by Rachel Reinert
Published by Get Creative 6 on May 2nd 2017
Style: color inspiration images, double page printing, Perforated pages
Format: Soft cover
Put yourself in the hands of renowned artist Rachel Reinert—and take your coloring to the next level! The basics of coloring seem simple: choose colors and stay within the lines. But with Rachel Reinert’s techniques, anyone can go beyond to create vivid, awe-inspiring works of art. Her accessible tutorials teach readers everything they need to know about color theory, shading, burnishing, cross-hatching, and so much more. Coloring enthusiasts will appreciate her easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions as they apply her methods to creative projects.
Inspirational images of Rachel’s colored illustrations provide eye-opening examples of the beauty that can be achieved with the simplest of materials—and 24 pages of black-and-white line art allow artists to practice their newfound skills. .
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Color Workshop Coloring Book Video Review
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Color Workshop Coloring Book Review
Rachel Reinert launched into the coloring book market last year and took a lot of colorists by surprise with her first coloring book, Botanical Wonderland which has such a unique and different presentation and appearance from other coloring books on the market. This was followed up by Desert Wonderland which was later released in the year.
One of the things that makes Rachel’s organic looking artistic drawings so different from others is her style of coloring her art. She manages to create an effect that is both vivid and delicate with a dash of boho dreamy on the side. It’s a look that I love and hope one day to be able to replicate.
When Rachel touted the idea of teaching people coloring techniques I couldn’t wait. Sign me up! I am one of those truly weird people that loves to learn new things. I just wish that I had more hours in the day to learn new stuff and experiment with things that I already have.
Now, it’s not that I couldn’t learn coloring techniques from You Tube, Facebook Groups, books or the lovely Alyce at Kit and Clowder, where I am a member, it was the opportunity to learn how Rachel creates that look that I love, that had me super excited. When I seen that Color Workshop book was being released, I couldn’t add it to the cart fast enough. Now, I am trying to rejig this week’s schedule so I can dive in and start learning from the book.
Cover & Layout
The glossy soft cover of Color Workshop features a colored image illustrated by Rachel and various coloring materials and supplies. On the back cover you will find 4 thumbnails showing the steps and progression of coloring a leaf in Rachel’s style.
The long title and author name feature on the spine of the book as well as the publisher’s logo and details.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part contains 103 pages comprising introduction to materials, color theory and step by step guide of different techniques. The second part of the book contains 24 practice pages.
Step by Step Guide
In the techniques section, Rachel will show you how to use the techniques that she has shown you and apply them to different images. This is the part that always had me stuck. I know how to stipple but I am not sure when or what to stipple. With Rachel’s step by step guide I can now envision the end product and also imagine how I would use it in other situations.
Rachel is a good teacher. Each technique contains clearly written directions including what supplies you need, what techniques you are going to apply and step by step colored pictures showing how to execute the technique. Most readers may be surprised by this, but I find text instructions far easier to learn from than video. With video I often am confused when watching coloring tutorials, trying to judge how much of the pencil is being layed down for example on a picture, when the video is fully zoomed and especially when there is no commentary. Having the step by step laid out for me, with all the pictures showing what the process is, and what it looks like finished, is far easier for me to learn from. Everyone has different learning modalities and text has always been the best for me.
The other thing that I like about Color Workshop is that it is very organized. Often when watching You Tube tutorials I feel that I waste a lot of time (and lose a bit of enthusiasm) as I frantically hunt around for different materials as they are required. This book is clearly laid out like a recipe book, so I can be organised and efficient right from the start, without breaking the creative flow.
Rachel uses various materials throughout the guide including Prismacolors, Polychromos markers and gel pens. You do not have to use the same materials as she does, as it is all about the technique that you are learning, not the product that you are using.
A plain text title commences the book and over leaf is a beautiful colored image to inspire you. An extended title page with a scaled down illustration follows. The book also contains a page of acknowledgement, about the author, resources, introduction and a table of contents – all printed on colored paper.
The book has been printed so that each technique that is learnt has a corresponding illustration for you to practice on. The practice pages are printed on both sides of the medium quality white paper. The pages are perforated for easy removal. My only niggle with the book is that I would have preferred the practice pages to be printed on single sided paper, and a few more practice images duplicated in case of mistakes. However, Rachel does allow you to photocopy the pages if you need more practice (obviously this is for your use and not for distribution).
Color Workshop Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
There are 24 pages of practice images within the workbook including flowers, leaves, feathers, crystals, butterflies, mushrooms, birds and a young girl for skin and hair techniques.
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Where to buy Color Workshop
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