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Color At Home: A Young House Love Coloring Book Paperback – October 4, 2016
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About the Author
Sherry and John Petersik are the married duo who chronicle their home improvement adventures on the hit DIY blog Young House Love, which spawned two New York Times Best Selling books, Young House Love and Lovable Livable Home, as well as product lines sold by Target, Home Depot, and more. They live in Richmond, Virginia, with their two young children and a feisty Chihuahua named Burger.
Artist, Joan Borawski, received a BFA in Interior Architecture from Northern Illinois University and specializes in the traditional methods of perspective drawing and rendering. With nearly 20 years of sketching and drawing, Joan’s other creative interests include faux painting, furniture painting, refinishing and repurposing, and exploring other forms of medium to create artwork.
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Top Customer Reviews
The designs in the book are wonderful. They are clean line drawings that are fun and easy to color. In addition to the actual coloring pages, there are also some hints for interior design and some exercise pages for trying out some of those hints. Most of the designs are detailed and a few of them include intricate elements to color. The designs show a wide variety of rooms, a couple of outside views, as well as some furniture and other design collage style pages.
The book is printed on both sides of the perforated page and 15 of the designs spread across two pages. What is great is that the designs stop right at the perforations and pick up on the next page at the same spot. It makes it easy to color the whole design without having to struggle coloring into the binding area.
I have a couple of coloring books by this publisher and the paper, binding, and the printing of this book are quite different from those. While I like the prior books, this one steps up a level in publishing. It's a real pleasure to color in.
This is what I experienced while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my coloring medium.
61 pages of designs inspired by Young House Love (not including title, intro or exercise pages.)
Printed on both sides of the page
Paper is heavyweight, white, slightly smooth, and perforated
Sewn binding. You can remove pages in whole by cutting the binding; however, I would simply remove pages at the perforations.
Designs do not merge past the perforations.
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page. They are the only wet medium that I tested which did bleed through the page.
Water-based markers, India ink pens and gel pens did not bleed through or leave shadows on the back of the page. Gel pens did require additional drying time.
Colored pencils work well with this paper. Even though the paper is slightly smooth, it grips color really well. I was able to layer and blend easily with both wax and oil based pencils.
In addition to the copy of this coloring book that I purchased on Amazon, the publisher sent me a sample advanced reader copy of this book.
I am so excited that essentially this in an interior design coloring book. I might not be able to renovate my bathroom right now but I can still form a vision and execute it exactly the way I want. I even get to experiment with different colors and choices than I would have done in my home so it is going to stretch my design skills too.
Even my coloring enthusiast kindergarten daughter wanted to join me. It was a little hard deciding which picture I could part with! They are all so beautiful. Tearing out a page was yet one more proof of the detail and thoughts the Petersiks put into everything they do. Hello perforated pages! I was able to give my very particular daughter a wrinkle-free, tear-free page.
I can see this coloring book being one of my guilty pleasures this Fall/Winter. It was the perfect relaxing activity after a busy week! Thank you Petersiks for bringing this to fruition.