No. of pages: 80
Publisher: Search Press Ltd (18 July 2016)
Size: 22.2 x 1.2 x 22.2 cm
ISBN : 978-1782214632
UK £8.99/US $15.95
I already own both Tangle Wood and Tangle Bay, so when Search Press kindly offered to send me Tangle Magic to review i jumped at the chance. For those who are unfamiliar with Jessica Palmer’s Tangle books they are very different than the majority of colouring books on the market. The books are smaller in size than books like those by Johanna Basford/Millie Marotta and others, although bigger than the Good Wives and Warriors Escape to… series. They are extremely well made with a soft backed cover which is sturdier than most paperback covers offering your book good protection. The pages are sewn bound to cloth ribbon meaning that the pages are not going to fall out easily and helps the pages to lay flat for colouring. You can bend and stretch the cover safely to achieve this end. The paper is bright white, apart from some of the pictures which have a lovely black background which will make bright colours simply dazzle.
The illustrations are stunning, printed in crisp black lines (no transfer of ink between pages – the ink seems to be completely fixed in this book) in Jessica’s unique and quirky style. Most of the pictures are more detailed than previous Tangle Bay, I think they are more similar to Tangle Wood in the level of detail. It does however have Tangle Bay’s quirkiness. Inside you will find a Cat Genie and Witch, Bugs having tea, a Chameleon Wizard, a Peacock Witch, Dancing Dogs in Dresses, Moon gazing hares, Bicycle riding Chickens, Bird magicians, dragons, and even a fox princess in the bed of mattresses reimagined from fairytale ‘Princess and the Pea.’The designs are such fun to colour and takes both pencil and water-based markers well, and the paper is good quality medium thickness. The pages are double-sided so I would not use Alcohol based markers in this book. I would highly recommend this book. Enjoy the flipthrough.
The first picture I decided to colour was the jar of eyes. I chose to colour it solely in glitter gel pens by Luna Jayne and a clear glitter Gelly Roll pen as it reminded me of a rather strange jar of sweets. I love the way it turned out and how it catches the light and sparkles against the black background. I look forward to colouring the phoenix some time in the same way.
The second picture I decided to tackle one of the double-page spreads. Unlike most double-pagers the ones in this book, even though they are often very detailed, are quicker and less intimidating to colour due to the size of the pages. I completed this lovely one with the hares and fox in the bed in about three hours. I just love how different the picture is and how the lovely black background is already done for me. I used Prismacolour Premier pencils and the Luna Jayne glitter gel pens again.