Selina Fenechs’ Enchanted 

Artist – Selina Fenech

Publisher – Fairies & Fantasy Pty Ltd

Pages – 102

A 10 page PDF sampler of Selina Fenechs artwork to colour is available from her site here. 

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Book

By now, you probably know of my fantasy addiction. I can be quite critical of fantasy themed colouring books, and few rank my all star favourites list. Selina Fenech however, always manages to!

Enchanted is a colouring book of her signature artwork, with a theme of magical forests. As with her other books, I was pleasantly surprised by the size – at just under A4 size and 102 pages, it isn’t the standard flimsy fantasy colouring book.

The cover is a glossy cardstock, embellished with a muted image from the book and green accents. It is simple, classy and matches the others in the series perfectly!

The spine is glue bound, although it was pliable basically as soon as I opened it, and even more so after a few colouring sessions. Some images do enter the spine, but it is very easy to get into the parts hidden by the spine.

As with the other books, I had heard some problems with the paper. I have encountered no issues with the paper, in fact, I’m kind of in love with it. Whereas most standard colouring books will allow me 4-5 layers of pencils – this one allowed 7-8 with room for more if I so wanted! This allowed some amazing effects and layering to occur that normally can’t be achieved on standard paper. I do think that markers and fineliners have some shadowing/bleeding issue, but as the pages are one sided, a piece of card or a few sheets of paper behind the image will prevent this being an issue.

 

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Coloured with Prismacolor Premier
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Images

There is a video flipthrough at the end of this review. 

Fairies. The backbone of this book is fairies, as you may have guessed! But don’t fear, they don’t feel repetitive at all – the style, settings, companions within the images make each picture feel completely new and unique, while still having an underlying sense of consistency. This isn’t an easy thing to achieve, but Selina Fenech does it well!

As well as fairies, there are also unicorns, crows, male fairies, woodland creatures and intricate forestry and settings.
One of the unique features, and a selling point to me, is that each image is repeated. You get 2 of each of the 25 images to play with, which is a great relief for those of us who lack confidence with our skills, or want to try different colours or mediums. It is not something often seen in colouring books and a welcome relief!
Most of the images are portraits, but there are a few landscape images as well. This is a nice break from the portraits, as sometimes a different perspective is a nice change.
Line thickness remains moderate-thin throughout these images, with occasional thinner lines making up backgrounds or forestry. The illustration style is consistent throughout, as well as consistent with the other books. You would think this would be obvious – but it isn’t always the case! Intricacy varies, with some images being very detailed, some being quite simple, and the majority being a mix.
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Health

If you benefit from an image, or book that takes you on a journey, or to another world, this is a great book for you. The images are varied enough to help distract you when pain, anxiety, depression or insomnia hit, but aren’t so intricate or small that you won’t be able to concentrate.
The variety of intricacy is great for varied concentration levels as you will almost certainly find an image to suit your concentration level, whether that’s to delve into a picture for hours, or focus for a minute at a time.

The intricacy and line thickness may be suitable for those who have vision or fine motor impairments, but as ever, please look at the images first.

This book, along with Fairy Companions and Mermaids, is one that I keep next to my bed for when I have a bad pain day or struggle with insomnia. I find it perfect for those times!

Purchase from the Book Depository via this link or Amazon US via this link.

For some more fantastical creatures to colour here is the link to my review of the Harry Potter Magical Creatures colouring book!

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Mermaids, Fairies & Other Girls Of Whimsy

Artist – Hannah Lynn
Publisher – Createspace 

Pages – 108

Purchase from the Book Depository via this link or from Amazon via this link.

 

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Book 

As my regulars know, I’m a bit of a fantasy lover – I’m always on the lookout for anything fairy, dragon, cryptozoology-related. This also means I can be a touch critical of anything fantasy related! 

I’ve seen this book pop up more and more frequently on Facebook groups recently and knew I had to get a copy and review it for my fellow colourists! 

The book is around A4 size, at 21.6cm x 28cm, which I find a great size for transporting and using at home.

The cover is a glossy cardstock, complete with a collage of completed images from the book, for an outstanding effect.

The spine is glue bound, which means it can withstand quite a bit of manoeuvring without pages falling out or the spine breaking. The spine is quite pliable with some use as well, which is very helpful! 

Images are single sided, which is fantastic – something I’m seeing more and more amongst all levels of publishers! The images also contain a very helpful border around the edge of the image, preventing the image entering the spine! 

