Artist – Selina Fenech
Publisher – Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd
Pages – 102
A 10- page sampler of Selina Fenechs artwork to colour is available from her website here.
My first thought when I saw this book was ‘oh it’s so cute and little!’. But for a little book, it has a lot within it.
At 19.8cm x 12.9 cm (7.8 x 5 inches) and 102 pages, this book was designed for portability. The cover is a matte softcover, decorated with a coloured design from the book in a limited colour palette.
The spine is glue bound, giving it a good amount of reinforcement for traveling without making the pages inaccessible. It is quite pliable straight away, which is a bonus, as some images do enter the spine, making it difficult to reach the last parts of the image.
The images are single sided, and the paper is bright white and has a moderate amount of texture. Coloured pencils lay down quite well on the paper, and blend well with each other. I experienced a moderate amount of shadowing, but no bleeding with fineliners and waterbased markers. Alcohol markers will bleed, so be sure to have some paper or card between the pages you’re working on to protect the next image from bleedthrough.
Unlike Selina Fenechs precious books, this book does not contain two each of twenty five images, but 50 different images. The images are not unique to this book however, having been taken from all four of Selinas previous books. There is an equal variety taken from Fairy Art, Mermaids, Enchanted and Fairy Companions. This leads to a huge variety of images within the overarching theme of fantasy.
Each image is representative of Selina Fenechs trademark art style, from the gentle fairies, to the drifting mermaids, to dragons and unicorns.
Line thickness remains moderate throughout the book, with little variance throughout. This leads to a great sense of consistency.
Intricacy does vary somewhat. Most of the images do have more detailed areas with a few larger areas. There are some simpler images throughout, and a smaller book is less intricate by nature. The images have been chosen very well to not be affected by the size change.
A video flipthrough is available at the end of this review!
Fantasy images take you away from the reality; if your reality is unpleasant because of pain or depression or anxiety, then focusing on a something from a different world can do wonders.
The size of this book is very fitting to those with concentration fluctuations. The size itself is suitable, as the images are smaller than the originals and so require less time and focus. The variety of images is a great help as well, so you can choose the level of intricacy and detail you can handle.
The intricacy and line thickness means that those with fine motor or vision impairments may struggle with this book. However, please do check the images before deciding!
For more portable colouring, check out my review of the Animorphia notebook here.