Faber-Castell 60 Connecter Felt Tips – My Review.

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Faber – Castell 60 Connecter Felt Tips.

I love colouring with felt tips as it’s fast and you often get some pretty colours that you can’t get with a pencil. I find colouring with felt tips straight forward and they are perfect for the times where you don’t want to pay too much attention and just experiment and play around. Saying that, I still want my finished work to look good. I’ve mainly used Crayola Supertips and love them but I’ve been looking out for a set with more than 24 but at a good price.

 

 I was recently given an Amazon gift card and came across these felt tips by Faber-Castell.  

 

I’ve heard brilliant things about their pencils, so when I saw i could get 60 different coloured pens for £12 I didn’t think twice. In the packaging you get 12 connecters and some little push out pieces of card to colour and turn your pens into a palm tree. I’ve not used them but I guess it could be fun for little ones. 

 

I like the connecting idea, it keeps pens from rolling off the counter, you can group them by colour, or simply just connect the pens you know you’ll be using. 

 

 The felt tips feature a standard nib and a round barrel. I find if I’m using them for longer than half an hour my hands can ache, someone with joint pain may struggle even more.

 

 I’ve used these felt tips a lot and I’m still undecided. There are 60 different colours but many of them are so close in shade, the difference is hardly noticeable. My Daughter and Husband can not see when I’ve used two different ones. Although some lends are similar, there’s a good mix of bold colours, pastel colours and also neons, so where the ones lose out in number, I feel they make up for it variety.

 

 My second problem with these pens is just how different each one is to use. About half of them are smooth, colours lays on the paper evenly and you have no direction marks, where as the other half are very hard nibbed,nscratchy and create a very fine line which is not good for filling areas, as unless you go really slow and you end up with lots of white space and an uneven blotchy colour left behind, going over a second time makes the paper disintegrate.  They bleed through most paper I’ve used too, the greens and blues being the worst offenders.

 

 As I’ve used the pens over the last few weeks I’m noticing some have already run out, I’m meticulous about storing them correctly and replacing caps so I’m dissapointed that several are not going to last much longer. I’ve used my Crayola Supertips for about a year and they are all still as good as when I purchased them. 

 

 You can see all the images I’ve coloured with these felt tips below, the ones that work,work brilliantly and are a joy to use, but too many are problematic and make using the full range more frustrating than relaxing, which is the main reason I colour. I was expecting so much more from Faber-Castell. I cant recommend these felt tips, even at the low price of £12. 

Image from Johanna’s Christmas.


Image from Johanna’s Christmas


Image from Johanna’s Christmas.

 

Image from Enchanted Forest Journal.

 

 

 

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The Enchanted Forest Journal – My Review.

 I was kindly supplied a review copy directly from the publisher Laurence King. My blog is not linked to the Amazon affiliate programme so I have no financial incentive to get anyone to buy from there. The only time I’ll include Amazon links is when it’s the lowest price at the time of writing.

 The Enchanted Forest Journal – My Review.

On of the things I loved about The Secret Garden Journal was how it allowed me have pretty journal pages with lovely decorative drawings but without spending forever badly drawing them myself. I loved how the small elements from the larger colouring book translated into smaller motifs in the journal and how week the whole thing work. 

 

 The Enchanted Forest Journal works really well too. The hardback sleeves mean the journal won’t get destroyed in a bag, the stitched in ribbon along with the gold guilded pages and blank cream paper add the same luxury they did with The Secret Garden Journal. You also have the removable paper band which can be coloured if you wish.

 

 The front cover itself features an image from the book with gold embellishing, I like this better than the repetitive pattern featured on The Secret Garden Journal. The inside covers are white this time, I preferred the black design of The Secret Garden but white looks nice too. Both are just personal choice and don’t take anything away from how luxurious and well made both journals feel.  

 

 There’s a well balanced variety of animals, buildings and fauna adorning a corner of each double page spread. I was ridiculously excited to see a mini version of the fox and the dragon in the corners. While the book doesn’t lay totally flat when opened, it does lay open in such a way that it would be perfectly possible to write or draw right up to the binding without a lot of difficulty.

 

 

 I’ve played around with Faber Castell  felt pens and while there’s slight shadowing on the next page, I’ve not had bleed through. I’ve also used my Marco Renoir pencils and love how the smooth surface of the paper allows the colour to glide on smoothly.

Coloured with Renoirs


Coloured with Faber Castell felt tips.

 

 I look forward to filling the pages and spending time looking back through them in the future. It’s great for people who maybe don’t have the time or patience to colour a full sized picture but would like to try adult colouring.

