Querkles Books

Querkles Books

Titles –  Querkles – Icons, Querkles – Masterpieces and Animal Querkles. Querkles – Cats is due for release in December 2016.

Artist – Thomas Pavitte

Pages – 48

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The three currently released Querkles books.

Books

As all three Querkles books are a similar structure, and content (until coloured of course!) I am reviewing all three at once. 

Querkles books are quite large books, at 40.2 x 28.9cm (15.8 x 11.3 in) and slim at 48 pages. All three have the same style of cover in a soft matte, with a half completed image from the interior in a limited colour palette.

The spine is glue bound, and images do not enter the spine, meaning you will be able to access the entirety of the page if you choose not to remove it. The paper is perforated for easy removal.

The images are single sided and border less, although they do not enter the spine. The paper is bright white and lightly textured. I was able to to build up a few layers of pencils, and water based markers did not bleed through. Alcohol markers will bleed, so ensure you have some card or paper behind an image to prevent it bleeding to the next image. 

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From Querkles – Masterpieces using Spectrum Noir markers

Images

Each Querkle book contains 20 images, in whatever theme the book is. They range from moderately intricate to very intricate, and line thickness remains moderately thin throughout. 

Now, for the burning question- what on earth are Querkles and how do I colour them? 

Querkles are images made of hundreds of overlapping circles, combining to create an image made of different coloured circles. 

Each area is labelled from 1-5, with 1 representing the darkest shade, and 5 representing the lightest. Blank areas are to be left blank. The resulting image is a piece of art coloured with only 5 shades/colours, but brought to life.

To get started, all you need to do is choose 5 markers or pencils, not necessarily in one colour, and organise them from darkest shade to light. Then colour! You can do this anyway you choose, although I colour all of the sections marked ‘1’, then ‘2’, then so on.

The images in the books are well created, and I am yet to come across one that doesn’t look as it is supposed to when completed. Each of the titles has small thumbnails on the interior back cover showing what the completed image is. I’ve included images of these from each of the three titles as thumbnails – if you want to see them, just click to enlarge.

The only small quibble I have about Querkles is that the numbers often show when they are completed, mainly in the lighter shades. This isn’t a deal breaker for me, but I know some colourists don’t like this.

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A Querkles page before colouring; and a close up of the circles and numbers.
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Querkles Icons completed images

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Querkles Masterpieces completed images.

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Completed images from Querkles – Animals

Health

Sometimes it is nice to be able to just colour without having to worry about complementary colours, colour distribution, technique, shading etc. I find when my anxiety is quite high, that too many decisions are beyond me.

Querkles suits this well, they are large images that are absorbing but sans the usual decisions. They are perfect for when you want to be completely distracted by something. 

The intricacy is quite high throughout, so it would suit those with fluctuating concentration levels. When your concentration is high, you can complete one on one sitting, or just complete one area or number when your concentration is low. The intricacy and line thickness means that Querkles will probably not be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but as always, please have a look before you decide.

Thankyou for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed this review,

Batgirl x


Querkles are available from Amazon US via this link or from the Book Depository via this link

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From Querkles – Animals using Spectrum Noir markers

Creative Haven Country Scenes 

Artist – Dot Barlowe

Publisher – Dover 

Pages – 64

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Cover

Book

This book is no exception to Creative Havens exceptional structure. At 21cm x 27.9cm and 64 pages, it’s a great size for home or taking to work/school.

The spine is glue bound, which means your pages are secure no matter how much manoeuvring you do. Unlike some glue bound books, removing pages is not an issue, because the pages are perforated, a nice feature.

The paper is of medium thickness and texture. I was able to layer pencils on top of waterbased marker with little issue. I experienced a little bleeding with waterbased markers and fineliners, but as the images are single sided this isn’t a big issue. Alcohol markers will bleed through to the next page, so please make sure to have a few pages of copy paper behind the image you’re working on! 

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Coloured with Prismacolor Verithin

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Images

As a fan of nature and landscapes, I saw this book and knew I had to get my hands on it. I wasn’t disappointed. All 31 images are distinctly natural/landscape oriented, with the country theme tying them together.

The artist, Dot Barlowe, has a recognizable style of illustration that suits this theme very well. The images have been drawn in a sketchy style, without being unfinished. This adds to the charm of the book without reducing its clarity or usability. The style adds to the consistency through the book.

Images vary  and you’ll find scenes such as – rolling countryside complete with barns, a country fair, a farmstead, geese flying over a lake, a birds nest overlooking a small town, a snowy field with birds overlooking and so much more. 

The intricacy varies within the images, with most  having a large amount of space for landscapes while still containing detailed areas within the houses/people/animals. Line thickness remains thin throughout, although the artists style adds to the visibility quite a bit. 

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Health

Nature, animals and landscapes all have their own benefits on various health conditions, depending on what you like to colour and your conditions. The images in this book are all very calm, and the colour palette of the subjects, particularly the nature and animal ones, are often some of the most soothing. Landscapes can be daunting, but are often excellent to get lost in if you feel you need to be distracted.

