Sunday, April 24, 2016

Coloring Book Review: Premium Coloring Pages: Florals & Botanicals

During a recent phone call with my mom, she told me that she has "too many coloring books".  Ha! I say you can't have too many coloring books.  Different books suit different moods and mediums, and there are so many that are pretty!

I picked up a great find tonight at Target for only $4, the "Premium Coloring Pages: Florals & Botanicals", and it advertises 24 "artist quality" 8"x10" acid free pages.  I'd been looking for a more watercolor friendly book to use my Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks with.  The pages are a soft white, and they are quite thick, close to my 140lb student quality watercolor paper, but with a medium tooth at most.  The pages are perforated well, which is a big plus in my opinion, and they tear out well as long as you fold them along the line first.

The pictures are a mixture of doodle/tangle type that go edge-to-edge, text with doodles, and more realistic sketch-like images.  At first look, I didn't think there would be anything I'd like, but it actually has a decent variety of styles within the theme.

I chose a picture that would allow me to focus on testing the paper, rather than coloring little details.  I used a fine water brush primarily with my Inktense blocks.  I purposely over-saturated the paper a few times and scrubbed pretty hard to try to damage the paper.  First off, despite my best efforts, I wasn't actually able to really scuff the surface much at all.  The paper took my abuse like a champ with very little pilling or peeling.  It did buckle a bit in the blossom, especially while it was still wet, but once it dried, it mostly flattened out again.  I'm pretty sure that you won't be able to see any buckling at all after a night under an old calculus textbook.

If you happen to see one of these books, I'd recommend picking it up.  At only $4 from Target, it's cheap and will probably take most coloring mediums you could throw at it.





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