Colouring Book Reviews · Dreamweaver by Olivia Whitworth

Dreamweaver by Olivia Whitworth

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  • Format – Paperback
  • No.of Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
  • Release Date: 6 Oct. 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849498906
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 1.6 x 25.1 cm
  • Price – £10.00

 

The Dreamweaver: A Colouring Adventure to help you dream the night away by Olivia Whitworth is a beautiful new colouring book. It tells a story in pictures of a woman’s dream in which she goes on an adventure accompanied by her cat through sea, sky, through trees and towns. The book is paperback and the popular square format and size of many of the popular colouring books. The cover illustration is a collage of different elements from the dream, it does not actually feature inside the book. The black and white illustration is highlighted with tones of aqua and beige accented with gold foiling. The binding is both glue and stitch-bound and the pages lie reasonably flat with a little coaxing, which is great as ALL the illustrations are double-page spreads. The paper is white, smooth-surfaced and thick. Water-based markers and paint shouldn’t bleed through, although as the pages are double sided I wouldn’t recommend using alcohol markers. Pencils work beautifully.

 

The two-page illustrations are beautiful and imaginative. They are also very detailed. These will not be quick pictures to colour but projects, but they are so beautiful that they are worth it. The line work varies in thickness and in some places is quite thick and the ink is very black giving the impression of stained glass. However, for this particular book I think it really suits the style of the pictures and I do not think that they are limiting as I feel they can be in other books. It screams out to me to be coloured in bright colours and I feel the pictures will look great in whichever medium you choose to use.

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I chose to colour the pictures of the treehouses mostly painted in Inktense blocks and I used a Zig Waterbrush and used the blocks like watercolour pans. I’ve added extra detail with Prismacolor Premier pencils. I think that Inktense, watercolours and markers will be my main medium in this book with pencil details. That way I can block colour the pictures and just pencil in details. This way I can complete a picture in a reasonable time-frame. I also love the effect and the paper takes the mediums well.

Dreamweaver is available from 6th October in the UK. Available from Amazon UK, The Book Depository and The Wordery, both with free worldwide shipping. It will be released I am told in the US next year.

 

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