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Joyous Blooms to Color Paperback – February 9, 2016
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The designs are printed on both sides of the heavyweight, non-perforated page. Most of the designs merge into the binding. A few of the designs spread across two pages. In my copy, the alignment of the two-page spreads is excellent. The binding is a hybrid of glued and sewn. The sewn binding is the type that has many stitches rather than just a few. Because of the binding and the way the design merge in (though nothing of note is lost in the binding), I will not be removing pages from this book. If you wish to do so, you will have to cut them out and you will probably lose some portion of the design in doing so. I was able to get the book to lay fairly flat by breaking the spine.
Only my alcohol-based markers bled through this paper. I was able to use all of my water-based markers, India ink artist pens, and gel pens without any bleed through. Gel pens required some extra drying time but that is common for gel pens on a good grade of paper. My coloring pencils worked excellently. The soft lead pencils went on thick with full coverage and blended beautifully. The hard lead pencils worked well and did not leave indents on the back of the page. I was especially pleased with the way my TomBow brush end markers worked with the paper. I was able to easily blend in my colors without roughing up the surface of the paper or having ink seep through. If you choose to use alcohol-based markers, it will ruin the design on the back of the page. I would suggest that you use a blotter page to keep the ink confined to just the back of the page and not ruin the following pages.
These are the coloring medium that I use for testing. If there is something else you feel I should be testing, please let me know and I will see if I can add it to my growing pile:
Markers: 1) alcohol-based – Copic Sketch, Prismacolor double ended markers (brush and fine point), Sharpies (fine and ultra-fine) Bic Mark-its (fine and ultra-fine) and 2) water-based – Tombows dual end markers (brush and fine point), Stabilo 88, and Staedler triplus fineliners
India Ink: Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (brush tip)
Gel Pens: Sakura, Fiskars, Uni-ball Signo in the following sizes - 0.28/0.38/0.5/1.0 and Tekwriter
Coloring Pencils: Prismacolor Premier Soft Core, Derwent Colorsoft, Prismacolor Verithins, and Faber-Castell Polychromos
Update: You CAN use inktense pencils if you don't let the page get too saturated with water. This is more of a keepsake book, as I would hate to ruin it by removing pictures to frame-although the images are definitely frame worthy.
I love this book. The pictures are so pretty. Lots of flowers and leaves, but the designs are just beautiful.I only wish these type of books came perforated. It's so much easier to take the pictures out of. I'd like to know if anyone on here knows of a picture album or binder that will fit these size pictures. I recently found some pretty binders to store regular size pictures that come from other coloring books. I have found nice clear sleeves to store them into the album. But I can't seem to find an album large enough to hold these sizes. 13 X 13 is what the album needs to be approx and then I need 12 X 12 clear sleeves. If anyone has any ideas can you please let me know. I love displaying the pictures in the albums. They look more professional and it's easier to show people.