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The Twelve Dancing Princesses: Grayscale Adult Coloring Book (Beautiful Fairy Tales) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 11, 2017
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About the Author
Ruth Sanderson's career as a professional illustrator spans 40 years, and she has illustrated over 85 books for children, including versions of numerous fairytales, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, Goldilocks, and Papa Gatto. The Golden Key, a Victorian fairytale by George MacDonald, features over forty scratchboard illustrations. Many of the pen and ink drawings for her first adult coloring book, THE WORLD OF FAIRIES, are based on her fairy paintings. The Twelve Dancing Princesses GRAYSCALE Adult Coloring Book is the first in a series, entitled BEAUTIFUL FAIRY TALES. Her coloring books are also available for purchase on her ETSY shop, as PDF downloads, for people who would like to print on their paper of choice. Ruth is the co-director of the MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating offered during summer terms at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She lives the rest of the year with her family (plus three cats and one horse) in Massachusetts. Her website is ruthsanderson.com
Top customer reviews
Please note, there is a slight moire pattern in the silent, full book flip-through and the photo samples I will upload. It is not present on the actual designs but rather a by-product of filming and how the images were converted to grayscale.
The designs are extremely detailed and have small and intricate spots to color. Prefacing the coloring book, Ms. Sanderson has given some excellent suggestions for colors and types of pencils to use while coloring in this book.
There are 24 designs in this book and, what is very interesting, is that there are 12 bonus designs (similar to the others.) These were the designs the artist used to test out grayscale techniques. I think it is wonderful she provided those to us to test and try rather than to discard them from the final book.
This is what I discovered while coloring in this book and testing my coloring medium on the paper:
24 Grayscale designs plus 12 bonus (experimental) designs based on the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Printed one side of the page
Paper is typical inexpensive quality used by CreateSpace: white, thin, slightly rough and non-perforated.
The designs do not extend into the binding area. The designs have a framing line at the outer edges
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; however, some of the darker areas of the designs had a tendency to smear using this type of blender. I found that liquid forms (Gamsol or mineral spirits) did a better job. This doesn't bother me as I generally do not use a blender on grayscale designs. I tested both oil and wax based pencils. I also found that hard lead pencils (like Verithins) leave dents through the paper.
I like to use a blotter when working in the 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.