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Escape to Christmas Past: A Colouring Book Adventure Paperback – 5 Nov 2015

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 16 years
  • Publisher: Puffin (5 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141366761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141366760
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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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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I have recently taken up the pastime of colouring having not done this since I was young. There is a multitude of different books available to cater for all tastes and colouring styles. In my opinion this is one of the better ones, I was going to wait to colour over Christmas but could not wait and have already started. I prefer books with a picture or something to colour rather than random patterns. It is based on A Christmas Carol so the drawings loosely take you through the story. Illustrations are good. The paper is good quality for those of you who use felt tip pens thin paper is not very good, personally I prefer water colour pencils. I have also bought Alice in wonderland book from the same illustrators. Would definitely recommend this book.

Some pictures I have coloured
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I brought this book at full price for my personal collection. I colour purely as a hobby, one that I put an incredible amount of time and effort in to.

This is a beautiful book by Goodwives and Warriors and is the first in their "Escape To" series. (At the time of posting there are currently 4 titles in this series available) It measures at approximately 18.5cm x 18.5cm. Inside this book there are 70 illustrations. Approximately 44 single page illustrations and 26 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. However I had no problems with gel pens or fineliners. 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 story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The original story was written during the Victorian era and a lot of the illustrations reflect that by having a very elegant by-gone feel to them.

These illustrations vary from bells, mistletoe and Christmas pudding to dreamy scenes you can recognise from Charles Dickens work. 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.
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I simply love this book.

The format is quite small which was just lovely in the busy time before Christmas. The pictures are old fashioned as would be expected by the title and the line drawing is clear and easy to see. There are different levels of content with some pictures quick to finish and others spread over two pages. I don't enjoy two page spreads as getting into the spine of the book creates problems and one is always in danger of breaking the spine. I have as yet not completed a two page spread in this book.

The paper is of a good quality, but the pictures are printed on both sides of the page, so I would not recommend markers or wet media. I have used both pencils and gel pens and they have been fine.

I really love this book and look forward to seeing any new books brought out by Good Wives and Warriors.

I have included a few of my completed pictures to show some of the content. They are coloured by myself.
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I have the Alice in wonderland as well and can't wait for the next to come out smaller than I normally buy but a lovely book good quality paper no bleed through with fine liners or gel pens nice to use pencils as well
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Good present
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great book. the best Christmas colouring book I've bought - the pictures actually relate to Christmas! Good quality pages with no bleed through when I used some felt tip pens. A little smaller than most of the other square books but I don't think that's a bad thing with this book.
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I do wish these colouring books only had designs on one side. It's so irritating having print on both.
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This is such a lovely colouring book, really impressed. The quality is great. Not sure if felt pens would bleed through the paper. Ive used pencils and gel pens with no bleed through to other side. Bought mum a copy for christmas and she loves it. Update staedtler felt pens do not bleed through the paper, i wouldnt recommend alcohol markers.
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