The Colour of Love
by Suzy Taylor
published by Kinkajou (£12.99)
Here’s a change from a colouring book. The Colour of Love is a Colouring flip pad by papercutting artist Suzy Taylor. Featuring letters and symbols the idea of this little pad is to make your own banners – you simply colour the decorative floral letters that you want to form your message, tear the coloured letter easily from the pad and arrange on string or ribbon to form your banner. You could use decorative washi tape or those tiny little pegs you get to decorate cards or hang up your Christmas cards – simply adopt the idea here to create your own messages. You could even laminate them once they are done and use them over and over again.
“Using all the letters in the book you make all of these – I (heart) YOU, PEACE, HOPE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OMG, LOVE, COOL, EXIT
Or you can pick some of these words – GOOD LUCK, WAY OUT, FAR OUT, NO WAY, BON VOYAGE, MAZEL TOV, WELCOME HOME, GO GIRL, FAREWELL, RELAX, AWESOME, PARTY TIME, CHILLA, DOH, FABULOUS, CONGRATULATIONS, GOSH, RADICAL, SUPER, BRIDE TO BE, MARRY ME, JUST MARRIED
Or you can find and make your own words – There are A x 4, B x 2, C x 3, D x 2, E x 6, F x 2, G x 2, H x 4, I x 4, J x 1, K x 1, L x 2, M x 2, N x 3, O x 6, P x 5,Q x 1, R x 2, S x 2, T x 2, U x 2, V x 2, W x 2, X x 1, Y x 4, Z x 1, (heart) x 1,& x 1, ! x 1″ (from the back of the book)
I think that it is a lovely idea. You could even make name banners for childrens rooms, for your craft room or bedroom, banners for parties and celebrations, spell out the name for your craft stall on a temporary ‘washing line’. You could string them vertically and glue or laminate two back to back to make a mobile or hanger. You could frame them. Once you start thinking about it there are all sorts of creative ideas that start to flow (or there is in my case). And as you are going to be removing them you can add embellishments you couldn’t do in a colouring book like beads, buttons, glitter, paper flowers and more. Scrapbookers could even cut out the large letters to decorate larger pages and how about making your own version of those letter blocks you see on display in gift stores – some bits of wood, glue and artists varnish and you have something unique. Those are just a few ideas I can come up with, I’m sure you will think of more.
Back now to the pad itself. The letters and symbols are all made from intricately drawn flowers and leaves – this is definitely one for a good eyesight, a steady hand and fine-liners or sharp pencils. If you like dislike colouring intricate designs this probably isn’t for you – all these are delicate and lace-like as they are based on Suzy’s exquisite and intricate papercutting. The designs are one sided so you could in theory use your markers (just put a sheet in between to be on the safe side, especially if using alcohol based markers) – just be aware how much small detail there is so they need to be fineliners or have extra thin nibs.
The paper is a light to medium weight so if you want your banner to have a little longevity i suggest either backing with card or laminating. There is a thick sturdy card backing so you have a nice sturdy base to colour on. The cover and letters flip up so they are not going to get creased by leaning with your arm on the other side.
If you are just looking for a colouring book, this one probably won’t appeal to you. If however you would like to incorporate your colouring into your other craftwork, or make banners this may give you hours and hours of joy.
Here’s the flipthrough of The Colour of Love. Hope you enjoy it.