- Format: Paperback
- No of Pages: 134 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Release Date: December 5, 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1519659750
- Size: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
This is Volume Two of Big Kids Coloring Book: Fairy Houses and Fairy Doors by Dawn D. Boyer Phd. (see my previous posting for review of book one). As before there are two versions, a double-sided version for Crayons and Coloured pencils, and this version which is single-sided for wet media:markers and paints. It is A4 in size and has a glossy cover of a coloured version of the little mushroom houses illustrations on the front and a cute fairy cottage on the back cover. Opening the book there is an illustrated title page, details of the cover contest winners and a mention for all the entrants which is an especially nice touch, 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 are over 50 illustration pages to colour. The illustrations like before are very whimsical and totally charming and there is a good variety of different ones. this time there pictures are more detailed – there is the addition of fairies and woodland creatures and more flowers and foliage. Some are hidden quite well and it is only when you start to colour that the extra details (for example the tree faces in the picture I coloured). They are hand-drawn with black pen and ink and there is 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. The book is not just outlines for you to colour and some will not like this. 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. In other places a wash of colour over the top is sufficient to bring out the printed details. 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. In fact in this book I rather like the effect as it is suggestive to some extent of the tree bark and natural resources used to make many of the houses themselves.
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 illustration, however this is merely a precaution as I didn’t experience any. If you use alcohol based markers I would strongly suggest this. It has some beautiful illustrations and if you’re not put off by the dark lines you’ll be rewarding as they are beautiful once coloured.
I coloured (or rather painted) this picture in Derwent Inktense Blocks with a waterbrush in much the same way as using watercolour pan paints. As you can see in the picture of the back the paper does wrinkle and there is bleed-through of the red. For this reason I strongly suggest putting an extra sheet in front of the next picture, but as you can see the wrinkling does not spoil your work.
This is the cover for the double-sided edition for crayons and Coloured Pencil. Please also see my review and flipthrough for Fairy Houses and Fairy Doors Volume One.
Some other books by the same author