Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Date with 2018

Maybe wall calendars are making a come-back? I do hope so. I like wearing a watch too, and having a clock on the wall! 
This year it was a lovely surprise to see so many people colouring wall calendars and there are few good reasons to colour one.


- firstly, it's not as big a colouring job as colouring an entire book.
- often the artist and publisher have selected the most popular images to go in the calendar.
- you know that you have a colouring goal each month.
- a wall calendar makes a lovely colouring gift as it's not as overwhelming as a book.


Johanna Basford, Leila Duly and Daisy Fletcher calendars will be published on good quality paper that will take pencils. I expect Pomegranate publishers to have done likewise as they produce colouring books too. However when you're buying, watch out for calendars printed on shiny paper as you will only be able to use makers on them. Sadly most calendars are shrink-wrapped so it can be impossible to tell the quality of the paper.

So, here are the colouring calendars for 2018 that have caught my eye. At the bottom are the two Johanna Basford diaries/planners.



Magical Jungle Calendar by Johanna Basford

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Birdtopia Calendar by Daisy Fletcher
With that lovely pale primrose background.
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Alice in Wonderland Calendar 
Based on Tenniel illustrations.

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Fantastic Cities Calendar by Steve McDonald

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Floribunda Calendar by Leila Duly

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The Wizard of Oz Calendar

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Secret Garden Calendar by Johanna Basford

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Classic Coloring Jane Austen Calendar

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Charley Harper Color Calendar

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Amazon US;   Amazon UK







Diaries



Johanna Basford Colouring Day to Day

I was given the 2017 version. A stunning gift.
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Johanna Basford 16 month Weekly Colouring Planner

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Posh Day-to-Day Coloring Calendar by Thaneeya McArdle

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Step-by-Step from Tiffany Glass

Jessica Palmer's new book, Tiffany Glass (review and flip through video), interprets the wonderful designs of Tiffany lamps into images that we can colour.`I'm colouring my way through this book and already been looking at lots of examples of Tiffany glass online. When I came to this image in the book I was rather puzzled about what I was looking at!

Here is the finished image -




Step 1

Here is the image just after I started blacking out the headlight lines. You can see how difficult it is to see what's happening in it! I'm using a Staedtler pigment liner pen. They come in different nib sizes and they're wonderful.


Step 1

Step 2

Okay, the blacking work is finished and I must say that didn't really make the drawing any clearer!


Step 2

Step 3

I could see that there were several leaf shapes up in the top right area so I started there. However it soon became obvious that I'd better switch to getting the flowers in first. There are some obvious flower centres and I just worked out from that, using a limited palette.


Step 3

Steps 4 and 5

Finally I just kept filling in the leaves and at the end I coloured the dragonfly. Also I blacked out the border. Here are the Holbein pencils I used.



Step 4
Dragonfly done - 


Finished
Here is a Tiffany lamp that inspired me - 



Here is the book -



Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Colouring Catchup.....

It's been a busy couple of weeks and my main focus for colouring has been on getting The Night Before Christmas finished. I'm getting there, with just five images to go so I'll be finished next week. At one stage I coloured 125 reindeer legs and that was followed by several Santa suits and sacks! I won't post any colourings from it now as you can wait for the finished book video flip through.

This fortnight it has been an absolute joy to start colouring Wyspy by Anita Grabos (review & video flip through). I reviewed the book when it first came out last year and it's been in the back of my mind for some time. It's funny how you need to wait for the right time to start a book.

Wyspy

The following two images show underwater life beneath firstly an inhabited island with its depleted marine life and rope entangled rocks. And then an uninhabited island with plentiful marine life and even a tourist submarine! 


Wyspy - inhabited island
Wyspy - uninhabited island
It's my first time colouring anything underwater and I'm trying to get a sense of water flowing around and in front of the fish and rocks. Limited success!

Also since the last Catchup post I've been back into The Night Voyage (review & flip through). This time I decided on a dense black background using Poscas, with varying success. I'm still struggling with this book but I am learning quite a lot. Colouring night scenes isn't straight forward.


The Night Voyage

And finally, I have been happily colouring in Jessica Palmer's new book, Tiffany Glass (review & flip through). This has led me on a research mission, trying to find the original lamps that inspired Jessica's drawings. She kindly replied to an email about one particular mystifing image that I'll be colouring next month probably. Anyway, enjoy these -


Tiffany Glass - peacock feathers
Tiffany Glass - poppies


Tiffany Glass - tulips
Tiffany Glass - wisteria 
Tiffany Glass

Here are the books I'm colouring in.....


Wyspy by Anita Grabos

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The Night Voyage by Daria Song

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Tiffany Glass by Jessica Palmer

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

8 Must See New Colouring Books for November

So, here are the books being published in November that have caught my eye, with purchase links. There are also a couple of books I missed recently. Now that we're near the end of the year, publishing seems to be quietening down as most books produced for the Christmas trade are already available.
The release dates are based on Book Depository, so Amazon dates may vary.

You can see October new books - here.
You can see September new books - here.
You can see August new books - here.
You can see July new books - here.
You can see June new books - here.


Colouring Books





Colour Your Life by Masja Van Den Berg

May be in Dutch.
Buy it at - Book Depository (free shipping worldwide);
Amazon UK;  not showing at Amazon US
If unavailable, request them to get it in stock.




All About the Dog by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

" From tiny chihuahuas to huge great danes, hardworking sheepdogs to pampered papillons, and not forgetting lovable crossbreeds, it features all kinds of dogs at work, rest, and play."

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Elves in Wonderland by Marcos Chin

"Embark on a fantastical trip through a magical woodland in Marcos Chin's Elves in Wonderland. Marcos' detailed line-drawings depict a variety of "Day" and "Night" scenes to color, including sledding with ribbon candy on hills of crushed ice, hopping across marshmallows in giant cups of cocoa, playing tag in a lollipop forest, and shopping for caps at the local elf haberdashery."

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Mysteries of the Deep by Zoe Sadler

"Enjoy colouring in an array of beautiful and wondrous sea creatures, from mystical monsters and mermaids, to treasure maps and submarines. Explore and colour in the pages and solve some mazes and mysteries along the way."

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May be unavailable at places.



Coloring Christmas Devotions by Lizzie Preston

"Take a few quiet moments to yourself to reflect on the reason behind the festivities as you read through the Scripture verses and devotions and color the pen-and-ink illustrations."

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Stained Glass to Colour by Struan Reid

"This gorgeous book tells the story of stained glass, from the Medieval period, its demise during the Reformation, its revival in the Victorian period, through Art Nouveau, Art Deco, right up to today. "

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365 Days of Art

"365 Days of Art is an inspiring journal designed to help readers and budding artists nurture their creativity and explore their feelings through the medium of art. Featuring an activity for every day of the year, from simple tasks like drawing shapes and lines, to more mindful exercises like coloring-in, painting with primary colors, and drawing what you see."
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Postcards



Elves in Wonderland by Marcos Chin - 20 postcards

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