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Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book Paperback – February 17, 2015
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About the Author
Johanna Basford is an illustrator and ink evangelist who creates intricate and hand-drawn illustrations rooted in the flora and fauna that surrounds her home in rural Scotland.
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TIP: If you are wondering what kind of medium you should use, I strongly suggest Staedtler triplus fineliner marker pens (photo attached). I got my 20 piece set at Target. The colors are vivid (see photo of the first page I've colored), the tip glides over the paper smoothly and easily, and the 0.3 mm point means you can color in the smallest of spaces (this book demands a tiny point!)
This is the most beautiful coloring book that I own and the only one that captivates and inspires all of my grown children and every one of my grandchildren, both the boys and the girls.
This book truly creates quality family time for those rainy afternoons.
1. Colored pencils work well in this book and Fiskars Gel pens, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner markers and Staedtler Triplus Fibre tip pens do not leak through the pages and are wonderful for coloring in this book.
2. Most Markers and some Gel pens seep through the pages, so they cannot be used without damaging the next picture. These markers do leak through the pages (Sharpies, Bic Mark-it, Stabilo 88, and Pentel)
3. This book is square (9 6/8" x 9 6/8") with pages thicker, than most coloring books they are almost cardboard.
UPDATE; Secret Garden by Johanna Basford is now published on the same heavy paper used for Enchanted Forest, I just received my copy and it is amazing. Perfect for Staedtler Triplus Fineliners and Fibre tips plus Fiskars Gel pens plus colored pencils.
May 3, 2015 A customer just told me that she ordered a book and got it in about 3 weeks, so Amazon is shipping out books as they get them in but not able to keep up with orders because this is such an amazing book.
It all started 3 weeks ago when I walked into costco and saw this beautiful book sitting on a shelf. After flipping through the book while walking through the store, I decided to put it down and not purchase it, due to just having made a large purchase and couldn't afford something "frivolous." 3 days later and I couldn't stop thinking about this book, so I headed back to Costco, only to find they were completely out of stock. I rush home to order it online, and found it also out of stock. Thus began my search for this book. 2 weeks later, I finally found it, restocked back at costco (yes, I didn't buy it on amazon, it's STILL out of stock)
1 week having this book and the quality of life in my house has plummeted. The children have been feeding themselves on microwave kraft dinner and toast, while wearing their pj's all day and given free range of video games. The husband quietly weeps in the corner as he watches his wife fall deeper and deeper into her addiction. My friends shake their heads in annoyance at me as I yet again, bring up another conversation of my new book, or 172 pencil crayons that I use to colour them with (crayola and craz-art, I'm not fancy enough for prismacolors) My hands have reached early arthritis, but I push through the pain. My thumb pads are permanently indented now and feels really weird to use them on anything other than a pencil crayon. I'm sure as the weeks go by my obsession and addiction will slowly wittle its way back into a more normal stance, perhaps I'll colour only an hr a day, instead of 6.
Alas, I tease. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, and totally understand why it is so difficult to find. It's beautiful. The only complaint I have is as you get into the book, the pictures that span two pages get harder and harder to colour in the middle. I've mostly used pencil crayons, but the markers I have used (stabilo 1mm) haven't leaked through, so it's nice to have the thick pages where many mediums can be used. It can get a bit monotonous at the beginning with aallll the leaves to colour, but if you use your imagination, you can make it fun and exciting with each leaf.
I can't wait to get her new book, and have already added it (and prismacolor pencils) to my birthday list xD
NOTE: The coloring book itself is good. The designs are very whimsical. Lots of leaves to color! Works well with coloring pencils and gel pens, although I wish the pages were a bit thicker. When using gel pens don't let them rest to long on the paper, it may bleed to the next design.