Salmon in Legendary Landscapes.

I’m currently preparing my review copy of Legendary Landscapes for review.  I’m having so much fun with this wonderful Canadian colouring book.  Here  is a sneak peak of my first picture.  Coloured with Prismacolors because I haven’t used them properly in a long time. 🙂  (And with my staedtler sharpener the frustration of breaking cores is mostly gone.)

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  1. Lyanne Poirier

    Love the vivid colours. Yeh Canada!

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  2. Rebecca

    Wow! How vibrant! Love it and looking forward to the review!

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  3. Marcia

    Which sharpener is that Peta? Love the picture!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      It’s a Staedtler Mars 501 180 hand cranked grinder type sharpener. It grinders the wood down instead of shaving it off… there fore it doesn’t torque the soft core causing it to snap like blade sharpeners.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkDisaIgvWo

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  4. Becky Rigdon

    Great colors! I mostly use Prismacolor Prmier pencils and had a lot of breakage with sharpeners. Johanna Basford posted a video recommending the Staedtler sharpener so I bought it to try. Breakage has not been an issue since. I look forward to your review!

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  5. BigT

    Wow…..gorgeous. Can’t wait for more.

    My main pencils are Prismacolors. I don’t know what the availability is outside the USA but a manual sharpener that I find works well for Prismacolors is the Kum long point sharpener. Just don’t sharpen quite as pointy as you would a Polychromos to prevent the tip crumbling when you color.

    For the interested in the USA….I was able to obtain a copy of The Magical City through Amazon from a vendor in the UK. Waiting…Waiting…Waiting for it to come in the mail.

    I’ll have to look for this new book too. Sigh….I now have so many books that I’ll need to live to a hundred twenty five to finish them all.

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    1. Shyla

      I just got my copy through Amazon Uk of the Magical city. It took a bit but I LOVE it! I am going to preorder the Magical Journey through the UK too. I also got Animorphia and Imagamorphia from the UK as well.

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      1. BigT

        Magical Journey is coming up on Amazon (USA) as currently unavailable. But a title called Bon Voyage is available for pre-order. I may order that. I don’t know why, but Kerby Rosanes artwork makes my eyes twitch. I don’t think I could color those books.

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  6. Monika

    Looking forward to your review. This picture looks gorgeous. I’d really like to have a landscape colouring book and I have this one on my wish list on Amazon, though it says “pocket version”. I reckon it is smaller than the regular version (which isn’t available on Amazon.de).

    And I love the fact that your reviews aren’t just a “flip through with music”, which is fine if I just want to have a look at the book, but I really appreciate your comments and colouring tips. 🙂

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    1. BigT

      I just bought the 12×12″ version through Amazon by paying $18 + shipping from what I believe is a Canadian company. Maybe they’re out of it?

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      1. Cleo Fraser

        What Canadian company was that? I’m from Ontario, Canada. Maybe I can help?
        Which 12 X 12″ book were you trying to buy? Legendary Lanscapes?
        Cleo Fraser

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    2. BigT

      I researched the seller online. Turns out the seller is the company that published the book.

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    3. BigT

      Oops. My apologies. I failed to notice the .de after Amazon. I got it through the USA site.

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  7. Karen

    I must find that coloring book! (I am Canadian)
    I just received my new micador pencils AND my Colleen Pencils today! It’s almost overwhelming.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Really! Fantastic happy mail day to you. i hope you haven’t got anything else that will interfere with your colouring bliss today. 🙂

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      1. Karen

        IT took me most of the evening just to enter the colours in my ‘colour journal’, especially the double sided Colleen’s. But maybe this upcoming long weekend I will have time. 🙂

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        1. Rachelle

          Hi Karen,

          I got my copy of Legendary Landscapes at London Drugs for $18. It’s also available on Amazon.ca
          🙂

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  8. Reva S.

    Hi Peta,
    I am glad you are enjoying coloring in your new Canadian book. Your vibrant colors certainly express your feelings.
    I am puzzlws about tow things. I tried to find a place to buy the Staedtler sharpener, and gave up when I found out they are discontinuing that model. So I thought you should know about this. I may have found one that may be good, it is made by Uni.
    The second thing is this: I have been wanting to buy the Lyra Rembrandt polycolor set of 72 pencils. Both Amazon and Dick Blick are currently out of stock. I checked Amazon UK and was so happy to see they do have them. In the brief description of the pencils they way that now the pencils have wax dipped cores. I understand that most oil based pencils do have some was but do not know what wax dipped means. I hopw rhwy have not changed fro oil based to wax based! But I do not know how to find out about this. If you can direct me to some site on the Internet, I would greatly appreciate it. I of course will come back to you with any inforation I can find.
    Thanks again for everything you do!
    Reva S.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Reva. That’s a bit sad about those sharpeners, They are very good. As for Lyra Rembrant Polycolor pencils… I believe they are a oil/ wax hybrid. I’m not certain but i remember reading something about that, I’ll try to find out more. Funny thing is I’m getting ready to film another 8 pencil brand review and yesterday I bought a tin of 12 Polycolors to go in that review. It will be the same as my other review where I colour a mandala in eight sections with eight different brands (none from the previous review… all new) It will be a few weeks before it is out of post production.

