Enchanting pictures of Enchanted Forest. My first finished pages.

Who doesn’t love Johanna Basford’s work.  So many colourists have rendered such beautiful finished works in her books I have to admit I was intimidated to even try these.  I may never have except my husband brought me home a copy of ‘Enchanted Forest’, along with Millie Marotta’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ to make video reviews of.  As I want to demonstrate how different colouring mediums work in my colouring book reviews I knew I had to take the plunge and attempt to colour these books in the manner they deserved.  The title page saw me breaking out my old, gorgeous set of Derwent Artist pencils, bought for me by my husband way back.  I love my Derwents and the page above is coloured completely in them.  For the owners name plate page I started with Derwents and switched to Faber-Castell Polychromos simply because they are softer and i can work faster with them.  As you can see, though, there is no real difference in the quality of colouring between the two pencils.

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I haven’t added my name yet.  I want to do it using the same leafy style of text but I’ll do some practice attempts first.  Another thing to note… leaves do not have to be green!  With this is mind my leaves in this book will span all the colours of the rainbow.  (Oops about the blurry bit on the right hand sode of this pic… must have had a smudge on my camera lens.)  For the next pic I decided to challenge myself to a limited colour palette.

EFMap

I wanted this page to look like an old map where the brighter colours have faded.  I started with a cool brown ( caput mortuum in Polychromos pencils for the curious ) and some pale peach colours but quickly decided that the picture would end up looking a bit dull.  So after some colour testing on a separate piece of paper I settled on a bright ultramarine and two lighter shades of ultramarine.  I think this worked well and saved me from becoming bogged down in colour selection while working on this piece.  I particularly enjoyed shading the border and experiemnting with mixing the blues and peaches to get an interesting stone gray.

EGCompass

Still working in order I next started the compass picture.  Originally I was planning to colour the metal compass using gold gel pens.  But after some experimenting I decided I didn’t like how that might turn out and switched to attempting to create a soft glowy gold with pencil.  Apart from that I had no plan for colouring this and did whatever felt right at the time.  Lots of fun to colour.  The paper is superb!  The best I’ve found in any colouring book.  I’ve tested multiple media on a back page and nothing bleeds through (besides alcohol based makers of course.)  This paper could even take a light wash without too much buckling.  I may have to try a future page with my Inktense pencils.

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I had plans for the shield picture.  I knew from the first time I looked at it that I wanted to colour it in fiery reds and bright yellows.  I’m not a great fan of those colours, tending more to the cool blue, green and purple end of the spectrum, so this was another personal challenge.  Soon after i started this pic I came across another version of this picture online which was beautifully coloured in a way very similar to my plan.  And there I almost stopped, disappointing that I wasn’t being original after all.  But after some thought I decided that, with ‘X’ number of these books sold, the chances of having a picture coloured in a completely unique way was pretty remote.  So I pressed on and I’m happy I did.  Very pleased with this result.

This brings me to the second double page spread in the book.  I’m feeling both keen to try and intimidated by the size and complexity of it.  This is going to take a few weeks I think.  Wish me luck.

EFForest1Colouring

 

12 Comments

  1. Nichola Feeney

    Hi Peta,

    Just wanted to say I love seeing how you colour in; I’ve watched your YouTube videos and the finished pictures are always amazing.

    I tried emailing you but the message bounced back, “unknown user” so hope it’s okay to leave this comment on your blog instead. 🙂

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Nichola. I’m glad you’re enjoying the videos. I have a few speed colouring ones planned using pencils, tombows and Inktense. I’ll post them up on the blog when I do them. Thanks for the heads up about the e-mail. My Site Master (ei my husband) had just added this function so I’ll let him know it’s not working.

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  2. Sandra Harris

    Beautiful and precise work once again Peta. I cannot seem to get such good shots of my work though. Any tips ?
    Wish I hadn’t already completed these in my book as I would love to try your version of the shield and compass ;))

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Sandra. Thanks, glad you enjoy my work. Have you posted your finished pics, I’d love to see them. As for the photos… I try to arrange the lighting so that it’s even with no shadows and good enough to see the colours close to what they really are. I don’t use the flash because it creates a shiny spot. I take the pictures under a fluorescent lights because filament lights make everything look yellow. I also edit the photos to cut them to a nice size with a phone app before I upload them. Hope this helps.

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  3. bill leathwick

    Hi Sandra. i am 84 and my darling wife is 82. Our daughter has introduced us to colouring in and we are both addicted. I have the secret garden, the enchanted forest and birds and butterflies and live in a retirement village in Auckland New Zealand and just love settling down with my felt pens and my gel pens. I have now interested lots of friends in this fascinating pastime. It is really great to see what mavellous work you have done. Your use of colours Iwith my concept.I love the way you graduate the colour on some subjects. keep up the good work..

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Bill. It’s lovely to hear from you. thank you for the compliments. I will be visiting your beautiful country in December on the Golden Princess cruise ship. The first stop is your home city. 🙂

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  4. Nikki

    Hi! I found your compass picture earlier today and used it as inspiration for my own compass picture – thanks to you I have my first picture where I have layered different colours and I’m really pleased with it! When you use Polychromos, do you use anything to blend them? Your pictures are so vibrant!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Nikki. I don’t often use blender pencils as I prefer to blend with lighter coloured pencils to add more depth of colour, or white if I want to tone down the colour a notch. I use a Lyra ‘splender’ (Lyra’s blender pencil) when I want to blend without effecting the colour already laid down. I also like the textured look of the pencik so I won’t always blend down to smooth. It depends on what I’m after.

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      1. Sade

        Hi Peta Love you drawing

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  5. Femke

    Hi, I really like your work and you got me into coloring too! I use your work as reference (as I don’t know anything about pencils and such). Now I have a question, I’m currently working on the map and I was wondering what you used for the background? Did you just use pastels? Because I have those but I don’t seem to find any fixation spray for it.. Any tips to make a background without pastels? I also used hairspray to fixate my drawings when I was in high school, do you recommend this?
    Thank you very much already!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Femke. Thank you! I actually didn’t use pastels to do the background in the map picture. I continued to use the light flesh Polychromos pencil with the cinnamon pencil to darken around the edges of the objects. It takes a bit more time and patience but the results are just as nice. many people use hairspray with great results. My only reservation is that art fixative spray is formulated for artists and made to last. Hairspray isn’t. So I’m concerned that it may break down or discolour over time. I don’t know this, I’ve not ever seen any bad results from using hairspray but because I’m not 100% sure I don’t personally recommend it.

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  6. Emma

    Hello I just your colouring book it has helped me so much I’ve been struggling with my mental health issues and the book has been a real life saver thanks again

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