- Type: Paperback
- Number of pages: 96
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Release Date: 1 March 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1452151229
- Size: 22.9 x 1 x 27.9 cm
Journey in Color: French Baroque by Molly Hatch has a thick card cover with an almost fully coloured picture on the front of a vase of flowers. The Spine and writing are in Gold and black.On the back are four thumbnail pictures of illustrations inside the book. unusually it takes a landscape view of the pictures as it is wider than it is tall. It is both glue and sewn bound and the printed designs are a combination of heavy black and gold lines which is an unusual but pretty combination. The ink is well-fixed and will not transfer to the opposite page as you are colouring. The paper is white and a good medium weight, and the designs are single-sided (although they are decorated with a wallpaper/tile repeat design on the back of each). The pages lie very flat for colouring although the designs are single pages so there are no double-page spreads to colour in this book where colouring into the gutter may be a problem.
The illustrations are hand-drawn and sketchy in design in both black and gold ink which captures the sense of opulence of the French Baroque pictures. The illustrations themselves are a combination of objects, furniture, patterns, people and flowers. There are opulent hats, statues, decorative mandalas and repeat wallpaper designs to colour. As they are one-sided (I’m not counting the same repeat pattern on the back of each page, although you may colour them if you wish) you can use your markers and paints in this book; just place a spare sheet of paper behind the page if you decide to use alcohol markers to avoid spoiling the following page. The paper has a bit of tooth and also takes pencil well although you may find you need to press a little harder or blend your colours more to stop bits of white paper from showing through.
It is a charming book with pretty illustations to colour which i think will suit beginners and casual colourists very well. More advanced colourists will probably find the designs too sketchy and simplistic and dislike the heavy black lines but this is purely a matter of what you are looking for in a colouring book.
I chose to colour this French lady with her opulent ship hat using water-based markers (Stabilo Power felt-tips). There was no hint of shadowing or bleedthrough on the reverse side of the paper.