Series – Creative Haven
Artist – Charlene Tarbox
Publisher – Dover
Pages – 64
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This book, like all Creative Haven books, is well made, with the colourist in mind.
The paper is a medium thickness, with a moderate amount of texture on the pages. Single sided pages mean there’s not much to worry about in terms of bleeding or shadowing. Even so, Fineliners do shadow onto the blank page behind, but I’ve experienced no bleed through yet.
Pages are perforated for easy removal, a godsend for colourists who like to feature or give their work to friends or family. There is a handy 0.5-1cm border around all images, preventing the ever annoying issue of images entering the spine.
As the title suggest, the 31 images are of flowers. Flowers in vases. Now, I’m not a big fan of colouring flowers – I understand why people love them, but it’s not my thing. I did enjoy colouring these, the variety and style made it a pleasure. The style of illustration is different to most flower based books – with thinner lines than usual and a decorative vase in each image.
The images do contain large spaces, which will be great for colourists wanting to improve and work on their shading and blending, or realistic colouring. The illustrations also contain some more intricate parts, particularly the vases.
Flowers are a pleasant thing to colour, and I experienced quite a relaxing feeling while colouring. I think this would be quite handy if you are feeling anxious or restless for some reason – a relatively simple image to colour.
Line thickness varies from thin to moderate throughout the book which will need to be taken into consideration for those with vision impairment or fine motor difficulties. As always, have a look through the images before deciding if you want the book.
The repetitive theme of the images makes for quite a relaxing experience and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys colouring flowers or flora in general.
If you enjoy this style of colouring, have a look at my review of The Garden Of Earthly Delights.