Review: The Directory of Who’s Who of Coloring Book Artists 2016.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Adult Coloring Worldwide

Global Doodle Gems

 

14 Comments

  1. Jo

    These are stunningly beautiful! The colors are so vibrant, the shading…I don’t know how you do it – but WOW! Beautiful work!

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  2. Shani

    Hi Peta, what beautiful work as usual, you are a real inspiration. I was wondering if you could help me, I have some beautiful colouring in books but am very new to colouring in so I have been scanning images from them and printing them out to practice on. I often get half way through something and decide I don’t like the last colour or some such thing so this stops me from destroying my beautiful books. I was wondering if you could recommend a paper to print on as my plain printer paper doesn’t seem thick enough.I use mainly pencils.Thanks for sharing all your wonderful knowledge.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      I’m afraid it really depends on what part of the world you live in as to what printer paper is available. I like to print on card stock which you can buy in reams for printers at office supply shops and art supply shops.

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      1. Shani

        Thanks for the suggestion. I’m an Aussie girl too 🙂

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  3. Paula

    Everything you do is stunning, Peta! You are a mad genius with color. I recently picked up a book on color theory as choosing colors is the hardest part for me. I’ll now find out if there is any hope for me. lol. 🙂

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    1. Jana Dean

      I totally agree!! Choosing a color palette is next to impossible for me. I’m hoping by watching tutorials, and practicing colors used in the tutorials in my pictures that somehow information is being transmitted into my brain? about what colors look good together. It would be really great if you would include in the tutorial not only the brand name colored pencils you use( I thank you for doing this), but if you would also tell me the color name and/or # you are using to color each detail. Thanks so much for your help!!!

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  4. Luz

    Amazing!!!! Love all the colors. Beautiful work.

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  5. Maureen Hayes

    Funny that you chose to review this book now, I had just put it in my cart last week! I agree that while I might not like every image, there are certainly MANY that I will enjoy! I loved hearing your results using different mediums, it helps me to know what will work and what might be more problematic. Thanks for all you do.

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  6. Jessica

    Hi Peta! I really love this colouring book! I never knew there was a colouring book with different drawings by a range of artists. I hope to get this colouring book soon but I might wait until this colouring book has a sale because here in Australia most things are more expensive then they are in America.

    Also recently i got the Animal Kingdom Deluxe Edition by Millie Marrota and I think you would like it! I am aware that you have done a review on Animal Kingdom but the book i got is a hardcover version of Animal Kingdom with much more thicker paper, single sided images, gate folds (for the double page spreads), a page ribbon, 2 ribbons to tie the book together and five drawings at the back of the book. I hope you can get this colouring book and review it because I think other people would love it to!

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  7. Nido

    Hi Peta, mind if i as where was Micardor colour pencils made?

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Micador don’t actually manufacture them themselves but have designed them and work with a company in China which manufactures them.

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      1. Nido

        i asked because i saw a set of Micador Metallic Coloured Pencils that looks EXACTLY the same as Marco Metallic Colours Pencils. But pretty much as i expected before your reply, but i wonder if their quality is the same as Marco’s. And yes….Marco did have wax based coloured pencils.

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  8. Shelly Eartha Simpson

    I’m one of the artist of this book and I’m glad to know that you like it. I hope see one of my draws coloring for you.

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  9. Ang

    I would love to see you do a tutorial for Tombow markers. That image you colored of the woman surrounded by sweets is so cool – I just got some Tombows but am afraid I’m not having much luck with them. It would be awesome to see some of your techniques!

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