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