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Secret Garden Artist's Edition: 20 Drawings to Color and Frame Paperback – September 15, 2015
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A quick check showed that my pencils, gel pens, and all markers worked well without any ink leaching through. If I decide to use watercolors, I would probably still place a sheet of freezer paper or heavy stock paper between the pages or remove the page from the book just in case something leaks through.
The designs are filled with intricate details and are a mix of ones that are centered with lots of blank space around them and others that bring the design edge-to-edge. There won't be a problem with getting into the last little bits as these designs are easily pulled out from the booklet form. The publisher put these in a format that makes it easy to color, pull apart, and then frame should you wish to do so.
I am so thrilled that the artist and publisher have heard and listened to the requests of those of us who love her work. I hope to see further editions of artist's sets - both for the "Secret Garden" and for the "Enchanted Forest" and any future coloring books Ms. Basford designs.
I further hope that other artists and publishers take note of how appreciated this style of book is for colorists. We spend a lot of time and money with our hobby and want good materials. Designs can be very pretty but if they are difficult to work with, a lot of us will simply pass.
As Ms. Basford's original book set the high standard for adult coloring books to follow, this artist's edition sets another standard for high quality, coloring sets suitable for framing.
This new "Artist's Edition" solves that dilemma. Not only are the images printed on one side only, the paper is thicker and of much higher quality. The page size is also larger and the pages are removable for framing.
Granted, there are only 20 images, but the ability to use whatever coloring medium one wants makes it totally worth it. Can't wait for a similar edition of Enchanted Forest!