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Just Add Color Arboretum: 30 Original Illustrations to Color, Customize, and Hang - Bonus Plus 4 Full-Color Images by Lisa Congdon Ready to Display! Paperback – March 1, 2016
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About the Author
Portland illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon, named one of 2015's 40 Women over 40, was raised in both upstate New York and Northern California where she grew to love the trees and animals that surrounded her. That love is now expressed through her paintings and drawings. Lisa is predominantly self taught and did not begin painting until she was 31 years old. She is also a prolific collector of old and unusual things and surrounds herself with these things in her home & studio. In 2010 she chronicled her collections in her Collection A Day 2010 Project. That project is now a book, published in March 2011. In 2012, Lisa engaged in another daily project called 365 Days of Hand Lettering, 100 of her hand lettered quotes from that project published by Chronicle Books in Spring of 2014. Lisa is also the author of 50 Ways to Draw a Tulip, Just Add Color: Folk Art, Just Add Color: Geometric Patterns, and Draw 500 Fabulous Flowers. She was named one of 2015's 40 Women to Watch over 40.
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The designs range from scenes in a garden outside to collages of gardening tools or trees or plants. I really enjoyed coloring some brilliant plumage birds in the midst of an orange tree on a bright sunny day (or so the design spoke to me.) I'm about ready to head out to my garden to do planting for spring crops so this book of designs really spoke to me. There are four colored samples of pages included in the book – each one is placed behind the coloring design it depicts. That actually makes it more difficult to view if you choose to but for me, it was an interesting sample but not one that I plan to copy.
The book is really well put together. The designs are all printed on one side of perforated heavyweight paper. The designs merge into the perforations but nothing essential is lost to that area. If you plan on removing pages, you might want to do so before coloring as it is hard to get into the areas near the binding and you will lose that area when you remove the page in any case. The book is glue bound but as you will remove pages at the perforations, that should not be an issue. I was easily able to get the book to lay flat by breaking the spine.
All of my markers (alcohol and water-based) as well as my India ink pens bleed through or left distinct color shadows on the back of the page. My gel pens all left color shadows as well. Not an issue as you can put a blotter page behind the page you are working on or simply remove the page from the book to color it. Coloring pencils worked really well in this book. The pencils went on creamy and thick without much effort and blending was a breeze. I was even able to blend my Verithin hard lead pencils using a simply Prismacolor pencil style blender.
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, Staedler triplus fineliners, and Pentel markers
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
I love the way this artist/author draws. I love the bold lines of each page. I love that each page is so unique and different. I love that this particular book includes four pre colored pages. These gave me different ideas for my own unique coloring style. The pages are perforated. The paper is thick. I love the mix of tiny things to color and bigger things to color. I use really great colored pencils but you could use markers or water colors...especially if you remove the pages first.
My thoughts about the target audience for this product...
Oh my! Anyone who loves to color will love any book by this author. I have many of her books. Adults can even share these books with kids...if they want to! I don't think I can!
My thoughts about ways to use this product...
Again...paints, markers, colored pencils and even mundane crayons will be fine in this book!
My thoughts about the practical details...the realistic and workable things...about this product...
Well...only one thing comes to mind...and...that's being able to tear out the pages for coloring ease!
Finally...what the potential buyer might enjoy about this product...
Potential "colorers" will enjoy the whimsical drawings in this book.