Hello June

Hello June! Summer, summer, you are finally here! Pool side lounging, picnics, and vacation getaways are within our grasps. Enjoy!

Pull out your shades because we have an sunny issue for you. We have images from artists Alena Lazareva, Anisa Claire, Annieth Art, Bernard Whitman, Chet Minton, Julie Rabischung, Kelly Horton, Lynette Hansen-McNamara, and Paul Richmond.

Special thanks to our team, Deb Rucinski, Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau.

Imaginative Colouring

By Deb Rucinski.

Imaginative Colouring by Xenia E. Zilli

Paper back
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
Glue bound on left
51 Single sided illustrations
Paper weight varies by region where printed.

Xenia is a woman of many talents. She is a gifted and award winning illustrator and an artist in fine art and graphic design. She is a photographer and fine art restorer. Her work is loved by many and in private collections around the world. She has a wide variety of interests, which is shown in the diverse art that she creates. A few of her interests are nature, animals, gardening, architecture, books, and photography. Her illustrations are a combination of hand drawn, digital drawings, PSP effects, as well as greyscale coloring books created from her own personal photographs.

Imaginative Colouring, Special Edition 1 was created for colorists of all ages. This is not your typical coloring book. This book includes not only regular coloring pages, but also coloring craft projects such as, greeting cards, posters, bookmarks and gift tags. The perfect book for a family to sit and color together. Illustrations include cats and dogs, mandalas, florals, angel bear, motivational sayings, butterflies, birds, dream catchers, seasonal illustrations, etc. It also includes a whopping 51 pages to color, instead of her normal 31.

There is something for everyone in this book. The cover is in a nice, calming periwinkle blue, with white and black. The illustration lines are dark and clean. There is plenty of white space surrounding the designs to make removal easy for framing or coloring. The images are single sided, but on the back is a description of what the following page is, whether just a title or some ideas on how to do the crafts.  I would like to see the title or ideas on the back of the correlating page, not a facing page, but that is a personal preference. Most of the designs are detailed but not so intricate that it would be a hardship for those with vision or dexterity issues.

The paper weight varies depending on the region you live and where it is printed. It will vary between 90-120 gsm. As far as I can tell, in the USA, it is 55 lb / 90 gsm, which is pretty standard for adult coloring books. In other countries it is a bit heavier. For this weight of paper, you can use most coloring medium. Make sure if using markers, you use a couple pages of paper behind the one you are coloring to prevent bleed through damage to the next page. Water should be used sparingly, as it will normally create a bit of page buckling.

Other pages include: copyright, dedication, social media links, titles of other books, colorist name page, and acknowledgments.

This book is suitable for all ages.

You can see more of my reviews at Deb’s Coloring, Art and Reviews


Reviews From A Dude

By Larry Pierce.

Hi kids!! Guess who is back for another installment of the mildly popular Reviews
From A Dude. That’s right, the creative geniuses over at Color On magazine decided
that they would like all of you faithful followers to hear from me once again. So I
cleared my scheduled, it was mostly just yelling at the TV and eating Doritos, and
decided to give this whole reviewing books another go.
For this month I’ve decided to go back to one of my favorite illustrators, J.A. Early
Riser, aka the kooky Canadian, and review Alice’s Absur’D Search For Sock-ness. This book, without a doubt, was one of my favorites in the Absur’D Universe. It had intrigue, it had mayhem and it had a sock stealing monster that was being tracked by the heroine Alice. You may remember Alice from some other books, movies and maybe cartoons, but I can assure you she has never had an adventure like the one in
this book. The illustrations are magnificent and hearken back to the John Tenniel drawings with a little Absur’D twist.
Now for the technical aspects, I know, I know but the readers, they insist. There are 120 pages of of Absur’Dly wild images printed on both sides of the page. Paper is a decent weight, white, slightly smooth and non-perforated. Like most other coloring
books, I’m just going to assume that alcohol-based markers bleed through paper, so if you want to use these types of coloring mediums expect that you won’t be able to color the picture on the reverse side. I recommend scanning the picture you want to color and print it out if alcohol markers are you marker of choice.
I highly recommend wandering through the entire Absur’D Collection. The artist has
created her own unique world and I for one am glad to let my pencils, pens and markers travel through it.