- Format: Paperback
- No of pages: 88
- Publisher: LightBurst Media
- Release Date: 1 July 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-0692737699
- Size: 21.6 x 0.5 x 27.9 cm
Back to the 80s is a fabulous 1980s focused fashion and fads colouring book. The book is published by Lightburst Media.
This is a A4 sized paper-backed book which is glue-bound. It has a glossy cover and has a disco scene on the front and on the back are three thumbnails of coloured illustrations within the book. On opening the book you are met with a greyscale image of the front cover on the first page. All the pages are one-sided so you won’t have to worry about ruining the back if you use markers.The paper is that of Amazon Createspace, it is thin, about the thickness of decent copier paper with a bit of a tooth. Flip over the page and there is a title page followed by an introduction, then over the page are details of where you can share your coloured pictures. Flip the page again and there is a 80s music playlist of tunes you can listen to for free while you colour which is available on Spotify. If you don’t have a Spotify account you can sign up for free and listen to whatever music you wish to.
There are 35 colourable illustrations that feature on one side of the page only , so you could easily use alcohol or water-based markers in the book. I would however place a spare sheet of paper behind that which you are working on as I found that even with water-based felt tips there was shadowing and bleed-through. For those who prefer pencils it takes them well too, although a bit of blending may help as the grain shows a little due to the paper having some tooth, however you can layer as much as you like.
The illustrations are fun and sum up the fads and fashions of the 1980s; the style of the clothes, hair, mix tapes, troll dolls, trainers, shell-suits, shoulder pads perfectly give a feel of the 80s. It’s a very fun book and the brighter and more garish the colours you choose the better. The 80s were one decade where colours didn’t match but clashed. This is one book that you can’t fail to have fun colouring and reminiscing about when you were young.
The page I decided to colour was this one with an 80s girl with big hair, denim skirt, bomber jacket, ‘bum bag’, lashings of cheap tacky jewellery and a’Twister’ and ice cream. I have fond memories of the ice-cream van stopping in our street, running inside to ask mum for money to buy one and chasing him down the street with the rest of the kids for a ‘Mr Whippy’, A ‘Nobbly Bobbly’, A ‘Fab’ or a ‘Twister’.