I can not speak for Tula Pink; however, I would venture a guess that one of her favorite parts of designing fabric is the illustration. Her love for stories and detailed drawings come through in all of her work. (If you want to hear more about Tula, you can hear our podcast here).
For Tula to turn her illustrations into a coloring book is an obvious combination! I already love looking for the hidden animals in her work and admire the colors she picks for her color ways so why not be able to do the color the animals in my own color choices? When F + W asked me to review Tula Pink’s Coloring Book (Fons & Porter/F+W; $15.99; October 2015), I was so excited!
First, let me start with the illustrations themselves. There are all of the “Tula classics”- the owl from Full Moon Forest, the frog from Prince Charming, the fox from F, the racoon from Acacia, the squirrel from the Birds and the Bees, and the unreleased fox from Chipper. She also includes the smaller prints from her collections. If you are a Tula Troops fan, you will just love sitting down to color in the book.[one_third][/one_third][one_third] [/one_third][one_third_last] [/one_third_last]
Secondly, the book itself is well designed. The spine is forgiving and allows you to open it without breaking the spine. Each of the pages are perforated and rip out nicely. When you open the book, the perforations allow you to gently open and color. Also, the back side of each of the pages are blank so you don’t have to worry about pen bleeding onto the next illustration. (Check out the left sides of the book pictures above.)
Lastly, the pages handle pen well. I decided to try coloring one page with colored pencils, Crayola washable markers, Micron pens and Sharpies. You can see below that the paper handled the coloring well. The Sharpies are the only medium that bleed to the backside but it didn’t bleed onto the next page. I am not heavy handed when I color but I also did not hold the pens gingerly.[one_half] [/one_half][one_half_last] [/one_half_last]
Overall, I would definitely buy and recommend this book to others!
*I was provided a copy of this book for free; however, my opinions are my own.*