by Patty Vadalia
Published by KVR Classics LLC on September 2017
Style: charitable works, Perforated pages, single page illustrations
Format: Glue Binding
I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the product or the content of my review.
Blue Willow – A Coloring Book Story is based on the 200 year old story of forbidden love depicted on the classic Blue Willow China Pattern. You will discover something wonderful in this high quality adult coloring book! An old fashioned story of forbidden love, found in the Blue Willow china pattern, unfolds as you color the pages.
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Blue Willow – Coloring Book Video Review
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Blue Willow – Coloring Book Review
When I was asked to review Blue Willow – A Coloring Book Story my first reaction was to say no. Not because I didn’t like the book but because my stack of reviews to do is bigger than Ben Hur, with no sign of dwindling. However, as soon as I checked out the book I realised it was Blue Willow china.
I’ve been a collector of things for a long time now, different types of things. One of the things that I used to collect was antique china, Shelley, Clarice Cliff, Royal Albert and of course Blue Willow pattern china. I was immediately intrigued by a coloring book based on this ancient Chinese pattern.
When I looked at the artist’s website I realised that we both shared a common interest of collecting broken china to upcycle. Patty the artist, uses broken pieces of Blue Willow china to make jewelry and other items. Before I broke my wrist, I used to collect china to create bracelets and mosaic tables.
What I didn’t know about Blue Willow, until I read Patty’s coloring book, was that it is based on a love story. Patty has re-interpreted this story of forbidden love in the pages that she has illustrated.
Cover & Layout
The matte laminate cover of this coloring book immediately tells the casual browser that this is the classic blue willow but it has been reinterpreted. Gone are the shades of blue that are indicative of blue willow and in its place Patty has colored in pretty pinks, lilac and green. This colored cover shows colorists how they to can reimagine a classic. You could of course, color the images in blue as well and they would look spectacular.
On the back cover there are three thumbnail images of pages from the book and two thumbnails depicting the 3d ornaments that you can color, cut out and fold included in the book.
Blue Willow Coloring Book measures approximately 13in x 10 in.
A plain text title page commences the book. On the reverse there is copyright information. The next page is framed in a classic blue willow pattern plate which tells the story of blue willow. Over leaf an introduction and decorated dedication page follows.
Only the ancillary pages have been printed on both sides of the paper.
The illustrations have been printed on one side only of the white, medium quality paper. The paper is at the heavier end of medium and has a faint tooth to it making it ideal for pencils.
Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
The illustrations in the book are based on the blue willow china pattern. The artist has also incorporated the story within the coloring book with snippets on pages throughout the book. This helps you to get a feel for the book and the history as you color your way through it.
All of the art work has been framed in a thick border. The art is well positioned anc centered on the page avoiding the spine area which is notoriously tricky to color. Each page can be removed by carefully tearing along the fine perforation guide.
The pages tell the story of the forbidden love through the illustrations. It appears that the birds featured on the pages represent the two lovers (although I could be wrong).
There are a variety of images in here for colorists to enjoy including flowers, birds, dragons, butterflies, Japanese architecture and beautiful scenes. The cover art has also been included in the book for you to color as well.
Colorists that have a minor visual impairment will find the black, medium to thick lines easy to see to color in. There are different levels of complexity within the book with many images having large open spaces, great for colorists with minor visual impairment and motor skill challenges.
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There are 6 ornaments to color in, cut and fold at the end of the book. You can use these to decorate your Christmas tree or just hang as home decor.
In the video review, I colored my ornament with my Steadtler Ergosoft pencils and I was surprised at how much fun it was to color this. The ornaments are great for when you only want to do a small project or have a small amount of time. The ornament is meant to be punched with a needle at the top and gathered …but of course I couldn’t find my needle and thread!
Where to buy Blue Willow – A Coloring Book Story Coloring Book
Blue Willow is printed in the US using US materials (which means that it is not as readily available in other countries).
Happy coloring x