There are some beautiful colouring books being created in Europe right now. I'll be keeping an eye open for more of them. The huge advantage is that colouring is a universal language. Mostly it doesn't matter if a book has some foreign language in it as long as it isn't telling a story at the same time. At first glance I was a little taken aback by how dark it all seemed as I flicked through. But when I put colour on, it is so beautiful. You don't need incredible colouring skills either, and if you prefer colouring with pencils and pastels, you may really enjoy this book. Drawing: Karolina is an illustrator, painter and tattoo artist, living in Poland. Her drawings are quite heavily inked and look almost disturbing in some instances but with swathes of gentle colour they come to life amazingly well. Below is the uncoloured kingfisher image that I coloured above, so you can see the difference that colour makes. This book is a fantasy experience. She describes it as...
Despite the shading the color POPS off the page. The paper is medium weight and good quality with images on both sides. The image does go into the binding but the book lays perfectly flat so it isn't an issue. I've not tried wet media but I use Polychromos, Pablo and Prismacolor pencils and they perform very well and cover much of the dark shading. There's 76 images as well as 12 pages with Polish text that I'll likely use for wet media and blending tests. As I was flipping and counting pages one where I broke the spine and apparently the perforation came out of the book so just beware to simply press down on the book rather than breaking the spine. It doesn't bother me because it's my fault for not noticing the perforation, thats how little of the page is lost to margins. I'm very happy with the book so it won't effect my overall rating. I find the images haunting and beautiful. Can't wait to dive in!
This is the most unusual coloring book I own, and one of my favorites. The artist is a very interesting and talented woman and a top tattoo artist highly sought after in her native Poland. My only regret is that I can't read the story as I do not speak the language. Hoping that an English version comes out at some future date. I would love to see another book by her as well. The paper is of good quality, printed on both sides and is not perforated. The reason for taking off one star is because the glue did not hold the book together and pages started to come out. I would still buy this book again, and might (just to use different mediums) regardless of that as I have enjoyed it that much.
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