by Deborah Muller
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform Style: Digital PDF, Paper: white tradestock, single page illustrations
Format: Soft cover
Coloring Book Video Review
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Fairy Merry Coloring Book Review
As most readers know, I am a fan of Deborah Muller’s fun art so I had to have a Christmas coloring book by her to color. As well as this fun coloring book featuring fairies in Christmas scenes, she also has a religious based Christmas book if that is more to your taste.
To save on shipping costs, and because I wanted the book immediately, I ordered a digital download. Having a pdf copy is often the way that I like to purchase books, especially for pages that I may like to color in more than once, or experiment with different mediums on. Many of the fairy wings in this book have been subjected to my experiments! I purchased this when it was released back in October. If you watched my “What I colored in October” video on You Tube you would have recognised many of the pictures from this book. I had hoped that I would finish the entire book before Christmas ………but life sadly moves way too fast for this slow poke colorist! Hopefully, by next Christmas it will be completed!
Cover & Layout
The cover features art from the book that has been beautifully digitally colored by Shawn Bobar. You can purchase Fairy Merry Coloring Book in either a soft cover physical book or the pdf as per my review.
If you purchase the physical book, it has a soft cover, A4 sized with white trade stock paper. The illustrations are printed on one side only of the paper.
If you purchase the PDF book you will receive a link to download the pictures within 24 hours of your purchase. The illustrations are in a zip file that you need to unzip (most computers have this software automatically installed just by right clicking on the file). Inside the file you will find the individual images for each page of the book together with the colored cover art. The cover art is really just included so you can quickly see which book it is, as most people would not print this out at home.
The advantage of the PDF version is that you can print the pages as many times as you fancy and use your own paper. As well as these benefits there is also the benefit of being able to store your book on your computer if you are short of space in your home (I feel like I’m drowning in coloring books in my cave lol).
Of course, there are also disadvantages with any digital copy of a book as well. You will have to purchase your own paper and that could add to the cost and, of course, printer ink. When printing it is ideal to use a laser printer rather than an ink jet based printer. Ink jet tends to muddy when wet mediums are applied and sometimes can smudge.
As I have an inkjet printer I print out the page I would like to color well before I start coloring so the ink has time to set on the page. Hopefully, this avoids any smudging later. Another option is to take the file to your library or printing store, both of which generally offer low cost printing and often you can choose to use your own paper.
At the start of the pdf coloring book you will find a cute nameplate page.
The illustrations are provided in digital format separately. See image above.
If you purchase the hard copy of the coloring book you will find the illustrations are printed one to a page. All of the illustrations have been well centered and positioned and there are no double page scenes.
Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
The illustrations included in the book, plus the ones I have colored are all in the video above.
Deborah’s art is very cute and fun to color. All of the illustrations are Christmas themed featuring cute fairies. Colorists of all skill levels will be able to color these pictures either flat colored or those that know techniques can really make them shine. These are the sort of fun images that really give you stress free coloring.
Colorists that have a minor visual impairment will appreciate the crisp, black lines and the medium to heavy line weight. This makes all the line art easy to see to color. Most of the illustrations have large areas of open space as well which is also useful for colorists with minor motor skill challenges. There is space on most of the drawings to add some background effects if you wished.
Where to buy Fairy Merry Coloring Book
Happy coloring x