- Type: Paperback
- no of pages: 108
- Publisher: Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd
- Release Date: 31 May 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-0994355409
- Size: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
Mermaids: Calm Oceans by Selina Fenech has 50 pages to colour – 2 each of 25 designs; enabling you to use different colour schemes, try again if you mess up, or to give half the book to a friend. The book is paperback and self-published and the spine is glue-bound. The size is approximately A4 and the paper is bright white and thin; you can see the print through on the reverse of the paper.
The pages however are printed single-sided; so if you place a spare sheet behind the one you are colouring you can use markers. The paper is quite toothy and takes pencil well but it will require some blending to completely colour-in so that no white shows through. However many colourists will prefer to scan and copy the designs onto thicker paper or card (for their own use).
The illustrations are beautiful. Selina has recreated her stunning paintings in linework for you to colour. The linework however does vary from a medium to a medium-thick black line. Mostly this doesn’t bother me, but I do feel they would have been even nicer with finer linework.
In Summary it is a pretty book. The illustrations of Selina’s paintings are fun to colour, not overly detailed and will look lovely when finished. It is suitable for the beginner to the advanced colourist. Whereas the quality of the paper is the same quality as most self-published artists printed through companies such as Createspace and the price reflects this, I do wish the linework wasn’t quite so heavy in places. However it is a nice book and if you like mermaids you will most likely love it.
I chose to colour this picture of a mermaid on a rock titled simply “Splash” in Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils. I tried to recreate an irridescent look to her tail. I did find the paper a little too toothy to get the blended look i wanted easy enough so the next picture I colour I will copy first onto better paper or card for a nicer finish.
I was kindly sent Mermaids:Calm Water by Selina herself in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.