I received Adult Coloring Book Review #AquariumDepot as a gift or for a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I have really been into the whole adult coloring boom lately and are always looking for new books to color. So when I was given an opportunity to review this book I was very excited. I have always had a love for pretty fish even wanted to have a salt water tank once too, so my mind was going with endless colors of bright neon fish on every page. I also have a strong like for grey scale coloring pages as well so was real happy to get a chance to color a few of these pages. The one thing that I did wish to see more with this book was that some of the lines were hard to define what things were. One of the examples would be the coral on the pages as they were not as defined and did not look like coral after coloring it as I was not sure how or what lines to color. Over all I did enjoy this book and have pages yet to color in. I colored in this book with three different mediums: colored pencils, gel pens, and markers. All three mediums seemed to work well on these pages. So in general if you like to color and you love the sea or fish this would be a book for you to check out. The only reason I would not give this book a complete five star rating is the printing and fuzziness of the pages and lack of define lines on some of the finer detail.
Description about the book:
Adult coloring books are growing in popularity because thousands of people find it relaxing, helps you decompress, and let their inner child out to play while opening up creativity. Many of the books on the market are centered on patterns but we cater to you reef lovers. They are a little more detailed than a child’s book but also designed for you to interpret the colors as you want to see them. These pages were patterned for you to enjoy your free time diving into one of your passions, the ocean. You should not be limited to the color palette you see in your tank or on your next reef dive. Pick a color at random and jump in. Now we understand that many adults probably haven’t colored a page in over 20 years. Crayons were great as a child but grown ups should probably use grown up materials. So we recommend colored pencils as you can blend them to make realistic works of art. Colored pencils can get into the fine areas that a crayon is too thick to fill. We favor Prismacolor Colored Pencils for their smooth blendable and layerable results. The key is to go in lightly and build up color slowly instead of pressing hard. Art markers would be another high end choice as they leave a brilliant color that jumps off the page but may take a little longer to learn to when it comes to shading. If using markers, we recommend a sheet of paper behind the page you are coloring to ensure no bleed through. You can also use Watercolor Pencils. We suggest removing the page and taping it to a clean hard surface like glass after you have colored the page. Then you can apply clean water to the page with a small brush. Be careful how you mix areas. For instance, if too much water blends a red into a green… it’s going to turn brown. The effects with some practice can be amazing and is a great way to learn how to paint in watercolor. The most spectacular aspect of a coloring book is no two people will color a page exactly the same. It becomes your art. So get creative, do something different but most of all have fun in your spare time.
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