Fairies-Darcy-MayFairies to Paint or Color (Dover Art Coloring Book)
Dover Publications
Copyright: 2008
Number of designs: 23
ISBN-10: 0486465446
ISBN-13: 978-0486465449

The ability to fly has been a dream for humans for most of our history. Whether it was Icarus in Greek mythology with his wax wings, or Superman with his ability to defy Earth’s gravity, we’ve been granting humans (or human-like people) the ability to fly in our myths and legends since we first told stories around a campfire.

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
–William Butler Yeats, “The Land of Heart’s Desire,” 1894

Fairies have long been a part of European folklore, and take many forms. In Fairies to Paint or Color, Darcy May uses the “wee folk” version of the term in her designs, almost all with butterfly-like wings. Her fairies fly amongst flowers, perch on stumps or hide beneath toadstools, interact with forest creatures, and even ride seahorses. (I love the seahorse design, but can’t help wondering how their wings can survive a wild ride through the water!)

The designs in this book will challenge you with coloring skin tones, folds of clothing, and all manner of natural settings. Or you can go for a more alien look with green skin and pink or red hair to match the flowers. Who says fairies have to look like us? 😉

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Book Size: 8.25 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: standard rectangular frame
  • Design Lines: hand-drawn, varying thickness
  • Paper: average thickness
  • Printing: single-sided
  • Binding: glue-bound

The “to paint or color” series by Dover has the usual single-sided, perforated page format as their Creative Haven series. However, all designs are printed with light gray ink. This causes the outlines to almost disappear as you color, giving the finished coloring a look that is more like a painting than a coloring page. It also gives you some flexibility when coloring, encouraging you to “go outside the lines”  if you choose.

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