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Color Cats Book Two - Literary Reference Edition: Kitty Tales Coloring Pages Paperback – July 15, 2016
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Margaret Gates Root is the founder of the Feline Nutrition Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to educating pet parents about bio-appropriate nutrition for cats. She has a degree in fine arts from UCLA and loves drawing, graphic design and, of course, cats. Find out more at: colorcats.org and felinenutritionfoundation.org.
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What is fun and special about these kitties is that they are inspired by some interesting sources. They are based on fables, rhymes, fairy tales, and more. As Ms. Root suggests on the back of the book, you can either look to see the inspiration or not peek and try to guess as you go along. I couldn't help myself – I had to peek.
The designs are detailed but without itsy bitsy tiny details. I will enjoy coloring in this book with all of my various medium provided I take the proper precautions to keep the rest of the book in good condition.
The 25 designs are presented in full page, horizontal format but are also provided in slightly larger than thumbnail format at the back of the book where the artist explains the source of her inspiration. Those smaller designs can also be colored but you may need ultra-fine nibs and/or sharp pointed pencils to finish them.
This is what I experienced while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my coloring medium. I will provide a list of the coloring medium I used for testing and which I use for most of my projects. You can find that information in the comments section below.
25 Cute Cat Designs in realistic and believable poses
Printed on one side of the page
Paper is thin, white, slightly rough and non-perforated.
Glue bound, so you will have to cut pages out if you want to remove them from the book
Designs do not merge into the binding area and have a frame line around the outer edge of the design.
Book opens flat fairly easily for coloring
Alcohol and water-based markers bleed through this paper to varying degrees. (Alcohol-based bleed through freely while water-based bleed through in spots.)
Gel pens and India ink pens leave colorful shadows on the back of the page. India ink can bleed through if you layer it or use it heavily.
Colored pencils work well with this paper. Wax and oil-based pencils provide good pigment and I can layer and blend well with both. Hard lead pencils (like Verithins) can leave dents on the back of the page.
Because of the bleed through and dents, I always use card stock as a blotter to keep ink and hard lead pencils from marring through the page to the designs below.
Then I found the perfect book. Book Two Color Cats by Margaret Gates Root. A literary reference and cats. When I saw this picture of the cats and the typewriter, I knew I had to have this book.
I like the simplicity of the drawing. Plenty of room for detail work, but it wasn't a chore. It was easy to choose colors. The pages are single sided. There is a test sheet to see how your choice of medium works. It is recommended you put a few sheets of paper between to prevent bleeding onto the next page. There are twenty-four pages of cats to color. In addition, there is the reference key (1 kitty you can color on that page) and the following pages contain smaller versions of all the drawings with the literary references cited below. The smaller version being two of the exact drawings per page.
I used a combination of colored pencils, highlighters, and a blue sharpie for the sample page
The sharpie came straight through to the other side
The bleed through was only on one page of notebook paper, but if you are using markers, I'd play if safe and use at least two.
In conclusion, if you like simple and you like cats, you'll like this book.
There are so many cat-related coloring books of various themes and complexity. If you love cats and coloring (who doesn't?), add this to your list!