- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Design Originals; First edition (February 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1497202078
- ISBN-13: 978-1497202078
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Groovy Owls Coloring Book (Coloring is Fun) (Design Originals) 32 Adorable Art Activities with Quiet, Stoic, Wise, and Happy Owls, plus Beginner-Friendly Advice, Techniques, Color Choices, & Examples Paperback – February 7, 2017
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Experience your own personal art lesson with oodles of tips and techniques on how to decorate
Doodling and patterning are wonderful ways to embellish your images to make them unique to you and really stand out! You can add doodles to a design before coloring or after. Adding doodles after coloring works best on designs colored with markers.
Shading is a great way to add depth and sophistication to a drawing. Even layering just one color on top of another can be enough to indicate shading. And of course, you can combine different media to create shading.
Blending allows you to make smooth transitions between different tints and shades of a color when shading, and even between two different colors when creating gradients. Here are some simple techniques to produce flawless blends.
Color Theory and Combinations
Do you ever ask, “What colors should I use?” The fun thing about coloring is that there is no such thing as right or wrong. You can use whatever colors, wherever you want! Coloring offers freedom to explore a whole world of possibilities. But if you’re looking for a little guidance, it's helpful to understand some basic color theory, which is offered in this book!
32 whimsical owls of all shapes and sizes to fill with color!
Super easy coloring starter guides
There are many different ways to color—try using some of the suggested color combinations to get started!
Full-sized colored examples
With so many ways to combine colors, it can sometimes be overwhelming to think of the possibilities. These finished examples will help guide your way!
Bring your own passion for color
There are endless ways for you to express your creativity. Pick your own color scheme and make something to show off your unique personality!
Be inspired with positive quotes
There are fun, inspiring quotes to go along with each design. In coloring, as in life, it’s all about positivity!
I was born in the summer of '79, and six weeks later experienced my first intercontinental plane ride. I've been hooked on travel ever since. I learned to walk in Saudi Arabia, stayed with a tribal village family in India, visited a civil war refugee camp in Sri Lanka, had my palm read in Nepal, floated on a bamboo raft down a Thai river, picked wild berries in rural Wales, co-founded a Buddhist-inspired eco-retreat center in the south of France, and got married under a basswood tree in Australia. And that's just part of it!
The world offers us an amazing variety of experiences - cultures to explore, places to see, differences to appreciate. Art is my way of assimilating and interpreting the world around me. Through art, I process my external experiences, reflect on my inner experiences and merge the two together in a visual union that I share with the world. I truly hope that through my art you will be inspired to create your own art, and/or be encouraged you to share your unique vision with the world in some other creative way.
From the Back Cover
Show Me—Super Easy Coloring Pages
First time coloring? Don't know where to start or what colors to choose? Check out our super easy coloring pages inside. Throughout this book, you'll find easy coloring starter guides and these awesome features:
- Perforated pages
for easy removal
- High-Quality Paper
resists bleed-through. Acid free to last 200 years!
tips and techniques
- Fully Colored Examples
for ideas and inspiration
Thaneeya McArdle is the creative force behind the Coloring Is Fun coloring book series. Her bestselling coloring books Nature Mandalas, Happy Campers, Day of the Dead, and others are inspired by her love of travel. In addition to her numerous published books, she runs a popular website, art-is-fun.com. Visit her there to get lessons on drawing, painting, mixed media, and of course coloring!
About the Author
Professional artist Thaneeya McArdle is the author of more than 30 bestselling coloring books from Design Originals. Thaneeya creates colorful art in a variety of styles, ranging from abstraction to photorealism (with a special focus on creating vibrantly detailed art). Her artwork hangs in private collections around the world, and can also be purchased on t-shirts, puzzles, jewelry, coloring books, and more. Thaneeya shares her love of art at her popular art instruction site, Art-is-Fun.com, with fun lessons and detailed information on drawing, painting and mixed media. Her site has received over 32 million page views and counting. In addition to her passion for art, Thaneeya also enjoys travel, photography, reading, and learning new things.
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I noted that the back of the page is now back in gray rather than colors. I prefer that as sometimes the color could show through to the front of the page depending on which medium I work with. The back of the page has inspiring quotes, journal lines and a design element or two you can color if you choose to do so.
The publisher is, once again, printing 8 of the designs in less than full size. They have included a thumbnail color sample, some sample colors used in their design for inspiration and a few words to talk about the colors. It takes up the bottom 2.5 inches of the page. This information could be printed on a separate page or on the actual color sample page rather than on the coloring page.
It seems like they gave some thought to it as in this book, it makes less of a difference than in other books. The designs can still be colored as there aren't tiny elements. I would still much rather color a full page designs. As the designs are not difficult to color, I won't detract any stars from my review.
This is what I found while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my coloring medium.
32 Fun to color Owl designs – 24 Full Size and 8 Medium Size
Printed one side of the page – back of page has soft gray design, journal lines and an inspiring quote
Paper is medium weight, white, slightly rough and perforated
Designs stop well before the perforations
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page
Water-based markers leave colorful shadows and bleed through in very noticeable spots.
Gel pens and India ink pens leave shadows on the back of the page and can spot through to the back of the page if applied heavily.
Colored pencils work well with the paper. Both oil and wax based pencils provide good color, layer, and blend well using a blender stick. Hard lead pencils can dent through the page.
I use a blotter page of card stock or heavyweight paper (two sheets) to keep seeping ink and dents from marring the pages below. I recommend using a blotter or that you remove pages before coloring.
I love that the designs have true coloring space and are not so intricate that it becomes less than relaxing to complete. Always feel accomplished and relaxed with her books. AND ITS FUN!!!!