I love watercolouring. The one thing I miss in colouring books is the ability to use watercolours due to the paper being unable to take wet media. Then Kristy Rice came along. Kristy has produced a series of colouring books specifically made for colourists who are curious about trying watercolouring. And she’s done a brilliant job. The three volume Painterly Days series is a VERY high quality production tailored specifically to the beginner.
The books are beautifully produced with fold out covers full of useful information to get you started. The binding is simple glue binding as you would see on a water colour pad making page removal for painting quick and easy. The paper is lovely, thick and sized! (Sizing is essential in the production of good watercolour paper as it allows the colour to sit on the surface longer so you can play with it. It also limits the amount of swelling the paper experiences thereby keeping it nice and fairly flat to work on.) The paper is about 160-180 gsm if you are familiar with paper weights. The pictures are themed to the book. There is a floral book, a patterned book and a nature book filled with both foliage and animals. Kristy sent me the third one titled ‘ Painterly days. The Woodland Watercolouring Book For Adults.’ It has owls and frogs! The other books are: Painterly Days Flowers. The Flower Watercolouring Book For Adults and Painterly Days Pattern. The Pattern Watercolouring Book For Adults
The pictures are drawn loosely, in the way a watercolourist may make a loose sketch of their subject prior to painting. It is printed with light grey ink which sinks in behind the colours to look like a normal water colour painting when finished. Each page has the print in both sides so that you can have two attempts at each picture. Being watercolour paper what you do on one side does not affect the paper on the other side besides a tiny bit of buckling. I tried this and found I could paint on both sides without any issues. Kristy lists supplies in the books that she recommends for the beginner: both budget and mid price range. I tried both Artist Loft Fundamentals that she kindly sent me and my own artist quality Horadam Schminckes. The Artist loft were good for a play but the pigments, apart from that incredible purple, were a bit light and chalky for my taste and the colours didn’t mix very well. They would be fine, though, to have a play and you can create a nice piece of work with them. Personally I would recommend something like the Sakura Koi watercolour travel sets 24 colours for around $20 US on Amazon with their much brighter, less opaque colours, or the Koh-I-Noor Brilliant 24 watercolour set in the cute little wheel travel pack available from Micador. These are still student grade watercolours and you’ll pay a bit more for them than the Artist loft set (around $3-$5) But i think you’ll be more pleased with the results in the long run.
In all I believe the Painterly Days is an excellent way to dip your feet into the world of watercolouring and I recommend these books if you want to try something different with your colouring adventures.
(See below the video for links where can purchase these lovely books.)
Painterly Days Flowers
Painterly Days Pattern
There are a lot of options for online retailers selling these books so shop around for the best price and shipping deal.