Book review – 1950s Fashion: Artists’ Colouring Book by Pepin Van Roojen

Time for another book review, yay! Today, 1950s Fashion: Artists’ Colouring Book by Pepin Van Roojen.

Details: Paperback, Pepin Press, 2015
Pages: 250 x 345 x 8mm, 16 pages, 180gsm textured high quality paper, single-sided, glue bound
ISBN10: 946009810X
ISBN13: 9789460098109
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Pepin Press has a whole load of different artists colouring books, I will show you two, starting today with the 1950s fashion themed book.
The book holds 16 images on high quality 180gsm acid-free paper. The book is glue bound and the glue isn’t too strong, the pages come loose very easily. The linework is very nice, it’s light enough to blend into your coloring so the end result will look fabulous, no matter the medium you use.
The book has glue binding, not a very strong one at that and that is definitely a good thing with coloring books of this nature because you can easily take the pages out to color without fear of damaging them.
I am a complete fan of fashion images and specially retro fashion, 50s and 60s in particular, I find them very interesting and beautiful.
The paper is very interesting, it’s 180gsm and has a texture to it. That might be annoying with pencils since you’ll have to really work for it if you want a smooth result. I didn’t, I liked the grainy sketch-like appearance in this case, it is a fashion image afterall. But I did test out water and it can take a decent amount of it so you’ll have smooth sailing with watercolors or watercolor pencils. Just don’t overflood the page, it will still warp.
However if you want to do washes, I suggest you take the page out, tape it down on a board (like plywood or whatever, even a wooden desk will work), tape along all of the edges and with a clean sponge, sponge water on it evenly to get it wet. The paper will then stretch a bit since it’s wet but because it’s evenly wet, it won’t create buckling. Once it dries, it relaxes into a more water-loving state and you’ll be fine with more water then before.

I chose to use pencils on my example image and leave the texture showing, I usually like to fill the tooth of the paper but I really like this sketchy look so stopped there. But you can build a ton of layers into this paper and get it smooth if you wish:
The light is completely atrocious these days with the autumn here so pictures are getting trickier and trickier. But anyway, done with Prismacolor Premier pencils.

If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a fashion designer, this is the book for you for sure! And do try watersoluble mediums on this, I’m sure you’ll have loads of fun.

Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. All of the above opinions are my own.

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