Saturday, 27 July 2019

Mid Year Catchup on New Colouring Books

So, here are the books being published recently that have caught my eye, with purchase links. This year it seems that several of our favourite artists on not producing a colouring book. Grab older releases when you can before they go out of print.

This post includes 2020 wall calendars and planners. Much fewer available than in previous years.


Books

Flora by Maria Trolle

"floral wreaths, sleeping fairies, fanciful houses, and busy bees. Includes a register for the plants and animals found within these pages, as well as twelve pages with Maria Trolle's signature white-on-black imagery."

Buy it at - Amazon;   Book Depository










Spirit Animals by Hanna Karlzon

"Each spread features a person and an animal who share a connection."

Buy it at - Amazon;   Book Depository







Creative Haven Celtic Alphabet Designs by Cari Buziak

"woven knots, curling spirals, stylized hounds, peacocks, fiery dragons, and more. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists."

Buy it at - Amazon;   Book Depository





Art Therapy by Richard Merritt et al

"From creating free-flowing lines and swirls to shading in intricate patterns, every illustration in this book has been carefully crafted so that even amateur artists can enjoy the satisfaction of creating something of exceptional beauty." Richard's previous books have been firm favourites.

Buy it at - Amazon;   Book Depository





Colourmorphia by Kerby Rosanes

"A selection of the most striking images taken from the bestselling "Morphia" series have been gathered together along with a selection of coloured pieces to celebrate the talent of Kerby Rosanes and his fans."

Buy it at - Amazon;(US edition)   Book Depository (UK edition)




A Million Unicorns by Lulu Mayo

"Unicorns on rainbows, dancing in the clouds, gathering in palaces, and even swimming in the sea with their friend, the narwhal!" Another in Lulu's series.

Buy it at - Amazon;   Book Depository






2020 Calendars and Planners




World of Flowers Wall Calendar by Johanna Basford

Buy it at - Amazon;   Book Depository








Johanna Basford 2020 Colouring Day to Day

"The fully wrapped keepsake box featuring one of her hand-drawn, intricate illustrations and embellished with rose-gold foil."  Previous years have been beautiful.

Buy it at - Amazon;   Book Depository





Johanna Basford Weekly Colouring Planner









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How to Use Collage in a Colouring Book - 5 posts - Number 1 is here










Video - Tiffany Glass - recently coloured & collaged - here













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Monday, 25 March 2019

How to Collage in a Colouring Book - Part 5

These blog posts will be put up in real time, day to day. I have little idea how this image will end up so we can find out together!
You can see Part 1 - here. - getting set up
You can see Part 2 - here. - starting the background
You can see Part 3 - here - dark flowers
You can see Part 4 - here - more flowers


Buy at - Amazon;  Book Depository



Book - Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer
Image - the Poinsettias

Day 5 - finish the flowers and stems

For the stems I used Tombow pens 027 and 098 - olive colours that wouldn't contrast too much with the background.
The centres of the flowers were done in pens mostly too, with a touch of dark blue.





Day 5 - finishing off

Firstly I did the leaves. There are just a few and I was after a dark olive green. I found it in an advert for a green velvet quilt cover. Here are the papers I chose for the dragonfly and and the leaves. The dragonfly is done in a photo of a tie, a cosmetic bottle and a pink diamond.




Leaves were done, then I filled in the rest of the background and finally the dragonfly. I decided to make the dragonfly blend in so I used similar colours to the flowers. This image isn't about the dragonfly but about the poinsettias.

All finished - 




I hope you enjoyed that. I'd love to hear any tips or suggestions you have for me.

I'm now over halfway through this book. I started out in pencils and pens, then switched to collage.
You can see the flip through video here - 





Since this flip through I've done these images. I think my collaging is slowly improving. Each image is a whole new challenge.

Black-eyed Susans


Daffodils

Daffodils

Cyclamen

Trumpet Vine

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Video - Masters of Fashion Illustration - Halfway through collaged and coloured








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Friday, 22 March 2019

How to Collage in a Colouring Book - Part 4

These blog posts will be put up in real time, day to day. I have little idea how this image will end up so we can find out together!
You can see Part 1 - here. - getting set up
You can see Part 2 - here. - starting the background
You can see Part 3 - here - dark flowers
You can see Part 5 - here - more flowers and finishing off.


Buy at - Amazon;  Book Depository

Book - Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer
Image - the Poinsettias

Day 4 - more flowers

I've decided that the spot where the dragonfly is will be the light source, so today I started using many different papers on the lightest flowers closest to there.

Here are some of the papers I used - a painting from an art auction catalogue, an advert for a new geranium, a Gordon Harris sale postcard,  and I made my own paper with pastels because I wanted some lighter paper with some yellow in it. Generally I'm hopeless at making my own papers. I don't have watercolour or acrylic paint skills at all. But I have discovered that pastels give me a good look and I just have to spray over a fixative and then the paper is good to use.




I started with the flower closest to the dragonfly, using my lightest papers. I really wasn't sure if this was going to work, and I'm still a bit uncertain. The good thing about working with papers is that if I don't like it, I can go back to my master copy, take another copy and repeat the process with different paper over the top. Easy!

So this is just the same process now as colouring - being aware of your light source and where you want to use darker and lighter colours or more texture. Tomorrow I should finish the flowers and then get back to the background, and make a decision about leaves. I haven't even thought about the dragonfly yet and I have a feeling that is going to be a difficult decision - pens or collage!

Here's progress today. Hope you like it -




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9 Must See New Colouring Books...


Video - Masters of Fashion Illustration - Halfway through collaged and coloured






Video -Tiffany Glass -  Halfway collaged and coloured








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Thursday, 21 March 2019

How to Collage in a Colouring Book - Part 3

These blog posts will be put up in real time, day to day. I have little idea how this image will end up so we can find out together!
You can see Part 1 - here. - getting set up
You can see Part 2 - here. - starting the background
You can see Part 4 - here - more flowers
You can see Part 5 - here - finishing off

Buy at - Amazon;  Book Depository


Book - Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer
Image - the Poinsettias

Day 3 - the flowers

Today I did the two bottom flowers which I wanted to be quite dark.

Here are the papers I chose to work with and I'm thrilled with them. As I know I'll use these papers again, I photocopied them. The photocopy paper is much easier to work with. Yesterday's yellow background paper was from a magazine like Women's Day and the paper was very thin and prone to ripping.

The main paper is from a Barossa Valley red wine advert; what looks like a satin fabric.
The lighter, more orangey red is from cooking magazine and is a delicious looking drink! I used that for the centres of the flowers.




So here is today's result. It was quite straightforward today as the petals weren't too small and fiddly. There are still parts of this image that I don't know yet how to collage. Time will tell.


Tomorrow I'll change papers and do the lighter flower on the right and maybe another darker flower.
See you tomorrow.

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