Tuesday, 31 October 2017

8 Must See New Colouring Books for November

So, here are the books being published in November that have caught my eye, with purchase links. There are also a couple of books I missed recently. Now that we're near the end of the year, publishing seems to be quietening down as most books produced for the Christmas trade are already available.
The release dates are based on Book Depository, so Amazon dates may vary.

You can see October new books - here.
You can see September new books - here.
You can see August new books - here.
You can see July new books - here.
You can see June new books - here.


Colouring Books





Colour Your Life by Masja Van Den Berg

May be in Dutch.
Buy it at - Book Depository (free shipping worldwide);
Amazon UK;  not showing at Amazon US
If unavailable, request them to get it in stock.




All About the Dog by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

" From tiny chihuahuas to huge great danes, hardworking sheepdogs to pampered papillons, and not forgetting lovable crossbreeds, it features all kinds of dogs at work, rest, and play."

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



Elves in Wonderland by Marcos Chin

"Embark on a fantastical trip through a magical woodland in Marcos Chin's Elves in Wonderland. Marcos' detailed line-drawings depict a variety of "Day" and "Night" scenes to color, including sledding with ribbon candy on hills of crushed ice, hopping across marshmallows in giant cups of cocoa, playing tag in a lollipop forest, and shopping for caps at the local elf haberdashery."

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



Mysteries of the Deep by Zoe Sadler

"Enjoy colouring in an array of beautiful and wondrous sea creatures, from mystical monsters and mermaids, to treasure maps and submarines. Explore and colour in the pages and solve some mazes and mysteries along the way."

Buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK
May be unavailable at places.



Coloring Christmas Devotions by Lizzie Preston

"Take a few quiet moments to yourself to reflect on the reason behind the festivities as you read through the Scripture verses and devotions and color the pen-and-ink illustrations."

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





Stained Glass to Colour by Struan Reid

"This gorgeous book tells the story of stained glass, from the Medieval period, its demise during the Reformation, its revival in the Victorian period, through Art Nouveau, Art Deco, right up to today. "

Buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US(not showing but free shipping from Book Depository);   Amazon UK




365 Days of Art

"365 Days of Art is an inspiring journal designed to help readers and budding artists nurture their creativity and explore their feelings through the medium of art. Featuring an activity for every day of the year, from simple tasks like drawing shapes and lines, to more mindful exercises like coloring-in, painting with primary colors, and drawing what you see."
Buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK


Postcards



Elves in Wonderland by Marcos Chin - 20 postcards

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Christmas Books - My Favourites and New This Year - here











Stunning Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer - here.



Sunday, 22 October 2017

Christmas Books - My Favourites and New This Year

It's always a joy to look at Christmas colouring books. There seem to be a lot fewer new Christmas books this year which is, I guess, a reflection of an overall reduction in the flow of colouring books through 2017.

New Titles.....

First up, let's look at some new titles -



Santa's Christmas by Ruth Sanderson - grayscale coloring

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










Silent Night by Mardel Rubio

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









The Enchanting Christmas Colouring book by Margaret Tarrant

Based on her vintage illustrations. Video is here.

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







The Night Before Christmas by Charles Santore

My review, colourings and video flip through is - here.
Buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK








A Christmas Bundle by Lynette Hansen-McNamara

Buy it directly from Lynette - here.








My all time favourites.....

Now to my all time favourite Christmas books which remain unsurpassed -
In top spot is -



The Magical Christmas by Lizzie Cullen

My review and flip through video is - here.
Buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK







Closely followed by -



Escape to Christmas Past by Good Wives and Warriors

My video flip through is - here.

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





And of course there is this one -




Johanna's Christmas by Johanna Basford

Johanna's flip through video is - here.
Buy this at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK






If you like Johanna's style and detailed colouring, and especially if you're looking for a Nativity book, check this out -




The Lion Nativity Colouring Book by Felicity French

My review and flip through video is - here.

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Amazon US;   Amazon UK





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Monday, 16 October 2017

Stunning Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer

Stained glass seems to have always been part of my life. My father's hobby was to create stained glass lightshades, windows and mobiles. Probably that's where my fascination with colour originates. Back in the 70s I discovered Tiffany glass and bought my first Tiffany style lamp. In our current house we have these beautiful 100 year old stained glass windows, with such intense reds, chartreuse and teal colours. See the photo below.
When I found out that Jessica's new book would be based on the designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany, I could hardly wait to see it. It's breathtaking! Yet another book that I will be colouring right through.





My colouring

Title:  Tiffany Glass
Artist:  Jessica Palmer

Here is my flip through video -





Here is flip through video of my colouring and collaging so far - 




At a glance.....

Size - 229 x 224mm,  96 pages
Single-sided images - a mix
Images into the spine - yes, but it's not too problematic
Paper - white, good
Perforated - no
Water-based pens - yes

Tell me more.....

