Artist – Percy J Billinghurst & Heidi Berthiaume
Publisher – Vintage Coloring
Pages – 68
This book (and indeed, the series) are a wonderful collection that suit the theme and content.
At 68 pages, and 28cm x 21cm, this is a good size for home or travel. The spine is firmly glue bound, although becomes pliable very quickly.
The cover is a matte card, featuring a maroon backdrop with a half coloured design from the book. The first two pages are introductory texts, with the last two pages being blank for colour and medium testing.
The paper is bright white and of medium thickness and texture. I experienced minimal shadowing with water based markers, and nil bleeding. As always, please pop a few blotter sheets behind the page you are working on if you use markers just to be safe. The images are single sided and pages are not perforated.
The layout of the images in this book is very well thought out. In addition to the twenty full size vintage images, there are smaller – 15cm x 10cm (6×4 inch) – sections of each image in the back of the book as well. These are a great way to effectively double the images you have to colour without repeating them exactly.
The images, as you might have guessed, are taken from vintage illustrator, Percy J Billinghurst. The images are selected, cleaned up and turned into appropriate colouring images for us to enjoy. Although there are a number of books on the market that do have vintage illustrations, this is the only one I have seen with this illustrator. It is also the best one I have seen at converting these illustrations into colouring pages. Sometimes these vintage illustrations can be full of shading and leave little room to add colour, but this is not the case with these.
The content of the book is cheerful and happy – based on animal imagery from the original illustrators books, you see a meeting of animals, sheep by the ocean, an eagle sitting proudly, cats surrounding a saucer and so much more. The images are charming and reminiscent of a time long ago.
The intricacy varies a little, but mainly remains moderate with a good amount of both larger and smaller spaces to colour. Line thickness remains stark black and moderate throughout.
The images contain a lot of natural images, which is a great theme for any health issues. The animals are also a good theme for distraction, as you colour them and imagine what they’re doing.
The intricacy and line thickness means that this book will likely be suitable for those with fine motor or vision impairments, but as always, please double check before you decide.
If you enjoy vintage illustration, please check out my review of Alice In Wonderland here.