PanPastel

Welcome to my very first product review – I will be doing more of these from time to time, so let me know if there’s anything in particular you would like to see reviewed.
 

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PanPastel is a highly renowned artist quality pastel product. There are a total of 86 colours in the range including metallic colours! 

There are a lot of features that make this product unique, the most obvious being the format it comes in. Each colour is in the form of a cake-like pan. This means it is much easier to apply and use than traditional pastels. 

The colours are processed to include the highest amount of pigment possible, so the colours that are produced are amazingly vivid and so easily blendable, it almost feels like a dry paint! This also means that this product is very low in chalk/dust – an issue for some people with traditional soft pastels. 

PanPastel also comes with tools, called Sofft tools. These are designed to assist with application of the PanPastel. The Sofft tools include different art sponges, in sizes from large to slightly smaller than a pencil tip, and in different shapes such as oval, rectangle, triangles etc. 

 

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Sofft tools are available in a very large and versatile range!
 
I received six colours and a variety of tools to review for you. The colours I received are Black, Burnt Sienna Shade, Diarylide Yellow, Permanent Red, Bronze and Metallic Gold along with a range of Sofft tools.
 
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My swatches of the six colours I received
 
  

My first thought was, wow these are amazingly vibrant! Each colour was easy pick up using the tools, easily blended with each other, remarkably vibrant and very low dust. 
The Metallic colours were the most translucent, but after layering a few times, they became more opaque, making them very versatile! 
 

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Bronze and Metallic Gold.
 

In the image below, I layered Diarylide Yellow with Metallic Gold. Using the different tools, it was easy to apply the PanPastel without covering the image. The few mistakes I did make were completely erasable! 
My experience with soft pastels in general has not been positive. I have tried several times, but the texture and application evokes a negative sensory reaction and results in severe anxiety. I had resigned myself to not being able to use pastels, until these showed up! These are a fantastic solution to those who may have sensory issues, or those who struggle to apply the standard pastels available! 
Please keep in mind that PanPastel are an artist quality product, so they are on the pricey side. The quality, pigment and ease of use make them worth it though! 
I was given these products in exchange for an honest review. 

I have found the cheapest source is from Amazon US – even for us Aussies! They are available via this link in a huge variety of sets and colours! 
 

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Background completed using PanPastel. From Hannah Lynns Mermaids, Fairies & Other Girls Of Whimsy. Click the picture to read my review of this book!
   

 
 

Selina Fenechs’ Mermaids 

Artist – Selina Fenech 
Pages – 102
Publisher – Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd

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

 

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Cover
 
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Book

As with the the previous two books of Selina Fenechs I reviewed, Enchanted and Fairy Companions, this book is 21.5cm x 27.9cm (8.5 x 11 inches). This means all volumes sit flush with each other looking like the perfect set! 

The cover is a blue glossy card with a light coloured image from the book.

The spine is lightly glue bound, so will become more flexible with use and allow you to get to all of the image. 

The paper is of moderate thickness and lightly textured, allowing for quite a number of pencil layers to be achieved. I used fineliners and water based markers with minimal bleeding and some shadowing – but images are single sided so this isn’t an issue. If you are using alcohol markers or watercolour pencils, please make sure to have a few pieces of paper or card behind the image to protect the next page.

 

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WIP coloured with Prismacolor pencils
  
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Images 

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

Mermaids is illustrated in Selina Fenechs signature fantasy style – this time applied to the gorgeous underwater creatures.

Each image pictures a mermaids in different scenes, different actions or different areas – even within this narrow theme, Selina Fenech had managed to include a wide variety of images! 

Images are a variety of intricacies, some containing a full image with scenery and others a single mermaid on a chest, with everything in between. Most images do not contain many detailed areas, allowing for room to shade and blend. 

Linework ranges from thin to moderate throughout -although this fits very well with this style of artwork!

As is standard with Selina Fenechs books, there are two copies of each of the 25 images, making 50 in total. 

An addition that is not included in previous books is two pages with half sized images on them – bookmark sized. I don’t know if they are intended to be bookmarks or not, but they would be very suitable for this purpose. 

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 Health

Mermaids combines fantasy and nature, two themes that are a great thing to colour when you are in need of distraction – the fantasy theme distracts you and the nature themes are soothing.

The varied intricacies are great for those with fluctuating concentration levels as you can pick and choose small areas of an image, a less detailed image or a detailed one if you are having a good day with your concentration levels.

The linework and intricacy means this artwork will most likely be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skill impairments, but as always, please have a look at the images before making a decision.

