by Samarra Khaja
Published by C&T Publishing on October 30th 2015
Style: Perforated pages, single page illustrations
Have fun coloring these 45+ illustrations that are are ideal for framing. Designs include a "wacky world of stories, where outdated technology manuals and robot romance novels sit side by side on the bookshelf with gardening books and science lab manuals".
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Off the Bookshelf Coloring Book Video Review
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Off the Bookshelf Coloring Book Review
I think we can all guess what might be found on my bookshelf. That’s it loads and loads of coloring books. There are also some other things as well though, a pair of sneakers (to color in one day) a few quirky quotes that make me laugh, a couple of jigsaw puzzles to color in …one day, stacks of postcards and even a microphone.
There are so many things that we can have on our bookshelves, whether they are practical, quirky, decorative or heaven forbid …even books. For me, though the title of this book, does not work for me. The images do not correlate in my mind with the title. In my head I’ve renamed it to “Weirdly Wonderful Designs” being the tag line instead.
Cover & Layout
Off the Bookshelf has a lovely soft glossy cover. The partially color printed cover depicts the bookshelf that so many of us may be familiar with. An assortment of books and odds and ends on each shelf. On the back cover, some colored images inspire us.
On the inner front cover, an image of owls has been colored in which is great inspiration if you wish to tackle the picture in the coloring book. On the back inner cover, there are some coloring tips and theory. This is especially useful if you are new to coloring, and do not have other color theory books.
Off the Bookshelf Coloring Book is roughly A4 sizes measuring approximately 21cm x 28cm.
Information about the artist is printed on the first page of the book. This is the only place to test out your mediums and see how they react with the paper and your coloring style.
Illustrations are printed on single sided pages which are perforated for easy removal. The page size is said to suit an 8 in x 10 in frame.
On the reverse of each image, the copyright information is discreetly printed in light grey text.
The white paper is thin with a slight texture. If you are coloring within the coloring book, make sure to pop a few pages behind your project, to avoid damaging the next page.
Off the Bookshelf Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
The illustrations in Off the Bookshelf are varied. The cover art has been reproduced for you to color as well which is always nice to see in a coloring book. You will then find a variety of illustrations that, in my mind, do not gel with the theme, but perhaps for others it will.
Whimsical and cute art work that has well defined outlines is a feature of this book. This makes it suitable for colorists in a wide age range and skill set. There are cute owls, hedgehogs and kitty cats. There are also pages of patterns ranging from gardening tools, flowers or arrows.
There are about 9 pages that have a building and architecture twist with patterns of window styles being one interesting page from this selection.
You will find a travel section with cute maps, stamps and snowglobes.
Among all the pages, you will also find some elves and a unicorn which seems to be the odd one out in this very, varied coloring book.
Colorists that have a minor visual impairment, will be pleased that the bulk of the images have crisp, black outlines in a medium to heavy weight. There are a handful of images with finer lines that are very intricate, like the pictures of New York that may not be suitable.
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The artist has also created a video with tips on coloring Off the Bookshelf Coloring Book that you can see here:
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