Or in English: The wonderful ‘the World under the Magnifying Glass about Water.’
Sometime ago I learnt about Rita Berman, a fantastic German artist and her marvellous colouring book series, which at the time consisted of her four seasons books. They are relatively inexpensive but I could only afford one so I ordered her latest addition to her set ‘Die Welt Unter der Lupe zu Wasser’ from the Book Depository to try out. And I’m very glad I did. I have since bought her next book ‘Die Welt Unter der Lupe zu Lande’ and they are both so much fun to colour. When I get a little more financial I hope to acquire all four of her seasons books as well.
The books are smaller than average size at 20cm by 20cm (8 inches by 8 inches) which makes them the perfect travel size and quicker to colour. The paper is excellent quality, medium thickness bright white with a nice even tooth. They are resilient to water colour and i have had no problems with bleed through in Zu Wasser where I have been working mainly in watercolours with pencils. There are a nice selection of single sided and double page spread pictures with a variety from very simple to moderated complex with nice clean lines which are bold but not thick. I did notice that Rita will re use the same elements in different pictures… for example the same fish and turtle images will appear in different pictures but I did not feel that this was excessive and there are plenty of unique one off elements.
I started using watercolours in Zu Wasser (so far i have only used pencils in Zu lande) and i am enjoying the experience. the paper does warp as almost all colouring book paper does but it isn’t excessive and doesn’t bother me. So far i have used Winsor and Newton water colours (I have the 40 set of half pans) and Koi watercolours and they work just fine. I like to add pencil after the watercolour is completely bone dry to bring out shadows and accents and then play with a white gel pen for corrections and sparkles.
If you are interested in purchasing Rita’s books you can find them here on the Book Depository.