Such a beautiful subject matter and so well executed! I love anything to do with fairies, and this book of delicately illustrated fairy houses and doors is just sublime. Virginia-based artist Dawn D. Boyer has created 51 whimsical homes for woodland fae, some of them entire tree houses, others a simple doorway with a welcome sign. Most of the images are pre-shaded, so you need not have blending and shading skills to have a professionally finished piece of art with just a splash of colour. Creep into the land of nymphs and elves and check out their handiwork!
The only flaw in the book is that it's double-sided, so I can't use my favourite markers to really make these stunning illustrations pop (unless I want to sacrifice the other side, such a shame as each picture is lovely). There is a single-sided version available on Amazon which I would definitely favour so you are able to colour without worrying about bleed. There is a substantial epilogue in the book containing lots of QR codes for other books (not all colouring related) which I feel could've been left out or shortened, but it's the author's decision to use this space for marketing.
The paper itself is white but not very thick; my Tombow waterbased markers bled through to the other side and they're nowhere near as strong as alcohol markers. Like I said the single-sided book would be best, unless you prefer to scan and print images on thicker paper to colour. Each fairy house & door in this book is worthy of a frame, they're all so charming. There's lots of thick linework but the images still manage to appear dainty and quaint, which can be difficult to achieve with bold strokes.
Here's my finished fairy house- how I'd love to live there!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. You can find the double and single-sided copies on Amazon here: