Paisleys: Coloring for Everyone
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Number of designs: 46
As I mention in my review of the Paisley Designs Coloring Book by Marty Noble, paisley designs have a long and fascinating history. These designs have been with us for over 2000 years, with the first motifs apparently appearing in ancient Persia. Here are some great articles about this pattern:
- A Brief History of Paisley by The Guardian (written during London fashion week)
- Thistle & Broom: The History of the Paisley Pattern
- Threads of History: Paisley: A Visual History
- Paisley design (Wikipedia)
In the Paisley coloring book from Skyhorse Publishing, paisleys of every size and a variety of shapes swim across the pages of this book. Some of the designs have a very traditional feel to them, while others seem more modern in style. Some completely fill the page, going all the way to the edge, while others form simpler shapes in the middle of the page, leaving lots of white space to surround them. Some of the designs are simple with lots of large spaces, while others will require your sharpest pencil and smallest point markers. There is enough variety in these pages to keep an paisley fan happily coloring for hours!
- Complexity: Beginner to Advanced
- Book Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
- Design Borders: none – most designs run all the way to the page edge
- Design Lines: thin
- Paper: very thick
- Printing: double-sided
- Binding: glue-bound
The very first thing I noticed about all the books from Skyhorse Publishing was the weight. These books have a weight to them that I’ve never seen in a coloring book before! The paper they chose is art quality, and will take markers and even watercolor paints without any difficulty. The bright white paper is extremely smooth, and the pages are perforated for removal.
One thing I did notice – because of the smoothness and quality, the paper grabbed colored pencil pigment and held onto it like glue! I had to use a very light touch if I wanted to blend more than one color together. So colored pencil users should experiment a bit with the pages at the back of the book before starting on a design.
Speaking of the back, this is the first book I’ve seen that has several pages in the back that are color palette sheets. Each page has several sections of squares where you can test colors and mediums to find the one you want to use before starting to work on the actual designs. It’s a great idea! They also included several pages in the front of the book, with a sample coloring of each design. These and the introductory text are the only pages that are not single-sided.
Do you have this book? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments!