|Front cover of the coloring book|
It's been almost a week since my fingers touched the keys of my laptop, just to tell you how pretty much out of sync I have been since December started. I literally declared myself incommunicado from all things coloring just so I could give focus to last minute Christmas shopping and preparations for my sister's upcoming wedding. (Geez, who said Christmas is all we celebrate in December. Weddings are happening left and right! One can tell, formals are quickly running out of sizes in shops.)
Anyway, a couple of days ago this book came to my door, literally, and I just had to stop everything and peek inside. The cover may not all be that stunning, more of dark and mysterious, but being a sucker that I am for coloring I just had to see quickly if the illustrations inside would make me bolt up and want to color again despite my hectic schedule.
They did. My heart skipped a beat. First thought that ran in my mind was that I had to tell my kolorista group about the existence of this work.
Let me tell you more about the pictures later, before that let me briefly talk about the cover. It is made of paperboard that's held together with glue. Its dimensions are 9 x 12 in. and a quarter of an inch thick. The cover illustration which has a matte finish runs from front to back of both Front Cover and Back Cover, with a poetic blurb at the back that gives more illusion of the mystique in between the pages. There's nothing printed behind the covers, just plain white. No jacket as well.
Moving inside, the book was printed offset, on 90gsm paper. The cover page has printed on it the title, the name of the author, M. R. Umlas, and the Illustrator's name, Ronaldo Jimenez. In the reverse page are the information on the Philippine copyright which essentially says that anyone who reproduces the book or any portion of it in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the author will get sued. The information on the Layout and Cover Design Artist, Kathleen Melendrez, as well as the printer, Visualtek Graphic Solutions, can likewise be found there. A blurb page follows before the actual coloring pages, which makes up 30 illustrations. The coloring pages are one-sided, just perfect for markers and watercolor. (I have actually tried each of them to see what medium to recommend, you may read about that later on.) They are also perforated. I tried to detach one and it came off with small, careful tugs as I went down the page.
Another blurb page is inserted before the actual coloring pages
"The idea for this project was born when I started drawing late last year, and I found that I was drawn to drawing mysterious women's faces. I felt like there was so much to convey in a women-themed book because well, women are such multi-layered and fantastic creatures, right?? I thought of putting them all in a book, as coloring pages. But I was so busy that time so I couldn't really work on it. Anyway, around June this year, I finally buckled down to work. So I enlisted the help of my best friend's brother, Rolando Jimenez, to help me. He is incredibly talented and this appears to be a perfect opportunity to showcase his talent. So ayun, I would make up mock-up boards and tell him what to draw, and he'd draw them."
There are thirty of them, namely:
1. African Turban
2. Indian Princess
3. Flower Goddess
5. Lonely Pierrete
6. Cecilia *a modified version of the author's sister
7. Navajo Beauty
10. Swirls and Squares
11. The Painted Face
13. Cafe Amour
14. Masked Beauty
15. Balinese Dancer
16. Egyptian Queen
18. Peacock Lady
19. Japanese Rain
20. Flapper Gal
21. African Veil
23. Gossamer Glory
24. Moroccan Princess
25. Butterfly Goddess
26. Belly Dancer
27. Arabian Eyes
28. Window Wishing
29. Moon Goddess
30. Gypsy Dreams
Save for one page that's badly printed I'd say this book is a good one to add to any kolorista's collection. Its SRP is only PhP350.00 plus shipping. You can find it here: Opal Pages - Coloring Book for Adults
Before heading off to the site let me tell you first about the paper's quality. It's a 90 gsm paper, not a board, so you can expect some bleeding through. I played around a bit using the page that was badly printed because to tell you honestly I still liked it despite that (heck! I like them all!).
|Dark ink marks can perhaps be covered when colored. If only it wasn't costly to change this particular page in the printing process.|
|After coloring with a Derwent watercolor pencil and applying water with brush|
|The reverse side with a bit of crumpling. After this I tried to stretch it a bit. An hour later, after it had dried, the paper's shape was back to normal|
Water-based Faber Castell Colored Felt-tip Markers
|Slight bleeding through after used the Faber Castell felt-tip markers|
ZIG Scroll and Brush which is non-bleeding
But it didn't! The light green marker I used to color the feather didn't show signs of bleeding in the reverse side of the page. That's fantastic.
Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
On the use of colored pencils I'd say the paper holds well against too much shading although my strokes are rather light in general. Absorption of colored pigments only stopped after applying the 5th layer or so. It's a good paper quality for pencils suffice it to say.