Disney Dreams Collection Thomas Kinkade Studios Coloring Book Spiral-bound – September 19, 2017
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I own and really like both of the prior Kinkade coloring books but this one has to be my favorite. I am a fan both of his artwork and of Disney in general, so this book combines two of my favorites things. On top of that, I really like the way that illustrators interpreted the designs in this coloring book. Where the first two books had very sketch-like designs, in this book, much of the design is done is straight-forward line drawing. It will be much easier to color because of it. I find that I like the drawings in this book much more than the most recent Disney coloring books.
Many of my favorite classic movies are included and there are also many of the newer sequel film characters included as well. The first thing I did after looking through this book was to go back on-line and order more copies to give away as gifts this holiday season. I know that they will be a big hit among my family and friends.
This is the third Thomas Kinkade coloring book in this series and the first one to feature his Disney artwork. The books are published by Posh and follow the same format. The size of the book is the same as is the texture of the paper. The paper in this book is soft white.
The designs are printed on the right hand side of with the color photo of the actual painting on the left hand side (i.e., opposite each other in the book.) This will allow me to look at the photo of the real painting while I am coloring my own. Certain coloring medium will bleed through and can ruin the colored designs (see below.) I purchased a second copy to keep the photos pristine as I work with alcohol-based markers most of the time.
Here is what I experienced while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my medium:
63 Thomas Kinkade Disney designs with 63 color photos as well
Designs printed on one side of the page with a photo on the back of the page.
Paper is soft white, very slightly rough, non-perforated and medium weight.
Designs stop before the binding area but unfinished elements are left on all four sides of the design which does not have a framing line.
Pages can be cut out without loss of designs. I don't plan to do so as I want to keep the continuity of the colored picture and design together.
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the paper.
Water-based markers leave shadows of color (with some spotting through) on the back of the page except for the brush end of dual-end Tombow markers which did not leak through.
India ink pens leave shadows of color on the back of the page.
Gel pens do not bleed through.
Colored pencils work well with this paper. I tested both oil and wax based pencils and was able to get good results from both. I got good pigment (especially with multiple layers of the same color.) I was able to layer different colors and to blend easily using a blending stick.
If you decide to use markers, you will probably have some amount of bleed-through onto the back of the page. I recommend using a heavyweight sheet of paper or card stock below your working page. That will keep ink from damaging the next design below.
The publishers have continued their efforts to simplify the drawings to be less and less cluttered, getting away from the problem of the first book in the series where there were so many lines showing the different graduations of color and shade that it was not that easy to pick out the actual elements in the picture. So these drawings are much clearer. In order to do that, especially with original Disney painting which had small Disney characters in a more sweeping landscape, they have chosen details from the paintings rather than the whole. For example the first reproduction in the book, Mickey & Minnie Sweetheart Cove is only a portion of the original painting. You lose a lake and glowing cottage on the far shore; you gain a very clear image of Mickey and Minnie. Sometimes there are multiple images from the same painting, but I did not see how they could be pieced together into one whole.
As all of the images are identified, it is easy to look up the originals with Google; you can see how the picture has been cropped and simplified and get more ideas on the color palette The textures are also simplified by using just a detail. Colored pencil or pastel pencils are probably going to be your best bet; don't be afraid to leave white paper showing through your colors to get his luminosity.
Sixty-three Kinkade prints and their drawings to color; 7.2 x 9.5 inch format. (A little smaller than a sheet of notebook paper.)
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Not as big as an A4 book but in my option doesn't need to be.
Very happy with this and would recommend to any Disney fan.
👍 This was really fun and enjoyable to draw in. The pages are easy to color, there are so many of his famous paintings in this book that it was nonstop enjoyment.
👍 This is by far the best adult coloring book on the market. If you love Disney or if you love Kincaid’s work this is a definitely worth the purchase price. It is an amazing value.
Les coloriages proposés sont en double page, vous trouverez sur la gauche l'original en couleur et sur la droite le coloriage vierge. Parfois, les coloriages sont difficiles à mettre en couleur, surtout les fonds, qui, dans l'original, résultent d'un mélange de couleurs à l'huile.
Le format est petit par rapport aux livres de coloriages qu'on a l'habitude de trouver en librairie, (c'est pour cela que j'ai mis 4 étoiles) mais les dessins sont si fourni qu'on y passe quand meme des jours entiers! La qualité du papier est bonne, pour l'instant je n'ai essayé que les crayons de couleurs Prismacolors et de l'essence sans odeurs et le papier tient bon.
Si vous aimez le style et l'esprit des grand classique Disney ceci est le livre MUST HAVE dans votre bibliothèque de coloriage ;)
Thomas Kinkade is my favourite artist and I am so glad that this book is available for ammeters like myself to colour in (as I’m rubbish as drawing but love to colour).
So far I’ve used watercolours which haven’t bled through onto the next page (although the page does tend to warp slightly - this is not an issue) and coloured pencils and both have been great mediums so far. Acrylics are next on my list.
There are both tiny details as well as large areas to colour in all of the drawings, which I’ve read bother some people however I think that’s what makes colouring books fun. I personally don’t like colouring books with entire empty spaces.
The pictures are gorgeous, the paper quality is good, the drawing references on the page on the left is a fantastic idea and although I own another 10 or so colouring books, this is the only one I ever pick up.
I would therefore say that if you need a bit of Disney magic and some time to chill out then I would HIGHLY recommend this book.