Monday, 22 August 2016

48 Glorious Greyscale Nature Images from Nicole

Earlier this year, when I reviewed Nicole's first book, Beautiful Creatures, I mentioned to her that I loved colouring flowers and that I hoped her next book had flowers in it. 
Well, she was already well into creating Beautiful Nature and this fulfils my flower addiction perfectly!

My colouring of the back endpaper

Title:  Beautiful Nature 
Artist:  Nicole Stocker

Here is my video flip through -

At a glance…..

Size - 235 x 265, 106 pages
Single-sided images - yes
Images into the spine - no
Paper - good
Perforated - yes 
Water based pens - yes but test first.
Who will love it - those who like colouring greyscale images, those who enjoy colouring plants and flowers, and those who enjoy colouring landscapes

You can find out more …

Beautiful Nature

You can buy it at - Amazon US only

Beautiful Creatures - my review is - here.

You can buy it at - Amazon US only

Stunning colouring by Ann Reid

Tell me more…..


It's not often that a second book surpasses the first book. I think that Beautiful Nature achieves that. 
It includes dramatic and dreamy landscapes, lots of striking, architectural flowers and also strong foliage shapes. 
I'm still a novice at colouring greyscale which is why I've included colourings by Ann Reid who just amazes me! Thanks Ann. You show us what can be achieved.

A landscape by Ann Reid


Not drawing, but greyscale photos. Nicole has a knack of selecting the most beautiful photos that lure you in. Don't be overwhelmed when you look at them. It really is very soothing and rewarding to colour these photos. You do need patience though and I'd recommend using pencils.
Just match your colours to the level of darkness of the greys in the image. I usually start with the darkest and then the lightest and blend the colours from there.
Each image has a hand drawn border around it which sets it off perfectly. The one I coloured above (the tulips) was the back endpaper and it took up the whole page.

By Ann Reid

Layout and Paper:

A colourer's dream really! Single-sided images on top quality paper, that don't run into the spine and are perforated for easy removal.
The book opens with clear tips on how to colour the images. There is a link there to Nicole's website which has even more tips and a wonderful colouring gallery. Following on is a warm introduction from Nicole.
The paper is acid-free and archival quality so perfect for framing.
Give it a go!

Another landscape by Ann Reid

Beautiful blueberries by Ann Reid

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Reviews and Posts from last week

- Colin Thompson"s Fantastisches Malbuch. Review & video flip through is - here.

- Meet Amber - Colourer of the Month August - here.

- 20 Postcards of Wendy's Unique Mandala Designs. Review & video flip through - here.

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

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