- Series: A Millie Marotta Adult Coloring Book
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Lark Crafts; Clr Csm edition (September 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1454710187
- ISBN-13: 978-1454710189
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beautiful Birds and Treetop Treasures (A Millie Marotta Adult Coloring Book) Paperback – September 5, 2017
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As with all of her coloring books, the designs are detailed without being intricate. The illustrations are beautifully done. There are a number of designs that cross over the binding and, in my copy, they line up well but it is difficult to get into the binding area to color. Some of the designs are done twice – on the left side with lots of detail and then again on the right side (facing each other) with limited detail. That way, you can do a lot more blending and shading work, making the design your own.
The book is in the larger square format at 9 7/8 x 9 7/8 x .5 inches as are the other books in Ms. Marotta's series. The book cover is very pretty. It has touches of color and gold foil on the front of the cover. You could certainly color the remainder of the design if you so choose. The inside of the covers are plain white and very slick to the touch.
This is what I found while coloring in this book and testing it with my coloring medium:
Designs are printed on both sides of the page
Some designs merge into the binding and some spread across the binding for a two-page design.
Paper is white, heavyweight, slight rough and non-perforated.
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the paper easily.
Water-based markers, India ink pens and gel pens leave extremely light shadows on the back of the page, especially dark and very bright colors.
My coloring pencils did the best of the various medium, with the exception of Pablo and Irojiten pencils. Most pencils went on well and blended well. I tested both oil and wax based pencils and could layer and blend easily using a blender stick. The Pablo and the Irojiten did well with everything but blending with a stick. I found that wet blending medium worked better for those two brands.
Update... I started coloring one picture with pencils. Given the detail I would rather use pens/markers.
This pictures are drawn in Marotta’s usual style, which I think is wonderful, yet each is unique in its own right.
Now, her books are not for everyone. There are intricate details to color and shading is not always appropriate as the figures she uses to create the animals do not connect but if you look online, you'll see so many ideas for her work that it may stimulate your inner "creative" juices. Not a good book if you have fine motor issues or if you have difficulty seeing.
I also need to add that I marvel at the lines she uses to draw the animals. They are so ACCURATE! I can't imagine how she does it but she truly does have a gift. Thanks, Ms. Marotta for sharing your gift with us!
These ARE 2-page spreads and they are double-sided. Yet, her work in impeccable.
What do I also love? THE _PRICE! I purchased this twice as I loved it so much. I have a spinal cord injury. Money is tight as I am unemployed and permanently disabled from my career as a teacher. So, I have taken up art to help my depression and anxiety. I have always worked. Always. Coloring has really helped me. But, finances are not what they once were and with that, I must be careful about with my hobby. Books that are priced so economically make it OK for me to re-purchase another copy. This is the case with Ms. Marotta's book. I'm sure others feel the same way but perhaps not. In any case, this is how it is for me/us and I appreciate the cost of these books as they are not inflated. I'm seeing a trend in books that is not making me happy. Many are so expensive that I will not purchase a copy or, wait to purchase a good while until I feel we can spare the extra. This is troublesome. I feel that publishers are becoming greedy in some cases. There are some books I simply will not purchase- not even once, as I feel the price is so overinflated and while the images appear beautiful online, they had better be truly outstanding to allow for the listed price (in my own mind). I'll write this again on other reviews and hope that those book publishers and authors pay attention. Not needed here for Ms. Marotta and her publishers and I do so appreciate this.
Happy coloring! <3
me to want to color and use my imagination. I'm very pleased that i purchase, Beautiful Birds And Treetops.