Current Price: £6.29
Number of Pages: 80
Size: 22 x 22cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Good
One sided: No
Drawings go into the spine: Yes
Waterbased pen bleed: None
Tangle Magic is the third book in Jessica Palmer's Tangle series of colouring books, preceded by Tangle Wood and Tangle Bay. Firstly I have to mention how honoured and touched I am to have been listed in the dedications in this book-- thank you so much Jessica!
Tangle Magic isn't entirely what I was expecting- and that's not a bad thing! I had thought it would be full of occult imagery and accoutrements like Ouija boards, Voodoo dolls and spellbooks, but instead it focuses on animals taking on human characteristics and performing magic, which I suppose is the 'magic' part of it. Jessica's books have always been very animal-centric with creatures that seem to have more perception and knowledge than meets the eye, which is a predominant theme in this book. It's like taking a peek into their secret world where peacock witches travel on broomsticks, dogs in dinner jackets rub on magic lamps and seagull magicians pull rabbits out of hats.
As with the previous books Jessica has incorporated a hidden treasure element, whereby lots of interesting trinkets and charms are scattered throughout the illustrations for you to find. There's also a very helpful guide on how to create those shiny gems that a lot of colourists have been doing lately, and ample opportunity in the book to practice.
The book is the same size and format as their predecessors, with even thicker paper stock this time around. Where Tangle Wood had coarse, ivory paper, Tangle Magic has kept the bright white of Tangle Bay but upgraded the paper thickness, at least it feels that way to me. Water-based pens will not bleed through at all, which is good as this book is double sided. There are a mixture of standalone images & double page spreads, and a variety of both intricate and less detailed illustrations.
The books look stunning together on the shelf, each with their thick card covers that are a soft matte aside from glossy details here and there. With a strong stitched spine as opposed to glue, you can bend and lay these books flat without worrying they will fall apart or loosen the pages.
Here are my finished pages so far, and I'm working on a third at the moment.
You can preorder this book on Amazon and The Book Depository, or if you can't wait that long, order from Search Press who will have copies available from next week.