Many of us are familiar with Jessica's Tangle series of colouring books - Tangle Wood (review), Tangle Bay, and Tangle Magic (review and video). This is a new direction for Jessica and is undertaken in conjunction with the New-York Historcal Society, who hold the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Lamps and windows. Jessica has interpreted the designs with us, as colourers, in mind. 
So this book offers a research element, which I always find compelling, and you can search the Neustadt Tiffany collection online here to see the vast range of designs and colours to inspire you.
Jessica has mostly zoomed in on finer aspects of the glass designs so that the colouring detail is not too intense. You won't need your magnifying glass to colour this book! On a few images, such as the peacock feathers above, she has left us to black out the leadlight lines and you'll need to be a bit careful. Otherwise, have a wonderful time exploring bright or subtle colours as you wish. 
The cover is beautiful, with glowing foil highlights and this cover image appears in the book for you to colour too. 
I've found the white paper to be good and it stands up to water-colour pencils and water-based pens well. My pencils also lay down and blend well. 
Most of the images are on single-sided pages but several are also on double-sided pages which is a little curious. There are a couple of images that are double page spreads but Jessica has been careful so that as little as possible of the image is obscured in the spine. The images are not in frames and so run into the spine a little bit. However my book is flattening down well and this isn't posing a problem.
The book opens with informative introductions from Jessica and the New-York Historical Society; valuable and welcome background information.
A delightful aspect to the book is that Jessica has hidden a dragonfly inside each image. It's a lovely touch to use such an icon of Tiffany's art as this little surprise. I'm not usually a fan of hidden objects but in this book it seems so appropriate.
I adore this book. I have no doubt in claiming this to be Jessica's best book to date. I will colour it right through and already I treasure it as one of my very best colouring books, and if I'm ever lucky enough to get to New York, the Neustadt Collection is at the top of my bucket list.
Congratulations Jessica and the New-York Historical Society.

My Waterlillies colouring

My stained glass windows

* This book was purchased by me.

Find out more here.....



Tiffany Glass

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Also by Jessica Palmer -




Tangle Magic

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Amazon US;   Amazon UK
My review and flip through video is - here.
My review of Tangle Wood is - here.







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The Night Before Christmas - here.











Colouring Catchup - here.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Colouring Catchup.....

Well, it's been nearly a month since the last Catchup so this will be a mammoth post.
I've managed to complete two books and you'll see flip through videos at the end of this post.

First up, I coloured the second image in Kwiaty Baroku and I'm starting to get to grips with this book. I still feel that some of the colours got a bit swallowed up though. I think the white Japanese anemones turned out well.


Kwiaty Baroku

Next up I jumped back into If the Cat Fits (review) for some fun. This book is perfect for a break from the more detailed colouring. Here are just a couple that I coloured -



If the Cat Fits



If the Cat Fits

The Night Voyage by Daria Song (review) has been on the back burner for a while so I coloured these two spreads. The first one isn't so successful but I'm pleased with the Big Ben spread.



The Night Voyage


as
The Night Voyage

My main book now has become The Night Before Christmas (review) so I've managed get about a quarter of the way through it to date. I find that I'm using pastels a lot in this book. Here are three images from it. I'm starting on the reindeer next!


The Night Before Christmas


The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
I've also started two new books that I'll be colouring right through. It's so hard to resist starting more books! First up is the greyscale Twelve Dancing Princesses (review) by Ruth Sanderson. This is a learning curve for me as I've only done a little greyscale colouring before, and never people. I'm using pencils and going over them with Gamsol. The paper isn't flash.


Twelve Dancing Princesses
Twelve Dancing Princesses
            
And finally I just started Jessica Palmer's new book, Tiffany Glass (review & flip through). I think I'll be using Inktense in this book.


Tiffany Glass



Here are the flip through videos of completed books.
First up - Fantastisches Malbuch (review) -





And here is The Tale of Peter Rabbit (review), which I adored colouring -


Here are the books I'm colouring.....



Kwiaty Baroku

Buy it at - Book Depository









If the Cat Fits

Buy it at - Book Depository;

Flip through video is here on Youtube.






The Night Voyage by Daria Song

Buy it at - Book Depository;

Flip through video is here on Youtube.






The Night Before Christmas by Charles Santore

Buy it at - Book Depository;

Flip through video is here on Youtube.






The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Ruth Sanderson

Buy it at - Book Depository;

Flip through video is here on Youtube.






Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer

Buy it at Book Depository;

Flip through video is here on Youtube.






Fantastisches Malbuch by Colin Thompson

Buy it at - Book Depository;


Flip through video (uncoloured) is here on Youtube.





The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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Step-by-Step; an Image from Fantastisches Malbuch - here.









10 Must See New Books for October - here.