Posh Adult Coloring Book: Peanuts for Inspiration & Relaxation (Volume 21) (Posh Coloring Books) Paperback – April 4, 2017
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- Item Weight : 13.2 ounces
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1449483194
- ISBN-13 : 978-1449483197
- Product Dimensions : 7.2 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
- Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing; Clr Csm edition (April 4, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have been a fan of the Peanuts comic characters since I was a little girl. I remember my older brother reading the books to me as well as the comic strips and what fun we had giggling over them. I, in turn, read my children the stories and watched the movies with them. Because of my long history with them, I was really pleased to find an adult coloring book based on those characters. Going through the coloring book brought back many fond memories.
While the characters are all present, the presentation is quite different. Instead of simple line drawings, the designs are quite detailed with many intricate and small areas to color. The designs are set in somewhat of a collage form with other elements added to what was probably the original design. Some of the designs are so intricate, I hesitate to recommend the book to anyone with visual or fine motor issues. I would suggest ultra-fine point pens/markers and/or very sharp pencils for work in this book.
While I wish that the designs had been printed on one side of the page, it is really nice that the pages in this book are perforated for easy removal. I'm debating buying a second book so I can color all of the pages with whatever medium I choose. If not, I will probably stick to colored pencils and gel pens.
Here is what I experienced while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my medium:
124 pages of designs based on the Peanuts characters by Charles M. Schulz
Designs are printed on both sides of the page
Paper is bright white, very slightly rough, medium weight and perforated
Designs stop before the binding area but in some designs there are unfinished elements left on as many as all four sides of the design.
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the paper.
Water-based markers leave shadows of color and some bleed through in spots.
India ink pens leave shadows of color on the back of the page.
Gel pens do not bleed through or leave shadows on the back of the page. Some brands took additional drying time.
Colored pencils work well with this paper. I tested both oil and wax based pencils and was able to get good results from both. I got good pigment (especially with multiple layers of the same color.) I was able to layer different colors and to blend easily using a blending stick.
If you decide to use markers, you will probably have some amount of bleed-through onto the back of the page which will mar the design on the back of the page.
This is not a perfect coloring book; however, it is a dandy one for a colorist who enjoys having some playful coloring challenges. Each page has lots of tiny designs, and it takes time, patience, fairly good eyesight and a very sharp pointed coloring tool, but it is relaxing, playful, coloring creativity. The finished pages can be used for decoupage, gifting to another Peanuts fan, decorating a child's room, decorating an adult's office or just plain braggin' rights. Put it on the coffee table for a conversation starter. There's bound to be lots of laughter and tales galore.
1. SIZE: It is a nice size to grab 'n go. It will fit into a backpack, a tote bag, even a briefcase or perhaps a large handbag. In inches it measures 7 ¼ wide x 9½ long x 3/8 thick. It's almost the same size as my iPad in a leather cover…. just a smidge wider.
2. THE COVER: It is nice heavy card-stock, slightly glossy with nice rounded corners that hold up well to lots of handling.
3. PAPER: Nice fairly smooth, white, medium weight.
4. ILLUSTRATIONS: The pages are filled with lots of small (pronounced tiny) illustrations that come together to complete each coloring page. The composite of designs is centered on each page and does not slip into the spine. There's Snoopy grabbing Linus' security blanket, Lucy chasing butterflies, Sally befuddled in the strawberry patch and Charlie Brown with Linus cloud watching. Oh yes, there is also that adorable little bird Woodstock lost amongst the feathers and Schroeder playing his piano. This book is bound to bring out the kid in you.
5. TOOLS: All my colored pencils worked really well, and I used a bunch of different kinds/brands. Gel pens also made me proud because there was no bleed-through. I used light pressure with dark gel pens, and of course, I used a blotter page.
6. SPINE: Glue bound. It holds together when pressure is applied to keep the book open for coloring enjoyment and comfort. My book has been handled bunches of times, and it is holding it's own!
There isn't much to not like; however……
1. PAGES: The complex coloring pages are printed on both sides of a page. That means that you have a 50/50 chance of ruining the opposing page if your choice of tools leaves shadows or bleed-through.
2. BLEED-THROUGH: Water based tools are a NO-NO for this book. Brush markers WILL bleed-through and ruin the opposing page. Don't even think of using water-color pencils with a wet brush! I marred the opposing page when I colored one small leaf design with a Tombow dual brush (water-based) pen!
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Some very silly pictures to colour considering it calls itself a 'posh' colouring book