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Percy Presents: Mystic Island – Coloring Book Review

Written by coloringqueen
Percy Presents: Mystic Island: An Adult Colouring Book with Original Hand Drawn Art by Narelle Craven Buy on Amazon US| Buy on Book Depository|Buy on Amazon UK|Buy on Amazon Ca
by MS Narelle Craven
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on March 1st 2016
Style: charitable works, Instructions - Tips, Interactive, single page illustrations
Pages: 78
Format: Soft cover

Mystic Island is a Colouring Book with a twist. Find Percy the Penguin hidden on each page as you colour away your worries. By Colouring this book you are also helping injured penguins and wildlife at a small animal hospital in Australia (Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary) ---- Over 38 unique hand drawn illustrations to colour ---- Each colouring page is printed on a separate sheet to avoid bleed through You will also find: ---- Tips and Hints for colouring ---- The story of Percy the lost Penguin ---- Two Full Size Test sheets to try out your colours and techniques ---- A special page to 'Lock away' your stresses before colouring. ---- Narelle is an Experienced Fashion Designer and Artist having worked for surf companies; Ripcurl, Quiksilver and Roxy! She is also a best seller, having won awards for her product design, home wares, stationery and Artworks. Her illustrations are unique, so if you are looking for something a little bit different; this book will be an absolute treasure.

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Percy and the Mystic Island Coloring Book

Percy and the Mystic Island is a lovely hand illustrated coloring book by Australian artist and designer, Narelle Craven.    This is the third coloring book in the Percy series.  The first books were Percy and the Colouring Wonderland and Percy and Percy and the Colouring Adventure.   Percy, is an Australian Fairy Penguin and features on every page of the book.     Percy and the Mystic Island is an interactive coloring book meaning that you are tasked with finding Percy on each page.  I am always grateful, that Percy is easy to find.   I tend to find that interactive books that have too many different types of things to find, that are well hidden, lose my interest pretty quickly.

Percy series of coloring books

Percy series of coloring books

The first two books were initially released in Australia for sale via the artist’s website.    These books were spiral bound and the illustrations were printed on card stock.  Subsequently,  Percy and the Colouring Wonderland was released on Amazon in standard coloring book format.    The original books were then referred to as the “Artist Edition” versions.    Percy and the Mystic Island has only been released in standard coloring book format and, as yet, there is no Artist Edition.

The Percy series of books, no matter what the format, are always well presented.   The cover is always a delicious collage of various colored artworks from within the book.      Narelle has an extremely talented team of colorists whose work you will see on the cover of the book and on the thumbnails on the back cover. The book is standard coloring book measuring approximately 28cm x 21 cm (8.5 in x 11in approximately).  It has a soft cover on it, that  has a slight waxy feel to it.

The book commences with a beautiful nameplate page that is a whole illustration rather than a few random elements.     You will see that my book  has the artist’s signature on it as I purchased it direct from the Australian website.     In addition, a little notecard based on the Percy books was also included with the book.     If you are purchasing from Amazon your book will not include these little extras.

Percy & The Mystic Island

Percy & The Mystic Island

I love the way that the artist not only includes some useful hints and tips at the start of the book but also provides two pages full of elements from within the book to practice on.   Usually, the ancillary pages to a coloring book like “about the artist” and “copyright” can be bland but not so with the Percy books.  You will find that each of these pages is adorned with Percy artwork as a prelude to the book proper.

In addition to the various pieces of art to color in the introductory pages you will find 33 full page illustrations to color.  The illustrations vary providing a range of different scenes including mythical creatures, animals and underwater scenes.    There are gemstones galore in the book so luckily you have several images to practice on at the introduction of the book.

Percy & The Mystic Island

Percy & The Mystic Island

The illustrations have been printed on single sided paper.   An image of Percy in various poses and positions adorns the facing page.  The paper is white and is trade stock paper.    If you are using wet mediums or you are forceful with your pencils, you will need to pop some blotting paper between the pages.   There are some spare pages at the back of the book that you could use for this purpose.

The line work of the book is black and predominantly a medium weight.    There are some elements and illustrations where a finer line has been drawn.   I had no difficulty seeing any of the lines without my glasses on 🙂

Percy & The Mystic Island

Percy & The Mystic Island

Although the illustrations are detailed, and the whole of the page is generally used, they are not complex.     There are plenty of large spaces to color making them suitable for colorists of all skill levels.  There are approximately 3 images within the book with a lot of finer detail which may be tricky for those with visual, arthritic or problems with motor skills.

Most of the illustrations run right to the spine area of the book.   If you are forceful, you can lay the book down flat enough to color these areas.   Personally, I would cut the images out with a knife and use a clipboard to color with.

I adore Percy but I still have one niggle.   It’s very difficult going from an Artist Edition coloring book to a standard coloring book.     If the Artist Edition was made available for this book, even though it is more expensive, I would have purchased that instead.

Percy and the Mystic Island Coloring Book Video Review

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Happy coloring x



About the author


I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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