Style: double page printing
Format: Dust Jacket
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Packed full of a variety of flowers and birds in different settings this Japanese coloring book will be much loved by colorists that love these themes
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Flowers & Birds Coloring Book Review
I have a weakness for Japanese colouring books and pretty flowers so it was a natural that this colouring book from Japan would make its way to my shelf. I am often intimidated by attempting to color pictures of birds (all those feathers) so I felt that this book may help me learn a little about the joy of colouring birds.
Cover & Layout
The cover of Flowers and Birds Colouring Book features a glossy dust jacket. A background of white makes the partially coloured line art really stand out. The flowers on the front cover have a hand coloured pencil appearance to them that makes me think that I may be able to replicate this look (if I practice!).
The title is nicely framed with a bird perched on one side and the text in Japanese and in English.
The back cover continues the theme of beautifully partially coloured flowers and a small bird in flight.
The front fold out flap features flowers with copper line art whilst the back features advertisements for other books from the publisher.
On the inner cover a background of copper showcases birds and flowers in white line art. You could color this with get pens if you wished or a fine liner.
The colouring book proper has a card cover with a white background and the cover art printed in black. You could color this area if you wished to.
Flowers and Birds Colouring Book measures 25cm x 25cm (10in x 10in)
A plain text title page starts the book. Over leaf text in Japanese is framed with lovely flowers and cute little chicks. This would be an ideal spot to test out your mediums and see how they react with the paper and your colouring style.
An index follows with accompanying page numbers. As I cannot read the Japanese text, I am wondering if this denotes the name of the colouring page or a particular flower or bird.
At the end of the book there is a table for you to complete. As I cannot understand the text I am thinking that it may be an interactive element of the book where you are charged with a quest to find certain things in the book but I do not know.
This is followed by a further two pages of text with various companies being represented, some of which appear to be zoos. This is followed by another two pages of text.
The final page contains copyright information and publishers details.
The illustrations have been printed on both sides of the white, medium quality paper. The paper has a tiny texture to it making it not completely smooth.
All of the images have been orientated portrait style throughout the Japanese colouring book.
The bulk of the illustrations are double page scenes. The art work does run to the spine of the book. At present, the binding is quite stiff and it may be difficult to color in the center gutter of the book.
Flowers & Birds Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
There is an amazing variety of illustrations in this colouring book which is sure to be a hit with fans of flowers and birds. Not only are there vast amounts of different types of flowers and birds but there is ample levels of complexity and detail in the book.
You will find images that are tightly packed with fine details for colorists that adore fiddly bits. Other images have more open spaces for those colorists that may have visual impairment or may not enjoy the tiny details.
There are beautiful scenes within the book that have a realistic look to them like the field of poppies and other images that are more pieced together from the artist’s imagination.
You will find flowers in their natural state, in pots, bouquets and vases. The birds tend to be featured on tree branches, pecking at the ground or in flight.
As well as the abundance of nature to color in the book there are also some gems, cupids and musical instruments.
The line art varies throughout the book. Some images have a fine, thin dull line whereas others have a thicker, darker line weight. For this reason and the variety of art work in the book I believe that a number of artists collaborated or contributed to the art. Sadly, I cannot find the information on the artists as the text is in Japanese.
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