the next book, Magical Dawn, and 2017 will also see the Artist's Edition of both Summer Nights and this new book.
Currently available are postcards from these books and the Winter Dreams postcards.

My colouring from Summer Nights



At a glance…..


Both books - 
Size - 208 x 254, 96 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - some do
Paper - cream
Perforated - no  
Water based pens - yes but you will need test them.


 You can find out more …





Daydreams - Dagdrommar

You can buy it at - Book Depository;









Summer Nights - Sommarnatt

You can buy it at - Book Depository;







There are also an Artists Edition and Postcards available. 
To see all of Hanna's colouring creations available in English, check out her page here -





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Reviews and Posts from last week

Creatures + Patterns + Richard Merritt = Tierzauber - review is here.

19+ Must See New Books for August  - post is here.

Meet Lou - Colourer of the Month - post is here



* These books were sent to me by the publisher for an honest appraisal. Thanks. 

Monday, 25 July 2016

Charming Cocot

Can you envisage what 700 toothpicks look like? 
Well, this is the number of ink-dipped  toothpicks that Japanese artist, Eriy, used to draw these images. Incredible!






My colouring

Title:  Romantic Country: the First Tale
Artist:  Eriy

Here is my video flip through -





At a glance…..


Size - 248 x 248, 96 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - some do
Paper - creamy
Perforated - no  
Water based pens - yes but you will need test them.
Who will love it - those who love colouring whimsical, romantic images, and those who like colouring a wide range of charming landscapes.



 You can find out more …


Romantic Country: the First Tale

You can buy it at - Book Depository;








Romantic Country: the Second Tale

You can preorder it at - Book Depository;









Tell me more…..


Comment: 

Romantic Country is the first of three charming books in this series. We have been waiting for some time for this English version. The book is based around Eriy's imagined world of Cocot. It's a bit like the French countryside with picturesque villages, castles, islands, animals and windmills. We follow Elena and her duck, Joset, through different landscapes. My instinctive feeling is that these drawings would look good coloured with gentle watercolour style washes but I have seen some stunning, strongly coloured images from this book.



Coloured by Heidi Huisman

Drawing:

Obviously hand drawn, these images aren't highly detailed but have plenty going on in them to keep you happily colouring and discovering things. Line width is a little variable but isn't ever too fine. The ink isn't black but more of a dark sepia colour. Just a few images run into the spine and the images don't have borders.  Beautifully drawn and totally charming.


Coloured by Alicia Fowler

Layout and Paper:

This book is set out in five chapters - Hill and Town overlooking a Clock Tower - Stories of Castles - a Villagescape with Beautiful Forests and Lakes - a Town where Genial People live - Windmills are a Symbol of this Village.
The book has a loose jacket which you can remove when colouring to keep it pristine. 
At the back of the book is a fold out and removable poster of Cocot with characters that you can cut out and stand up. There are suggestions on how you can use this poster.
The spine is glue and string bound so is sturdy and flattens down well to get into the images that enter the spine.
The paper is an attractive creamy colour and water-based pens should be alright with careful use. Test them out somewhere inconspicuous first.

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Reviews and Posts from last week

Creatures + Patterns + Richard Merritt = Tierzauber - review is here.

19+ Must See New Books for August  - post is here.

Meet Lou - Colourer of the Month - post is here



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

Friday, 22 July 2016

Creatures + Patterns + Richard Merritt = Tierzauber

Richard's been busy in the last year. Along with Claire Scully, he's drawn for The Menagerie, The Aviary and we're shortly to get The Aquarium. 
In the German published Tierzauber (Animal Magic) we have Richard drawing all these creatures - animals, birds, fish and even some insects. 






My colouring


Title:  Tierzauber
Artist:  Richard Merritt

Here is my video flip through.






At a glance…..


Size - 225 x 226, 64 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - only a few
Paper - white
Perforated - no  
Water based pens - Yes but you will need test them.
Who will love it - those who love Richard's drawings, those who want a book that includes a wide range of creatures and those who like colouring patterned filled creatures.


 You can find out more …




Tierzauber

You can buy it at - Book Depository;








Tell me more…..


Comment: 

Among the artists drawing patterned animals there are many whose drawings are a bit lifeless and static. Richard breaks the mould. His drawings are full of humour, movement and shape. The camel and giraffe are giving you "that look", the penguins are bowed over their young in a nurturing pose, the parakeets have their mouths open, talking flat out, the tortoise is taking a slow, deliberate step, the walrus isn't too thrilled at being squashed into a jumper, and just look at those funny meerkats up above that I coloured. Oh, and I've just spotted the foal cuddling up to its mum!