 

 The Enchanted Forest Journal can be pre ordered on Amazon for £12, as always I’ll tweet designs as I finish them @ColouringReview.

 

 

Johanna’s Christmas – My Review.

 

I am not a member of Amazon’s affiliate program, so any purchases made on Amazon from links on my blog do not make me any money. I just wanted to point out that I have no financial interest in including amazon links and the reason I do is is because they are the cheapest price for items I’m writing about at the time of publishing.

 

 Johanna’s Christmas – My Review.

I preordered this at the same time as Magical Jungle, and while I did like that, this is the one I’ve  been looking forward to the most. I love Johanna’s work and I was very interested to see how her familiar style of fauna and flowers would translate into a Christmas theme. Johanna’s style looks just as magical in a Christmas bauble as it does a leaf.

 

 Now that I’ve had my hands on the book I can say it’s not a disappointment and I can’t wait to fill the book in the build up to Christmas with my Daughter and the other Children in my family.nits taken a while to grow on my Daughter as she’s not so keen on the larger spaces Johanna seems to have been providing in her last two titles.  I’ve not completed any colouring book in full yet as I like to move between a few so this book will last many Christmases and start a new tradition.

 

It’s priced at £9 which compared to her other titles at £5-£6 on Amazon, it’s higher, and considering there’s only 37 images to colour, it’s makes this book not as good value for money, you also don’t get the hunting for different items and instead have to find a certain number if robins within the pages, I never do this aspect of the book, but if you like it, it’s worth noting there’s no answer page at the back.

 

 There’s differences to Johanna’s other books, the book is floppy when picked up as the card cover isn’t as thick as the other three. It reminds me of some US books I have, but I like this as it helps books lay flat, which is good for a colouring book. I loved the removable dust jacket of all her other titles and am dissapointed to have a French flap cover this time, the inside over the covers are colourable like her previous books.

 

 All the pages are perforated so that they can be torn out. On the reverse of the designs you have a fainter printed repetitive pattern featuring baubles, gifts and holly. It’s like a wrapping paper pattern.  I’m undecided how I feel about this and wonder if they may make the book look unfinished if pages are not torn out.

 

 Ink lines are clear and the paper used feels of a very similar quality to Johanna’s previous four titles.  I have a video above which shows you all the images in the book. I’ll also add more completed images as I go I’m using felt tips and FineLiners and so far I’ve had no bleeding, but as they are single sided it’s not too much of an issue.

 

All three of my completed images have been coloured with a mix of Staedler felt tips (reviews coming), metallic felt tips, Crayola super tips and Finecolour FineLiners.

 

 It’s a lovely book that adds further magic to Johanna’s work but even you’ve never bought any of her titles, but is also beautiful in it’s own right.  I’m not usually one for the faff Christmas brings, but this book even makes me smile.

You can buy a copy of the book on amazon here for £9.09, follow me on Twitter @ColouringReview for more completed images,mor check my gallery page. 

 

120 Coloured Pencils by Sudee Stile – My Review.

120 Sudee Stile Coloured Pencils.

 

I was sent these pencils free of charge to use and review. I am not part of Amazons affiliate program which allows bloggers to make a bit of money from purchases made on amazon via blog links. I have included the amazon link to this product because at the time of writing, it was the cheapest price I could find. The only benefit I get is the pencils free of charge.

 

First thing I did when the pencils arrived was to lay them out. The pencils feature a silver hexagon barrel, with the cap being the colour of the lead, brand name along with a colour shade is printed in the side.

 

I organised them by colour, and the first swatch picture is of the pencils in numerical order, as you can see they they do not follow rainbow order, almost every set of pencils I’ve bought are numbered in colour order. I like mine in colour order and because the plastic tube they arrive in is quite flimsy I’ll be keeping them in a different storage solution, so I had to spend a good hour organising them into colour order, so gathering all the oranges and swatching them from dark to light, and then doing the same with the reds etc. I like organising my pencils and doing this gave me a little idea of what they can do. But others may find this annoying.

 

There is 120 different shades, but as you can see from the colour ordered swatch photo, some are very very similar to each other and actually look the same until you get really close.

 

I had a few chipped leads, but thankfully, after testing them all, none appear to be broken inside. 

 

On Swatching I found them very hard on the paper, and medium pressure left an indent.  I wasn’t impressed as I felt I had to put a lot of pressure on to see results and the pigment and colour didn’t lay evenly, I feel this is due to the flat tip they arrive with and some weird coating on the leads. After sharpening they were like a different pencil and performed much much better, I appreciate though that it takes a while to sharpen 120 pencils!! I sharpened as I went which wasn’t too problematic.

