A few days ago I nipped into a brilliant discount bookstore we have here in the UK called 'The Works' to see what I could see- and found this beautiful colouring book called Vintage Patterns. It was on sale at just £5, and I knew as soon as I saw the word 'vintage' I definitely had to buy it! As you can see in the photo, I also bought a pack of gel pens- more about those later!
I was so impressed with the book, I decided to contact the publisher and they very kindly sent me a copy of their new travel-sized book, The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown Ups!
Although a few of the pages in each book were the same, I had so much fun colouring the beautiful retro designs that I can't wait to do them a second time in different colours! I'll be talking about both books in this post, due to the similarites.
The paper quality is very high; my Triplus fine/fibre tips did not bleed at all, but Sharpies (as usual) did go through the other side.
The smaller book has a lovely soft feel cover, and is just larger than A5, meaning you can slip it in your bag and take it wherever you go- I used mine in the doctor's waiting room yesterday!
The designs are done in an assortment of line thicknesses, from delicate fine point drawings to thick bordered outlines. I loved the variety because it meant I could use different mediums for different effects- gel pens or fineliners for more intricate detail, and my fat markers for the large, bold patterns!
Here are some of the pages I've completed so far! I used a mixture of Crayola Twistables, assorted gel pens, and my triplus markers.
As you can see, I had LOADS of fun colouring these designs, and I'm looking forward to completing the books so I can show you some more! I would really recommend these two books for the variety of designs alone, especially for someone who's a fan of all things vintage- it definitely takes you back to that great old 60s and 70s wallpaper!
You can purchase Vintage Patterns and The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown Ups at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vintage-Patterns-Creative-Colouring-Grown-Ups/dp/1782432272/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1429717821&sr=8-2&keywords=vintage+colouring+book
and here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gorgeous-Colouring-Book-Grown-Ups-Discover/dp/1782434461/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1429717879&sr=8-2&keywords=gorgeous+colouring+for+grown-ups
18/8/2015 02:52:45 pm
I have a few colouring books and I, too, spotted Vintage Patterns in The Works, Blackpool, whilst visiting my Mum and Dad there. They had loads of adult colouring books near the open doorway and I just couldn't resist going in. It make a nice change flicking through the pages to see what the paper quality was like BEFORE purchasing, rather than after, as with Amazon. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality (especially for the discounted price of a fiver like you said) and I'm totally addicted! I used to love patterns when I was younger so colouring some new ones in now takes me back to more innocent times! Awesome review by the way and I agree with everything you have said about this particular offering. Have you ever used Glitter Pens (I have some AtYouSpica ones..supposed to be by Copic but Copic isn't written on the pens anywhere) and they're fab. Nice addition to be bulging collection of all things Stabilo, Staedtler and Berols would you believe, the latter being a massive surprise because they're very good for the price. You're not the only one to mention Sharpies bleeding as this puts me off from buying any. Are they generally used by autograph-hunters?
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