I hope you have enjoyed this review x

Batgirl

A 10 page PDF sampler of Selina Fenechs colouring art is available from her site here.



For more fantasy themed colouring adventures, read my review of A Brothers Grimm Coloring Book via this link.
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Colouring Glossary 

I will update and add terms to this as needed, but please enjoy and share with anyone you think would enjoy it! 


General Terms 

WIP – Work In Progress

Tooth – The amount of texture on a page – the more textured a page is, the more tooth it has. Generally, more tooth is considered better, particularly for coloured pencils. 

Paper weight – Thin paper will not hold many mediums very well and may bleed through to the next page, bed, indent or shred with wet mediums. The thicker the paper, the more it will be able to hold.

Cardstock – Very thick paper, used mostly for covers. Used in very few books for pages, although there are more coming out recently.

Techniques

Blending – Mixing two or more colours to create and effect or different colour.

Shading – Using a different colour to create the illusion of shadow, depth and realism. 

Layering – Colouring the same area multiple times with one or more colours to create a denser colour and/or better coverage.

Burnishing – Filling the ‘tooth’ of a page. When the page has been layered as much as it can be, the layers take on a shiny look. This is used to create shine in some pictures (for example a window, mirror or key) and used to create a glossy, photo like finish in others.

Pointillism –  Creating a picture or an element of a picture using dots. Most frequently done with pens, but can be achieved with a firm,well  sharpened pencil.

Crosshatching/Hatching – Using multiple strokes in one or more directions to create shadowing. 

Scumbling – Colouring in a circular motion to avoid lines and streaks in the finished product. 

Mediums 

Pencils – Sometimes referred to as pencil crayons. 

Pens – Can be used to refer to colouring markers, ballpoint pens, writing pens, artist pens, or fineliner pens.

Markers – A colouring tool filled with ink. Used to achieve a more vibrant colour than pencils, although markers are harder to blend and layer. Easier to apply than pencils.

Textas – An Australian term for markers, often children’s markers.

Crayons – Generally referring to wax children’s crayons. An unreliable, although easy to apply medium. 

Fineliners – Refers to a marker that has a 0.8mm nib or smaller, these markers generally come in sets of less than 30 and are wonderful for colouring intricate spaces.

Alcohol markers – Markers that have alcohol in their ink. These markers are usually more vibrant, although generally unsuitable for colouring as they do bleed through one or more pages when used. EG Sharpies and Copics.

Water based markers – Markers that are unlikely to bleed when used normally on medium thickness paper or above. These markers are also water soluble. EG Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Faber Castell Connector Pens, Crayola Supertips

Pastels – A medium consisting of pure pigmented powder and a low colour binder. 

Pastel pencils – Traditional Pastels in a wood case, making application and finer details easier.

Soft pastels- Also called chalk pastels, fine, highly pigmented powder in a stick/bar or pencil form. Easily applied and blended.

Oil pastels – Oil paint pigment in pastel form. Much harder to control, used often in painting rather than colouring. 

Brands

Polychromos – Faber Castells’ artist brand of oil based coloured pencils. Available in a range of 120 colours.

Prismacolor – A very popular wax based pencil, renowned for the incredibly soft core.

Inktense – Derwents’ unique style of water soluble pencils. Different from watercolour pencils in that the pigment is acrylic ink. When water is applied, the pigment is much more vibrant than traditional watercolours and dries permanently, as pen ink does.

Creative Haven Mandala Color By Numbers 

Artist – Shala Kerrigan 
Publisher – Dover Publications
Pages – 96

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

 

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Cover
 
Book

As with all books in the Creative Haven series, this one is structured very well – they know what colourists want in a book.

At 20.8cm x27.6cm, this is a great size for your bookshelf or bag, and at 96 pages, a nice weight without being overwhelming. 

The cover is a glossy, colourful card with a half coloured image on the front.

The spine is glue bound, providing some extra reinforcement to prevent pages slipping out of the binding despite manoeuvring the book around or traveling with it. 

The paper is of medium thickness and texture, providing enough tooth for a good amount of layers with coloured pencil and enough thickness to prevent waterbased markers or fineliners from bleeding through the page. Images have a white border around them, preventing the image from being lost into the spine.

Images are one sided and perforated, allowing for easy removal and display or gifting!

 

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Coloured with Staedtler Triplus Felt Pens
  
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Images 

I often struggle with colour choices, particularly when I am colouring mandalas or patterns. No matter much I read on colour theory, I just cannot seem to create a pleasing colour scheme. 

