by Suzy Toronto
Published by Design Originals on May 10th 2016
Style: color inspiration images, Perforated pages, single page illustrations
Format: Card cover
Meet the bold sisters, friends, daughters, and mothers who always rise to the occasion despite overwhelming odds. This inspiring and empowering coloring book celebrates the power of sisterhood and what it means to turn lemons into lemonade. Suzy Toronto's uplifting words and delightfully zany characters encourage you to live a life worth coloring and stand for all that is good and right in the world. Her fun and distinctive illustrations will inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, go with the flow, and dare to live a full and wacky life no matter what comes your way.
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Sisterhood Coloring Book Review
There’s something inspiring and lovely about a coloring book that is filled with uplifting words and fun characters. There is a whole series of these coloring books each with different themes like friendship, encouragement, laughter and more. Each of the books feature fun drawings that are recognisable because of their lack of facial features.
Suzy Toronto explains in the front of the book why the books have no faces with a lovely retelling of a moment with her son. The faces are left without features, so that the receiver can use their own imagination to imagine the character. Personally, I’m a big fan of featureless faces, like Julia Woning’s Dikke Dames. As far as I’m concerned, I now don’t have to deal with the stress of trying to color those facial features lol! If you didn’t like the blank stares you could add your own simple features in and they would look gorgeous as well.
It came as a surprise to me that this book has been sitting in my “to do” stack for over 18 months now. It’s been moved to the review pile while I pack up my coloring cave ahead of our big renovation and move. I had thought about not reviewing it at all, because I’m still cross over the previous coloring book I reviewed published by Design Originals. However, my feelings towards the publisher have been set aside, because that would be unfair to this artist.
Cover & Layout
A glossy cover shows a colored image from the book and is packed with detail. On the rear cover there is a colored character from the book against a lime background. The spine has ample room for the title of the book, artist and publisher details.
The publisher, Design Originals, is known for including colored inspirational images in their books and this one has those. Hopefully, the publishers will continue to publish Sisterhood in its current format.
The inside cover features information about the artist at the front and 9 colored thumbnails from the book at the rear.
Sisterhood measures approximately 8 in x 10 in.
One of the lovely features of this book is the double page colored printing. At the front of the book there is a page about the artist, following on from this there are 14 colored pages consisting of thumbnail inspirational images, color theory and full page gorgeous colored pages. There is no page to test out your mediums on however before diving in.
The coloring book pages have been printed on one page of the white, perforated, medium paper typical of that used by Creative Haven and Design Originals. The pages are perforated so you can remove to color on your clipboard or workspace.
All of the illustrations are well centered and positioned in the book and orientated portrait style. Each image has a border that reminds me of piano keys but not quite.
Sisterhood Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
The illustrations in Sisterhood are fun and cheerful and comprise simple outlines. There are all different types of women of different sizes and shapes. Clothes and hairstyles are different throughout the book but the variation in hair, in particular, can be slight.
One of the main features of these pages is the featureless faces. They give a blankness to the page that I don’t feel intimidated by and give a general whimsical air to the page. This omission of facial detail makes this book particularly suitable to colorists of all ages and skill levels, particularly those that wish to practice their skin tones without worry about all the other bits.
Looking through the quotes by the artist you can’t help but feel a meditative type calm. They are quite grounding and often really funny.
Colorists that have a minor visual impairment will appreciate the thick black lines that make the imagery easy to see. However many of the pages contain a lot of elements that may be overwhelming or challenging.
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Where to buy Sisterhood Coloring Book
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