- Format: Paperback
- No of Pages: 122 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Release Date: 21 July 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1514863824
- Size: 21.6 x 0.7 x 27.9 cm
There are two versions of Big Kids Coloring Book: Fairy Houses and Fairy Doors by Dawn D. Boyer Phd. There is a double-sided version for Crayons and Coloured pencils, and this version which is single-sided for wet media:markers and paints (There is also a volume Two so please check that you have chosen the correct version before you order). It is A4 in size and has a glossy cover of a coloured version of one of the illustrations on both the front and back cover. Opening the book there is an illustrated title page and an introduction about the artist, the benefits of colouring, and about the book. At the back of the book there are QR codes for some of Dawn’s other books, a bit more about the author and about the book. The book is glue-bound and the pages are one-sided black pen and ink illustrations. Due to this being a self-published book through Amazon Createspace the paper is thin, copier type paper with a bit of a tooth to it.
There is a total of 50 illustration pages to colour. The illustrations are very whimsical and totally charming and there is a good variety of different ones. They are hand-drawn with black pen and ink and there is however a lot of shading already done and some of the images are quite dark so please bear this in mind if this is not to your liking. This is not to say that they are un-colourable – quite the contrary. This is a lovely book that just begs you to use bright colours to counter-act the black lines. As you can see from the two pictures I coloured the black lines disappear into the picture when strong colour is used.It also makes them quite quick pictures to colour and certainly for beginners it helps give professional results as you don’t need to worry about adding your own.
This particular version is marketed as suitable for wet media, however the paper is thin and so water should be used as sparingly as you can, and as it isn’t watercolour paper (which is pre-stretched) there will be some wrinkling as there will be in any other colouring book. I have to say though that this wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be and the wrinkles didn’t really bother me. Both Markers and paints shadow on the reverse and there is some bleed-through, especially with markers. For this reason I would suggest placing a spare sheet of paper (there is a page at the back you could cut out and use) to prevent marking the following page, however this is merely a precaution as I didn’t experience any. If you use alcohol based markers I would strongly suggest this.
I decided to colour two pictures. The first picture on the left I used Derwent Inktense Blocks with a waterbrush, using them as you do watercolour pan paints. I then added extra details with Prismacolor Premier Pencils and Posca white extra fine tip Paint pen.
The picture on the right I used water-based markers (I do not own alcohol markers to try, sorry) which were Stabilo Power Felt-tips, some Luna Jayne Glitter Gel Pens and Prismacolor Premier pencils to add details.
Here you can see the back of the pages. The left one is Inktense and as you can see there is some wrinkling but it doesn’t spoil the picture, the right is water-based markers.
If you prefer to buy the double-sided version for Crayons and Coloured pencils, this is the cover for the one you want.
Some other books by the same author