 

Colouring with them wasn’t the best, but also wasn’t the worse. I can’t seem to find information detailing what they are made of, I’m  guessing they are wax based due to their hardness. They will blend and shade, but will require a little extra effort than a premium pencil. I usually use a Derwent Blender pencil but this set contains some very very light shades if each colour and they’ve been great for using as a blender, both with this set, and also my other sets.

 Because the leads are harder, I’d be happy to let the children in my family use these. My posh pencils are off limits to them as kids push too hard. They don’t require a lot of sharpening so should last a long time.

 

 I’ve found they can give some pretty results and I’m willing to put in the little extra effort for blending, shading for the generous amount of shades and low price (£20 at writing). I’d not buy at the full price of (£70 at writing) as I’d buy a premium set for that price, polychromes for example.  I’ll be using these alongside my 72 set of Marco Raffines as they extra shades compliment them nicely. They are also a nice set just on their own. A professional or serious artist may not like them, but for kids and people who like colouring, they are fine, for a starter or just to add to an existing collection and I seem to like them the more I use them.

 

I’ll be tweeting more images as I complete them, follow me on Twitter @ColouringReview if you’d like to see them.

These pencils are available in different sized packs, the 120 pack in this review can be bought on Amazon for £19.99 here

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Art Therapy – Issue 1 – Garden Of Eden – My Review.

Art Therapy – Issue 1 – Garden Of Eden.  My Review.

 

 Art Therapy is a new adult colouring part-work that has just launched in the UK.  I’ve tried to find an advert for this product on youtube but have been unsuccessful. I’ve videoed a flick through.

 

I usually steer clear of part-works as they work out expensive when you add the cost up over every issue. My Sister used to buy Art Of Crochet and initially it sounded great, you’d get a mini ball of yarn with each issue along with a pattern to make a square with it, at the end of the series you end up with a big blanket. Sounds great right? Until you add up the cost of every issue and realise that if you used the several hundred pounds the issues cost, you buy enough yarn to make several more blankets. So when I saw the ads for Art Therapy I had my doubts, but as with most part-works, the first issue is way cheaper so when I saw it in my local newsagents for £1.99 I thought I’d try issue 1

 

 Every two weeks there will be a new issue, every issue will be a colouring book with  50 images to colour and every issue will feature a different theme. Issue 1 is “The Garden Of Eden” and costs £1.99, every issue afterwards will be £4.99 with issues two, three, four and five having themes of “Signs Of a The Zodiac” “Russian Dolls” “Persian Nights” and “Under The Sea”

 

 As well as a 95 page colouring book, you also get a leaflet detailing the various benefits of subscribing, on the left of each page is a sentiment, or a writing prompt, the text has a different border on each page and many of them are colourable, I like the writing prompts as it gives you an opportunity to put your own personal stamp on it. The right of each opened page has the colourable image.

 

 The book is bound with glue and is very tight, many of the illustrations cover the whole paper surface so go into the crease and no matter how hard I tried, I could not get right in to colour the full surface, it’s annoying as I know that white line is there!

 

 There’s a mixture of mandalas, patterns and garden scenery, so the variety is nice. Lines are clear and while there’s some intricate details on several illustrations, the lines are clear so most people will be able to see the colourable area fine.


 

 The paper quality itself isn’t great. I’ve used Crayola felt tips as they usually work great on cheap paper but colouring in this book was a terrible experience. One layer of felt pen had the top surface peeling off, it’s the first image I’ve almost given up on as it’s just too frustrating to colour. It bleeds through and while the underside is a quote so you’re not losing an image, if you planned to decorate and embellish the sentiments, you will lose some of those. Better quality paper with fewer images would have been better, in my opinion.

  

 At £4.99 twice a month I won’t be picking up every issue, certainly not subscribing and due to the crappy paper I doubt I’d grab the odd one, I like colouring with pencils the best, but sometimes, felt or gel pens are nice to use and as this paper rules them out, it makes me unlikely to re purchase, which is a shame as some of the future themes do sound interesting. If you do plan to subscribe though, I’d recommend doing it online as you get extra free gifts, than subscribing over the phone or by mail.

 
I’d love to know what you think of this issue, you can find me on twitter @ColouringReview  

The Great British Colouring Map – My Review.

The Great British Colouring Map – A Colouring Journey around Britain.

 This book was sent directly to me, free of charge, by Laurence King publishers to write about on my blog.

