by Andrea Mina Savar
on January 1st 1970
Style: single page illustrations
Format: Soft cover
"Step softly into the Faery Forest where fluttery wings and midnight blooms abound. The candles are lit and the creatures within await the tip of your pencil to imbue them with colorful life. From woodland mandalas to faery vignettes, escape into a realm of magical delight designed to ignite the imagination and relax the soul. The Curious Coloring Book is for the young at heart and nimble of finger. This book contains 22 original drawings for your faery delight. "
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The Curious Coloring Book – Faery Forest Review
The Curious Coloring Book enticed me with its charming and whimsical cover when I seen it online. If you know me well enough by now, you know that I love a dash of whimsy! I have to say that I am very happy with Faery Forest. It has the right amount of whimsy and cuteness for me.
Cover & Layout
The cover has a lovely partially completed illustration on it and is a matte cover with a slightly waxy finish. The book measures 21.5cm x 28 cm (approximately 8.5 in x 11 in) which is a standard size for coloring books.
The cover is quirky and whimsical and has an appealing “hand drawn” feel to it.
The book is glue bound and the illustrations have been printed on one side of the paper. The reverse having a faint grey line from the poem “Faery Forest Song”. The whole of the “Faery Forest Song” has been reproduced at the back of the book.
Faery Forest lays down flat for easy coloring, with very little pushing and prodding.
The title page has some elements on it for you to color, which is always a great place to test your mediums out. It is followed by a cute little nameplate page.
The illustrations have a real “hand drawn” feel to them. Inside the book there are 22 original illustrations. If I have a niggle it is that there are too few illustrations included in the book. I would have liked to see a few more because they are so cute!
I love the quirky art work in this book. There are little forest scenes, cute gypsy style vans, elements arranged in a mandala effect, a dragon and of course fairies. I am pleased that there is a nice mix of complexity in the images.
Many illustrations have a lot of large spaces making it easier for those with visual and motor impairments to color. There is also a good handful of images with pattern on it. The patterned images can really bring out a colorists skill, but for those that do not like those details they can always just color wash the area and still get a great finished page.
The paper is trade stock white paper. You will need to pop a few sheets of paper behind it to protect other pages from pencil dents and marker bleed.
The illustrations have been drawn in dull black lines. I do think that the illustrations would pop from the page more and look more “finished” if they were in a crisp bright black outline. As always, we all have different opinions on this, and this is just my own. I do like that the artist has used a medium line weight throughout the illustrations as it makes the lines easy to see. This book is suitable for those that do have minor visual impairment or seniors as the lines are easy enough to see.
The illustrations have been nicely centered on the pages, and generally far enough from the binding of the book to make it easy to color the whole page.
At the end of the book, after the dedication, the whole of the Faery Forest Song poem has been printed. This is such a lovely poem I think it would have been nice had the page been decorated more to enhance the lovely words.
Overall, if you are looking for a cute fairy coloring book, with easy to see lines, and not too many fiddly bits to color, this could be the one for you.
The Curious Coloring Book – Faery Forest Video Review
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