What a mouth full of a name! This huge and quite unique colouring book was created by Global Doodle Gems created by Maria Wedel in collaboration with Adult Coloring Worldwide and printed through Amazon. It features work from many many artists with an astounding variety of themes and styles. Every picture has the name of the artist and his or her Facebook address so that if something interests you, you can pursue the artists other work. In it you’ll find something to suit everyone. Patterns, mandalas, mythical creatures, pretty girls both human and fae, scenes, flowers there are plenty to choose from. Some of the pictures will not appeal to some people but you would be hard pressed not to find something you’ll like.
I recently gave this book a test run and I’d thought I’d share my thoughts.
Firstly the print volume is typical of Amazon. The cover is a thin card similar to that you will find on many coloring books. Inside the pages are thin, photocopier type paper but with quite a decent tooth. the pages are printed single sided so this won’t be an issue for those who like gel pens and markers as there is no reverse picture to destroy. Given the thinness of the paper I highly recommend that you place a protective sheet, card under the page you are working even if you are using pencils as the imprint could mark the page beneath. The pages are not perforated, so you will have to use a sharp implement to carefully remove them if you prefer to work outside the book. There are three blank pages in the back so you’ll be able to test your art supplies before applying them to a picture, always a handy feature.
Confounded by what to try first I settled on the first picture in the book and decided to have a bit of fun plating around with colour gradients with my Micador ColouRush pencils. The paper tooth caught the pencil pigment easily but it does leave some graininess with less than heavy applications. But this smooths out fairly well with a blender pencil. As you can see the paper allows to true rich colour of the pencils to shine through. I found this picture very relaxing as i decided not to care about the end result but just enjoy the physical act of colouring. All up this picture took around two and a half hours with occasional breaks to look up at the TV series I had playing in the back ground. I don’t often watch TV but I’m enjoying a ‘House’ marathon at the moment :).
The next picture I tackled was the girl above. A lovely sultry lass that I decided to accent her mysteriousness by casting half her face in shadow. For this I tried out my Colleen pencils, a bit of a cheat as I already surmised this soft, rich pencils would do well on this paper.
Stepping away from dry media I decided to tackle a piece with my Inktense pencils activated with water. Here is where the paper showed it’s inability to handle wet media. It both bled through the paper and caused rippling. Neither worried me terribly and, as you can see, the end result looks fine. I found I had to work very quickly when activating the Inktense ink as the paper quickly stained and it was difficult to get a smooth result. I would not recommend using wet media over a large area all at once, this paper cannot handle being saturated. In the end I touched up the dark fur of the mountain lion with a similar coloured Polychromos pencil to smooth it out. Smaller areas with carefully controlled amounts of water will work okay as long as you don’t mind the slight rippling.
Finally I trialed markers. I chose my brush tipped Tombows as the soft brush tip was the least likely to damage the thin paper. This paper is very thirsty and hungrily sucked the ink from my markers. careful application was required to stop the ink from feathering over the thinner lines. Luckily I chose this picture by Maria Padgett for the task because it does have thick lines. Again the paper stains quickly and it is difficult to get a smooth finish on a large area if you don’t work fast. Smaller areas work much better and the colours show up nice and bright on this paper. Going over the marker with coloured pencils can give you some great highlight and shading effects. I recommend an opaque white pencil such as a Prismacolor or a Luminance to get the best results with pencil highlights. I used my white Prismacolor here along with a white Uniball Signo gel pen to add some highlights and sparkle. Tombows are water based but i believe you would get equally good results with alcohol based markers.
Overall I love the appeal of having so much variety to choose from all in one book. i love the idea behind it… a collection of independent artists gathered together to showcase their work. This book is a lot of fun. If you are interested you can purchase it through these links below: