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Escape to Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure Paperback – 1 Oct 2015
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Good Wives and Warriors is the creative partnership established by Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell after graduating from the Glasgow School of Art. Their experimental collaborative approach to illustration and installation has led to exhibitions and a wide range of projects all over the world.
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This book is from my personal collection. This is a beautiful book that is essential for any Alice in Wonderland fan’s colouring collection. It is smaller than most at 18.4cms square but don’t let that put you off, it’s a gorgeous book and the size means that the images aren’t daunting and it’s also perfect for taking with you for colouring on the go. The book has a softback cover which is almost all double thicknesses of cardboard as it folds in on itself and when opened up it reveals a beautiful blue background with white line-drawn images of flowers, mushrooms, pocket watches and owls. The cover has silvery-gold foiling accents which really add to the luxury of the book and are a lovely bit of extra detailing. There are 96 pages with double-sided images which are borderless so a little of each image is lost into the glue-bound spine. I found the spine very tight when it arrived but with some work it has now loosened up a lot and lies flatter than it did. The pages are cream and lightly textured which I thought would be ideal for pencils but I did find it a little hard to get many layers as the tooth seemed to disappear quicker than I’d have liked or expected. However, it’s not impossible to layer and I did manage to get some nice shading. The paper is thick enough to use water-based pens and didn’t bleed or shadow on the sample I did but I’ve not yet coloured a whole image with pens so do be sure to test the pens you’re using beforehand to avoid any disasters. Alcohol markers are a definite no because they will bleed terribly and ruin the reverse images.
The images themselves are drawn in a thin line that is pretty consistent throughout so the difficulty level doesn’t change, meaning this is not a book that will adapt to differing levels of concentration but this does lead to a really cohesive feel to the book. The images are in the correct order to tell the story and almost every page contains a quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so you always know where you are, though that’s not necessary for die-hard fans who pretty much know it off by heart but it’s good for people who are new to the story and it’s a great reminder of some of the classic quotes which never fail to put a smile on my face.
In terms of mental health, I found this book great because it instantly transported me back to my childhood and brought back happy memories of watching many different film adaptations and staring at the pictures in my illustrated versions of Lewis Caroll’s original books. Many of the images are of plants, animals and scenes or objects which are the things I’m most interested in colouring so I was in my element and really struggled to narrow it down to just one picture to colour in for my review. I really enjoyed just looking through at the images and reliving the story and while the images are fairly stylised, and different from Sir John Tenniel’s originals, it’s very obvious what each scene is depicting and who each character is. I didn’t notice anything missing apart from the Duchess who isn’t featured in any of the images but all of the classic characters and scenes are in there from the pool of tears, to the caucus race, the croquet match to the lobster quadrille and the trial to meeting the giant caterpillar, it’s all in there. Alice is beautifully drawn throughout in a number of different styles and there are individual images of the gryphon, mock turtle, white rabbit, mouse and dodo, all exquisitely drawn and just waiting to be coloured. The only drawing I’m not so keen on is that of the Cheshire cat. He’s been drawn with petals around his eyes and it just looks a little odd and not very true to the original however, this is my only gripe, and the rest of the book is truly beautiful.
I would highly recommend this book, especially to those who are fans of Alice because not only is this a beautiful colouring book, it’s also a wonderful pictorial retelling of a classic story that so many of us love. The book is really cohesive and I found it great for my own mental health so hopefully it’ll be just as good for yours too as it transports you back to childhood and into the magical world of Wonderland.
This is another beautiful book by Goodwives and Warriors and is the 1st in their "Escape To" series. At the time of posting there are currently 4 titles available. Escape to Wonderland, Escape to Christmas Past, Escape to Shakespeare's World and Escape to Oz. It is substantially smaller then your average colouring book at approximately 18.5cm x 18.5cm.
Inside this book there are 65 illustrations. Approximately 37 single page illustrations and 28 double page spreads. Almost every illustration is drawn all the way in to the spine, I found the spine to be very tight and even after working it, it doesn't sit flat enough to be able to colour extremely close to it precisely.
All the illustrations are printed double sided, using alcohol markers stains the next page. Water based markers left shadowing. However I had no problems with gel pens. The paper itself is non perforated, of medium quality with a slightly textured surface. I used a mix of Marco Raffines and Polychromos for most of the illustrations I've completed and found that multiple layers of pencil was difficult, as the tooth runs out quicker then I would of expected.
The illustrations contained within the book are based on the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. A few of the original characters aren't included in the illustrations this includes the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
A large portion of the illustrations are animal oriented. There are also notable objects (such as the "drink me" shrinking potion), flora and food illustrations. You will also be able to recognise scenes from the original book. These include meeting the caterpillar, the croquet match and the caucus race. Interspersed throughout the illustrations are pre printed black elements. The thicker of these are used in a few scenes to illustrate a dark night sky. There are also quotes from the original book every few pages allowing you to follow Alice's story and understand how the illustration relates to Lewis Carroll's work.
I honestly have nothing bad to say about any of Good Wives and Warriors Escape To series. You get an incredible amount of value for what you pay and the illustrations are so varied you can find almost any type of illustration within the pages. I've personally brought all 4 books from this series and love following a pictured version of a classic story.
I would say paper quality is medium, suitable for gel pens and pencils. Layering is possible, but the paper doesn't take too many layers.
The illustrations are lovely and follow the story of Alice, there are even quotes from the book. Not all the main characters are shown, but the book tells the story well and brought out the magic of the tale. There are plenty of flowers and animals and lots of nostalgia. Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favourites and this lovely book helps to bring back the enchantment of the story.
Well worth the money and highly recommended.
"We're all mad here. Im mad. You're mad for buying an Alice in Wonderland colouring book with no mad hatter". (Lewis Carroll, with slight edits)
Gaaaaahh. A tonne of other characters are also missing! No Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum! And the white rabbit is lame, yet features everywhere...where is the March Hare? Nowhere, that's where.
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