- Series: Zendoodle Coloring Presents
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Clr Csm edition (September 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250147697
- ISBN-13: 978-1250147691
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zendoodle Coloring Presents Mermaids in Paradise: An Artist's Coloring Book Paperback – September 12, 2017
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“She has created a book that is full of fun and life, that’s similar to Fairies in Dreamland but caters for a broader spectrum of colorists, and for that she is to be commended.” ―Coloring Queen
About the Author
DENYSE KLETTE is a Canadian artist whose creations have been acclaimed in galleries internationally, reside in luxury hotel and resort collections, and have been used for licensed merchandise. She is also the illustrator of Fairies in Dreamland.
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The book has 64 design pages (including the title and presentation pages which have designs on them as well.) Ms. Klette's signature style female form is long and thin with beautiful big eyes. Her mermaids such this to perfection (though I did like that a couple of the mermaids were a little more curvy.) Her animal creatures are cute and fun with great expressions.
I love that she worked in a Princess and the Pea image into this book as in the last one (this time a mermaid sleeping in an oversize shell with a kind of large pearl below. I especially like the last design in the book which is of a mermaid holding a cute little fairy in her hand – it brings the two coloring books together in a great way.
The designs are detailed and some are quite intricate with lots of tiny details to color. To color some of the tiny detail, I will need to use extra fine nib pens or extremely sharp pointed pencils. Otherwise, regular color medium works great.
This is what I experienced while coloring in this book and testing it with my coloring medium.
64 Cute and Fun Mermaid and Friends Designs by Denyse Klette (includes title and presentation page.)
Printed one side of the page
Paper is heavyweight, white, slightly rough and non-perforated
Most designs merge into the binding area; however, nothing integral to the design is lost
I can get the book to lay fairly flat with some effort (it is a thick book); however, coloring into the binding area will take some maneuvering (how I wish this book had perforated pages!)
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page quickly
Water-based markers and India ink pens leave shadows (some showing the color) on the back of the page
Gel pens do not bleed through but some larger nib pens required additional drying time. I suggest testing your pens to be sure they won't accidentally smear.
Colored pencils did well with this paper. I tested various types of oil and wax-based pencils and they all performed well with multiple layers of the same color for deeper pigment, multiple layers of different colors, and blended easily with a blender stick.
I am using and suggest the use of a blotter page under your working page. I use card stock or several sheets of heavyweight paper. This will keep seeping ink from getting to the pages below.
The paper is excellent quality. The pictures are single sided.
My favorite book by the artist is Fairies in Paradise, Fairies in Paradise the pictures look like they are more for adults. The mermaids pictures are nice but look more like a book for the younger group.
SO many pages of tikis without mermaids on the page.
SO many pages of fish without mermaids on the page.
Alot of the Mermaids are wearing glasses.
Alot of the Mermaids have drinking glasses with fish in them, like cocktails.
I was expecting the same quality as the Fairy coloring book, and it's not.
There's about 6 or 7 pages that i sort of like.
Maybe I'm too serious about my mermaids and fairies, or I'm just a big baby, but I'm not happy with it.
This review is getting 3 stars due to the poor paper quality. Yes the paper is a nice and thick, but it has no tooth. My Prisma's started tearing up the paper even when applied lightly. Any type of blending media was a nightmare. Yet, I still like the book and would recommend it because of the content.