The intricacy varies, even within an image, so is most likely suitable for those with varying concentration levels. The images themselves contain natural stopping points (buildings, the sky, a bird etc) for those who struggle to concentrate for long. 

The intricacy and line thickness may be an issue for those with fine motor and/or vision impairments, so please do look at the images before deciding! 
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review

Batgirl 

Creative Haven Country Scenes is available to purchase from The Book Depository (International) here or Amazon (US) here.

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Animal Kingdom Postcards (30)

Animal Kingdom Postcards (30)

Artist – Millie Marotta

Pages/Postcards – 30
Publisher – Batsford

Available to purchase from The Book Depository (Worldwide) via this link or from Amazon (US) via this link

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Cover


Book

As with most postcard editions of colouring books, the Animal Kingdom version is in book format. At 16 x 11.2cm (6.2 x 4.4 inches) it is a good size for home or travel. 

The cover is a black, white and gold foil card, folding back to reveal a lay flat binding with a light glue binding, similar to a notepad. This makes the postcards very easy to remove. 

The postcards are a thick card, bright white and smooth. Despite the smooth texture, I found pencils layered and blended quite easily. Waterbased markers did not bleed or shadow, but be careful with a heavy hand and alcohol markers. Ensure you either remove the card or have a page behind to protect the next one. 

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Coloured with Prismacolor pencils and background done with a Tombow Dual Brush Pen

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Images

All thirty images are taken from Millie Marottas Animal Kingdom book. Some of these are the full images scaled down, some are sections of images, and others are the main feature of an image centred in the postcard. 

The reverse of the postcards are completely blank save for a small lower copyright notice in the lower corner. 

The intricacy varies widely in this postcard edition. Scaled down images are incredibly intricate, only the finest of pens and sharpest pencils will be able to colour these. Images that have been taken and sectioned are less intricate, with larger spaces and less detail. Line thickness remains consistently thin throughout. 

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Health

The nature themes of Millie Marottas artwork are fantastic for mental health or pain issues, as the subject and colour palette are innately soothing. These are perfect for those who would benefit from this, but may not have the concentration to focus on the full version.

The variety of intricacy is well suited to those with fluctuating mental health or pain issues, as you can find a detailed postcard to distract yourself, or a less detailed one if you cannot focus properly. 

The postcards (with the exception of a handful of very intricate images) will most likely be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but as always, please check the images beforehand. 
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review

Batgirl x
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MiniMENTALS

Artist – Sue Chastain

Images – 50

Available to purchase from Amazon (US) via this link or as a digital/PDF download from the artists website via this link.

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Cover

Book

This is the perfect travelling book. With a glossy card cover that is top bound, it is designed for on-the-go, quick colouring. At 20.8 x 15.2 cm (8.2 X 6 inches) and 116 pages, it is a sturdy size, but not so thick it takes up a lot of room in a bag, purse or briefcase.

The spine is glue bound, and is quite sturdy. Being topbound, none of the images go into the spine. Images are surrounded by a border.

The paper is bright white and of medium thickness and texture. I was able to achieve quite a few layers of coloured pencil with no problems, and water based markers only bled through if I coloured over the same spot multiple times. Alcohol markers will bleed through. Images are single sided though, so a few sheets of paper behind the image will prevent any markers bleeding into the next image.

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Coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
MiniMENTALS adult coloring book patterns cover
Coloured with Staedtler Triplus 1.0mm pens

Images

If you aren’t familiar with Sue Chastains OrnaMENTALS series; they are pieces of art made of symmetry, mandalas, scenery and patterns to create calming, clear and fun images.

The original images are full sized, so the idea of MiniMENTALS is to scale them down to a smaller square size – whether this means scaling down an image, or more frequently a section or some elements of an image. 

The images themselves are 12.7 x 12.7cm (5 x 5 inches) and situated underneath 7 lines to write notes, thoughts, mediums etc. This feature is another that makes this perfect for a travel book – who hasn’t wished they had a scrap of paper to note something at the doctors or the bank? 

This results in a book that has a wide variety of images – mandalas, patterns, a cheerful frog, a crescent moon etc that are a perfect size.

Line thickness varies throughout, but is mostly medium and consistent. The intricacy remains moderate throughout. One feature that has struck me throughout each of the images is the sheer crisp quality of the images. Each artwork has clear, clean lines that are not vague or sketchy at all.

There is a full, silent flipthrough at the end of this review. 

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Coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

Health

This book is one I would recommend (and have indeed purchased for friends) for anyone with health issues, particularly those with accompanying concentration or fatigue problems. The variety of themes means that there will always be one that suits your current mood and concentration level.

The intricacy and line thickness makes this book appropriate for those with vision or fine motor skills, but as always,’please check the images in the video before deciding.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this review
Batgirl x