by Anita Grabos
Published by Nasza Ksiegarnia on 1 January 2016
Style: single page illustrations
Format: Card cover, Glue Binding
Anita Grabos takes us in the mysterious world of plants. In "Pestkach" we will find, among others: labyrinth-rose, mandala of beetles, flowers and fruits, Japanese garden, French, English, and even babciny ... The illustrations for the coloring are accompanied by tasks; There will also be room for our own creativity. Small trees, gardens and dreams grow from small stones. And from the germinating ideas are born great ideas
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Pestki Coloring Book Review
Pestki is the second coloring book by Polish illustrator, Anita Grabos . Anita’s first coloring book, Wyspy, is one of my favorites with its quirky and cute little islands.
The title roughly translates in English to Seeds. As the name implies, the book is filled with plants, trees and leaves all drawn in Anita’s quirky style.
Cover & Layout
Pestki has a white matte cover with some pre printed color on it in orange, purple and green. On the back cover there are three thumbnail images from inside the book, some cute colored mushrooms and a tiny elf. You can color in the front and back line art if you wish.
If you are regularly using the coloring book, I would cover it in plastic. The matte finish does tend to get a little grubby, even when stored.
Pestki is in the same format as Wyspy. It is roughly A4 sized being 29.7 cm x 21cm ( 11 3/4 in x 8.3 in)
The book opens with a lengthy message from the artist, in Polish. It is also accompanied by a few tendrils and seeds sprouting to color in. This is the only place to test out your mediums in the coloring book before you dive in.
Pestki is presented in a pad format with glue binding on the left hand side.
Each illustration has been printed on white, medium quality paper that has a slight tooth to it and a softness to touch. All of the illustrations are printed on a single sided page. This gives you the opportunity to use whatever medium you fancy on the images. I would, of course, make sure to put a blotter page between pages you are working on if coloring in the book.
The pad format makes it easy to color in the book without any difficulties coloring near the spine.
A very thick piece of card forms a backing for the book, ensuring it remains flat when packed and posted and providing a useful rest if coloring in the book on your lap.
Pestki Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
Anita has such a fun and naive style of illustrating with a sweet sense of humour in her art work.
Pestki tells an illustrative story in the images. At the start we see birds and show how, in flight, they drop seeds in the soil which sprout. These same seeds may end up growing to be the trees that the birds build their nest in later on in life. There are a number of images showing the seed sprout process as well as the many varieties of flowers and produce created from seeds. The illustrations have a “circle of life” feel to them.
Although the drawings are primarily about plants and seeds, Anita has managed to incorporate some cute birds, owls and people in her book. My favorite thing is the tiny elves that she has scattered throughout the book. In some illustrations they are so itty bitty that you may miss them but you know that they are there hiding in your vegetable patch.
You will find a scattering of text, in Polish, in some of the images. I have no idea what the text says, but in some it appears that the bees are talking to each other.
This is such a sweet and whimsical book that it would appeal to colorists of all ages.
Anita’s line art is lovely and black and crisp. Most images are very patterned and detailed any may not suit colorists with a minor visual impairment if they wish to color each little detail. Personally, I would just color the bits that I felt comfortable with and either leave as line art or color wash the details that are too challenging.
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