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      1. Melissa K

        Oh I’d love to see that. And I’m stealing that idea myself before I post a review to Amazon for my new Micadors. Trying to decide which from my stash make the best comparison. I just got them yesterday and I have to agree – they are amazing! I didn’t win the contest, but there is a new vendor on Amazon selling them. I own the Polycolors. I like them but not as much as others. I find them to be super soft – like buttery almost – but they go down with lots of white showing – a crumbly crayon effect – at least over large areas. However, the splendor blender is AWESOME. It’s like the colors just pop if you go over it with their blending tool. I had done 2 colors over a dress – a blue and a teal and it didn’t look much like a 2 color blend until I added that blender pencil and suddenly it was clear and bright teal coming through. Almost like activating those lovely Inktense pencils. I was impressed. I bought extra as I use them up fairly quickly. They make nice skintone pencils in the 72 set as well.

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      2. Paula

        I cannot wait for the review, Peta. 🙂 Can you share which pencils you’ll be reviewing in it? 😮

        I’m curious if you have tried Tombow’s Irojiten colored pencils? I recently picked up one of their 30 pack “encyclopedia’s”, as they call them, and ended up buying all three packs. I love them and think you might like them too if you haven’t tried them. They have a hard core and a truly unique color palette. Their unique color palette is what inspired me to try them. Plus I also prefer a somewhat harder pencil. 🙂

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        1. Chaypeta (Post author)

          No i haven’t, Paula. I have their wonderful markers but I not seen their pencils for sale here. I am curious, though. Like you i prefer hard pencils for precise work and lots of layering… do they layer well?

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          1. Paula

            They do layer nicely, yes. They are wax based, but much harder than Luminance or Prismacolors. I’d say they are around the hardness of Derwent Artist/studio pencils. I had to buy them on Amazon (far cheaper than anywhere else) as they don’t carry them at my local art stores.

            What really hooked me is their unique color palette. Lots of beautiful soft pastels and unique vivid colors too. Also, some florescent colors. There are some good videos on youtube to give you an idea of the color palette. What I’m also happy about is they lay down very nicely in some of my more problematic coloring books where the paper is either too toothy or too slippery. I hope you like them if you decide to give them a try. 🙂

  9. Jenna

    I just picked up a colouring book from my local Costco called Canada to Colour. I then spotted it at my local Walmart as well shortly after. I live in Nova Scotia, and I’m not sure if it would be accessible in Australia, but I thought I would recommend it as it has lots of nice landscape pictures and classic Canadian animals such as moose, bear, beaver, birds, etc. It would be a cool way to see some of our sights while having fun colouring! The pages are fairly thick and single-sided. If anyone else has seen this book, let me know what you think of it! The authors are Paul Covello and Leor Boshi published by harpercollins.

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    1. Karen

      Ah, thanks for the tip! I’ll look for those in Saskatchewan next time I’m at Costco.

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    2. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Thanks, Jenna. I’ll look that one up.

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  10. Trinity

    The colours are absolutely amazing and vibrant! The colours match perfectly with the landscape! Great job, it looks awesome!

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  11. Terry Chestnut (Male)

    I’ve watched all of you videos on YouTube some twice or more. And I’ve yet to get my colours as vibrant as yours’, still trying though. I have a couple of my colored pictures on my Facebook page that might have a touch of Peta Hewitt’s inspiration. May, I ask a favor of you? Would you Please post in a small blog; 10 of your MOST favorite colours to do skin tone. Thank you.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      That would be an interesting blog post. I’m not sure if ten colours would cover all the range of skin tones possible. And also different pencil companies and different media have different names for their products. For instance i can pull out all the ones i love to use in my Copic markers and probably my polychromos pencils but i would have to go through each brand individually as there is a lot of variation in colour and tone.

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  12. Reva Sharon

    Thanks for the info Peta. I have been so busy getting some people set up to start coloring – some have birthdays, some other ocassions, and that is what I am giving as gifts. For the time being I am going to get myself the Alvin Kum sharpener until I am sure about the Uni model. While waiting on the Lyra Rembrandt polycolor pencils, I do have some others coming. One is a 36 set of Utrecht pencils which a re the same as the Dick Blick. They both are in some kind of partnership and the pencils are the same and got good reviews, and are colorfast as well. I bought the Utrecht because the High |School I attended is named New Utrecht and it brought back good memories. |They are discontinuing the pencils under the Utrecdht name but using the Blick Studio. When they arrive and I hope also at least one coloring book arrives I will let everyone know if the pencils are as good as the reports. Thanks again for letting me know something about those Lyra pencils … I have been to Canada but never saw such an amazing landscape as that. You once again have done a beautiful job of coloring!
    Reva S.

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    1. BigT

      I got the 72 set a while back. They are harder than Prismacolor premiers and Derwent coloursoft pencils but softer than the economy brands like Fantasia, Prang, Crayola etc. They lay down color well and are just soft enough not to make my arthritic hands hurt. I don’t own any (yet) of the Derwent artist pencils that Peta uses so I can’t compare them to those. The colors are just great and they layer well, blend well and play nice with the other pencils I own (pencil addict here…I try them all). I hope you like them as much as I do.

      I love my Lyra Polycolors too.

      New Utrecht??? Brooklyn???

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    2. BigT

      Sorry, I realize I never said it was the Blick pencil set I got.

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  13. BigT

    The more I look at this the more I like it. Can’t wait to get my copy of the book and see your review.

    Questions: Have you done any more work in Creative Cats? Can we see? I am never satisfied with my cat faces…do you have plans for a tutorial on that or is there one that I missed?

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    1. Tracy

      I would love to see a quick tutorial on kitties too! I actually just re-watched the Creative Cats Book Review last week and I know at the time you were thinking of doing a “how I color my kitties” video. I’m waiting to get a copy of Dagdrommar and there are some awful cute kitties in there as well (that wasn’t very subtle, was it? 😉

      Looking forward to the Canada book review!

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      1. Chaypeta (Post author)

        Hmmm… that would be an interesting video. i am part way filming a colouring tutorial using Creative cats… it’s production is on hold at the moment as i have a bunch of colouring related videos and book review set ups that i have to get through first.

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  14. Reva S.

    Hello Big T,I just read your comment, and yes indeed, I was born and raised in Brooklyn. Are you from there too? Or have connections thre?
    Please let me know.
    Bye now,
    Reva

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  15. Reva S.

    Big T, I just reread your message and thanks for telling about the Utrecht Blick pencils. All they had left of the Utrecht brand were a few 36 sets so that is what I am waiting for. If I really like them I can buy the individual pencils from Blick as they are the same. How do you like the Lyra pencils? I am thinking about the Derwent colorsoft as well. Again thanks for the info on the Utrecht/Blick pencils.
    Reva

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  16. BigT

    Yes, lived here most of my life.

    I really love the Lyra polycolor pencils. The Derwent Coloursoft are very like Prismacolors to use and I really like them too. The only thing that bothers me about both the Coloursoft and Faber Castell Polychromos is that the barrel size is larger than a standard pencil diameter and they don’t fit well in my favorite sharpener.

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  17. Reva S.

    Hi again,
    I have been looking at sharpeners and there are several hand crank that take various sixe pencils. I have not tried them but some have very good revies. \Amazon has listings for many of them. Take a look When I go back to look again I will let you know which ones I think are really fine.
    As to Brooklyn and New Utrecht, I have made several new friends in the last few year who also went to N.U. It is a small world after all.
    Reva

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  18. Reva S.

    Hi Peta,
    I just saw your new work in a new book and I was amazed! It was the Waldo or whatever his name is around the world. You made the tiny spaces and people come alive, and your colors as always just great. I have to tell you after reading some of the messages, it seems I may be the only person in the world who not only never read the books, but i never even heard of them! The page you colored has me curious now. Really great work, and I think I am less fearful of trying books with such tiny people, places, etc.
    Again, just beautiful work Peta!
    Reva

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  19. Laureen Hawes

    Hi Everyone, In response to those with core breakage of the Prisma colors. I read somewhere if you put them in the microwave for a few seconds at a time (7-10) and let them cool this will help if not solve the problem. At least it did for me.

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  20. Denise Shepard

    Can you do a video using the Prismacolors? My favorite pencils are my beloved Polychromos, but I do like how bright the Prisma colors are, just not crazy about the flaking and the waxy build up. Can be frustrating. They do Lay down nicely in my Joahanna Basford coloring books.
    Thank you. Live your Chanel and all the beautiful work you do and love to follow your tutorials. Getting ready to do the jelly fish in Lost Ocean now.
    Thank you so much!
    Denise Shepard

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Denise. I agree with the Prisma’s. now that I’ve solved the breakage problems I am enjoying using them for their extra saturated colours in magical Jungle. I don’t know if i will do a video purely on them but i will probably be incorporating them in future videos.

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