Yes, it's true: I am an Adult Coloring Enthusiast (ACE). And I've decided to start reviewing my adult coloring books, sharing what I do and don't like about them and so on. Today, I'm going to review the very first adult coloring book I ever bought, Whimsical Gardens, artwork by Alexandra Cowell.
I was using the colored pencils I've had since I was a teen, when I took art classes for several years, and I wasn't very happy with how faint they were -- I wanted my coloring to be bright and vibrant! So I invested in a new set of 24 colored pencils.
I've been pretty happy with these Prismacolor pencils. The next page I colored was more vibrant:
But I came to the conclusion that the paper in this book isn't going to give me really bright colors with colored pencils -- it doesn't take the color especially well. So I tried using fine-tipped markers:
Vibrancy at last! However... markers bleed through the paper, so it's a good thing that there's only one picture per sheet in this book. I have to be sure to have a sheet of other paper between the one I'm markering and the next picture.
I've gone back to colored pencils for this book, now that I've gotten more new colors. After trying out a smaller pack of the Sargent Art colored pencils, I splurged on a set of 50, and now have plenty of different shades to choose from!
I've colored a few more pages in this book, but still have lots of fun ones to come, like these:
I'm not a huge fan of "mandalas" and the purely pattern-oriented sorts of coloring images. I want to color pictures of people and things, not just patterns. This does have a few pages like that, such a this garden:
For the most part, though, this book has pretty pictures of plants and birds and flowers and various garden settings. The paper doesn't take all brands of colored pencils very well, but overall I really like this book.
That's it for today! Are you an ACE too? Do you have any favorite books you'd like to recommend? I've got several, and will definitely review more soon.