Artist – Jade Gedeon
Pages – 132
Publisher – Page Street Publishing
This is a book that looks like it belongs on an artists desk. The cover is a textured card, in a dark cream colour. Images from the book create a frame, with some images coloured.
This is a hefty book, at 24.1cm x 22.6cm and 132 pages, it is quite a tome! Not only does it have over 100 pages, one of the best points of this book is the paper.
Images are single sided and do not enter the spine. Pages are all perforated and easily removable. The spine is string bound, and very sturdy. The book easily lies flat from first use.
The back of the book contains an ‘index’ with small versions of some images with an explanation of what they are and why the artist chose to include them.
The paper is watercolour paper, each page is printed on high quality watercolour paper. The paper is a cream colour and highly textured. As you would expect, wet media doesn’t bleed through or shadow. Coloured pencils lay down very easily, and the tooth means that you can achieve a large number of layers with no issue. Watercolour pencils in particular are perfect for this paper, they are easily applied and activated with water.
Jade Gedeon has a unique drawing style, almost in a sketch style. The lines are still very clean and clear and don’t require any deciphering.
The artist takes her inspiration from her Caribbean upbringing, and each image from the book reflects this.
There are 52 images to colour, varying from animals, plants and various scenes. There are 5-6 wallpaper/pattern images contained in this book, mostly made up of plants. Animal images include a sea turtle swimming, a hummingbird on a branch and a snake underneath some foliage.
Some of the images contain full scenes, or a plant/animal/sign/house without a background.
The ten double page images have been printed on fold out, removable pages, ensuring that every image is indeed single sided.
Line thickness varies from very thin to moderate throughout, and intricacy varies widely throughout. Most of the images are a mix of some smaller areas with mostly larger areas throughout.
Watercolour pencils are a medium I haven’t had much luck with. This book appealed to me because it contains a great variety of images and subjects, on quality paper, and allows me to learn and practice my skills.
For those of you who want to learn to use watercolour, or refine your skills, this is a great no pressure way to do just that. The images and book are designed for watercolours.
The imagery is very natural and calming, which is great for pain, anxiety, depression or any other condition that may require distraction or soothing.
The line thickness and intricacy means that this book will most likely be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but as always, please check the images and video before deciding.
Thankyou for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review,