Monday, 24 July 2017

This Week's Colouring.....

Well, it's last week's colouring really. I'm just a big slow getting the post up!

Some background - I've never had an art lesson in my life and I consider myself an average colourer who just puddles along, trying to complete books, enjoy and challenge myself. These colouring posts are really a record for me, primarily, of what I coloured and some background to the colouring. I doubt that anyone will learn anything from them so don't expect a tutorial! Just me, rambling about my hobby! 

This week I finished two spreads from Fantastisches Malbuch (review).
The first spread is from Colin Thompson's book The Paradise Garden and this spread represents all the horrendous noise in Peter's everyday world. You'll get a few laughs out of this one. There's Cafe Max, lots of little people, dogs, a massive red biplane, a few toilets and - curled up on his bed in a tiny corner of one frame - is Peter trying to escape it all. Colin has used lots of white dashes to indicate volume of noise and they were quite tricky to colour around. I suppose I should have used my white pen, and I might even go back and do that.


Fantastisches Malbuch

The second spread from this book was highly detailed and colouring it has given me some eye strain, even working with a magnifying glass in one hand. I'm going to have to be more careful in future and pace myself.
This image has parts from Paradise Garden but is in total from a jigsaw puzzle called The Gardener's Cupboard. It was a delight to colour this after some of the more dour images from Tower to the Sun. There was lots to enjoy here and I particularly like the patches of sky that seem to open up the the image. The tiny red biplane is in the waterfall and Cafe Max is down the bottom.


Fantastisches Malbuch

As a break from this book I turned back to exploring blacks and greys in Secret Garden. I'm colouring the whole book in these colours. This mandala like image has really large leaves that are challenging to colour. I decided to explore the range of watercolour pencils I have in various greys. So I used Inktense and Graphitint for this mostly, with some Holbein cool and warm greys. It was fascinating as some of the greys have blue, purple, green and red tints. To make the image more interesting I added my brick wall behind it using pastel and a stencil. Putting a circle of bricks around the image made it seem like a peephole in the wall.  Well, that was the idea! Oh, and there's a yellow bee.


Secret Garden

See you next week probably.



Books that I'm colouring …..




Fantastisches Malbuch by Colin Thompson



Available at - Book Depository;  Amazon US;  Amazon UK


Flip through video is here on Youtube.






Secret Garden by Johanna Basford



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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

If the Cat Fits....

When I first saw mention of this book I literally pounced on the computer screen. Why? It is in the same style as The Wallpaper Book, (which I have coloured right through and loved), it's about cats and it has stickers! 



Also available in this series - 


Title:  If the Cat Fits
Artists: Unknown

Here is my video flip through -




At a glance…..


Size - 201 x 274, 80 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - yes
Paper - white and quite good
Perforated - no
Water based pens - yes but test first.

You can find out more …




If the Cat Fits

Available at - Book Depository,








It's a Dog's Life

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Tell me more …

So what we have here are lots of different scenes, in varied locations, in which the background is to be coloured in and the foreground has inserted coloured photos. 
The 200 stickers of cats and objects can be placed wherever you want to, in the images.
All images are on double page spreads with a little of the image lost to the spine, but it's not too bad. The scenes are interesting and varied as you can see in the video above. I'm particularly looking forward to the outdoor scenes. Incidentally there is no image index.

You will have to use water-based pens as alcohol based pens will bleed through the paper. Pencils should be fine as there feels to be a bit of tooth to the pages. I'll report back further when I've coloured the first image.
The stickers are delightful, showing several different breeds of cats and lots of enticing object like bird feathers and toys. Each sticker has a white border so I'll be trimming that off before I place them in the image as I don't want a lot of white showing.

The dog's book should follow a similar format and seems to have different backgrounds but I have seen only an image or two.

*This book was purchased by me.


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Sunday, 16 July 2017

This Week's Colouring.....

It was quite a busy week, so not quite so much finished on the colouring front.

Some background - I've never had an art lesson in my life and I consider myself an average colourer who just puddles along, trying to complete books, enjoy and challenge myself. These colouring posts are really a record for me, primarily, of what I coloured and some background to the colouring. I doubt that anyone will learn anything from them so don't expect a tutorial! Just me, rambling about my hobby! 

First up, it was good to get back into Floribunda - (review here), which I am slowly colouring my way through. This book is the most challenging that I'm colouring in. Firstly I coloured the peonies with that lovely peach/pink palette. I'd intended to go for strong blue irises but it would have been overpowering so I scaled it back to mauve ones. I'm never satisfied when I use the mauve/blue colours. They don't turn out how I envisage them and often look streaky.
Here it is - 


From Floribunda by Leila Duly


Once my trees stencil arrived I was able to finish this from Secret Garden. I decided to carry on the wall through from the owl page and put a hint of trees behind the leaves. As always with this book, I'm exploring blacks and greys. 


Secret Garden

Early in the week I did this page for our Auckland colouring group challenge. Everyone else was using blues and greens but they let me do my monochrome thing. I love this one and putting a wall at the back really gave a feeling of being enclosed, which I like.


Secret Garden

Then it was back into the next three spreads from Fantastisches Malbuch (review).
This one is from Tower to the Sun, showing them stacking up buildings yet they still couldn't see the sun. Two red biplanes this time along with Cafe Max.


Fantastisches Malbuch

See you next week probably.


Books that I'm colouring …..


Floribunda by Leila Duly

Available at - Book Depository;  Amazon USAmazon UK

Flip through video is here on Youtube.



Fantastisches Malbuch by Colin Thompson



Available at - Book Depository;  Amazon US;  Amazon UK


Flip through video is here on Youtube.






Secret Garden by Johanna Basford


Available at - Book Depository;   Amazon US;  Amazon UK








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Monday, 10 July 2017

Colouring Toolbox - FC Perfection

A new series looking at the various colouring "tools" that I wouldn't be without.
Each time I finish a colouring, I put away the media I've used - pencils in number order, of course! But there are a few items that never get to be put away because I use them in almost every colouring I do.

First up is the indispensable, and inexpensive, Faber-Castell Perfection Pencil Eraser with Brush. There are some others in this range as you can see below, but my own one has the brush at one end.



The Perfection Eraser range.



Features

- A firm eraser that you can sharpen with your normal pencil sharpener, so you can make it super sharp if that's what you prefer (and keep it that way with regular sharpening) or you can have a broader, flatter tip. I tend to go for a broader tip and sharpen it up to a point when I need to.

- This is a really firm eraser so please be careful and use a light touch. They claim that it can erase ink although I've never needed to try that. I suspect that you'd get close to a hole in your paper if you tried that.

- the brush - oh my, how I love this brush! It's as useful as the erasing end. Wonderful for brushing away pastel dust, especially, so you don't get unwanted smudges. And so good for getting rubbings out of the gutter of your book.

- My one has lasted me at least a year so far and there's plenty of pencil length in it, but you can buy these in packs of three too.

Here's mine, complete with white cat fur, which gets everywhere and gets brushed away!







You can find out more …




Faber-Castell Perfection - 1 piece

Available at - Amazon US here.
                       Amazon UK here.









Faber-Castell Perfection - 3 pack

Available at - Amazon US here.
                        
Faber-Castell Double-ended Pencil Eraser

This has different coloured ends - the pink end erases graphite, the white end erases ink. Both ends would erase pencil.

Available at - Amazon US - here.
                        Amazon UK - here.
                    





You will also find these eraser pencils available at specialist artshops and some stationers.


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