Style: color inspiration images, single page illustrations
Format: Pad, Spiral Bound
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Beautifully illustrated in delicate shades of grey and packed full of detailed and whimsical images
Vymalovánky II Cesta životem Coloring Book Video Review
I hope you enjoyed the video review of Vymalovánky II Cesta životem the second coloring book by Lucie Ernestova.
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Vymalovánky II Cesta životem Coloring Book Review
This is the second volume of Vymalovanky by Lucie Ernestova. If you have not already seen the first coloring book by this Czech artist, you can check it out here.
According to Google Translate the title means “Cartoon II The Way of Life” which I suspect is incorrect 🙂 The illustrations in the book do have a way of life feel to them however … it is just the “cartoon” part I object to.
If you are as smitten by this artist’s work as I am, make sure you check out her shop as it is filled will manner of swag that features her colored art work on it
Cover & Layout
The cover of this book features a partially colored image of a girl with painting palette in hand walking along a path. From the illustration you can immediately see the style of art is whimsical with wonky buildings and patterned surrounds.
You may also notice on the cover the deep grey shadowing on the uncolored line art. The cover picture also accurately describes how the illustrations are presented within the book. The art is framed inside a border and not taking the whole of the page.
It is not often that a coloring book presents us with options but both coloring books produced by Lucie Ernestova do. You can purchase these in either glue bound or spiral bound.
Usually, I do not like spiral binding (as it tears at the covers of my other books on a shelf) but for some reason I felt drawn to the spiral bound version of this book. At the time of writing, both book formats are the same price.
On the inside cover there are 16 colored inspirational image thumbnails from the book.
The back cover features thick, sturdy card which serves to stabilise the book if you are coloring on your lap and protects the book during the shipping process.
Vymalovánky – is A4 sized.
Other than the page of inspirational colored images there are no ancillary pages. You can, of course, test out your mediums discreetly at the foot of each illustration in the area where the text has been printed.
There are 16 illustrations within the book and they have been printed on one side only of the beautiful watercolor paper. According to the seller’s site, the paper is 250 gsm.
Each illustration has a border surround, which has a three dimension effect with the use of shadows.
At the foot of each drawing there is text in Czech. According to Morena, who has this book and knowledge of the language, the text contains “<em>uplifting messages and teachings</em>”.
Vymalovánky II Cesta životem Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
The illustrations in this second volume seem to have a theme that is more love and nature focused than the first volume of the coloring book while still containing many sweet and whimsical drawings.
You will find tiny fairies with enormous butterfly wings in comparison, wise gnarly trees, a tropical paradise and water based images.
Sweet little lovers hold balloons for you to color. A cheeky imp looks like he will create an explosion from his mass of letters formed into a wonky heart balloon, a skeletal fairy appears trapped in a beautiful bird cage while another fairy flies in the rain with her umbrella. Quirky but gorgeous.
In the second volume there appears to be more darker grey shading than the first coloring book. Background detail also contains grey shadowing giving depth to the ground and sky surrounding images.
As in the first book, there is a real air of hand drawn about these images with depth and texture added in with soft and delicate shading.
For colorists with a minor visual impairment, there are many small details in these books to color. The images are smaller sized due to the way they have been presented in the book and the lines are darker gray and dull black. All of these factors may make coloring the pictures challenging but, if you are like me, you will grab the watercolors and not worry about going outside the lines.
Please click on an image to view more detail
Where to buy Vymalovánky II Cesta životem
International Customers – Buying Instructions
The website is not set up for International customers but they do deliver internationally. There is a little bit of a process to go through though.
Make sure you are using Chrome as per my article here or go to the top right of the site and choose the English language and currency.
Choose which format book you would like – glue or spiral (the pictures will guide you if you are unable to translate the site) and add them to your cart.
Check the option for delivery within Czech at the checkout
The owner will then email you and tell you the amount plus shipping which you can pay by Pay Pal or Bank Transfer.
Once you have made the payment and your order has shipped out, the owner will email you and advise the date of dispatch and a track and trace link. As a guide it took 10 days for the books to reach me in Sydney, Australia.
If you have any difficulties, please contact the shop to assist you using their contact form located at the bottom of their site or their Facebook page.
Shipping & Packaging
If you wish to see how the book was packaged see my Mini Czech Coloring Book Haul video below (which is an edited version of a Facebook Live video)
Happy coloring x