Current Price: £8.50
Number of Pages: 48
Size: 25 x 21cm
Paper colour: Ivory
Paper surface: Very Smooth
Paper thickness: Very Good
One sided: Yes
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: None
Many colourists will know of Maria Trolle from her book released in 2015, Blomster Mandala (reviewed here). Since then, Maria wrote a children's story book named Vivi söker en vän - Vivi's Looking for a Friend - which she then converted into a colouring book for kids and adults alike. I absolutely adored Blomster Mandala, Maria's whimsical and charming style making irresistible colouring pages, and Vivi söker en vän is more of the same. This time, we are visually taken through a story unlike the individual illustrations in BM, so the book has a lovely flow and cohesion between the different pages.
Vivi goes on a journey throughout the woodland which surrounds her treehouse home, meeting many friendly creatures along the way. As you can guess nature is as prevalent in this colouring book as it is in Maria's first, but with the addition of the sweet little girl to accompany us through the story.
Not only does the book contain beautiful illustrations but the production quality is wonderful too. Each page is printed one-sided on heavy card-like paper, so you are able to use whatever medium you wish without having to sacrifice the reverse side. The paper surface is very smooth with next to no tooth, so markers and pens lay down much better than coloured pencil.
The pages are perforated so that you can remove and display your finished pages, which you'll likely want to do as the illustrations are extremely frame-worthy, especially for a children's bedroom/nursery. The detail is certainly more intricate in this book than in Blomster Mandala, as there is much more to see and discover in Vivi's fantasy world.
The book costs around £10/$12 depending on where you get it from. The most reliable place for worldwide shipping is PenStore, but unfortunately this book is sold out at the moment. They are getting more copies in soon so keep your eye out!
Here is my finished page from the book, coloured with Fibracolor Colorito pens.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.