Colouring Book Reviews · Fairy World by Barbara Lanza

Fairy World by Barbara Lanza

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  • Type: Paperback
  • No of Pages: 112
  • Publisher: North Light Books
  • Release Date: 24 June 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781440346507
  • Size: 21 x 1.3 x 27.6 cm
  • Price: US $12.99/CAN $16.50/UK £9.99

Fairy World by Barbara Lanza has a glossy paperback cover with a partial colouring of one of the fairy designs within the book. It is both glue and staple bound. The paper is smooth, white and of a medium weight. The illustrations are on one side of the paper so you can easily use markers in this book (just place a protective piece of paper behind the picture you are working on). It says on the back cover of the book that the pages of the book are perforated, however my copy was not but I don’t know if this is because it is a preview copy. There are no double-page spreads in this book, however there are some pictures where the design extends into the spine making this part difficult to colour without bending and breaking the spine. If yours is a perforated copy the design will extend over the lines, however I can live with this. The linework pictures are a variety of black line sizes and in some parts is quite heavy; however on the picture I coloured I found that I didn’t mind this and I actually liked the effect with the picture. If you use bright colours this will balance the lines out so will not detract from picture, however if your colours are very pale this may bother you.

Not only does it have over 50 lovely illustrations to colour which range in complexity from simple figures to ones which have lots of floral backgrounds, none of which are overly complex or too simple meaning this book is suitable for beginners or advanced colourists alike. It is also ideal as a gift book or perfect to encourage a beginner as at the front of the book there is two full colour page illustrations of Barbara’s originals, a contents page and 10 page illustrated introduction to colouring techniques which covers colour, marker strokes, blending colour over colour, dramatic effects, Pointillism, crosshatching, defining shapes, pastel patterns, deepening values and layering. This guide is very simple to follow and well illustrated with printed colour pencil marks. Although as an advanced colourist I didn’t need this it was still handy to have a reminder of techniques and there is plenty of lovely illustrations to satisfy my needs.

The illustrations themselves are beautiful crisp, clean and clear linework drawings of Fairies of all ages and genders from tiny babies asleep in flowers, cherubic children, beautiful ladies and men. There are a few elven characters and other mystical people without wings including a mermaid. They are exquisitely drawn as are the flowers, leaves and other details. None are overly detailed and it is easy to recognise all parts of the drawings.

It is a lovely book and with so many illustrations to colour as well as the added bonus of the colouring guide it is good value for money and I highly recommend it.

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I chose to colour this lovely picture of a fairy princess (judging by her crown and size as she does not have any wings) swinging on tree vines among the berries and flowers using Prismacolor Premier Pencils. They lay down wonderfully on this paper although as the paper is smooth it did burnish quickly looking at it so if you want to build more layers start off colouring lightly and build until you are happy with the result.

Fairy World is available to buy from Amazon. co.uk, Amazon. com, Book Depository and The Wordery (Both with free worldwide shipping)

I was kindly sent this book from the publisher. All comments and opinions expressed about the book are my own and are not influenced by this fact.

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