Thursday, 23 February 2017

Meet Sally - Colourer of the Month for February

This will be a monthly post, featuring someone whose colouring has caught my eye.
You can check out all the Colourers on this page - 

Check out Colourer of the Month for August - Amber
Check out Colourer of the Month for September - Jeff
Check out Colourer of the Month for October - Beth
Check out Colourer of the month for November - Louise
Check out Colourer of the Month for December - Sandra
Check Out Colourer of the Month for January - Robyn

You can see all the Colourer of the Month posts - here.

Introducing Sally who lives in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Intricate Ink by Tim Jeffs

A little bit about me….

I am married with two kids, four grandchildren and two dogs.

What made you start colouring?

I was at a craft show in Melbourne looking for something new to do. A friend had just started colouring and I was interested. I bought Secret Garden by Johanna Basford and a packet of pencils, thinking that would be it. 18 months later and I have more books and pencils than I know what to do with!

Blomster mandala by Maria Trolle

Do you consider colouring to be an art?

I believe it is….it's not just pick up a pencil and colour in a picture. You need to look at shading, blending, balance, light, texture and colours which is not easy. I am always trying to learn and improve. I have seen the most stunning work and am trying to emulate the wonderful colourists I see out there.

Escape to Wonderland by Good Wives & Warriors
Escape to Christmas Past by Good Wives & Warriors

What materials do you like to use?

I am a pencil girl…..I will admit I don't like using markers and gel pens as I am no good with them. I prefer pencils because I have much more control over shading and blending (and I can erase too)! I do use pastels such as Pans for backgrounds. I am about to experiment with watercolours and Inktense…which could be interesting.

Imagimorphia by Kerby Rosanes

Which is your favourite colouring book?

That's a very hard question. I have a lot of books and I really do like them all, but I would have to say that Maria Trolle and Hanna Karlzon would be my go to books. I love their illustrations and the paper is excellent. The other artist I really like is Tim Jeffs. His animals are absolutely stunning.

Romantic Country Tale 1 by Eriy
Rhapsody in the Forest by Kanoko 

Do you frame your finished colourings? Or display them?

No…they all stay in their books.

What is your favourite colour?

I don't really have a single colour but I love the ochre, moss green and brown shades. I do a lot of animals and flower pages so these colours get used a lot.

Summer Nights by Hanna Karlzon


What advice would you have for other colourists?

Try not to compare yourself to others, although this is difficult. We are always hardest on ourselves. Look at joining a Facebook group. Like-minded people are always a good source of advice and inspiration. Try a tutorial, ask questions and don't be afraid to try a new technique. Always remember that there is no such thing as the colouring police so enjoy what you're doing. Basically, if it has made you happy, that's all that matters.

Thanks Sally. Very good advice and inspiration.

Here are some of the books that Sally is colouring from…..

Intricate Ink by Tim Jeffs

Available at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK

Also at Amazon US;   Amazon UK

Also - Artist's Edition; also at Amazon US;   Amazon UK

And - Postcards; also at - Amazon US;   Amazon UK

Summer Nights (Sommarnatt) by Hanna Karlzon

Available at - Book Depository;
Video flip through - here.

Romantic Country Tale 1 by Eriy

Available at - Book Depository;

Review and video flip through - here.

Rhapsody in the Forest by Kanoko
Available at this Etsy shop - here.

Imagimorphia by Kerby Rosanes

Available at - Book Depository;
You can see my review, video flip through, colouring and links - here.

Escape to Christmas Past by Good Wives & Warriors

Available at - Book Depository;  Amazon US;  Amazon UK

Escape to Wonderland by Good Wives & Warriors

Available at - Book Depository
Amazon US;  Amazon UK


Available at - Book Depository
Amazon US;  Amazon UK

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Back to the 60s Through Vogue Fashion


Friday, 17 February 2017

Back to the 60s through Vogue Fashion

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, I thought it might be timely to review the most recent of these Vogue coouring books by Iain Webb.

Coloured by Amber Wang

Title:  Vogue Goes Pop Colouring Book
Artists: Iain R. Webb

Here is my video flip through -

At a glance…..

Size - 224 x 285, 96 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - no.
Paper - white, good
Perforated - no
Water based pens - yes but test first.
Who will love it - those who enjoy colouring fashion, those who love the sixties and those who want to learn about this fashion era as they colour.

Here is my review of Vintage Vogue - here.

You can find out more …

Vogue Goes Pop

Available at - Book DepositoryAmazon US

Vintage Vogue Postcards

Available at - Book Depository;  Amazon US;  

Vogue Colouring Book

Available at - Book Depository

Tell me more …


I remember the sixties as a wonderful time to experiment with everything. In fashion there didn't seem to be rules any more. Any colour, and lots of it, was a given. I fondly remember a dress with swirls of bright orange, shocking pink, purple and lime green. Somehow it all seemed to work! So if you've been itching to get your bright colours out, this is just the book.


The drawings are based on the actual images that appeared in Vogue magazine during this decade. There isn't much in the way of shading or shaping lines so you can give the garments your own ideas of flow and drape. Patterns are also not precise so go with the flow! Often there is a background to the images and there is information on most pages about the year, designer and anything else of interest about the garment.
Line width is fine throughout.

Coloured by Amber Wang

Paper and Layout:

Isn't that loose dust jacket super? Or perhaps I should say, groovy? There's Twiggy and some glittery foil letters. The image appears within the book too for you to colour yourself. 
Pages are double sided so you will be safe using pencils and maybe testing water-based pens somewhere unobtrusive in the book. None of the images run into the spine, which is stitched.
At the beginning is an introduction by Iain, remembering his sister's wardrobe contents and giving us a run down on the designers, influences and trends of the decade. At the back of the book is an index to the designers included.
I think I like this book better than the first one, Vogue Colouring Book.

Thanks Amber for sharing your colourings.

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