The paper is not very thick, but does have a bit of texture, and works well with pencils. One of the from pages instructs you to place a few pages of copy paper behind each image, to prevent bleeding or indentation from pencils. 

I didn’t have any problem with indentation with pencils or gel pens, and I didn’t put any copy paper behind the pages I did. 

 

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Coloured using Faber Castell Classics.
  
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Images

Imagine Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony or Strawberry Shortcake – all grown up and as fairies, mermaids, unicorn keepers, dragon lovers. That’s what these images remind me of. 

There are 50 images, all containing one of these women, accompanied by an elaborate background, and possibly a fantasy creature or two. The variety of fantasy figurines that have been captured in fifty pages is truly amazing, and each page has given me something else to imagine and add life to! 

The line thickness is primarily moderate throughout, with the occasional thinner line in the background. This adds to the sense of consistency woven through these magical pages. Intricacy varies, there are images that may take a few hours, but simpler ones are also contained within the pages. 

Images are a variety of landscape and portrait images, which is a nice variety, especially given the theme – sometimes portrait just doesn’t suit! 

 

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Coloured using Prismacolor Premier and Faber Castell Classics
  
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Health 

My two favourite colouring ‘themes’, particularly for health benefits, are fantasy and nature. This one has both, and I think the benefits are great.

Each image takes you into another world, a place filled with wolf cubs, a magical forest, an underworld empire, that you can disappear into for as long or as little as you like. There are images that suit any level of concentration, with larger spaces or a higher level of intricacy.

The line thickness and intricacy makes it most likely suitable for anyone with a vision impairment or fine motor skill issues, but as always, please check the images before purchasing! 

Personally, I coloured the mermaid image on a night when I was having a quite anxious night, and I found the level of concentration required was just right for that moment. 

I can see this book being well used! 

After more fantasy? Check out my review of Selena Fenechs’ Fairy Companions.

Hannah Lynn is a fantasy artist, have a look at her site, http://www.hannahlynnart.com, for her other work. Links to purchase this book are at the top of this review.

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Harry Potter Magical Creatures 

Publisher – Hardie Grant 

Pages – 96

Purchase from Booktopia (AU)
Purchase from The Book Depository (UK)

Purchase from Amazon (US)

 

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Book 

I’ve been excitedly awaiting this release ever since it was announced – so imagine my joy when it was delivered 3 weeks early! 
It is incredibly similar to the first book – same size at 21cm x 26cm and 96 pages. This makes a nice size for storage and transporting.

The spine is glue and string bound, meaning it can stand up to quite a bit of wear and tear without any loosening pages! 

The cover is primarily white, with green and black representations of the images inside. 

Images are double sided, which is a shame, but the paper is quite thick. I had no bleeding or shadowing with water based markers or fineliners, and no issues with pencil marks. 

Some images do enter the spine, but I’ve found that the spine is quite pliable, enabling you to get to the entirety of the image. 

One handy feature is the last 16 pages of the book – these contain full colour concept art and stills to inspire you and allow you to see the original ideas for these creatures.

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Images 

One of my favourite parts of the Harry Potter books is the descriptions of all the marvellous creatures in the scenes. So I had high expectations of this book! I wasn’t disappointed.

The images are a variety of styles, drawn by different artists. These styles are obviously different between the pages, but the creature theme means that the book remains consistent. 

The assortment of creatures surprised me – I was expecting mostly pages of Fluffy, Fawkes and mer people. These are represented, of course, but so are so many others. Hungarian horntail, Pygmy puff, Aragog, The Monster Book Of Monsters, Thestrals, Hippogriffs and so much more. 

Images themselves are an array. There are scenes from the movies, portraits, characters with patterned backgrounds, concept imagery and more. There is a mixture of double and single spreads – equally distributed between the two.

The line work varies quite a lot due to the various illustrators, with some images having thin lines, some having thick. Most of the images are moderate thickness, which is a nice consistency.

Intricacy varies quite a bit, ranging from quite intricate patterns to reasonably simple portraits and drawings. 

 

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Coloured with Prismacolor Premier
  
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Health 

If you’re a Harry Potter or fantasy fan, this book will most likely put a smile on your face. The variety of creatures and styles makes it easy to find an image to suit my mood and concentration level. 

It’s a fantastic book for feeling anxious – the combination of a story and animal imagery is very soothing. 