This book takes that guesswork away. The inside front cover contains a master colour/ number list that is used for the entire book. Each image, and each section within the image has a small light grey number to tell you what colour to use. The colours in the master list aren’t hard – to- find colours, they are most likely colours you already own. 

The mandalas themselves are quite varied. Some are nature themed, others are geometric, others still are curves and lines. The range, along with the colour choices made for you, makes this an intriguing book. I started many wondering why the artists chose these particular colours and when it was finished, marvelled at the combinations. 

Linework remains consistently thin throughout, and this suits the style of artwork well, and allows the finished mandalas to look like they are made of purely colour! 

Intricacy varies a little, there are less detailed images throughout, but the majority are quite intricate.

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Colour Key

 Health 

When I am feeling down or anxious or I am in a lot of pain, the act of colouring is my biggest help. In these times, I struggle with any decision, such as choosing a book, a picture, colours. This book takes that away, and allows me to simply colour and still finish with a bright, nicely coloured image. For this reason, I think it’s a fantastic buy for people with health issues, but particularly mental illnesses or pain issues.

Due to the linework and intricacy, I would say that this book is probably unsuitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but please take a look at the images before you decide.

I think that this book would be good for those with fluctuating or low concentration levels, not just because are less detailed images to choose from. Another great benefit is that because the colours are chosen for you, it is an image style that lends itself to picking back up – there’s no ‘groove’ to lose so to speak.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! 

For another colour by numbers book, read my review of the Big Colour By Numbers book here.

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Inspired Colouring – Flowers 

Publisher – Parragon

Pages – 128

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

 

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Cover
 

Book

This book was a bit of a surprise to me – I’d never seen it in person, so the weight of it was a shock. At 128 pages, it will definitely keep you busy for awhile!

The cover is a soft green card, embellished by metallic flowers and leaves, giving you an all over impression of a book filled with bouquets to add colour to! 

The spine is glue and string bound – the next best to spiral bind in my mind. The string provides some extra reinforcement and the glue is lighter than most books, meaning that it’s not as difficult to get to the centre of images as the purely glue bound titles.

The paper is bright white and lightly textured, providing a good canvas for most mediums – pencils layered easily, fineliners and waterbased markers did not bleed and left only the slightest of shadows on the reverse side. I did not have any alcohol markers to test, but as with most books, please just pop a piece or two of paper behind the image to catch any bleeding.

Pages are double sided, but the quality and weight of the paper makes this much less of an issue than most books! 

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Coloured with Faber Castell Classic Coloured pencils
 

Images

As with the previous book in this collection, there are splotches and patches of colour throughout the book and images – bright fuschia this time! I thought this would be annoying at first, but I soon found that it actually helped to inspire some creativity – I wanted to find new palettes to try that would complement the fuschia, or find a way to incorporate the fuschia, or if I wanted, just left it alone. 

The images are very floral in nature, but they aren’t your usual page after page of flowers – there are single flowers, bunches of flowers, portraits of single flowers spread across a page, full page botanical messes, mandalas, patterned florals and so much more! 

The majority of images are single pages, but there are a handful of double page spreads in the book.

Line thickness varies a bit throughout, from thin lines, to moderate-thick in some others. The variety doesn’t affect the cohesion however, all these images feel like they belong together! 

Intricacy also varies quite a bit, with some images having lager spaces and less detail, and others having small spaces with lots of detail.

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Health

For health issues, no matter if you suffer from anxiety, depression, pain issues, insomnia etc – I always think that nature themed images are a great thing to colour. The subject combined with the colour palettes promote a soothing environment and calm mind; personally, I find focussing on nature or floral scenery very calming when I am feeling particularly anxious or down.

The variety of intricacy means it will be a fantastic book for fluctuating concentration levels. There are pictures you can probably finish a few minutes if you wish, or images that could take hours, depending on how well you can focus at that moment.

The line thickness and intricacy means that most of these images will probably be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but as always, please have a look at the images before you decide! 
Read my review of another in the Inspired Colouring series! 
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A Brothers Grimm Coloring Book

Artist – Adam Fisher 
Publisher – Pegasus Books
Pages – 204

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

 

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Cover
 

Book

There are a lot of fairy tale themed books being released lately, and this is one that I think is quite different to what’s out there. 

It’s smaller than most books, at 20cm x 20cm and at 204 pages, is pretty hefty. The cover is a thin, matte card with a half coloured image in a limited palette.

