by Abrams Noterie, Anita Rundles
Published by Harry N. Abrams on June 14th 2016
Style: cardstock, single page illustrations
Format: Card cover, Glue Binding, Pad, Postcards
Iconic scenes and witticisms from "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma," "Sense and Sensibility," and Jane Austen s other writings come to life in this intricately illustrated coloring book. Teacups, lace, ball gowns, and fans mingle with hand-lettered renderings of Austen's wise and often deliciously sarcastic quotes.
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Jane Austen Coloring Book Cards
Literature lovers who are looking for a Jane Austen Coloring book are in for a treat with this gorgeous collection. You will find 55 Jane Austen inspired coloring plates in this book pad. I am a fan of Jane Austen so I was really looking forward to all the lovely Jane Austen coloring swag being produced this year.
Cover & Layout
This gorgeous set of 55 postcards to color measures approximately 20cm x 15 cm (approximately 8in x 6in) The cover is thin cream card with pre printing in purple and gold foil highlights. The purple wraps around the spine, framing it beautifully. On the whole, the cover is very delicate and pretty. On the back of the cover there are 4 colored plates from the book to use as an inspiration. The thin cover is slightly disappointing as it is already showing knocks and dents just from the postage process. The back cover is thick card and makes an excellent support for the pad.
A simple title page introduces us to the set of removable coloring plates. The plates are glue bound for easy removal.
The paper is described as “heavy weight”. I would described it as thin card stock. Most of my postcard coloring books have thicker card paper than this one.
The illustrations are printed on white card on one side of the page. On some of the reverse pages you may find quotes from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility or Northanger Abby.
Overall, the artist has used black line work which on the whole is of a fine weight. The fine line weight does give a sense of delicacy to the images but also does make it difficult for those that have visual impairments to see.
The coloring plates have been designed to color, remove and frame. The publishers state that they should fit in a 6in x 8in frame for display.
There is a lovely range of simple quotes, characters from the books, interior and exterior shots. My only niggle is that some of the quotes have used the same elements in the background. It would have been nicer, in my opinion, if these simple quotes had been more fully framed in unique line art on each use. There are some cute pattern pages being shoes, watches, chairs, gift boxes and fans. Whilst they add variety to the imagery, I struggle to see the relevance of the chairs.
I dislike art work where elements have been cut off from the page. I always feel that a change in layout and positioning on the page would ensure all elements stay within the page. There are some pages where the elements are not contained within the page, the chairs for one and the patterns of watches. However, these are only small niggles as the majority of the illustrations are well centered on the page and well laid out.
As the designs are printed on a smaller book than some colorists may be used to, some may have difficulty coloring in the smaller spaces.
Enjoy the video review of the Jane Austen Coloring Book below:
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