by Zeena Shah
Published by Lark Crafts on September 6th 2016
Style: single page illustrations
Format: Card cover
Roam the wilds of a Scandinavian wonderland—and color in stunning folk-inspired patterns and illustrations. Drawing from tradition, designer Zeena Shah has created beautiful nature and wildlife motifs in her work, all with a modern, stylish elegance. Her drawings range from snowflakes and birds to butterflies and flowers, and they’re all printed on one-sided perforated pages for easy sharing and displaying. The book also features an eye-catching die-cut cover.
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Scandia Coloring Book Review
Zeenah Shah is well known for her hand printed textiles inspired by her love of all things Scandinavian. It was no surprise then, that this talented artist created a Scandinavian Coloring Book. This is her first foray into the adult coloring book market and hopefully, we will see more from her.
Scandia, as the name implies, features images inspired by the Scandinavian way of life and region all presented in Zeenah’s distinctive style and design.
Cover & Layout
The cover of Scandia really sets it apart from other coloring books in the market. It features a die cut tree with lovely teal font. The die cut is highlighted by the teal protective page behind it and matching teal spine.
The book measures approximately 25cm x 25cm (approximately 9.8 in x 9.8 in) making it a good sized coloring book without being too small or too bulky.
Scandia has a replica of the cover as the first image in the book followed by a short introduction by Zeenah Shah.
The illustrations all are Scandinavian inspired and are printed on single sided white paper. The paper quality is of a medium weight and good quality. The line work is dull black and has a medium line weight overall. The line work is very easy to see without my glasses on, instantly making it a winner with me.
The majority of the illustrations have a pattern infill consisting of lines, zig zags, waves, leaves and other detail. The pattern makes the image dynamic and interesting and is reflecting of the region. There are some illustrations with larger spaces, suitable for beginners or those with visual or other impairments that make it difficult to color fiddly bits. There are, however, numerous images with a number of fiddly bits (small patterns). If those highly detailed images are an issue for you, rather than coloring those areas individually, you could just wash the area over and still have a lovely final result.
The illustrations are nicely varied with different levels of complexity. This makes them suitable for those new to coloring and those that have been coloring for a while.
The art work really makes you think you are in a Scandinavian country. The designs are simple but elegant which is so indicative of this area. Zeenah has included illustrations of trees, animals, flowers and patterns in this book. I like the variety of illustrations throughout the book, many of which would look gorgeous framed when completed.
The images are presented nicely centered on the page. However, there are a few illustrations that use the whole of the page and coloring near the spine may prove difficult. Fortunately, Scandia only needs a little encouragement to lay down flat and make it easier to color those tricky spots.
Scandia Coloring Book Video Review
Enjoy the video review of this gorgeous Scandinavian Coloring Book – Scandia
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