The spine is glue bound, but lightly, and lies reasonably flat after some use. The images do not enter the spine, because each image has a border around it preventing losing any image.

Images are also single sided, allowing for the use of most mediums. I experienced a little shadowing with fineliners and waterbased markers, but no bleeding. Alcohol markers will bleed, so make sure you’ve got a piece of card or a few pieces of paper behind the image to prevent bleeding through.

Pages are also perforated to allow for easy removal.

 

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Coloured with Prismacolor pencils.
  
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Images 

When the title says Brothers Grimm, it means it. These aren’t the sparkly, watered down Disney versions of fairy tales – but nor are they gory and gruesome. There are representations of many Grimm stories in these images, along with a few others – I actually remembered a long forgotten childhood favourite (The Musicians of Bremen) while looking through!

The images are very varied throughout the book – the first few pages contain images from Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, The Musicians of Bremen and Cinderella for example.

Images vary, from a view of a house, to a fairy, to Granny Wolf in a bed, to the vine in Jack and the Beanstalk, to the ugly stepsisters in Cinderella.

Each image is captioned with a quote from the tale and crediting the story. 

The art style is consistent throughout, each image is done in the same style, allowing for a great feeling of consistency within a very varied theme.

Line thickness varies a little, but is mainly quite thin throughout. Intricacy also varies, with most images having equal amounts of small and large areas. Some do contain more detailed areas and some more simple however.

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Health 

I love this book, particularly for when I am feeling anxious. The combination of the fantasy/story telling theme and the intricacy of the images is a great way to get lost in something and distract yourself.

The size of the images is great for those with fluctuating concentration levels, as it won’t take long to finish an image, or part of an image. The moderate intricacy is great for those with fluctuating concentration as well, as there will always be an image suitable for your mood/ability to concentrate.

The intricacy means it will probably suitable for those with vision or fine motor impairments, but please check the images before making up your mind! 
I hope you enjoyed this review! 

For more colouring books that tell a story, read my review of Escape To Wonderland via this link.

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Exotischer Urwald (Exotic Jungle)

Artist – Good Wives and Warriors

Publisher – GU

Pages – 80

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

 

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Cover
 

Book

This book is a little different to Good Wives and Warriors previous books, as it was commissioned by a German publisher. It is a good size at 23.2 cm x 23.8cm and 80 pages – perfect for keeping at home or travelling out and about with.

It is glue and string bound, providing extra reinforcement without the spine being so tight and difficult to get into. A little of each image does enter the spine, making it difficult to get to, but I’ve found the spine quite pliable with some use.

The paper is amazing. It feels like a light card, textured well for coloured pencils, and bright white. I had no bleeding with fineliners or waterbased markers and only the slightest shadowing. Alcohol markers will bleed, so please be sure to pop a few sheets of paper behind your page!

 

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Coloured with Prismacolor Premier pencils.
  
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Images 
Exotischer Urwald translates to Exotic Jungle, and that is what this artist duo have represented – so many ‘jungle’ areas around our world, from the Australian Daintree, to Borneo to the delightfully stark Alaskan Black Rainforest. 

Images are filled with plantlife, animals, scenery, weather and so much more. There are a variety of images, from a portrait of a big cat, to a double page scene of jungle plant life, to a page of owls, to a platypus curled up. Most images are single page spreads, but a few are double page. The variety in this book is truly outstanding, I have no idea what’s going to be on the next page!

This book also has a bonus at the back – 3 cardstock single sided removable images, 2 removable colourable bookmarks and 2 colourable postcards! So it’s safe to say, this book will give you enough variety to keep you busy for some time!

With this variety, intricacy varies quite a bit. Some images have larger spaces with only a few more detailed areas, while other are all quite detailed. Line thickness remains consistent, moderate throughout, which suits this style of artwork very well! 

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Perforated card stock bookmarks!
 

Health 

Nature themed images are always my first recommendation for those of us with health issues – the subject matter is innately soothing, and there is such a variety of images within this book that I think you’ll always find something to distract you, or maybe even cheer you up a little.

I would say that this book isn’t suitable for those who have a lot of trouble with concentration, as most of the images are quite intricate. If you can colour a small area without a problem, then this book would be great! It will also be great for fluctuating concentration levels, as the image intricacy does vary quite a bit, so you can pick and choose what you want to colour at the time.

Due to the line thickness and intricacy, I think those with vision and fine motor skills impairments may find this book difficult – however as always please look at the images before you decide!
I hope you enjoyed this review. For other work by this talented team, have a look at my review of Escape To Wonderland.

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