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Fairy Tales Coloring Book: Published in Sweden as "Sagolikt" (Gsp- Trade) (Colouring Books) Paperback – 21 Apr 2017
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About the Author
Emelie Lidehall Oberg is a freelance illustrator. She has studied graphic design and illustration, as well as studied communications at Mittuniversitet in Sundsvall, Sweden. Emelie loves sharp lines, soft pastels and silhouettes from the past.
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Fairy Tales is a paperback, but the cover is very thick card stock. The inside flaps do fold out to reveal more coloring areas at the front and back. The actual paper is very thick and slightly off white. But alcohol based markers do bleed through, and each page is printed on both sides. However, one thing that I absolutely love is that none of the coloring pages are two-page spreads, so nothing gets lost in the binding. Some of the drawings do go all the way to the binding, but the spine bends easily enough to lie the book flat.
The artist of Fairy Tales has a very unique and recognizable style. She uses a lot of stripes and circles to create detail in all of her illustrations. At first it looks a bit busy, but ultimately I loved that it breaks up open spaces and adds more interesting texture. Even the girls have circles on their cheeks, making them stand out. And her animals are absolutely adorable!
Fairy Tales quickly became one of my all-time favorite coloring books. The quality is outstanding and added to the artist’s distinct style, creates something very special. I’ll definitely be looking forward to her next coloring book.
The designs are detailed but are not too intricate and do not have tiny little spots to try to color. Because the book is printed two-sided, I'm being very careful with what I use to color in it. I am avoiding using my alcohol-based markers as those bleed through the page (you can see what my test results were with various medium below.)
The cover is card stock rather than the hardcover I associate with this publisher. The cover is light ivory/antique white with green and pink elements as well as gold metallic accents. The front and back attached covers have a flap and there are designs on the interior which can be colored.
This is what I found while coloring in this book and testing it with my coloring medium.
90+ pages stylized designs
Printed on both sides of the page; no two-page spread designs
Paper is heavyweight, ivory color, somewhat smooth, and non-perforated.
Sewn binding which can easily be snipped to remove a number of pages at a time.
Most designs merge into the binding area. I can open the book fairly flat for coloring by breaking the spine.
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page. If you use these, you will have ink seep through and mar the design on the back of the page.
Water-based markers, gel pens and India ink pens do not bleed through the page.
Colored pencils work well with the paper. I was able to blend, layer the same and multiple colors using both oil and wax-based pencils with ease.