The line consistency and intricacy does vary quite a lot, so if you are a person with a vision impairment or fine motor issues, please have a look at the images first. I think there is definitely something for everyone in this book though!

After more fantasy colouring? Check out this review!

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Creative Haven Midnight Forest

Artist – Lindsey Boylan 
Publisher – Dover Publications 

Pages – 64

Series – Creative Haven

Purchase from The Book Depository or from Amazon US via this link.

 

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Book

As with all Dover Publications colouring books, this one is well put together. A good size for home or travel at A4 and 64 pages, it is lightweight and easy to move around. The spine is glue bound, meaning it will handle a fair bit of wear and tear.

Some pages do enter the spine, which can be a common frustration, but the spine does lay flat after some use. The pages are single sided, which means basically any medium can be used. As always, put a sheet of cardstock between pages if you’re unsure about bleeding. The paper has a decent amount of tooth, more than most Creative Haven books which was a nice surprise. It’s quite easy to achieve blending and layering with coloured pencils on these pages. 

The pages are perforated, like many Dover books, making it easy to pull out and display or store!

The big selling point? Black backgrounds. Every single page is an image that has a black background, which is rare enough in colouring books, let alone in a quality colouring book! 

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Images

Midnight Forest is a book filled with 32 images of wildlife in a forest. The artist remains the same so artwork is consistent and the same style throughout. 

There are squirrels, wolves, birds, big cats and much more for you to add life to. 

My one disappointment would be that the images do go over the perforated line – so removing the picture means losing 0.5cm of the image. 

Line work is variable, but stays relatively consistent at medium/thin throughout the pages. Some images have areas of high intricacy, but this is few and far between in this book.

   
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Health

Animals are a subject that can be incredibly relaxing to colour, and can be peaceful. If you like colouring animals, then this book will most likely be great for any pain, anxiety or depression you’re feeling. The best part for me was that I wasn’t anxious about ‘screwing up’ – a black background is much more forgiving of mistakes! 

The line work and intricacy, as above, will likely not be an issue for vision/fine motor skills impaired in individuals, but as always check the images first! 

   
 

The Foodie’s Colouring Book

Artists/Authors – Alicia Freile, Jess Lomas, Haylea Bridle Publisher – Wilkinson Publishing Pty Ltd

Pages – 128

Available at all good newsagents or from The Book Depository via this link and Amazon via this link.

 

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Book

At 128 pages, this A4 book is a weighty and classic looking volume. The cover is reminiscent of older recipe books – muted colours, piles of food and block lettering. The effect is one of nostalgia, and I quite enjoy the cover images!

The spine is glue bound, allowing for a considerable amount of manoeuvring while still keeping the book intact. The majority of the images do not enter the spine, having a border around them, preventing the colourist being unable to finish the picture because of an unyielding spine. 

The paper is a warm white, not quite an off white. This adds to the nostalgic recipe feeling that I get from this book. The texture of the pages is nice and toothy, allowing for quite a bit of layering and blending with coloured pencils.

The images are one sided, with some facts/articles on the facing page, so bleeding onto another illustration isn’t an issue. I did test markers and fineliners, and there was a small amount of bleeding. 

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Foodie Quiz
   
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Images 

Guess what this book has? Food images! Pretty much any type – piles of food, specific food, cooking accessories.

The book is primarily an A-Z foodie guide, with one letter every 2-3 pages representing a foodie item (such as Edible Flowers) and a paragraph explaining that item. 

Some extras this book includes, which are a nice surprise, include a foodie quiz, a colourable conversion chart (handy for the kitchen!) and a full colour mini recipe booklet in the centre of the book. 

Another feature scattered throughout the book is some easy recipes, featuring colourable ingredients, and easy to follow directions.

The line work is consistent throughout, moderately thick which suits the style of illustration very well. The images aren’t terribly detailed, although a few are quite complex. 

There are a handful of pictures to add your own details, such as drawing pizza toppings on a pizza. I know some people don’t enjoy these, and they are easily ignored if they aren’t your style.

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Coloured with Derwent Coloursoft and Faber Castell Classics

 Health

Apart from making me hungry, this book was pleasant to colour. Thinking about what I was colouring, the texture, shapes and colours really made me focus on what I was doing. It was a nice way to distract myself from pain and anxiety, and focus that energy on colouring. 

