by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff
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Midnight Gardens Coloring Book Video Review
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Midnight Gardens Coloring Book Review
Mitzi-Sato-Wiuff is well known in the card making community for her beautifully drawn fairies and mermaids under the Aurora Wings label. Her work is fantasy based and consists of delicately drawn imagery often decorates with sweet florals.
Midnight Gardens is a darker side of Mitzi that is not evident in her other work. The only way for me to describe it as “creepy gorgeous girls”. Her beautiful mermaids and delicately drawn flowers are all present in this coloring book but they have a darker, ghoulish side. As it is completely different from her other images, I instantly fell in love with the uniqueness.
Cover & Layout
The cover features a full colored image from within the book. Other than the sub title there is nothing on the cover to indicate that this is a coloring book.
On the rear cover there is a partially drawn line art image against a background of a desaturated colored flower. This illustration has been included in the book for you to color as well.
The inside front cover contains copyright information and the back cover features advertisements for other books by the publisher.
Midnight Gardens is approximately A4 sized measuring in at 8.5 in x 11 in.
There are no ancillary pages in the book. Sadly, the first place to test out your mediums and see how they react with the paper will be on one of the illustrations.
Unusually the coloring book is staple bound. This makes it very easy to remove the pages if you wish to do so.
Illustrations have been printed on one side of the paper. The paper is a light to medium quality. If coloring within the book, you will need to pop some blank pages underneath in order to avoid indentations on the next image and any ghosting or bleed through from markers.
All of the images have been orientated portrait style within the book.
Each illustration is well positioned and centered on the page avoiding the gutter of the book for ease of coloring.
Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
Mitzi has a very delicate hand at drawing beautiful women and flowers even when in a darker setting. Midnight Gardens is filled with beautiful women in creepy scenes. You will find skulls in all sorts of places: being carried, in stacks, among flowers and the partial look on the face.
As well as skulls there are images that convey creepiness with dripping mascara, blacked in eye sockets and a dragon emerging from a back tattoo.
The whole of Midnight Gardens is not creepy though. There are other sweeter images within the 20 illustrations that give the colorist some variety. You will find steampunk inspired girls, a woman eating lovely grapes and a lovely lion based scene for light relief. Some of the images at first glance may look sweet like a woman with a butterfly until you realise she is gobbling it up 🙂
In the past, I have purchased digital pages from Mitzi’s store and the line art on those pages is completely different from the art work in this book. Midnight Gardens has a love affair with black with the lines being medium to thick and heavy use of solid black. The illustrations also have a sketchy, hand drawn feel to them. Although this lack of crispness can be hard for colorists with a minor visual impairment it tends to produce a more “painterly” look on the colored page.
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Where to buy Midnight Gardens Coloring Book
Other Coloring Books by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff
Happy coloring x