I have been enjoying the first book in this series and wondered how they could improve on it. Well, they did it by adding an additional 20 designs for about the same value. This is an outstanding coloring book filled with 130 designs by a variety of independent coloring book artists. Some of the artists are familiar to me and some are new. It makes for a great compilation of designs for any colorist.
It is once again fantastic to have the opportunity to try so many different artists in one book. As I finish my coloring projects, I will add them to the photo samples I will include.
This is what I experienced while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my coloring medium. In the comments section below, I will list the coloring medium I used to test this book and which I usually use for coloring my projects.
130 Designs by 70 different artists
Designs are printed on one side of page
Paper is thin, white, slightly rough and non-perforated
Designs do not merge into the binding and there is plenty of room to cut pages out if you choose to do so.
Alcohol-based markers bleed through this paper freely
Water-based markers and India ink pens spot through this paper
Gel pens leave shadows of color on back of page
Coloring pencils work well with the paper but also leave shadows on the back of the page. I was able to get great results from both oil and wax based pencils. I was able to layer the same color for deep pigment, layer multiple colors, and blend extremely well using a pencil style blending stick.
I can get the book to lay fairly flat by breaking the spine of the book; however, as with the first book in this series, it is so thick that even laying flat may be too high for me to color comfortably. I will, most likely, be cutting pages out before I color them.
If you don't plan to cut pages out, I suggest that you use a blotter page below the project you are working on. I use card stock but a couple of sheets of heavyweight paper works well, too.