- Type: Paperback
- No of Pages: 108
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Release Date: 29 October 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781539479871
- Size: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
Color Me, Fold Me by Ruby Phoenix Christmas Edition Volume 1 is an interesting concept for a colouring book. It invites you to colour, cut out, fold, and glue together christmas tree decorations in which to hide a small gift which is left hidden all through christmas to be opened once the tree is taken down to add a little bit of extra happiness in receiving a variety of little gifts. These little gifts (suggested by the author) could be candies, coins, banknotes, an engagement ring and other small surprise gifts.
The format of the book is that it is A4 in size, the colouring pages themselves are one-sided allowing you to use any markers or pencils as you wish. The front cover is glossy white with a printed design which suggests the intricate designs within but doesn’t really show you what the book is about. The first pages are advice on using markers, about the color me fold me concept, the tools and materials you will need (most of these you will probably already own such as markers, pencils, scissors, retractable knife, paper glue and tape) and are easily available and 2 test page.
The next section is the instructions for creating the decorations. These are simple to follow and well-illustrated with photographs. There are a total of 7 types of decorations – South American panpipes, a square box, a single and double-sided cone, eight and twelve petal bulbs, cylinder, drum, and large and small 5 and 6 point stars.
Then you are into the pages of the decorations themselves. These are very detailed patterns and the artist suggests the best results are achieved with gel pens, sharp coloured pencils or fine-liners are the perfect colouring mediums for this. After colouring your pages you can then cut them out, assemble and glue them together adding paper string to hang them from the tree. There are a number of different patterns for each decoration and there are at least two of each size decoration, although many have four. In total (if I counted right) there are 37 decorations to make.
At the back of the book there is the ‘After Christmas Coloring’ pages which consist of 9 pages of intricate mandalas. These don’t require any cutting and glueing and are there solely for your colouring pleasure.
My first attempt was to color, fold and construct an eight pointed bulb. To colour I used felt tips and I found it hard to keep within the fine lines. I also found the paper a little thin to construct this shape satisfactorily and struggled to get the tabs to tie together and I broke some.
My second attempt was one of the cylinders. This was a bit easier to colour as I used my Staedtler Tri-plus fine-liner pens. These were perfect for the size of the details and they coloured well without feathering, although there was some shadowing on the back you could not see this once constructed.
It is a lovely book and the instructions to make the decorations were good. Although you could make most of decorations straight from the book I would suggest photocopying the pages onto thicker card or backing them first. This will mean that your decorations will be easier to assemble and you shouldn’t break any of the delicate tabs as easily as I did. It’s a lovely concept and it does work, but they are very delicate so you will need to be careful when constructing them. I’d suggest constructing the easier ones such as the pan pipes and boxes first until you get a hang of it and progress to the more delicate intricate shapes.
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