Wednesday, 13 July 2016

"I am all astonishment", said Miss Bingley

Yes, it's Jane Austen of course. And it's a colouring book. How promising is that?
I've been waiting for a while to get my hands on one of the Classic Coloring books. 
Their earlier title is a book of the Tenniel Alice in Wonderland drawings which looks fantastic.

My colouring

Title:  Classic Coloring: Jane Austen
Artist:  Anita Rundles

Here is my video flip through.

At a glance…..

Size - 152 x 201, 112 pages
Single-sided images - yes
Images into the spine - no
Paper - white
Perforated - no  but easily removed
Water based pens - yes but test them.
Who will love it - those who love Jane Austen, those who enjoy colouring quotes and those who want to relive these wonderful books through colouring.

 You can find out more …

Classic Coloring: Jane Austen

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

Tell me more…..


This smallish book is a mix of quotations from several of Jane's books and landscapes and images of lots of interesting collections of various things. The quotes are great and made me smile often. It's interesting to see so many quotes in one place at once. Certainly it's time I reread Pride & Prejudice again.


Many pages are quotes in a variety of fonts with decorations around them. Other images are scenes from the books, including landscapes. Perhaps the images that I really like are the collections - suitcases, chairs, patterned ribbons, clock faces, various boxes, fans, and yes, shoes! These are super. 
The line width throughout is fine and quite wispy. Mostly I like it as it gives you options to use pastels or watercolour pencils and to shade. But some of the female faces have rather too many lines I feel. Perhaps they look better coloured. The lines are there to give suggestions for shading.

Layout and Paper:

The books in this series are a bit special and different. They are smallish - larger than postcard size - and the publisher says that the detached pages will fit a 6"x8" frame. 
So, the images are designed to be removed and either framed or gifted. The paper is white card stock with the pages lightly attached to gum for easy and careful removal. The back cover is seriously thick cardboard which is a firm base to colour against.
If you are concerned about bleed through, you will need to test your pens. The title page looks to be the only spot to do this.
The book progresses through several of Jane's book - Pride and Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Sanditon, letters, Juvenilia, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. 
Well done to the publisher and artist and I wouldn't hesitate to get future titles in this series.

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Reviews and Posts from last week

5 Destinations, a Pug & Lizzie. Magical! - review is here

Cross-hatching? Pointillism? Conture lines? - review is here.

Wendy Lures Us Into Fashion's Golden Age of Illustration - review is here.

* This book was bought me. 

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