 

One of the great things about adult colouring is the ability to mix the colouring hobby with just about any other hobby, thanks to massive range of topics covered in various colouring books.  I personally have never been a fan of Geography so a colouring book full of ordinance survey maps didn’t fill me with excitement. I really shouldn’t judge a book by it’s covers as it’s turned out to be quite fun and enjoyed by all the family.

 

 It’s one of the larger sized books on the market, measuring approx 34 x 26 CM (like the artist editions of Basford as Marotta books) you are going to struggle to colour this in without a hard surface to rest on. In my opinion, if it was the same size as regular colouring books it wouldn’t work so so well as you need the larger sized surface to appreciate the details that goes into ordinance survey maps.

 

 There’s 55 different ordinance survey maps to colour over 96 pages, covering the whole of England, Scotland and Whales. There’s a mix of one and two page spreads, with a four page fold out of London in the centre, the book features illustrations printed on both sides of the paper.

 

 The ink seems to be great quality as I’ve had no transferring onto opposite pages when pressing down I’ve also had no smudges on my hand. Print lines are clear and  fluid. There’s a mixture of both thick and thin lines, each map has good sized  sections to colour but there’s also some smaller details. Nothing a sharp pencil can’t handle but it’s worth considering if you don’t have great eye sight. 

 

 The paper itself is nice and smooth, and a joy to colour on. Ive used both pens and pencils so far and the paper works equally well with both. The paper used is thicker  than most books, and has a slight stiff feeling when flicking through the book, it’s almost card like, I’ve used several layers of felt tip pens and couldn’t get it to bleed through so I’m confident I’m not going to lose any double sided designs due to ink seeping through. 

 

 Some of the maps feature repeating patterns such as city blocks, or trees, my Daughter is enjoying these as she says it helps distract her mind from worrying about schoolwork and she can lose herself while colouring the various sized squares. She’s only half way through colouring her design as she’s been really busy with school so I’ll update the photos once she’s finished, but here’s my effort.

 

 

 She says she is going to use the four page London design as a swatch page, so every time she wants to test a pen or pencil for another colouring book, she will colour a section of the London map in, ending up with a big beautiful multi coloured map of London 🙂

 

 I mentioned earlier it’s been enjoyed by the whole family, usually my Husband has no interest at all in my colouring books but as he likes to think he’s a whizz at geography, my Daughter has had so much fun quizzing him using this book. She covers the location label of each map and my husband has to try and guess the location shown on the map. Embarrassingly I only get a handful correct each time she tests me. 

 

  The husband works away a lot and going through this book with our Daughter has enabled him to share stories with her, of the places he’s been, what it’s like, fun things to do etc.  

 

 I’ve spent more time with this book over the last week than I have with any others and I’ve found myself looking forward to colouring more Ordinance Survey maps in.

 You can buy a copy of The Great British Colouring Map from Amazon for £19.95. I’m not affiliated with Amazon so i do not make any money on sales.  Check out http://www.laurenceking.com for more information on other titles from this publisher. I’ll add more pics on twitter when weather brightens up, would love to see yours too.  I’m @ColouringReview on Twitter.

 

Finished Pictures for May 2016.

I figured as it’s been a while since I posted would share finished pictures that have been coloured my Daughter and myself during May. 

 

I’ve only bought the one book this month, Animorphia. 

 

I found it for £4 in The Works and as I’d read many good things about it I figured I’d pick up a copy. I bought a second copy of Lost Ocean for my Daughter as a treat for working so hard on her SATs. Supplies wise I’ve not bought anything new this month, I’ve just been enjoying using the books and supplies I already have.

I wanted to start the month with an intricate project and thought I’d dive into this one from Lost Ocean, it took me about a week to finish and it drove me mad at times, but I overall I’m pleased with it. Breaking into into two different colour themes helped.

Once I finished the above image I decided to colour the image on the opposite page using the same pencils. Again, it took me about a week but wasn’t so hard on my eyes as there’s larger sections.

My Daughter wanted us to colour the same picture and get our family to judge whose is best. We went with the Hippo, from Animal Kingdom. I won’t say whose is whose but I think they both look great.

When I bought Animorphia I had to colour a page. I love the fun designs in this book.

I also finished off the front page of Enchanted Forest.

My last finished colouring image is from the Tropical Wonderland postcard set. It’s not too great but I didn’t put much effort in as I was mainly testing some FineLiners I’d been given to review.

I’ve been messing around with doodling and stuff, these are not perfect but thought I’d share anyway.

Lastly are my Daughters finished projects. She’s always starting new images and has way more started projects than finished, but she’s finished a few this month and is very proud of herself.

 

If you have pictures you’d like to share, please feel free 🙂