Current Price: £12.72
Number of Pages: 20
Size: 29 x 20cm
Paper colour: Ivory
Paper surface: Lightly Textured
Paper thickness: Very Good
One sided: Yes
Binding: Lay Flat Glue
Drawings go into the spine: Yes
Waterbased pen bleed: None
Swedish books often come in several forms: Malarbok (colouring book), Tavelbok (artist edition) and Vykort (postcard book). The artist editions have less pages but much better paper made from thick card, and are always one-sided. Fåglar & Fjärilar comes only as an artist edition, containing 20 illustrations.
The name translates to Birds & Butterflies, which is exactly what you'll find in the book alongside flowers, plants, nature and other creatures & insects. It is filled with wildflowers, each page extremely dense with leaves, petals, grasses and nectar-sucking bumblebees, giving the feel of being nestled deep in thick bramble and brush. Some of the pages have a black background, others white, and three illustrations are printed twice allowing you to colour them with either the black or white backdrop. Here is a flip-through of the book in its entirety.
Fåglar & Fjärilar is exceptionally well made, featuring gold foiling to the title and various details on the cover. It lays completely flat no matter which part of the book you have open, and the glued binding allows you to easily pull each page out should you wish to frame. I touched upon the weight of the paper earlier, which is in fact 350gsm-- a strong, sturdy cardstock that allows not even alcohol markers to bleed-through to the next page.
The book is priced at just over £12/$15, and can only be found on the Swedish online bookshop Penstore, who ship worldwide. Unfortunately it is out of stock at this moment but will be available again soon.
Here is my finished page, coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol pens.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Penstore here:
Fåglar & Fjärilar by Nadja Wedin