Book Review: Greece Colouring Book.

Greece is a picturesque country and now, with thanks to artist Konstantinos Liaramantzas, you can colour it! I’ve just uploaded my video review of this book on Youtube but I thought I would follow through with a few pictures here so you can take a closer look at a very well put together book from this beautiful country.

The book is signature bound (my preferred method as the pages can’t fall out) and composed of smooth, bright white, medium thickness paper that stands up well to colouring.  The tooth is very good for pencils and I had no issues with layering 3-4 layers of pencil. The black print is nice and sharp with no pixelation.  The pages are printed on both sides so that will limit some of the materials you can use on it… alcohol markers are a no go. The cover is soft but sturdy.  All of the  book features sudo-realistic scenes from Greece with many famous landmarks included.  The art work is quirky and cartoonish with some play around perspective and lenses rather like Lizzie Mary Cullen’s work.  And I am a big fan of Lizzie’s work as you know.  Konstantino’s drawings have just the right amount of detail that appeals to me and there is a lot of variation is his subject matter.

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Coloured with Faber Castel Polychromos pencils.

Each page is printed with a good, blank margin before the spine so no digging into the crease with your pencils.  As a bonus there is the names of each of the pictures printed in both Greek and English so you can identify each scene and research it for correct colours if you want to stay accurate.

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In my research I saw a lot of bright blue reflecting both the sky and the sea. I incorporated that into this picture to give it a Greek feeling.

It was hard selecting favourite pictures to post here as they are all so good.  But here are five examples that will give you a taste of the book:

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If you interested in seeing a complete walk through of the ‘Greece colouring Book’ you can see the entire thing here on my Youtube video:

If you are interested in purchasing this book the book distributor website carrying it can be found here: (Note…For some reason of late WordPress doesn’t seem to like making functional links.  if this link doesn’t work then copy and paste it into your web browser.)

http://www.psichogios.gr/site/en/Books/show/1003561/ellada-biblio-zwgrafikhs-GREECE-COLOURING-BOOK

 

It is in Greek but it has an English option.  If you have difficulty ordering it then please check out the video that Konstaninos created to assist English speakers through the process.

18 Comments

  1. Lo

    Just wondering Peta have comments disappeared on blog reviews? This one was updated and looks great btw but my comment is gone as are comments I saw on Jasmine’s book review. Short but sweet to make it easier these drawings and the book looks great. As usual a drawing so well coloured

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Lo. Anybody new to commenting has to be approved first before the comments can be published. We can get anywhere from 2 to 50 spam comments selling viagra (SOOOO many for viagra, GRRRR!) or fishing for email addresses so it is an unfortunately necessary step. But you were approved a long time ago so yours should just post automatically. WordPress has issues sometimes, so I apologise if it has eaten some of your replies.

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      1. Lo

        All good. I know all about those spam and I find them disgusting. Viagra are my light ones! Yuk. I’d love to know where they originate from.

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  2. Maureen Hayes

    Another lovely book I would enjoy adding to my collection. Thanks for always keeping us updated with these gems and for showing us your beautiful work in them.

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  3. BigT

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the review. Hopefully it will be available through Amazon or Book depository at some point. Otherwise, I will probably not purchase it. I have so many books now that I can’t think when I would get to it if I did buy it.

    I noticed that a new Hannah Karlzon called Magic Dawn (I think) is available for pre-order on Amazon US, but there is no projected availability given. Have you heard anything about it?

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    1. B

      Hah, I knew I was getting it wrong. It’s Hanna Karlzon and the title is Magical Dawn.

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    2. Julie

      Magical Dawn is now appearing on both Amazon UK and US with a publication date of March 2017. Also – at last – both Amazon sites are now taking pre-orders for the English language version of the beautiful Blomstermandala by Maria Trolle, with the title Twilight Garden. Again, not available until March.

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      1. BigT

        Thank you. I knew about Twilight Garden and it’s on my list along with Magical Dawn and the upcoming Kerby Rosanes…Mythomorphia????. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but all three of those are still coming up for me with no availability date showing.

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  4. BigT

    Well this isn’t working quite right. Only the first letter of my name registered. Let me try again, just in case. Hanna Karlzon, Magical Dawn. Whew!

    Do you have any information on the release date of that?

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      No. sorry. I’m afraid i don’t. Will have to stalk Amazon. 🙂

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      1. BigT

        Thanks anyway. Julie, see her answer to me above, says March 2017. I finally located a date of March 14, 2017 next to the publisher’s name in the product details on Amazon US. I’m hoping that is the release date for Magical Dawn.

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        1. Samantha G.

          You might try checking with the Book Depository as they usually have dates posted. I have been purchasing almost all of my coloring books from them ever since my Amazon Animorphia fiasco last year.

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          1. BigT

            Thank you. It didn’t occur to me to check the info on the Book Depository website.

  5. Kristy Tyra

    Looks like a good coloring book. I have a question I have been meaning to ask. Would you do a review on watercolor pencils. I have the Prismacolor watercolor pencils and the Inktense pencils. I’d love,to learn more about quality watercolor pencils.

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    1. BigT

      I hope that Peta does watercolor pencil reviews too. I too own the Prismacolor watercolor pencils and I’ve managed to collect the entire line of Derwent Inktense as well. I also got the complete line of the regular Derwent watercolor pencils and I like them a whole lot. It’s a bigger range of colors than the Prismacolors and I actually like them better than the Inktense because they don’t become permanent when dry.

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  6. Debbie Blaxton

    Beautiful book. The pages you colored were beautiful. Hope it is available in the US soon. I have missed you Peta, so good to see your video.

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  7. Sarah Jean Thompson

    Very interesting book – I don’t generally like buildings, but I do like the style in this book.

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  8. Susan Hamson

    This is, by far, one of the most enjoyable books I’ve had the pleasure of coloring. It just lends itself to the most gorgeous colors. Blues, greens, browns, and golds just pop off the page. I was so excited by the potential alone that I paused your review, ordered the book, then finished your review! Sometimes you know when you’ve made the right coloring match (unlike dating matches).

    Thanks, Peta!

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