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Meine Zauberhafte Natur (My Magical Nature) Coloring Book Review

by Marjolein Bastin
Style: color inspiration images, double page printing
Format: Card cover with fold out, Glue Binding
Buy on Amazon US|Buy on Amazon UK
four-half-stars

Gorgeous coloring book with pre printed colored elements of nature and complementary line art

Meine Zauberhafte Natur  (My Magical Nature) Coloring Book Review

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Meine Zauberhafte Natur Coloring Book Video Review

I hope you enjoyed the video review of  Meine Zauberhafte Natur  Coloring Book illustrated by Marjolein Bastin.

Meine Zauberhafte Natur Coloring Book Review

Marjolein Bastin is a well known Dutch writer, illustrator and artist.   Her art work has graced greeting cards and calendars as well as numerous books.     It’s hard for me to believe that it was in May, 2016 that I purchased this coloring book illustrated by by Marjolein Bastin.  

The delicate and pretty illustrations on the cover stole my heart.    When I was looking online today at the works that Marjolein has created you can see that same delicate touch on all her art.  

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Cover & Layout

Zauberhafte Natur Coloring Book has been printed and titled in German.     The title roughly translates to My Magical Nature (according to an online translator and my school girl German).

The cover is matte white and feature intricate line art of birds, butterflies and flowers that have gold foil highlights on them.    The balance of the imagery has been pre printed in color.     The title and the publisher’s name has also been printed in gold foil.   The front cover design wraps to the spine, back of the book and fold out flaps.   The  same pattern and imagery, sans gold foil is featured on these areas.

On the inside cover a sage green is featured both front and back.

Zauberhafte Natur measures approximately 22cm x 21cm (8.4 in  x 8.7 in)

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Ancillary Pages

Unusually, for a coloring book the nameplate page has been printed in color.  A cute note forms the lines for you to write your name, or a message if you wished.

At the end of the book a colored image decorates the copyright page.

Either front or back of the book is really the only place to test out your mediums before you dive in to coloring the book.

Layout

The illustrations have been printed on both sides of the white, medium quality paper.   The paper is very sturdy and good quality.     All of the images have been orientated portrait style throughout the book.

There are 18 pages of double page scenes where the line art runs to the spine of the book.    The book is a little stiff at the moment making it tricky to color in these areas.   With some forcefulness and further use, hopefully the binding will ease to allow for coloring in this area.

There are a couple of illustrations within the book where an outline has been provided and you have the opportunity to add your own pattern to the image.

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Meine Zauberhafte Natur  Coloring Book Images and Illustrations

The art work that Marjolein creates is beautiful.   It is delicate but at the same time incredibly realistic.

Unusually, for a coloring book Zauberhafte Natur contains pre colored imagery on the same page as the line art that accompanies it.     This may be off putting to some colorists as the printed color palette may not suit their taste for the balance of the picture.

In some ways the illustrations are quite instructional.    You can see how the artist has colored some elements then you can try and mimic that art on the line work adjoining it.

If  I had one niggle it would be that I wished the images had been positioned so as to avoid the spine area.

Crisp, black ink has been used to outline the images with a medium line.   Although the images are easy to read, there are many that have fine details that may prove too challenging for colorists with visual or motor skill impairment.

Where to buy Meine Zauberhafte Natur  Coloring Book

Amazon USAmazon UK

Coming soon

Posh are producing a coloring book inspired by the art of  Marjolein Bastin  due to be released in August, 2017 and available for pre order now.

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Happy coloring x

Lea

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About the author

coloringqueen

I’m Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I’m all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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  • I adore Marjolein Bastin’s work. I have one coloring book from Hallmark with her art that I adore. This book is..well, not what I would like to color; the ‘good’ parts are already done. I was about to buy it but, thanks to your review, I see that it is a bit too easy and appears to be more for beginning colorists, still lovely, but no opportunity to really color the art. 🙁

    • For experienced colorists this book would be way too easy because as you say all the good bits like the detailed birds have been completed. For a colorist like me, on my training wheels, I can appreciate the simple components and hope one day that I might be able to color something more advanced. I love looking at her work and the pre colored images that are so beautiful but I dislike that it limits the choice of colors for the remainder pieces to that color palette. I can’t wait to see the new coloring book that Posh are producing with her art (hope it doesn’t have pre printing). She is such a talent! Happy coloring x

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