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Vive Le Color! Japan (Adult Coloring Book): Color In: De-Stress (72 Tear-Out Pages) Paperback – August 19, 2015
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That I am now a needlework designer certainly dates back to those early art lessons. Jean's parents were very modern but Grandmother was very traditional and the house was filled with gorgeous artwork that this book reminds me of so much. Coloring in it will be both an homage to the gracious woman who was willing to spend a lot of time teaching a wild and tomboyish young girl lessons in art and manners as well as a way for me to travel back to those days in my mind.
This is a smaller format book of 72 pages of designs in only 7 x 7 inches. The binding is a type of rubbery glue that is located at the top of the book. It makes getting to all sides of the design much easier and now that I have experienced it, I wish more coloring books had top binding (as do many art books). My only concern is that if I remove a page, it may "break" the binding at that point and take more than the one page off. The back of the book is a heavy cardboard that keeps the book stable, especially if you are working in-hand instead of on a hard surface.
The designs are printed on the front side of each bright white medium weight page with the backside blank. The designs range from open fairly easy to color to much more detailed and a bit more challenging. This is exactly the type of mix that I hope for in buying a new book as I can choose the right design for the mood and needs of my day.
My pencils and gel pens are working great with the paper but I will use a backing piece of freezer paper or cardstock if I decide to use markers or watercolors as they may leach through the back of the page.
I have purchased the three books available from this publisher (who is new to me.) The books are about Japan, India, and Butterflies. I like them all so well, I will certainly be buying more from this company in the future.
I also couldn't stand it when I received it. I HAD to put my pens to work. If you color regularly, you KNOW what I am talking about.
I would like to note: Please choose fine line art pens or markers for this book. The lines are very tiny in places and anything larger could get frustrating.
Also of note: This book is top-bound, glued, like a neat'book design. Aka: The page comes off the glue binding, potentially taking others with it. This is why I have decided to discipline myself to take this book in order, against my usual. I took a picture to try and show what I mean.
I have also added some photos of the product, both colorized and not. Very exciting book.
I love this distinctive, petite square travel sized coloring book filled with its striking, delicate patterns and designs, each made up of fragile intricate lines and/or shapes that often repeat throughout the same image.
For those who love this type of coloring, you will be inspired and amazed at just how Elegant and Striking these delicate simple images become once you add color.
1. This little (6 ¾”x6 ¾”) book boasts 71 illustrations, printed one per page (the back of each page is blank) on medium weight, bright white paper.
2. The publisher of this little book has cleverly placed the binding at the top of the book making it more user friendly to left handed Colorists yet also great for those who are right handed.
3. The details are small and delicate; they take a steady hand, good eye and Colored pencils, Gel Pens, or Ultra Fine markers.
4. I Tested Fiskars Gel Pens, Staedtler Triplus Fineliners & Fibre Tips, and Stabilo point 88 and these DID NOT bleed through the pages in this little book.
5. Both Bic Mark it and Sharpies bleed through the paper a little, I removed the top title page in the book and use it to place under the page I am coloring when I use these markers.
6. Illustrations are pattern type illustrations with a variety of themes that include:
a. 10 illustrations boast fish as their theme, they all look like our common gold fish (a small member of the carp family native to east Asia) ,
b. 26 floral patterns with 8 of the images, delicate branches adorned with delicate flowers, artistically placed on the page like the cover picture,
c. 2 bonsai trees, one with leaves and one with flowers
d. 7 pattern illustrations featuring, 2 different types of birds as their theme
e. 9 flowing patterns created from geometric shapes
f. In the other 17 pattern illustrations you will find 2 dragons, 4 featuring tea pots, 1 with charming pandas, 1 with cats, 3 featuring geisha, 2 with Fan themes, 2 with Japanese style homes, 1 of Bamboo, and 1 of paper lanterns
7. I am adding the 3 pictures I colored to test this the color mediums in this book along with some images of the different themes used to help you decide if this book is just right for you!
I just wish there were more pages of scenery.