Colouring Books

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book

By Johanna Basford

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing   Pages: 84

Rated: 4.5 stars

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You just have to look at it to see the amazing amount of effort that goes into creating these books for us. Johanna Basford has such a talent for giving people like me, who can’t draw, an outline to colour.

Enchanted Forest was the first of her colouring book I got. It took me months to get the courage to finally put pencil to paper.

I have found that the paper quality for this book has been the best for me so far. I know that the paper is an off white, and that it isn’t suitable for ink as it bleeds through if used too heavily, but for application of pencils I have found it to show the colour well.

The drawings that Johanna has created in this book have detail, but give you, as the colourer, scope to create an image/design of your own within. This is very different to the Lost Oceans colouring book which is very detailed.

The U.K. edition has a cover that you can take off and colour-in, plus a special spread at the back of the book, which you can do once you have found all the keys hidden in the book! Throughout the book you also have little animals or objects to find in each picture.

I use a variation of colouring pencils that work well on all paper types. I like to be able to blend my colours to suit the type of effect I want; dark to light, 3D, etc.

If you find colouring relaxing, and you don’t want anything that is too complicated, but which has an amazing effect whether coloured-in or left blank, then this book is definitely for you.


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