24 Cute Animals in Saddles designs printed one side of the page

Mounts 4: Halloween coloring book (Volume 4)

By: Olga Goloveshkina

Rating: 5 of 5

This is the first coloring book by Olga Goloveshkina that I have in my collection though this is the fourth one in her Mounts series. The focus of this coloring book is on Halloween inspired animals that are saddled to be ridden.

While the animals are instantly recognizable, the artist has shown a creative talent by drawing them with a fun flair. The saddles are inventive as are the Halloween style elements each design has incorporated. What is really interesting to me is the shading technique that Ms. Goloveshkina uses. Rather than heavy shading or cross-hatching, she has used a form of pointillism (that is, dots) to convey the areas of shading. It’s a fun and easy to color technique.
The designs are of the animal in saddle with details attached. There are no background designs. The animals are detailed but not intricate or difficult to color.
24 Cute Animals in Saddles Halloween designs.
Printed one side of the page
Paper is typical inexpensive quality by CreateSpace printing: white, thin, slightly rough and non-perforated.
The designs do not merge into the binding.
Glue Binding
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page quickly.
Water-based markers bleed through in spots.
Gel pens and India ink pens leave shadows on back of the page. India ink can bleed through if you apply heavily or multiple coats.
Coloring Pencils work well with this paper. I found that I could layers the same color for deeper pigment or multiple colors and I could blend easily using a blending stick. I also found that hard lead pencils leave dents through the paper.
I like to use a blotter when working in the book. I use a page of card stock or several sheets of heavyweight paper under my working page. It keeps seeping ink and marring dents from ruining the pages below.

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