by Adriana Picker
Published by Hardie Grant on September 6th 2016
Style: double page printing, pre colored background
Format: Card cover, Glue Binding
Intricate and delicate illustrations that will delight creative and artistic minds
Tiptoe through the wildflowers to discover a world of intricate botanical illustrations in Where the Wildflowers Grow, courtesy of the floral master, Adriana Picker. These delicate, organic shapes are beautifully rendered on the page, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature as you enjoy the therapeutic benefits of this popular artistic pastime.
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Where the Wildflowers Grow Coloring Book Review
Where the Wildflowers grow is the follow up coloring book by Australian artist, Adriana Picker. Her first coloring book, Garden of Earthly Delights was a resounding success. Whilst the first book focused on more “earthy” matters, like mushrooms and worms for instance the second has a far prettier feel to it.
Cover & Layout
The book measures approximately 25cm x 25cm (9.8 in x 9.8 in) and has a beautiful cover that features some common native flowers of Australia. The colored cover in delicate shades of pink and green is gorgeous. This burst of color clearly separates it from the first coloring book but the use of the same design format and font provide consistency.
As the artist is based in Sydney, Australia where I live I purchased the book from her website. It arrived beautifully packaged with some lovely extras. It is these little special touches that make me adore purchasing from artists direct. Inside my book I found that it was personally signed by the artist – thank you 🙂 I pre-ordered the book and also received a personal thank you card for doing so with gorgeous art work as well as a small original piece to color. Very nice.
The inside cover has been printed with a pattern of flowers that you could spend many hours coloring in.
The illustrations have been printed on paper that is divine! The paper is off white and has a tooth to it for medium quality paper which makes it ideal for colored pencils. Sadly, the illustrations have been printed on both sides of the paper 🙁 Many of the illustrations are double page scenes, whereas others could quite easily have been printed on one page only.
Adriana Picker, has a lovely artistic style. Whilst her illustrations are not greyscale there are some shadows and fine black lines which give more definition and dimension to the art work. Her art work is realistic and reflects the natural elements very well. I do feel that some of the illustrations are a bit repetitive with pages of patterns of leaves and what not. Personally, I would prefer a single page of patterns (if at all) rather than a double page spread. For me, I personally would have preferred more single page pieces of art rather than the double page spreads. Some of the subject matter, particularly birds, in my opinion would look far more effective being the sole element on the page. In this book there are also 5 double page scenes with a black background.
Some colorists may not be familiar with Australian wildflowers and may wish to color them in a realistic way (of course, you do not need to do that). If you are coloring realistically, you may want to stock up on those green pencils! If you do want to know what the flowers look like I have found a website with a large variety of images on it here: http://www.waratahsoftware.com.au/; (or you can do a google image search). Some of the flowers featured in this book are flannel flowers, Sturt dessert pea and banksias. The book also features some Australian bird life. The above website also has a section on birds. Most of the birds in the book are parrots, cockatoos or kookaburra.
The book lays down well when gently prodded. The majority of the illustrations run across the spine of the book but because of the binding of the book it should be easy to color in this area.
Where the Wildflowers Grow Coloring Book Video Review
Enjoy the video review of the second coloring book by Adriana Picker: Where the Wildflowers Grow Coloring Book:
Where to buy Where the Wildflowers Grow Coloring Book
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Happy coloring x