Sunday, 30 July 2017

Colouring Catchup.....

This week I took a break from colouring my main book, Fantastisches Malbuch and I really enjoyed the break too.

Some background - I've never had an art lesson in my life and I consider myself an average colourer who just puddles along, trying to complete books, enjoy and challenge myself. These colouring posts are really a record for me, primarily, of what I coloured and some background to the colouring. I doubt that anyone will learn anything from them so don't expect a tutorial! Just me, rambling about my hobby! 


First up I turned back to exploring blacks and greys in Secret Garden. I'm colouring the whole book in these colours. I added a brick wall around it to make it into a peep-hole into the garden, with a hint of moonlight in the centre.



Secret Garden




Then I moved on to the next double-page spread in Secret Garden. I added in the wall again and managed to cover the words that Johanna put in this image with a background. For the first time I used a Posca black pen and I was pleased with it. Also for the first time I used a Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad to get the door into the wall. I was pleased with the way that this one turned out.

Secret Garden


Next up was a long overdue return to The Tale of Peter Rabbit - review here. This is such a lovely book, which has Beatrix Potter's illustrations enlarged for us to colour and uses her text to tell the story. I'm aiming for a watercolour-ish look to this book and I'm using pencils and pastels.


The Tale of Peter Rabbit


And finally this week I started a new book, If the Cat Fits - review here. In this book it's the background that gets coloured as the furnishings are existing photos in the image. Then you can choose from many stickers on everything cat related to place wherever you like in the image. Here is a photo of the image before I started colouring -


Before colouring - If the Cat Fits

And here is the finished version, with cat sticker in place. The roses were huge and I'm glad I kept to softer pink and yellow as they would have totally dominated the colouring. There is a soft background of Prisma Gingeroot.


If the Cat Fits




See you next week probably.



Books that I'm colouring …..





Secret Garden by Johanna Basford


Available at - Book Depository;   Amazon US;  Amazon UK








The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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and at Mighty Ape NZ








If the Cat Fits


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Amazon US;   Amazon UK








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Saturday, 29 July 2017

7 Most See New Books for August

So, here are the books being published in August that have caught my eye, with purchase links. There are also a couple of books that I missed recently.
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.
You can see February New Books - here.

Colouring Books


Seasons by Hanna Karlzon
"Introducing the newest addition to Hanna Karlzon's beloved coloring book collection: Seasons. This hardbound volume boasts 96 pages of Karlzon's intricate designs, season by season."
Please note that Book Depository have the wrong cover showing. The cover for this book will be blue, as at Amazon.

Available at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK



To the Ends of the Earth by Good Wives & Warriors
"Colour your way through a riotous world of dragons, witches, lagoons, mountains and deserts, inspired by folk tales and landscapes from around the globe. With a beautiful scene that folds horizontally and stretches to an amazing 17 feet."

Available at - Book Depository (UK edition);
Amazon US;   Amazon UK




Fantastic Machines by Steve McDonald
"Here are inspiring, fun-to-colour images of jumbo jets, pinball machines, weaving looms, tractors, space stations, motorbikes, steampunk creations, circuit boards, locomotives, and much more."

Available at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK





A Victorian Christmas
"This handy, pocket-sized colouring book embodies these customs in 45 unique illustrations."

Available at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK








Creative Haven Art Nouveau Jewelry Designs
"More than 30 illustrations offer artful arrangements of pendants, combs, rings, bracelets, brooches, buttons, clasps, and earrings."

Available at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK




Calendars



Once Upon a Time Calendar by Umberto Brunelleschi

I think this will be a wall calendar. Currently waiting on stock to come in again.

Available at - Book Depository;   Amazon UK
Currently not available at Amazon US but Book Depository does free worldwide shipping.






Classic Coloring Jane Austen Calendar
"Iconic scenes from all six of Jane Austen's classic novels come to life in this intricately illustrated coloring calendar. Printed on a heavy paper stock that is suitable for colored pencils, watercolors, and markers with perforated pages." Based on the book of the same title.

