Back in July one of the very first colouring books I came across online that I knew I had to have was ‘Creative Cats’ drawn by Marjorie Sarnat. Creative Cats is one of the many colouring books printed by the US company Dover Publications in New York in their adult colouring book line ‘Creative Haven’. At the time I could not source any Creative Haven books locally and so had to order from the UK. Fast forward to November and there are multiple shops selling a fair range of Creative Haven books, all of them with excellent art work begging to be coloured. I have three other books from the range now, including Marjorie Sarnats ‘Owls’. You’ll see coloured pictures from them popping up in other videos.
I like these books. There are 31 full page pictures to colour in this one. the pages are perforated down the spine side so you can carefully tear them out if you prefer to remove your pictures before colouring. The pictures are printed single side only which frees me up to dive in with all those markers that would otherwise destroy the next picture with bleed through. The paper has a good tooth although it still not as good for layering as other books I have. I think it’s because the tooth picks up a lot of pencil very quickly in the first few strokes and isn’t interested in picking up much more in subsequent layers. Pencil people more experienced than I could probably give you a better answer here. I prefer to use Prismacolors on this paper although I’ve gotten good results with Polychromos and other pencils. Whatever you have, give it a go. As for markers… this paper is VERY thirsty and will soak up your marker ink fast. Be careful with feathering ink creeping over the line art, particularly with alcohol markers. I find it prudent to colour just a tiny fraction away from the line edge and allow the markers to creep up to it over the next few seconds for more precise colouring results.
The above picture was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and a little bit of Tombow marker for the blue background. You can see a snippet of me colouring this picture on my Youtube channel at:
My Doctor Who Kitty! I saw this steam punk cat and had to colour it in a Doctor Who theme. The kitty is a stern faced gray tabby as a shout out to Peter Capaldi, the actor currently playing the latest incarnation of Doctor Who. I coloured this one with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, Staedtler fineliners and used a blue sharpie for the background and a red Bic Mark-it for the frame. You can watch a speed colouring of me working on this page on my Youtube channel here:
May latest picture in this book was coloured in mainly with Sharpies and Bic-Markit alcohol markers along with Tombow markers. I accented the flat marker work with Prismacolor pencils and also added gel pens here and there. This book is excellent for mixing up your mediums. The playful mix of patterns and objects invites lots of creative colour use and you can go crazy with them.
I have posted a video review of this book where I discuss all of this and give you a good look at each of the pictures you’ll find within. Enjoy!
CREATIVE CATS VIDEO REVIEW.