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Secret Jungle: An Adult Coloring Book with Stress Relieving Animal Designs, Inspirational Nature Scenes, and Relaxing Tropical Landscapes Paperback – Large Print, January 15, 2017
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I didn't realize I had to email her with the title and access number to receive a copy. I emailed her this morning so I'm not sure how long it takes.
UPDATE: Received the PDF file in less than 24 hours.
The designs are detailed but not what I consider intricate with small areas to color. I am able to use a wide variety of coloring medium on these designs.
While you can have access to .PDFs when you purchase this book, my review is based on the book as it is received from Amazon. That way you will know what the pages look like and how they accept color. I like that the publisher provides the digital version as well so you can choose the paper you wish to use and/or to color the pictures as many times as you choose.
This is what I found while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my coloring medium:
25 x 2 each – Jungle inspired Designs covering a wide range of subjects
Paper is typical of CreateSpace: white, thin, slightly rough and non-perforated. The back of the page is printed black which is something I am find typical of Jade Summer coloring books.
The designs do not merge into the binding. There is a heavy framing line at the outer edges of the design to give the project a more finished look, especially for framing. There is a slight shadowing effect to the framing line which gives the image an almost 3D effect.
Glue Binding (there is room to cut the pages out if you choose to do so.)
Though you cannot see the bleed-through easily due to the back of the page being printed in black, I recommend the use of a blotter page when working in this 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.
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. I tested both oil and wax based pencils. I also found that hard lead pencils leave dents through the paper.
The 52 coloring pages consist of two copies of 26 different images. Image pages run image 1 through 26, and then repeat.
The 26 different images are busy detailed scenes, filled with predominately trees, plants, vines and flowers. Most coloring pages also include at least one animal, some include birds and reptiles. There is only one human figure (a female) included in the coloring pages. There are five “Mandala-ish” design pages. The animal drawings included in this Jade Summer are not as detailed or as realistic looking as the animal drawings included in some of the other Jade Summer books that I own, but they are cute, and fun to color.
The coloring images are drawn with fine black lines measuring about .25 mm wide, printed with ink that does not smudge when coloring with Prisma or similar type colored pencils. I prefer to color with colored pencils and use gel pens and brush-tip felt markers sparingly, only in small areas, so I’ve had no issues with splotching or color bleed through while using them.
Each coloring image is framed with a solid 2mm black border, the coloring area inside the black border measures 7 3/8" by 9 7/8” The 2mm black border that frames each coloring image is also shadowed or shaded outside of the right and lower border giving each page a 3 – D look.
You also receive the URL to the Jade Summer website and an access code to download the PDF version of the coloring book. After downloading
the PDF version of the coloring book, you can choose and print any of the 26 different coloring page designs on any type of paper, as many times as you want.
I like the look of the shaded border on the printed page, but to save on printer ink cost I would prefer to see an option of being able to print either the shadowed or the normal non-shadowed border made available in the PDF version.
With 52 coloring pages, and the ability to download the FREE PDF version of the 26 different designs contained in this adult coloring book, and then reprint any image as many times as you want, I think that you get a lot of value and coloring time for your money.
PHOTOS: Occasionally pictures that have been uploaded with my reviews fail to attach, or are randomly removed. If this review is missing pictures you would like to see, please feel free to contact me.