Available at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK




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Monday, 24 July 2017

Colouring Catchup.....

Well, it's last week's colouring really. I'm just a big slow getting the post up!

Some background - I've never had an art lesson in my life and I consider myself an average colourer who just puddles along, trying to complete books, enjoy and challenge myself. These colouring posts are really a record for me, primarily, of what I coloured and some background to the colouring. I doubt that anyone will learn anything from them so don't expect a tutorial! Just me, rambling about my hobby! 

This week I finished two spreads from Fantastisches Malbuch (review).
The first spread is from Colin Thompson's book The Paradise Garden and this spread represents all the horrendous noise in Peter's everyday world. You'll get a few laughs out of this one. There's Cafe Max, lots of little people, dogs, a massive red biplane, a few toilets and - curled up on his bed in a tiny corner of one frame - is Peter trying to escape it all. Colin has used lots of white dashes to indicate volume of noise and they were quite tricky to colour around. I suppose I should have used my white pen, and I might even go back and do that.


Fantastisches Malbuch

The second spread from this book was highly detailed and colouring it has given me some eye strain, even working with a magnifying glass in one hand. I'm going to have to be more careful in future and pace myself.
This image has parts from Paradise Garden but is in total from a jigsaw puzzle called The Gardener's Cupboard. It was a delight to colour this after some of the more dour images from Tower to the Sun. There was lots to enjoy here and I particularly like the patches of sky that seem to open up the the image. The tiny red biplane is in the waterfall and Cafe Max is down the bottom.


Fantastisches Malbuch

As a break from this book I turned back to exploring blacks and greys in Secret Garden. I'm colouring the whole book in these colours. This mandala like image has really large leaves that are challenging to colour. I decided to explore the range of watercolour pencils I have in various greys. So I used Inktense and Graphitint for this mostly, with some Holbein cool and warm greys. It was fascinating as some of the greys have blue, purple, green and red tints. To make the image more interesting I added my brick wall behind it using pastel and a stencil. Putting a circle of bricks around the image made it seem like a peephole in the wall.  Well, that was the idea! Oh, and there's a yellow bee.


Secret Garden

See you next week probably.



Books that I'm colouring …..




Fantastisches Malbuch by Colin Thompson




Available at - Book Depository;  Amazon US;  Amazon UK


Flip through video is here on Youtube.






Secret Garden by Johanna Basford



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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

If the Cat Fits....

When I first saw mention of this book I literally pounced on the computer screen. Why? It is in the same style as The Wallpaper Book, (which I have coloured right through and loved), it's about cats and it has stickers! 



Also available in this series - 


Title:  If the Cat Fits
Artists: Unknown

Here is my video flip through -




At a glance…..


Size - 201 x 274, 80 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - yes
Paper - white and quite good
Perforated - no
Water based pens - yes but test first.

You can find out more …




If the Cat Fits

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It's a Dog's Life

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Tell me more …

So what we have here are lots of different scenes, in varied locations, in which the background is to be coloured in and the foreground has inserted coloured photos. 
The 200 stickers of cats and objects can be placed wherever you want to, in the images.
All images are on double page spreads with a little of the image lost to the spine, but it's not too bad. The scenes are interesting and varied as you can see in the video above. I'm particularly looking forward to the outdoor scenes. Incidentally there is no image index.

You will have to use water-based pens as alcohol based pens will bleed through the paper. Pencils should be fine as there feels to be a bit of tooth to the pages. I'll report back further when I've coloured the first image.
The stickers are delightful, showing several different breeds of cats and lots of enticing object like bird feathers and toys. Each sticker has a white border so I'll be trimming that off before I place them in the image as I don't want a lot of white showing.

The dog's book should follow a similar format and seems to have different backgrounds but I have seen only an image or two.

*This book was purchased by me.


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