40 Beautiful Desert inspired Designs printed on one side of the page

Desert Dreams: Coloring a Land of Enchantment

By: Geninne D Zlatkis

Rating: 5 of 5

The designs in this coloring book remind me of the years that I spent living in a small desert town. There is an abundance of unusual animals and plants which are beautiful in their stark surroundings. For instance, when one thinks of cactus, the first thought is of the dangerous spikes that cover them. Having lived around them, I always think of their beautiful and colorful flowers which stand out against the desert setting. The book has wonderful drawings of cactus with flowers and without. There are also many animals, including wolves, owls, birds of all sorts, lizards, jack rabbits and more.

The designs range from open and flowing to more detailed ones with intricate parts to color. While most of the animals are represented more realistically than not, there are a few which have doodle elements within their outlines. It makes for a nice change of pace in the coloring book.
This is what I experienced while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my coloring medium.
40 Hand-drawn designs inspired by desert flora and fauna
Printed on one side of the page
Paper is heavyweight, white, slightly rough, and micro-perforated
Glue Binding
Designs do not merge past the perforations and most have a frame line or frame of sorts around the outside edge
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page
Water-based markers and India ink pens leave shadows of color on the back of the page and some bleed through the page in spots
I use a blotter page below my working page when using these wet mediums. It keeps the ink from seeping through. You can also remove pages before coloring to keep the rest of the book from being damaged.
Gel pens leave a slight shadow on the back of the page but do not bleed through. Some pens require additional drying time.
Colored pencils work well with this slightly rough paper. I was able to get good pigment with light layers. I was also able to layer multiple colors well and blend easily with a pencil style blending stick. I tested both oil and wax based pencils with equally good results.

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