Sunday, 3 January 2016

Emma's Lost Ocean Adventure - The Beginning

Before I get carried away in this blog post I want to introduce the latest addition to my colouring book collection.  It's the Lost Ocean book by Johanna Basford and it is as beautiful as you think it is!

To stop myself from skipping through all the pages to hunt down the jellyfish and colour those, I've decided to follow the theme of the book being an adventure.  And working through it one page at a time.  To start I decided to colour all the 'bonus' pages at the beginning, mostly to test out the new pencils I brought with the book.

The Faber-Castellated pencils deserve mentioning in this post as they are fantastic.  I have more of a love-hate relationship with colouring pencils.  I love how they look and the effects you can create, I just hate pencils that aren't as pigmented as I hoped, or that feel scratchy on paper.  But this brilliant set lived up to my expectations.  The colours are vivid and they have a great quality feel about them, I highly recommend this set to anyone and everyone.

As you can see from these first few pages those pencils are so easy to work with and blend.  I recently tried out some watercolour pencils thinking that they would blend more easily and I was oh, so wrong.  The other reason I wanted so badly to find a set of pencils I would love is due to this book have double-sided pages, so any inks/markers would bleed through and ruin the next design.  If you are an avid marker pen user then I'd recommend hunting down a copy of the 'artist edition' I think they're called.  Which is the same book just single sided (genius)

After colouring that border (picture above), I then didn't have the guts to attempt writing my name neatly.  Maybe I'll revisit it sometime.... Maybe.

One feature I wasn't expecting was a hidden object search.  I love that this is included and it reminds me of some Where's Wally books I used to own when I was younger.  Eagle-eyed followers, the search is on! 

Has anyone else got this book yet? How are you finding the tiny details? Personally I love the tiny drawn worlds and all the little shells to colour, but they do get fiddly.  
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