Thursday, 30 November 2017

Extra Dark PanPastels

My first experience with PanPastels came when I was so lucky to win a Facebook competition and my pastels duly arrived complete with lots of little tools and interesting shaped pieces of foam. They really are very nice to use, with the experience being closer to painting than the way we use pastels like Mungyo pastels. In particular the colours are fairly intense so depending on the effect you're after, you can delicate coverage and more dense colour.
Recently I've been feeling that I need a wider range of really dark colours, especially for backgrounds in books like Kwiaty Baroku. This set of 20 pastels looked to fit the bill.



Kwiaty Baroku - Raw Umber extra dark in the background

Here is what the pack looks like -




With PanPastels, each pastel colour comes in its own circular pan. These pans can screw on top of each other or you can get palette trays to hold varying numbers of pans, which is useful for colours that you use more often. 
Here are the 20 pans that come in this set - a good range of browns, greys, blues, greens, yellows, reds and a purple. Impressive as it's just about every shade of dark colour you could need.








Here are the names and numbers of the colours in the set -








This is what the pans look like screwed together, with various foam applicator pads in the bottom compartment. Very nifty storage idea if a tiny bit fiddly to get screwed on straight.





Here are the various applicators and foam pads that come with this set. I have to say that I usually use cotton buds and cotton balls, largely out of habit. The foam pieces range from quite large to much smaller ones for getting into tighter spaces.




I suggest that you go to the PanPastel website to find tutorials on how to use the pastels. Over the Christmas break I'll be checking out some techniques for blending shades, but for now I'm very happy with this pack and the range of colours they include.

There is a vast range of packs covering various shades and colours and most are available to buy as individual pans. Start with the links below and go browsing. Goodness, I've just noticed a skin tones set!


You can buy PanPatels here -



PanPastels Extra Dark Shades

You can buy them at - Amazon US;   Amazon UK
as well as at specialist art shops in your area.





PanPastel Palette Trays and Covers

10 pans tray plus cover - buy it at Amazon US;   Amazon UK

20 pans tray plus cover - buy it at Amazon US;   Amazon UK






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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

5 Must See New Books for December

So, here are the books being published in December that have caught my eye, with purchase links. It's slim pickings this month, in part because all the books for Christmas have already been published, but also this is indicative of the reduced number of good quality colouring books out there.
The release dates are based on Book Depository, so Amazon dates may vary.

You can see November new books - here.
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.

Colouring Books




Moonlit Vale by Annie Stegg

The Kickstarter programme for this book is just finishing and it has been wildly popular. The book is going to be available as both hard copy and pdf.
Once this programme is completed, you may be able to buy the book at Annie's website - here. I'll be getting the pdf option and will be reviewing it next year. 
Beautiful Pre-Raphaelite illustrations. 



Mermaids Coloring Book by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

"This gorgeous art collection invites you on an aquatic adventure, featuring mystical creatures, scenes of the ocean's endless beauty, and many fantastic mermaids. Each coloring pattern includes an enlightening description about the original painting on which it is based, allowing you to immerse yourself in the story as you color."
Buy it at - Book Depository;
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Nice Little Town Volume 3 by Tatiana Bogema
"There is a third book of Nice Little Town series from painter Tatiana Bogema (Stolova). With this book you can color more pictures of different houses and stores. View from the outside and from the inside."

Buy it at - Book Depository;
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Hygge Happy Coloring Book
"The Danish term hygge is all about basking in a mellow atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. Hygge Happy Coloring Book is packed with classic hygge images of soothing baths, cozy armchairs, delicious snacks, fragrant flowers, warm sweaters, and more."

Buy it at - Book Depository;
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Postcards, etc


Colour Me Christmas by Mary Engelbreit
"Mary Engelbreit fans can deck the halls, the tree, and their gifts with 10 postcards, 15 cut-out gift tags, and 10 cut-out ornaments."

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Date with 2018

Maybe wall calendars are making a come-back? I do hope so. I like wearing a watch too, and having a clock on the wall! 
This year it was a lovely surprise to see so many people colouring wall calendars and there are few good reasons to colour one.


- firstly, it's not as big a colouring job as colouring an entire book.
- often the artist and publisher have selected the most popular images to go in the calendar.
- you know that you have a colouring goal each month.
- a wall calendar makes a lovely colouring gift as it's not as overwhelming as a book.


Johanna Basford, Leila Duly and Daisy Fletcher calendars will be published on good quality paper that will take pencils. I expect Pomegranate publishers to have done likewise as they produce colouring books too. However when you're buying, watch out for calendars printed on shiny paper as you will only be able to use makers on them. Sadly most calendars are shrink-wrapped so it can be impossible to tell the quality of the paper.

So, here are the colouring calendars for 2018 that have caught my eye. At the bottom are the two Johanna Basford diaries/planners.



Magical Jungle Calendar by Johanna Basford

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Birdtopia Calendar by Daisy Fletcher
With that lovely pale primrose background.
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Alice in Wonderland Calendar 
Based on Tenniel illustrations.

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Fantastic Cities Calendar by Steve McDonald

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Floribunda Calendar by Leila Duly

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The Wizard of Oz Calendar

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Secret Garden Calendar by Johanna Basford

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Classic Coloring Jane Austen Calendar

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Charley Harper Color Calendar

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Diaries



Johanna Basford Colouring Day to Day

I was given the 2017 version. A stunning gift.
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Johanna Basford 16 month Weekly Colouring Planner

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Posh Day-to-Day Coloring Calendar by Thaneeya McArdle

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Step-by-Step from Tiffany Glass

Jessica Palmer's new book, Tiffany Glass (review and flip through video), interprets the wonderful designs of Tiffany lamps into images that we can colour.`I'm colouring my way through this book and already been looking at lots of examples of Tiffany glass online. When I came to this image in the book I was rather puzzled about what I was looking at!

Here is the finished image -




Step 1

Here is the image just after I started blacking out the headlight lines. You can see how difficult it is to see what's happening in it! I'm using a Staedtler pigment liner pen. They come in different nib sizes and they're wonderful.


Step 1

Step 2

Okay, the blacking work is finished and I must say that didn't really make the drawing any clearer!


Step 2

Step 3

I could see that there were several leaf shapes up in the top right area so I started there. However it soon became obvious that I'd better switch to getting the flowers in first. There are some obvious flower centres and I just worked out from that, using a limited palette.


Step 3

Steps 4 and 5

Finally I just kept filling in the leaves and at the end I coloured the dragonfly. Also I blacked out the border. Here are the Holbein pencils I used.



Step 4
Dragonfly done - 


Finished
Here is a Tiffany lamp that inspired me - 



Here is the book -



Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer

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