Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on January 26th 2016
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Manic Botanic, Zifflin's Tension Taming Coloring book, invites you to get in touch with nature in all of its glory. In incredible detail, Vinnik has captured some of nature's most dynamic duos. Time slows down so you can explore the undergrowth, and allow yourself to be whisked into a whimsical botanical world. Combining intricate detail with humour and admiration for the creatures it depicts, coloring Manic Botanic is an exercise in mindfulness, and appreciation for the little things.
Manic Botanic Coloring Book Video Review
I hope you enjoyed the video review of Manic Botanic Coloring Book illustrated by Irina Vinnik.
Manic Botanic Coloring Book Review
Manic Botanic has been sitting in my “to review” stack for so long it was in danger of never reaching the top. Fortunately someone seen it on my Coloring Book Collection video and asked me to review it, so it eased its way to the top of the pile. As always, I was disappointed in myself that I had left such a beautiful book sitting in a stack for so long 🙁
Manic Botanic is published by Zifflin. If you are not familiar with Zifflin they produce intricate coloring books generally based on doodles like Doodle Invasion, Doodle Fusion and Doodle Chaos. Consider that a warning 🙂 The books that Zifflin produce are intricate and really detailed.
Cover & Layout
The cover of Manic Botanic features an elaborate design from within the book with what looks like a native rat among a tangle of flowers. The art work has been beautifully colored in shades of orange,purples and greens, with some line art remaining to give you a taste of what is inside the book. The front cover is indicative of the content inside.
Manic Botanic is approximately A4 sized measuring in at 8.5 in x 11 in.
The cover is glossy which makes it easy to wipe grubby finger prints off.
Cover art wraps around the spine. The back cover features black and white line art.
As the cover is glossy not many mediums will penetrate the cover but if you are keen to color it you might find gel pens suitable.
Both front and back cover art has been included in the book for you to color as well.
A plain text title page opens the book with copyright information on the reverse. There is a blank page at the end of the book. Either of these pages would be a great spot to test out your mediums and see how they react with the paper and your coloring style. The cover art has been reproduced as an illustrative title page for you to color in as well.
The majority of the images have been orientated portrait style. Each image has a border either created out of the art work on the page or a fine line border. Each image has been centered and positioned well on the page. There is an area of white space around each image to ensure that no image abuts the spine area for ease of coloring. Each illustration has been printed on single sided paper ensuring that the colorist can use whatever medium they wish to on the paper. Remember to put paper behind each page you are working on to avoid dents on the next page from pencils or bleed through from markers.
The paper is white and trade stock quality paper.
Manic Botanic Coloring Book & Illustrations
The illustrations in Manic Botanic are unbelievably beautiful which is why I am so ashamed that this book has been in the stack for so long! You will find beautifully drawn flowers and animals that are intricate and delicate at the same time. The artist has a knack for capturing nature and presenting it in a multitude of varieties that you may immediately start to wish for an artist’s edition of this book.
Zifflin is known for their elaborate doodle books and this book, although not doodle, is presented in the same complex and detailed manner. The art work is like a maze in some images that comprise so many elements that colorists may be challenged by them.
Colorists that have visual impairment or motor skill challenges may wish to just enjoy the pictures from a distance, as this book may be too detailed for them. If you do wish to brave it, you will find that the line art is black, crisp and ranges between a medium to heavy line weight making it very readable.
The theme is botanical and you will find so many different types of grasses, reeds and foilage in this book it is amazing. Flowers also abound in many varieties and sizes . You will also find the creatures that love nature including birds, insects and pelicans. Larger animals are also featured as well as sea life. It is quite surprising the amount of nature that has been packed into each page.
On each page the imagery uses the whole of the page. Within the book there are really only two pages that I would consider less challenging. Both of these pages have larger areas to color and are not as tightly packed with details.
Detail has not been spared in finishing each page either. The artists has created with the imagery a closing line around each page that frames the art and forms it as well. There are some images that have been more simply framed in just a thin, black border but most are part of the image.
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Manic Botanic Inspiration
I have a Pinterest board here set up with completed colored pages from the book.
Where to buy Manic Botanic Coloring Book
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Happy coloring x