Artist – Amelia Gregory; Several artists.
Pages – 96 + 8 postcards
Publisher – Amelia’s Magazine
Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion is available from Amazon UK (shipping worldwide) via this link.
This book is a delight. No other words for it. Before I even got to the images, I knew this was a quality piece of work.
The person behind this book has run her own magazine, Amelia’s Magazine, finding new talent, interviewing and exploring artists processes and exploring all aspects of creativity. This experience has clearly translated to this book, as well as some careful listening to what colourists want!
The cover is a thick card, with a coloured image wrapping around to the back. The binding is what we call lay-flat binding and is designed so that no matter where in the book you are, the book lays flat so access to the spine and entire image is not impeded at all.
The paper is closer to card than paper, and has held up to all I’ve thrown at it. Pencils layer beautifully, allowing you to get some amazing blends with the tooth. I experienced zero bleeding or shadowing with fineliners or waterbased markers and they went on beautifully. The big surprise for me was being able to use watercolour pencils with no buckling or bleeding! Just be careful not to use lashes of water, and the paper holds up well! Alcohol markers will most likely bleed through, so I would not suggest you use these.
This book is an interesting concept, and one that I have really enjoyed. Each double page spread is done by one artist – making for a total of 44 artists!
The left hand side of the image is full colour, with the right hand side in monochrome – ready for you to colour. The artists were chosen during an open brief, with one requirement for the images being that they be a double page spread, half coloured and half not. I love the idea behind this and think it has translated beautifully into practice.
Each image is a completely different style and artist. There are pages of people, landscapes, animals, patterns, abstract scenes and so much more. The variety of artists means that intricacy, line thickness and detail vary greatly. Line thickness varies from thin to thick, and intricacy ranges from quite detailed with quite a few small spaces, to quite simple with larger spaces.
The last few pages have a paragraph on each artist that contributed to the book, a nice addition in case you want to know more about them.
The book is neither repetitive nor scattered. The artwork comes together in a way that is hard to explain; but easy to see. It truly is a work of art, amazing to see and particularly amazing to add to!
You can choose to continue the colours of the image, in your media of choice, or you can choose any colours you like – it’s entirely up to you how you collaborate on these images!
The variety in this book is outstanding for those times when you need to be distracted from pain or any mental health concerns, as the wide variety of images, detail and themes will surely distract you and give you something to focus on.
The images also suit those with concentration issues quite well, as there are a wide range of intricacies in this book. There are images that can be completed quite quickly if your concentration is low, or images that are an investment in time that will be great for times when you are able to concentrate better.
Line thickness and intricacy do vary quite a bit, but there are certainly images that will suit those with fine motor control or vision impairments. There are also images that will not, so please look at the images before you decide!
For another unique colouring book filled with a variety of images, read my review of Percy and The Colouring Adventure via this link.