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Goldilocks: Grayscale Adult Coloring Book (Beautiful Fairy Tales) (Volume 3) Paperback – June 7, 2017
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About the Author
Ruth Sanderson's career as a professional illustrator spans 40 years, and she has illustrated over 85 books for children, including many fairytales, such as The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, Goldilocks, the Snow Princess, and Papa Gatto. The Golden Key, a Victorian fairytale by George MacDonald, features over forty of her scratchboard illustrations. Many of the pen and ink drawings for her first adult coloring book, THE WORLD OF FAIRIES, are based on her fairy paintings. THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES Grayscale Adult Coloring Book is the first in a series entitled BEAUTIFUL FAIRY TALES, based on Ruth's picture book illustration. CINDERELLA is the second book in the series, GOLDILOCKS is the third, and many more are planned. Her coloring books are also available for purchase on her ETSY shop as PDF downloads, for people who would like to print on their paper of choice. Ruth is the co-director of the MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating offered during summer terms at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She lives the rest of the year with her family (plus three cats and one horse) in Massachusetts. Her website is ruthsanderson.com
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The designs are both cute and sweet. The story has been changed from the traditional one and allows for more interaction between Goldilocks and the bears.
There are 24 designs in this book and, as Ms. Sanderson has done in the past, there are 12 bonus pages that are duplicates of half of the original designs in the coloring book. These designs have darker grayscale than the first set which makes them a little easier to color for those who are new to the technique.
This is what I discovered while coloring in this book and testing my coloring medium on the paper:
24 Grayscale designs plus 12 bonus designs based on the fairy tale Goldilocks for a total of 36 coloring pages
Printed one side of the page
Paper is typical inexpensive quality used by CreateSpace: white, thin, slightly rough and non-perforated.
The designs do not extend into the binding area. The designs have a framing line at the outer edges
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page quickly.
Water-based markers bleed through in spots.
Gel pens and India ink pens leave shadows on back of the page. India ink can bleed through if you apply heavily or multiple coats.
Coloring Pencils work well with this paper. I found that I could layers the same color for deeper pigment or multiple colors and I could blend easily using a blending stick; however, some of the darker areas of the designs had a tendency to smear using this type of blender. I found that liquid forms (Gamsol or mineral spirits) did a better job. This doesn't bother me as I generally do not use a blender on grayscale designs. I tested both oil and wax based pencils. I also found that hard lead pencils (like Verithins) leave dents through the paper.
I like to use a blotter when working in the book. I use a page of card stock or several sheets of heavyweight paper under my working page. It keeps seeping ink and marring dents from ruining the pages below.