Drawing:

For patterned creatures, drawn in the folk art style, these are some of the best you'll find. Some of the details are a bit small but I block colour through them using them as texture to the drawing, so it doesn't bother me. Line width throughout is fine to medium and very clear. Mostly the subjects are drawn side on and there are a few front facing images. Bascially there are no background details except in just a couple of images.


Layout and Paper:

This book is a perfect size; smaller than The Menagerie and smaller than the Marotta books. It's easy to manage and even pop into a bag to take with you. The front and back covers have lovely gold foil highlights, The fold out French flaps have images from the book for you to colour too. There is an introduction by Richard in German. 
The images are double-sided and a few of them run into the spine but that isn't a major problem as none of the images run over a double page spread. The paper is white and good quality. You would be wise to test your water based markers first.


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Reviews and Posts from last week

Johanna's Preview of her Magical Jungle - post is here.

"I am all astonishment'" said Miss Bingley - review is here.

What is a Wyvern? It's a "Fantasy Creature" - review is here


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

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

19+ Must See New Books for August

So, here are the books being published in August that have caught my eye, with purchase links.
The release dates are based on Book Depository, so Amazon release dates may vary.
Let me know if there's a book here that you'd like me to review.



You can see July New Books here.
You can see June New Books here.
You can see May New Books here.
You can see April New Books here.
You can see March New Books here.








Colouring Books


Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford

See Johanna's preview video here.

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







                                                                                                                                                            
Santa Claus: the Book of Secrets Christmas Colouring by Russell Ince
Review & video flip through is - here.
"Pass through a magical doorway and escape into the world of Santa Claus and his Elves."

You can buy it from his website - here.







Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring book
My review & flip through video is - here."
 If Terry Pratchett's pen gave his characters life, Paul Kidby's brush allowed them to live it."

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






Coloring Bird Mandalas by Wendy Piersall
Review & Flip through video is - here
"Coloring Bird Mandalas adds the beauty of nature's flying wonders--including peacocks, owls, swans, hummingbirds, parrots, finches, sparrows, and even eagles, to the mandala"

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



Secret London by Alice Chadwick

"Take a trip down the Thames, enjoy a ride on the London Eye, hang out in hipster Hoxton and perhaps pick up some flowers in Columbia Road on the way."
My review & video flip through is - here. You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK


Fantastic Collections by Steve McDonald

"Finding inspiration in the unusual (museum collections, antiques and quirky toys) and the everyday (leaves, butterflies, vintage cameras, store product displays)."

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


Animalium

"Engaging, informative and visually stunning, this fantastic addition to the 'Welcome to the Museum' series is sure to get you feeling creative."


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



Dracula by Chellie Carroll

"Intricate linework combines with iconic quotations and scenes to create a chilling book that will inspire creativity while taking you on a journey of terror, thrills, and romance."

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



Elegant Tea Party

"Hand-drawn by acclaimed artist Laurie Triefeldt, these 70 intricate and absorbing illustrations of cups, saucers, teapots, muffins, and flowers will give you hours of calming focus."
My review & flip through video is - here. You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK




Color the Classics Snow Queen by Jae-Eun Lee

"The Snow Queen invites colorists into the world of Gerda and Kai, two young friends whose lives are changed when they come across a magic mirror."

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



Tangle Magic by Jessica Palmer

"The images all have a magical theme, and each one includes a hidden charm intricately worked into the design for readers to discover and colour in. "

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

Creative Haven Insanely Intricate Shall We Dance

"Thirty-one outrageously patterned scenes spotlight ballet, ballroom, jitterbug, jazz, and many other styles." This is a new series.

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






Creative Haven Animal Calaveras

"decorated animal faces in the tradition of the Day of the Dead on mesmerizing backgrounds."

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






Postcards, Notecards & Diaries






The Time Garden Notecards by Daria Song

I think there are twelve of them.You can buy them at - Book Depository; Amazon US;   Amazon UK





The Time Garden Journal by Daria Song


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





The Time Garden Week-at-a-Glance Planner by Daria Song


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








Millie Marotta Journal based on Wild Savannah

You can buy it at - Book DepositoryAmazon UK;  not on Amazon US yet








Wild Savannah Postcards by Millie Marotta x50

You can buy it at - Book Depository;





Color Your Year Calendar 2017

The cover may vary.
You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;    Amazon UK











Fantastic Cities Postcards

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








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Reviews and Posts from last week

Johanna's Preview of her Magical Jungle - post is here.

"I am all astonishment'" said Miss Bingley - review is here.

What is a Wyvern? It's a "Fantasy Creature" - review is here



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