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Modern Elegance Coloring Book
Amanda Murphy

C & T Publishing (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
27 November 2015 / ISBN 9781617452802
Non Fiction / Coloring / Craft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Swirling vines, lush flowers and lacy leaves adorn the pages of this William Morris era coloring book. Each page is printed on bright white heavyweight paper and is one sided so you can use whatever coloring medium you like, although putting a sheet of paper behind if you are using pens or paints is essential. Each page also has a perforated edge so you can detach it, also a bonus. There are more than 45 pages in here and two pre-colored page sized examples to inspire, one of them on the cover. Inside the back cover is a page briefly outlining color wheels and how to combine colors to best advantage; other than that the book is your own to color in how you will as this is not one with pre-colored sections. Neither does it have blank parts to add your own doodles to, although a few pages might partly be customized in this way. Patterns include flowers, abstracts that are inspired by plants, designs that look rather like lace and even a page with clock faces and another with cogs which seemed to have come from another book. The whole has a romantic Victorian appeal, which made me think of vintage wallpaper and textile designs, not original but pleasing and well printed. Lines vary from thin to thick and are nice and crisp, no pixelated fuzziness in here. If you are a fan of this type of pattern, this is a good book to get as it ticks all the boxes for a quality, user friendly coloring book.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2016