While Manuscript Pen Company Ltd is widely known for their elegant and traditional calligraphy ink cartridge pens and wax/seals, they are rapidly growing their range of products for crafters and hobbyists, like us coloristas! They were brilliant enough to send me their Colour Creative Brush and Broad portrait markers, as well as their Calli CReative Italic set of markers and their metallic set. And you might notice that adorable dog in the picture---that is Crumble! I think he needs some colour don't you??
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The third book in Anastasia's series is Birds, featuring every bird you could possibly imagine, giving you endless colour combination opportunities. Match a swan with it's true colour identity, or go outside the colour box and give its plume a bright neon colour! It's truley left up to you! As you can see I gave my flock of birds quite the colour scheme (with my signature hand made cloud stencil and pastels of course added to the background!) Her books really leave no room for disappointment! They're simply lovely to colour in. However, the last product that Staedtler gave me for review were their triangular barreled colored pencils, and with these, I was a bit disappointed with the quality.
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A second book in Catris' Colour Me Mindful Series, Tropical features loads of plants and animals of the rainforests and tropical climates (and even a delicious tropical looking drink, YUM!). Looking at the illustrations, I couldn't help but think how gorgeous they would look coloured in pencil because of all the shading and blending opportunities, so here I decided to utilize the second product given to me by Staedtler---Ergosoft colored pencils.
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Anastasia Catris, a freelance illustrator from Wales, has brought us a trilogy of conveniently sized colouring books, perfect for travel. For every book, I'll be including a Staedtler product that was given to me for review as well. These books are perfect for fineliners and felt tips and the Underwater themed one is my favorite out of all three books so I'll be doing this combination together in one awesomely colourful review!
The Nature Coloring Book is a new book coming out in August that has everything to do with the outdoors---plants, flowers, and animals fill this book. The binding is flexibound so it's very sturdy (not paperback, but not hardcover, somewhat inbetween). The pages are one sided prints, which is great for those who like to layer with markers. I used markers on my test page and they did not bleed through until I layered one spot with three layers of colour, so the paper is decent quality. The linework varies from very thin and faint, to bold black lines. With over 120 images to colour, you'll definitely get a lot of colouring hours in for a decent price. There was a couple things I didn't like about this book. So many of the pages are images of birds. So many more animals could have been incorporated in here, but every other page I felt was another image of a different type of bird. I mean this is the NATURE coloring book, not the bird coloring book. The other tiff I had was some of its pages don't have a purpose. There are just 4 or 5 images pasted onto one page, not as a scene, just as a collage of animals. This I feel was a bit lazy because a whole scene of the animals incorporated with each other would have looked loads better than just the "copy and paste" look of a bunch of things on one page. You'll see what I mean in the slideshow with an image of sea animals. Other than that, it's a decent book that can aide in bettering one's shading skills as well as for those just starting out in this trend who want an easier selection of illustrations to colour due to there being lots of simple, not so intricate pages. Take a look!
If this is the book for you, you can preorder The Nature Coloring Book right on Amazon! Thank you to Thunder Bay for sending me their book for review!
Reviewed by Kourtney Ann Ferro
Get ready to add THIS to your Amazon wishlist because it's so popular its already out of print since its release date by Penguin books on July 16th! If you like your colouring books by Millie Marotta and Johanna Basford, this will be one of your new favorites! The talented British designer has brought us The Magical City, which takes you on a cultural adventure like no other. With a new twist on architectual designs iwth a little whimsy, explore cities like Paris and Rome, and even visit the Space Needle in Seattle! You'll love bringing these cityscapes to life with brilliant colour.
I'm Kourtney, and I'm a mother of two litle girls and the wife of a Navy sailor. I review colouring books and products for publishers and art supply companies to give my Coloristas a guide to buying and growing their collections. And of course I love to colour any chance I get (mostly when the kids are asleep!)