I think this book would be great for those with varied concentration levels, as pictures do range from quite small to large and detailed, so there’s something in this book that will suit everyone.

The line thickness and intricacy makes it suitable for people with vision impairment or fine motor skills issues, which is a great feature. 

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Selina Fenechs’ Fairy Companions 

Artist – Selina Fenech 

Publisher – Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd
Pages – 102

Purchase from The Book Depository with free international shipping via this link.
Or purchase from Amazon via this link.
 

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Book

I was surprised at the size of this book – the few fantasy themed colouring books I’ve managed to find  have been quite short. This is not. At 102 pages, this is a volume that fills me with anticipation. 

The cover is a cardstock, with a pink and neutral gloss cover that describes the theme of the book – fairy romance, pets and dragons.

Images do enter the spine, although it quickly became pliable enough so this wasn’t much of an issue while colouring. 

The paper. I had heard some people complain about the paper of these books before I got them. One of the first pages in the book warns against using wet mediums, except in small amount, recommending fineliners and pencils instead. It also suggests placing a piece of card between the pages to prevent bleeding if you choose to use markers or the like. 

Images are single sided so the piece of card will likely prevent any issues with markers or other wet mediums.

The paper is a joy to colour with pencils. I used both my Faber Castell Classics and Prismacolor pencils, just to test it thoroughly, and both performed the same. This paper is made for coloured pencils. The tooth is lovely, it feels satisfying to colour over it and feel the texture. I achieved 5-6 layers of both brands of pencil before blending – and I could have layered more had I chosen to. This isn’t something I come across often. Most books cap at 5 layers, and that’s with a very light touch. 

I didn’t experience any bleeding with fineliners or light application of water based markers. There was some shadowing, but as the pages are single sided it doesn’t matter so much. 

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Images

There is a video flipthrough at the end of this review! 

Selina Fenech has a reputation as one of the best fantasy artists, and with good reason. These illustrations are well thought out, inviting and a joy to colour. Unlike some fairy/fantasy themed books, despite the overarching theme, the images do not get repetitive. 

Images contain everything from a fairy couple in love, to a fairy and her dragon, to a male fairy harnessing and riding a toad, to trees and goblins coming alive under an archway. 

One of the selling points for me, that is quite unusual in colouring books is that there are two of each image. There are 25 different images in the book, but 50 images total, meaning you get two of each image to do what you want with. This is great for people who may struggle with confidence, or can’t decide what colours to use, or want to try a new medium without ‘wasting’ a gorgeous image. 

The images are primarily portraits although there are a handful of landscape oriented images throughout the book, which is a nice way to have some variety. 

The images are of moderate intricacy, although most are made up of larger spaces. Linework remains consistently moderate/thin throughout the book – though a helpful thin, not an almost invisible, spindly thin! 

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Coloured with Faber Castell Classics and Prismacolor Premier
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Health 

Fantasy is my favourite genre – so being able to colour and bring life to art that I have admired for a long time is something that generally puts a smile on my face. I found this book very helpful when I was feeling down, as the theme and natural images were very relaxing. It was also very helpful when I was in pain through the day or night as the images were intricate enough to keep me focused, but not intricate enough that I couldn’t concentrate.

The images, as mentioned above, are not highly complex, and the linework is unobtrusive, though clear so I think this book would be suitable for people with vision impairment or fine motor skill issues. 

Overall, if you like fantasy, cryptozoology or just a nice piece of artwork, I highly recommend this book! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review 

Batgirl xx

Looking for more fantasy images to colour? Have a look at this review.

A sampler of Selinas colouring pages is available to download from her site here.

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Mid-Range Pencil Comparison

This is less of a techniques, and more of a tips post. The next one will be a technique! 
One of the most common questions I see or get asked is what are the best pencils/pens to start with?

This, obviously depends on a great many factors – what kinds of pictures you’ll be colouring, what colours you prefer, what consistency you prefer and what your budget is.
My number one tip when it comes to deciding is to not go all out and spend a lot of money when you start. You might lash out on a $300 set of pencils to discover you prefer markers, or vice versa. You might buy a certain set of pencils to find out you prefer a firmer point etc.
This post will review three mid level pencils brands that are available quite widely in Australia. I’ve included the Amazon links for these where possible underneath the post. 
These all retail for under $20 (AUD) so any one is a nicely priced entry into colouring for adults. In fact, one I still use regularly, and often prefer over artist quality pencils. 

