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Coloring Supplies ~ Coloring Books ~ Part 1


Curious

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As you saw if you looked at my supplies set up post, I have a lot of coloring books.    I'm going to talk about 5 or so at a time so the posts don't get too long.   I really have no idea how many parts this will end up being as a result.    I may mix it up and add some gel pen/marker posts in between, as well.

I really like the Design Originals and Creative Haven books, so that is mostly what I have.  I do have a few others, though.   Let's get started!

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Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designsir?t=frejin0b-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1941325114

This is one of the very first adult coloring books I bought.   It was a nice starter book for me in terms of designs, but when I started out (and still a little bit even now) I want to color animals their proper natural colors.   This leads to some really boring coloring on beautiful designs.   So I have only done 2 pages from this book.   Now that I'm getting more comfortable mixing things up a bit, I need to pull this one back out and try again.   The designs are all one animal per page and there is a good variety of animals included.   The areas to color are easy to do with a sharp pencil or a gel pen.  Thicker markers will probably be an issue for the majority of designs in this book.  Pages are single sided and perforated, so you don't have to worry about bleed through and you can pull them out easily for completion (my preferred method).

 

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Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books)ir?t=frejin0b-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0486789640

I love this book.  I have done 2 pages out of it so far.  My only complaint and it's minor is that the cat is the same on every page.  I solve this by just making the cat a different color every time.   The cat is adorable, which you can see here on the cover.  There are a variety of situations the cat is in, including nature scenes, cityscapes and a set of face cards.   All the designs have quite a lot of detail in them, some of it pretty small..  The pages are single sided and perforated.

 

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Dover Creative Haven Art Nouveau Animal Designs Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books)ir?t=frejin0b-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0486493105

I have not colored any pages out of this book yet, but I do really like them.  They are more of a realistic, old style rather than many of the books I have which are a bit more cartoony looking.   All the designs contain some type of animal in a nature scene.   Some of them are quite detailed, but some pages have fairly large areas so there is a good mix.  The pages are single sided and perforated.

 

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Creative Haven NatureScapes Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books)ir?t=frejin0b-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0486494500

I haven't done any pages out of this one yet either (which is actually the case with the majority of the books I have lol).  If you like animals, this is a great book for you.  The designs are all done in a realistic style and it includes a large variety of wild animals and birds.  This one has design areas that are fairly large, but there is still nice detail in each picture.   The pages are single sided and perforated.

 

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Dover DOV-91374 Dover Publications-Nature Mandalasir?t=frejin0b-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0486491374

This is one of my favorite books.  I've done a few pages out of this one.  There are animals, birds and insects in the designs, along with other nature elements.  The designs have a good bit of detail, but it's not tiny, hard to color areas.  The designs are on the more realistic style side.  The page are single sided and perforated.

If you have specific questions about any of these books, please feel free to ask in the comments.  I'll be happy to dig the book out and answer any questions to help you get the best fit for your style.

(Links are Free Jinger amazon affiliate)

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beckerbuns

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I had just ordered new coloring books and then saw your post.  Glad to see that you like Creative Haven because I've got cats, owls, and Day of the Dead ones from them, on the way to me from Amazon.  The nice thing I've found with Amazon is that they'll offer you lower prices for ordering more than one.  Of course, they get to pick which ones, but in this case it worked out.

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Curious

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I have all 3 of those and really like them, so I think your choices are safe ;)   I really like the day of the dead one a lot.  I've probably done the most out of that one.   If you look at my pictures of the day, I have posted a couple that are from that book.

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beckerbuns

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Oh, awesome.  I'll go back and look.  I had seen a few Day of the Dead coloring books at Michael's last week and knew I could do better on pricing if I went through Amazon, and then found that there were so many that looked good! That one looked to be the best though, in terms of reviews.

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Tikobaby

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I recently bought the CH Creative Cats & Naturescapes coloring books and have just begun to try it out.  Am using Prismacolor double-ended and Staedtler triplus fineliner markers.  The Prismacolors seem darker than what I expected them to be and the "Crimson Red" marker looks more like a shade of purple. If anyone is using them, have you noticed this?

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bertnee

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I also have the cat coloring book and really like it. The other coloring book I have is this one which I love. The designs have the right level of intricacy and are very symmetrical. :)

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Curious

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@bertnee   I've looked at the books by Angie, but I can't tell enough about them from the amazon page to decide if I want them or not.  I like your description of them though.   I think I'll add that one to my ever-growing wish list.

I recently bought the CH Creative Cats & Naturescapes coloring books and have just begun to try it out.  Am using Prismacolor double-ended and Staedtler triplus fineliner markers.  The Prismacolors seem darker than what I expected them to be and the "Crimson Red" marker looks more like a shade of purple. If anyone is using them, have you noticed this?

I just ordered a few of the Prismacolor pens because they are recommended by my favorite coloring book author.   I also ordered a couple copic pens and a few different single colored pencils to give some different brands a try.

I *might* have a little problem with coloring supplies after all ;)

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Tikobaby

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On my way home from work today, I stopped at Michael's and bought $40 worth of individual Prismacolor Premier markers, a Copic marker, and two Winsor-Newton markers.  I think we both have a problem with coloring supplies, though I haven't begun to approach your level of supply inventory.  

 

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