- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Clr Csm edition (July 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449478875
- ISBN-13: 978-1449478872
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 367 g
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Posh Adult Coloring Book: Thomas Kinkade Designs for Inspiration & Relaxation Paperback – 3 May 2016
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Thomas Kinkade, the celebrated Painter of Light, is the most widely collected artist in the world. His tranquil, light-infused paintings affirm the basic values of family, home, faith in God, and the luminous beauty of nature. www.thomaskinkade.com
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When I saw that Posh was coming out with a coloring book based on Mr. Kinkade's artwork, I pre-ordered it sight unseen. Sometimes that is a big risk but in this case, I am very pleased with the coloring book. The designs themselves are well done but do lack some of the smaller details. I plan to use a variety of markers and pencils and be able to add my own details with those.
The book is so lovely to look at, my husband took one glance, tried to make off with MY book, and finally had to order his own because this is one that I do not intend to share.
The designs are printed on the right hand side of with the photo of the actual painting on the left hand side (i.e., opposite each other in the book.) This will allow me to look at the photo of the real painting while I am coloring my own. It also, in effect, has the printing of the design on one side of the page. If you don't care about the photos, you can use markers which will bleed through the page (see my coloring medium information below.)
My silent video will show all of the pages of the book, both the designs and the photos. I will also upload a few pages in photos to show how the book is put together.
Here is what I found in this coloring book:
63 Thomas Kinkade designs with 63 color photos as well.
Designs printed on one side of the page with a photo on the back of the page.
Paper is white, very slightly textured, non-perforated and medium weight.
Designs stop before the binding area
You can cut the pages out without loss of designs. I don't plan to do so as I really like having the photograph together with the design and you will lose that if you cut a page out.
Book lays fairly flat if you break the spine to flatten it out.
Alcohol-based markers bleed through freely.
Water-based markers leave spots of color or shadows of color on the back of the page except for the brush end of Tombows which did not leak through.
India ink pens leave shadows of color on the back of the page.
Gel pens do not bleed through.
Coloring pencils work well with one exception. All of the types of soft lead pencils I tested (you can see the full list in the comments section below), put down good color and layered well. Derwent Colorsoft was the only pencil that did not blend at all well for me. The color mostly stayed where I first put it down with only light blending at the edges. Hard lead pencils worked well and did not dent the page.
If you decide to use markers, you will probably have some amount of bleed-through onto the back of the page. I recommend using a heavyweight sheet of paper or card stock below your working page. That will keep ink from damaging the next design below.
Two things to be aware of:
-- the pages are printed on both sides, so a coloring page has the next color reproduction on the back. The upside is that you get a lot of reproductions and drawing pages in this book; the downside is that if you really go wild on the previous page - lots of wet marker work or grinding those colored pencils in there - you could buckle or engrave the reproduction on the following page.
-- the coloring lines often indicate the light-dark tones of the painting more than the actual landscape composition. If you are planning on trying to copy Kinkade's color schemes, this will help more than hinder, but if you just want to color in the pages without reference to the color reproduction, it's going to be confusing. Think of a paint-by-number painting base drawing - I've attached a couple of photos to give you an idea what I mean.
If you are really, really into Kinkade, none of the paintings are identified. Some time searching in Google images will probably get you the original information, but this is a disappointment. The scenes are mostly countryside but there are a few city scenes in the mix.
If you want to get as close to Kinkade's original as possible, watch the textures. He always has a lot of texture going on in his work, especially in the rainy-day scenes. Colored pencil or pastel pencils are probably going to be your best bet; don't be afraid to leave white paper showing through your colors to get his luminosity.
Find Kinkade's originals too overwhelming to use for a model, or just not into Kinkade that much? Try pop art solarization effects with the light and dark regions; use neon highlighters and black ink for blacklight-like images or use Google image search for
to find ideas on how to create Star Wars mashups, add in zombies or even Cthulu! It's your coloring book; color outside the lines if you want.
There's a follow-up book to this one: Posh Adult Coloring Book: Thomas Kinkade Peaceful Moments (Posh Coloring Books) Its drawings are cleaner and the reproduction prints are clearer.
Also coming in September: The Disney Dreams Collection Original Art by Thomas Kinkade Coloring Book.
My goodness this is challenging and frustrating and coloring is insane. It feels almost as if a diff artist created the pages for us to color in. They could've done a better job with details. I picked a page that I felt was easy to do because I wanted to use strictly Caran D'ache luminance pencils for review purposes. I only had 20 colors to work with so it was frustrating not being able to have a variety on hand.