While the title of this colouring book may lead you to believe that you'll be colouring an endless amount of birds and butterflies...don't worry...you will be! BUT it's NOT bleak and boredom won't set in. There are some bird species in here that aren't often featured in colouring books. And there are other critters thrown in there to peek one's interest! Birds and Butterflies is a nicely illustrated book, containing smooth, crisp linework, however, it doesn't lose that hand drawn feel that we all know and love when it comes to good books.
I paired this book review with a product review of Sakura Gelly Roll pens SOLELY because of a single black background page in Chadwick's book. I thought it would be PERFECT to show off the Moonlight gellies! Let's dive on in shall we?!
Founded in 1832, Derwent, a UK based company, has been making fine art pencils for over 180 years! They take pride in their high quality products as well as innovating and developing BETTER products for future artists. With many materials to choose from, I've heard loads of people taking to their Coloursoft pencils, so here I am with a review so I can let you all know if they live up to all the raving!
In a head to head battle, I'm putting Faber Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor Premier pencils up against each other in the most comprehensive review you have ever seen, and hopefully in doing this, I can show you the pros and cons of each pencil, while ultimately supporting my opinion of which is a better quality pencil. I have no affiliation with either company. This is purely my opinion and my personal preference, however the pictures and explanations you will read and see are factual unbiased results and evidence about each pencil brand. Faber-Castell had sent me their 60 set of Polychromos pencils to work with, and while I already had Prismacolor pencils, this review is completely unbiased. Each pencil has their strengths, however there is an obvious winner coming out of this review. Here we go!
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.
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!)