- Series: Color the Classics
- Paperback: 85 pages
- Publisher: Waves of Color; Clr Csm edition (April 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626923922
- ISBN-13: 978-1626923928
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.1 x 253 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Color the Classics: Alice in Wonderland: A Curiouser Coloring Book Paperback – April 5, 2016
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Jae-Eun Lee is a Korean illustrator whose beautiful artwork and creative reimagining of classic literature is seen in a number of literature-based coloring books, including Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Snow Queen, and Anne of Green Gables.
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While much of the story is printed in the book, it does not replace having the actual book. It simply reminds me of the tale as I color along in the book.
Other than the story page illustrations, the designs are open and easy to color. In two of the designs, the characters faces are not quite finished. These fit in with the general tone of each design so it doesn't bother me.
For my first project in this coloring book, I chose to do a design of Alice with the Red Queen. I used Prismacolor Premier Soft Core pencils to complete the design. While some individuals use coloring pencils with a heavier hand, I find that I need to use a lighter touch otherwise I develop elbow and shoulder pain. When I test books, I test using both a light touch and a heavier hand, especially for layering.
I will provide a detailed description of the physical book below, but here is what I found in a brief overview:
70 pages of Designs and Story Book Illustrations
Printed on both sides of page
Pages are heavyweight and non-perforated
Some Designs merge into the binding
Some Designs spread across two pages
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page
Water-based markers do not bleed through
India ink pens do not bleed through
Gel pens do not bleed through but require extra drying time
Coloring pencils work extremely well with this paper
The designs in this book are printed on both sides of heavyweight, non-perforated white paper. The binding is glued rather than sewn. You will have to cut pages out to remove them from the book. I could get the book to lay fairly flat by pressing really hard to break the spine.
As 14 designs spread across two pages as well as some designs merging into the binding area, if you remove pages from the book, you will probably lose some portion of the design. Depending on the specific page, you may lose important parts of the overall design. Because of this, I will not remove pages from the book and will struggle with trying to color the entire design into the binding area. This is a common issue with these story coloring books versus straight up coloring books, so I have come to expect this though it always disappoints me.
I test my coloring books with a wide variety of coloring medium. I will include this list in the comments section below for anyone interested. These are the results of my tests:
My alcohol-based markers bleed through the coloring page. Water-based markers, India ink pens, and gel pens did not bleed through and did not leave shadows on the back of the page. Most of my gel pens (except the small nib ones) required additional drying time. Coloring pencils worked extremely well with this paper. The soft lead pencils went on heavy with excellent coverage. They blended and layered easily. Hard lead pencils had fairly good color and did not dent the back of the page.
The paper itself was really nice. A very bright white with a decent thickness and enough tooth to take colored pencil but not so much tooth that you couldn't get a good even coverage with it. I tried this with Prismacolors, Faber-Castell Polychromos and Derwent Coloursoft and all three worked well on this paper. I did not try markers on this paper since the pages are double-sided and in general I have found that coloring book paper, no matter how thick, cannot stand up to markers without bleed-through most of the time.
However, I applaud Waves of Color for bringing this series out in English and I will continue to look forward to more releases from this publisher, including those by Jae-Eun Lee.
CON: printed on front and back
The pictures in this book are beautiful...they're so intricate and the style is pretty, young, and vibrant. They're NOT done in the John Tenniel style though. If you're looking for a coloring book with pictures like the original drawings, this is not the book for you...there's one like that on Amazon. This book is drawn more like a Korean comic book, manhwa.
This book also does not strictly follow the original Alice in Wonderland story. As it is an adaptation, while most of the key players-the white rabbit, the red queen, Cheshire cat, and the mad matter-will be there, there will be some elements that are new or missing.
There are 75 pages to color. I wish they weren't printed on the front and back, but the sheets are pretty thick. You probably won't see colors from the other side if you're using color pencils. Some of the pages are text adapted from the stories but even those have intricate floral margins to color.
Overall, pretty satisfied with purchase and am excited to get hours and hours coloring this book.