1. Crayola Aged Up Pencils

  

These are a new entry – released by Crayola in response to the adult colouring craze. They are available in 50 colours, in a white cardboard box embellished with green.

The 50 colours are shown below in the colour chart, but these are my thoughts on the colour range. For a mid range pencil, the variety of colours is quite range. There is a good amount of each ROYGBIV colour, as well as desaturated colours as grey and black. Browns and oranges are the two I found a little lacking, or at least similar, but there is enough for most colourists. 

The pencils themselves are a cylindrical shape, covered in the colour of the pencil itself. The colour is embossed in metallic on the side so there is no confusion. Don’t underestimate this feature – it can be frustrating when you are stil adjusting to new pencils and can’t remember what the colour you were looking for looked like.

The firm core surrounded by the soft pigment prevents both breakages and the pencil running down quickly which is great! 

While colouring, the pencils do feel quite smooth, with the odd touch of scratchiness. This is usually due to a pigment fault, and you will probably encounter this occasionally. It doesn’t disturb the colour, or the paper however! 

The colours are not as vibrant as the other entries on the list, but they do later quite well, making up for the lack of pigment. I had issues blending with these, no matter how I coloured, I couldn’t get a smooth blended look out of them!

Overall, I’d rate these 6.5/10 out of these selections.

   
   
   

2. Faber Castell Classic Coloured Pencils

  

Faber Castell make a lot of art supplies, including Pitt Artist Pens and Polychromos pencils. These are a cheaper, more accessible entry by Faber Castell.

Available in up to 48 colours, for under $20, the colour range is varied. Equal between all colours, there are few overlaps in the entire 48 set. The range of blues I found particularly great!

The pencils are coloured the same colour as the pencil, and are hexagonal shaped, handy to grip and stop pencils rolling away. The number of the colour is embossed on the side of the pencil, handy for picking up again or referring to the colour chart! 

In action, these pencils feel nice and smooth. They are definitely not as soft as artist quality pencils, but are definitely soft enough to achieve some decent blending and layering. 

These pencils do wear down a little quicker than the other two, but not so much that it’s a problem. I’ve had my 36 set for over 12 months and all are still going strong. I also experience very few breakages with them.

Colour goes on evenly and is consistent throughout layers. I didn’t have any pigment issues, but it is always a possibility!

Layering and blending was the easiest with these out of these selection and these pencils are what I used to learn how to shade and blend with softer pencils. 

Overall, I would rate these 9/10 in this level of pencils – and my personal favourite pencil. I grab them more frequently than any other pencil in my arsenal.

   
   
3. Micador Colourrush.
  
Im unsure if the micador brand is available around the world or if it is an Australian company but I did hunt down an Amazon link at the end of this article . This 36 set is available for under $20 in most Australian department stores.

The colour chart shows the distribution of colour, and as with the others, there is quite a good distribution of colours. The lack of variety in the greens disappointed me, but I was pleasantly surprised by the purples – something that is often lacking. 

The pencils themselves are hexagonal shaped and coloured the same colour as the lead – with a green coloured base. This makes them easy to recognise when stored with other pencils. Like the Crayola Aged Up, the name of the pencil is embossed into the side of the pencil. 

These pencils are something of an anomaly to me. They feel quite firm to colour with, but the colour is amazingly vibrant and the lead wears down quite fast. The vibrancy is comparable to some artist quality pencils, but unfortunately, so is the speed at which they get worn down.  I have experienced basically no breakages with these, a minor miracle in the world of coloured pencils! 

The colour goes on smoothly and is consistent, incredibly vibrant on all papers I have tried. 

Layering was quite easy with these, although I found any paper could only take so much of these because the pigment goes go on thicker. Blending was more challenging, perhaps because of the thick pigment or vibrancy. I struggled to get a clean blended look with these.

Overall, I would give these a 7/10.

They make a good addition to my pencils for pictures or areas that require a pop of colour or some extra vibrancy.

   

   

Conclusion

My preference is for the Faber Castell Classics, I find them a fantastic all rounder with a good range of pencils. These pencils are how I learned to colour and I love them.

The other two do have their positives, but as always, take your own circumstances and preferences into account before purchasing! D

Links to Purchase 

Crayola Aged Up Pencils 50 Set

Faber Castell Classic Pencils 36 Set

Faber Castell Classic Pencils 48 Set

Micador Coloured Pencils 36 Set