Thursday, 4 August 2016

Escaping a Downunder Winter

Kia orana.
I've never been to the Caribbean but I have holidayed on some Pacific Islands over the years. There may be some readers currently escaping a chilly downunder winter on an island paradise. So this book reminds me a lot of a Pacific Island holiday.
Jade is a talented artist, being well known for her jewellery which has featured in top fashion magazines and stores.

My colouring, for a sepia colours challenge

Title:  Tropical Island Escape, my Caribbean Coloring book
Artist:  Jade Gedeon

Here is my video flip through -

At a glance…..

Size - 228 x 228, 112 pages
Single-sided images - yes
Images into the spine - no
Paper - cream and  top quality
Perforated - yes  
Water based pens - yes.
Who will love it - Those who have been looking for a complete tropical island experience to colour, and those who love top quality paper that can even take watercolours.

You can find out more …

Tropical Island Escape 

You can buy it at - Book Depository;

Amazon UK;  Amazon US

Rainforest Escape

You can buy it at - Book Depository;

Amazon UK;   Amazon US

Tell me more…..


There are two aspects that leap out at me about this book.
Firstly, it's the first colouring book that I've seen that captures the full character of a tropical island; culture, architecture, languid days on the beach with stunning blue water, fruits, palm trees, cricket, as well as all you need to pack for your holiday in paradise. So many of these Caribbean images could equally be the Pacific Islands too. Just substitute rugby balls for cricket balls!
Secondly, it's the paper!!!!! Oh my. I can only recall one other book that you could use most mediums on and that was Big Chill Out which I reviewed - here.

Tropical Island Escape coloured by Amber Wang


Lots of good hand drawn images in this book. Many of them are on fold out pages to create double page spreads, thus avoiding issues with images running into the spine. 
The landscape images will give you plenty of scope for sea and sky backgrounds and the paper will stand up to watercolours (with care) so get creative. 
The range of building styles really interests me too and these are mostly on the fold out spreads. There are a few images of clothes and accessories for the fashion fans. I really enjoyed colouring the tapa cloth design and I'd love to see a colouring book of tapa patterns.
Line width is fine to medium and some images are quite detailed. Several images have a blank background that you can add anything you like to - maybe personalise them by adding some family photos of island holidays? 

Tropical Island Escape coloured by Amber Wang

Layout and Paper:

It's good, very good! This is a thick book because of the textured watercolour paper used and the foldout images. That's not a problem as the book lies flat and the images are removable anyway.
The size of the book is perfect for me; slightly smaller than the Basford books. 
All images are single sided and you should be able to use whatever colouring medium you want. Always protect the following image with a sheet of paper though, and test your pens just in case. The binding is stitched and the whole book just feels top quality. 
There is an introduction by Jade and at the back of the book is a section of captions that explain some of the images.

Tropical Island Escape coloured by Amber Wang
The same image is on the cover of Rainforest Escape so it's in both books.

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Reviews and Posts from last week

5 Reasons to Buy a Hanna Karlzon book - post is here.

Charming Cocot - review is here.

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

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