by Natalia Pokatilova
Style: double page printing
Format: Card cover
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Natalia Pokatilova: The Magic Room Coloring Book Review
This Russian coloring book caught my eye when I was shopping for Russian coloring books recently. It reminded me of one of my Japanese coloring books that’s still sitting in my “to do” stack with the image of a farmhouse style kitchen. Of course, curiosity got the best of me and I had to see what it was like inside.
Cover & Layout
The first thing that you will notice about The Magic Room coloring book is that it is not as thick or as big as some coloring books. It’s in between size, probably too big for my handbag but looks smaller on the shelf with my other coloring books.
The cover features a farmhouse kitchen with a lot of elements to color. There is pre colored printing in red and some gold foil highlights.
A plain red spine without text complements the colors used on the cover art. As the book is thin, there’s not enough space to write any text on the spine. If you are like me and organise your books on the shelf with the spine facing out, it may be difficult to remember the name of this book without that information staring you in the face.
The back cover art feels like a completely different style from the front featuring whimsical drawings of cute cats, teddy bears and tea pots. However all these elements have been used in the pages of the book so there is a connection.
The inside cover features text in Russian both front and back.
Natalia Pokatilova: The Magic Room coloring book measures 23cm x 23cm.
There are no ancillary pages in the coloring book. To test out your mediums you may need to do so discreetly on your least favorite picture.
Illustrations have been printed on both sides of the white, medium quality paper. There are 42 double page scenes within the book which comprise the bulk of the images and only a few single page scenes. The line art does run to the spine of the book and it may be very difficult to color in some of the elements on the page.
Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
There is a wide variety of different types of interiors in this coloring book. You will find sitting rooms, libraries and kitchens and a variety of whimsical and cute children’s rooms (or big kids). My favorite is of course the packed library full of books that I imagine are for coloring.
Some of the illustrations have text in Russian printed on them which obscures the image. Whilst I’m curious to know what the text says …I wish in such a small book of illustrations that it wasn’t there at all.
The line art is black and crisp and very easy to see. However, the artist includes a lot of detail on the page and for that reason this may not be suitable for colorists with a minor visual impairment.
Part of me had expected to see something with a more Russian flavour to it in this coloring book. Not having been to Russia, I am not sure what I expected other t han stacking dolls but I feel that the illustrations could be from anywhere in the world. The book was not marketed as a taste of Russia style book, so I do not feel that I have the right to impose my expectations on it.
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Where to buy Natalia Pokatilova: The Magic Room Coloring Book
|Labrint – Russia – International Shipping|
Happy coloring x