Thursday, 31 August 2017

10 Must See New Books for September

So, here are the books being published in September that have caught my eye, with purchase links. There are also a couple of books that I missed recently. Christmas themed books are starting to appear as well as potential Christmas presents.
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 August new books - here.
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.

Important Preorder

Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford
Flip through video by Johanna is - here.


UK edition - 
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US edition -
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Colouring Books


Schemertijd by Maria Trolle
Dutch edition of Skymningstimman Malarbok.
Buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon UK;   not listed at Amazon US yet







Die Welt unter der Lupe by Rita Berman - The World under the Magnifying Glass - Water
The latest book from this wonderful German artist.

Buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK







Tiffany Glass Colouring Book by Jessica Palmer
"The new drawings by renowned British illustrator Jessica Palmer, sixty-five single-page and full-spread illustrations in all, are inspired by the magical natural world of Tiffany, depicting dragonflies dancing among peonies, wisteria vines drooping over ponds, and entwining tulip and poppy blossoms."
Flip through video is here. on Youtube. Buy it at - Book Depository



Millie Marotta's Beautiful Birds and Treetop Treasures.
"As well as the beautiful birds of the world, Millie's intricate designs show the more unusual creatures residing in the treetops, such as the Amazonian milk frog, the sugar glider or the tree-kangaroo."

Buy it at - Book Depository;





Sirena by Mardel Rubio - Artist's Edition

Buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK




The Night Before Christmas
"Bring Santa to life in vivid color within the enchanting pages of The Night Before Christmas Coloring Book, featuring the beloved illustrations from the #1 New York Times bestselling artist Charles Santore."
Review and flip through video is here. Buy it at - Book Depository;




The Nutcracker Colouring Book - Macmillan
"Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann's original short story and the ballet. With beautiful and detailed black line illustrations, plus captions that tell the story, and with a festive cover decorated with red foiling, this is a perfect Christmas gift."

Buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon UK; not showing at Amazon US yet.




Enchanting Christmas by Margaret Tarrant
"This book contains Christmas-themed images by Margaret Tarrant, whose vintage illustrations of children and fairy-folk still delight today."

Buy it at - Book Depository;





Zendoodle Mermaids in Paradise
"With Mermaids in Paradise, she brings us equally beautiful, happy mermaids in tropical settings, complete with underwater creatures and her signature eye for detail."

Buy it at - Book Depository;






Christian Labyrinths; a Celtic Coloring Book
"In his third and most ambitious adult coloring book, Mitsui creates illustrations inspired by medieval manuscripts such as the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels."

Buy it at - Book Depository;






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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Ivy and the Inky Butterfly

Johanna has taken a new turn with this book, that is being released in October and can be preordered now before the price gallops up again.
This time the artwork is based on a story and this idea really appeals to me. It gives a framework on which to base your colouring and there is a story progression to motivate you to keep on colouring.
What a lovely idea it would be to colour this right through to share with a child you know.

Here is Johanna taking us through her upcoming book. It's a joy to hear the about the background to the book.



What I noticed...

 - the paper is ivory.
- on the double page spreads, Johanna has been careful to keep the drawings mostly free of the spine.
- the borders framing much of the text are plentiful and beautiful.
- a couple of references to illuminated manuscripts. I like this.
- the flowers are more identifiable and there seem to be more of them than in previous books. Possibly more flowers than leaves which would be nice!
- the drawings are much less detailed; a huge positive.
- there is still room to "do your own thing."
- there is a colour palette page at the back.
- there is a lot of text; even more than I expected. I hope an editor has taken a good look at it. This won't matter to many of you, but I don't like waffly, unedited text.




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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Colouring Catchup.....

Eyes are back to normal so I decided to tackle the next drawing in Floribunda - (review here).
Pale lemon lilies are rather lovely so I decided to colour this image for a pastel colours challenge. The other flower is Aquilegia which I love. I've got several in my garden but my favourite ones are this pale pink and lilac.
The leaves were a bit of a challenge to keep to pastel shades but there are still plenty of contrasting greens from the blue to the yellow range. 
I'm really pleased with how this turned out. Many colourers achieve amazing results using strong bold colour in this book but I'm not so clever so I might use pastel colours again in future. This is coloured in Holbeins.



Floribunda

The fun continued with more from If the Cat Fits - review here. I don't like that colour of the desk much and it was quite hard to work with. The regimented pleats in the curtains were quite interesting to shade. Coloured in Tombows.



If the Cat Fits

Finally this week I coloured the next spread from Fantastisches Malbuch (review). This one is from Colin's book, Ruby, and I was amused by all the 80s-90s references in it. The signs are really funny too and I love to colour the Sydney Opera House. This is coloured mostly in Inktense and Graphitint.



Fantastisches Malbuch
See you next week, probably.

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! 


Books that I'm colouring …..



Floribunda by Leila Duly

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Flip through video is here on Youtube.








If the Cat Fits

Available at - Book Depository,



Flip through video is here on Youtube





Fantastisches Malbuch by Colin Thompson

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

30 Years of Wally!

So Wally is now 30 years old! It just seems like yesterday that I was pouring over the books with my children, looking for a particular one-shoed Wally in a sea of Wallies!
The publisher has done a great job reaching out to children during this anniversary year. Our local school had received a Wally package including this model and poster 



Display at School






Coloured by Nikki Trowbridge


Title:  Where's Wally? The Colouring Collection
Artists: Martin Handford

Here is my video flip through -



At a glance…..


Size - 157 x 195, 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 …



Where's Wally? The Colouring Collection

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Where's Wally? The Colouring Book

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Tell me more …

Last year I reviewed the first Where's Wally colouring book to be published - 
Where's Wally? the Colouring Book review. It was an A4 sized book that was full of humour, detail and fun to work in. This new book is a pocket sized book and there are some parts of the images from the earlier book in this one. At the back of the book is a ist of things that you can hunt for on each page. It always surprises me that it's only when you colour an image that you really find out what's in it.
Sometimes part of the background is already coloured for you. The advantage of this book over the earlier one is that it's much easier to put in to a bag for a spot of colouring whenever you feel like it. Also the images aren't so large so you'll be able to colour them much more quickly. They don't appear to have been shrunk in size, fortunately.
Folded up at the back of the book is the ultimate Wally challenge; an enormous fold-out poster to colour and pour over. 
Take a look through the video above to see which of your favourite scenes are included.

*This book was sent to me by the publisher. Thanks.



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