Clairefontaine Coloring Books for Grownups Review

Clairefontaine Coloring Book - Flowers

Clairefontaine Coloring Book – Flowers

If you’re looking for a fun and creative way to unwind, Clairefontaine Coloring Books for Grownups are just what you need! Each coloring book contains 36 pages (18 sheets) of drawings that are begging for your imagination and your favorite pens, colored pencils, paints, markers, crayons or ink.

The illustrations vary in the amount of detail and are printed in black ink on white paper. Some of the drawings have printed black backgrounds which provide a dramatic contrast to both bright and pastel colors. Other drawings have enough white space to add your own doodles if you are so inspired. Many of the drawings take several hours to be completely colored, so this book will give you plenty of relaxing coloring time.

Clairefontaine Coloring Book - page with a black background

Clairefontaine Coloring Book – detail of a page with a black background

The Clairefontaine art paper in these coloring books is a hefty 120g and has enough tooth to it that it works well with colored pencils and even wax crayons. To read more details about how a variety different media performs on this paper check out the Life Imitates Doodles blog. I used fountain pen ink, Staedtler triplus fine-tip markers and colored pencils in my own personal Clairefontaine Flowers coloring book. The paper handled all 3 of these things very well. The only bit of ink bleed through that I experienced with this paper was when I used my glass nib pen and liberally doused the paper with fountain pen ink.

Clairefontaine Coloring Book - birch trees colored with fountain pen ink

Clairefontaine Coloring Book – birch trees colored with fountain pen ink

The coloring book is approximately 8″ x 8″ square – very handy for carrying in a backpack, purse or tote. The cover is a heavy weight laminated card stock. The book is glue bound, so I needed to weigh it down a bit in order for it to stay open. The Clairefontaine coloring book for grownups is available in 3 themes: birds, mandalas and flowers.

Have you tried the Clairefontaine Coloring Book for Grownups yet? What’s your favorite art tool for coloring?

Clairefontaine Coloring Book - part of a detailed drawing

Clairefontaine Coloring Book – part of a detailed drawing

Clairefontaine Coloring Book - part of a drawing colored with Staedtler triplus fine-tip markers

Clairefontaine Coloring Book – part of a drawing colored with Staedtler triplus fine-tip markers

Clairefontaine Coloring Book - Leaves colored with pencil crayons

Clairefontaine Coloring Book – Leaves colored with pencil crayons

Clairefontaine Coloring Book - reverse of page colored with fountain pen ink

Clairefontaine Coloring Book – reverse of page colored with a generous amount of fountain pen ink

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Fountain Pen Ink Art: Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin

Pelikan Edelstein Ink - Mandarin

Mandarin Pelikan Edelstein fountain pen ink is a well-balanced orange color, perfect for sketching autumn leaves. This ink is not water-resistant, and when I applied water with a paint brush it became a peachy-orange. When the ink is heavily applied it has the appearance of a dark orange, almost red. When I use this ink in a fountain pen for handwriting, it’s a fairly consistent orange, without a lot of shading to it.

I used J. Herbin’s Terre de Feu fountain pen ink for the background contrast. Upon first glance Terre de Feu looks like a chocolate brown, with a closer inspection I can see that it has a reddish undertone to it.

I chose an on off-white/ivory 100g Exacompta paper to complement the warm autumn ink colors. It was interesting to create this sketch using a glass pen. At times it was a little bit difficult to control the ink flow. Sometimes where would be too much ink and sometimes too little. I really enjoy the freedom of using a glass pen – it’s extremely easy to clean, easy to write with and rather fun to keep dipping it into your ink bottles as you run out of ink. When the paper was wet with a lot of ink, it did scratch the paper a bit which you can see if you look closely at the photo below.

What are your favorite fall shades of fountain pen ink?

Mandarin Ink

 

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