This is an 80 page paperback book full of designs from the Art Nouveau period, including animals, statues, scrolls, nautical, LOTS of leafy vines, and more. I'm not a big fan of the style I have to say, but there are some interesting images to colour here and a variety of different objects rather than one subject matter.
The illustrator, Judy Belchin, is a UK-based graphic designer, craft demonstrator and artist/illustrator extraordinaire. She has dabbled in the world of television, logo designing and even needle-felting, so has a lot of background and experience in the creative world.
Art Nouveau was popular at the turn of the century and is identified by its ornamental curves, whip-like lines, and asymmetry- some great characteristics for colouring book designs. If you're into blending plants and flowers, take a look at some of the pages in the book and notice how how leaves and stalks are heavily featured throughout.
The paper quality is very good, thick enough for most non-alcohol markers and all one sided. An interesting thing about this book which I haven't seen before, is that the first few pages are filled with pre-coloured illustrations to give the reader pallet inspiration before they begin. I think it's an excellent idea as it shows you popular colours of the style and time period, which you wouldn't necessarily know otherwise.
I'd recommend this book to colourists who have a passion for art; particularly sculptures, statues, stained glass, and nature. I'm sure fans of historical design would love it, as it seems to be very true to the period.
Here are my finished pages. I absolutely LOVED the stylised typography at the back of the book, which I'm now using as my signature on all blog posts :)
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here:
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