Friday, 26 August 2016

Rediscovering Andrew Lang's Fairy Tales.

Do you remember the Andrew Lang fairy books, named after colours? They're still on library shelves and you can find various editions in bookshops. 
He collected the more unusual fairytales although it seems that it was his wife, Leonore, who did most of the writing. 
Henry Justice Ford was one of the main illustrators used for the Lang books. The illustrations in this colouring book come from the Pink Fairy Book (1904) and the Grey Fairy Book (1905).






My colouring of The Dragon Outwitted


Title:  Fairy Coloring Book 
Artist:  Henry Justice Ford. Edited by Frankie Bow

Here is my video flip through -





At a glance…..


Size - 216 x 279, 68 pages
Single-sided images - yes
Images into the spine - no
Paper - average
Perforated - no 
Water based pens - yes but test first.
Who will love it - those who like colouring vintage drawings, those who remember fondly the Andrew Lang Fairy books, and those who enjoy colouring a variety of mythical creatures.

You can find out more …


Fairy Coloring Book

You can buy it at - Book Depository;








At a glance…..


Size - 216 x 279, 68 pages
Single-sided images - yes
Images into the spine - no
Paper - average
Perforated - no 
Water based pens - yes but test first.
Who will love it - those who like colouring vintage drawings, those who remember fondly the Andrew Lang Fairy books, and those who enjoy colouring a variety of mythical creatures.

Tell me more …

Comment:

Having selected the image I wanted to colour, I started doing some research and found this fairytale online. Of course the bad guy got his comeuppance! 

I've enjoyed being reminded of these important fairytale books and it's heartening to see their illustrators celebrated in this way. Various vintage illustrations being published as colouring books are doing us a service.



Drawing:

While the drawings are typical of the era I'm impressed by these ones. Just look at that winged horse. It's beautifully drawn.

Of course there's a lot of black in the drawings but that makes them easier and quicker to colour as the shading is in there for you. Many of the images are quite moving and sensual.




Layout and Paper:

The images are all single-sided and they have borders too, which means that none of the images run into the spine.

The paper is thin-medium (like the type used in CreateSpace publications) so you'd need to put a sheet of paper behind the image you're colouring to protect the following drawing.
Otherwise you can use your pens even though they will bleed through.
There is a brief introduction at the start of the book and there is a blank testing page at the back of the book. On the reverse of each page is space for you to add name, date and notes.


Other vintage colouring books reviewed on this blog - 





Inspired by the Art of Paul Decker

Review and flip through - here.











The Golden Age of Fashion Illustration

Review and flip through - here.











The Liberty Colouring book

Review - here.












The Art of John Tenniel

Review - here.









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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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