Published by Frances Lincoln on March 3rd 2016
Style: charitable works, color inspiration images, double page printing
Format: Card cover, Sewn
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This RHS colouring book contains 45 floral images from the world-famous RHS Lindley Library. Each image is interpreted as a pattern to colour, taking inspiration from the forms and shapes of each flower.
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Royal Horticultural Society Floral Colouring Book
The Royal Horticultural Society is based in the United Kingdom and is a well known charity that focuses on the joy of gardening. Their work includes educating the public on gardening and horticulture. The RHS was formed over 200 years ago with its first meeting aptly in a bookstore. As well as educating through lessons and practical gardening techniques the RHS also runs a well established book store. The store primarily focuses on gardening tips but has branched out to gardening and floral based coloring books for adults inspired by the gardens they manage.
Cover & Layout
The Floral Colouring Book measures approximately 25.5cm x 21.5 cm (1 in x 8.5in). The cover is matte with a teal background and a partially printed cover. You could color the line work on the cover if you wished. The cover has a slight textured finish. The spine is crimson and wraps around the back cover. There are a few elements that you could color on the back. The back contains a thumbnail of a colored flower and the accompanying line art depicting that flower.
The card cover has been printed with white line art against the crimson background on the inner front and back cover and protector page. There is a double page spread at the start of the book followed by copyright, title and introduction pages. All of these ancillary pages would be great places to test out your mediums and see how they react with the paper and your style of coloring.
The paper is bright white and a medium quality. It should stand up to most mediums well except wet mediums like watercolors and alcohol based markers.
The book has been presented to show a beautiful colored print of a single flower on the left side of the page and line art depicting that flower as the theme on the right. This means that both sides of the paper have been printed on
I am still undecided how I feel about the colored inspirational pictures in this coloring book. One part of me thinks they are too pretty for words. I would like to cut them out and keep them. However, if I did that then I would lose the line art on the reverse of the image. The other part of me wishes that the colored inspirational picture was the same as the line art, rather than an inspiration for it.
The line art takes the theme of the flower being depicted but uses it as a full page pattern. The line art on the whole tends to fill the page and abut the spine. Coloring to the spine area of the book is easy due to the binding of the book and the fact that it lays down flat. By creating a pattern of the flower it is inevitable that some elements will be lost and present as cut off on the page (ie half a leaf).
The line art has been drawn in black which makes it visually easy to see. The majority of the line weight ranges from heavy to medium weight with some finer details for texture and dimension in a fine line weight. Overall the images are very easy to see.
The floral patterns in this coloring book on the whole have very large open spaces. This makes the book ideal for those with visual impairment whilst giving the experienced colorist loads of room to showcase blending techniques.
The Royal Horticultural Society has also produced the Floral Colouring Book in a pocket sized version as well. These are usually great to take with you when traveling, commuting or for a quick break during the day.
RHS Floral Coloring Book Video Review
Where to buy the Royal Horticultural Society Floral Colouring Book
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