- Series: Grayscale Coloring Books by Selina (Book 1)
- Paperback: 107 pages
- Publisher: Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd (April 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0994355491
- ISBN-13: 978-0994355492
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fairy Art - Grayscale Coloring Edition (Grayscale Coloring Books by Selina) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 12, 2016
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As an artist, color is a thing of magic in my life. Color creates shapes, forms, and feelings in the artworks I paint. Laying color onto a blank page is when I feel closest to true magic, when I feel happiest and most relaxed, and it's through what I create that I share my love of magic with the world.
Through my coloring books I want to share that same magic with you.The artworks in my books are based on my completed paintings, which I have painted over the last ten years as a professional artist. I have created the coloring designs to be intricate and detailed but still fun and accessible. There is something for lovers of meditative detail while simple enough to not be overwhelming for younger colorists.
When designing my books I decided to print them with two copies of each design, because I know as an artist there are always so many possibilities! I wanted to give everybody the chance of a do-over with every design. Try a different medium, or a different colour scheme. Or a chance to share the magic with a friend, child, parent, sibbling. Because sharing your creativity and joy of color is the best magic of all.
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She is an amazing artist, when is she coming out with more coloring books! I'm hooked!
However, the printing in the book is simply too dark for me to work with. I admit it could be because I am new to grayscale coloring (I only have three other books in this style) so it may be due to my inexperience.
I did do a comparison of print against my other books and this one is much darker. The problem is that adding coloring can never make the print lighter (unless you are using a solid opaque medium and simply painting over the existing artwork to cover it up.) The images show much lighter in the digital images in the “Look Inside” feature than they are in print.
I tried three different sets of coloring pencils (Prismacolor Premier Softcore, Caran D'Ache Pablo Colored Pencils and Faber-Castell Polychromos) just in case it made a difference. I used similar style designs and similar colors. While I preferred the Pablo pencils for coverage, I had the same problems. For flesh tones, I had to use creams and the lightest pink I could find in each set and the tones still came out really dark.
I am hoping that my book is an aberration and that others get much lighter printing in their books. If not, I hope this is something that Ms. Fenech can get corrected immediately. If that happens, I hope that someone will let me know and I will re-purchase this book in a heartbeat. I am still coloring in this book and am liking it due to the artwork but I simply can't say I love it.
The book contains 25 different but two copies of each for a total of 50 coloring designs. The book is glue-bound but has plenty of room to remove each design from the book. The designs do not merge into the binding area. I only use coloring pencils with my grayscale so I didn't check for other mediums. As the designs are printed on one side, you can always put a blotter page behind the page you are working on and it will keep ink from seeping through. My pencils worked well but differently. The Blue fairy is Pablo, the Purple fairy is Polychromos and the Pink fairy and Bee fairy are both Prismacolor Softcore.
I really love the fact a second set of prints of every picture are included in this book. If you want to play with different colors, mess up badly, or want to have a before and after, it's there for you!
All and all, I am very happy I picked this book up, and hope Selina Fenech turns more of her books into grayscale!
However saying that, you still get amazing results. I've been a fan of her other coloring books and own several but this now a favorite since I'm terrible at knowing where to shade and highlight in my coloring. This makes it easier.