30 Beautifully drawn designs based on Japanese woodblock prints printed both sides of the page

Women of the Ukiyo-e (Dover Fashion Coloring Book)

By: Ming-Ju Sun

Rating: 5 of 5

This is a lovely book of designs based on the Edo period of Japanese history and Ukiyo-e artwork (1615 through 1868.) Each of the designs in the book has the information about the original artist (from whose woodblock prints the line drawings in this book are derived.) It gives the name, date and information about what the design represents. The designs are detailed and some have intricate and small areas to color.

Many of my coloring books by Ming-Ju Sun are in the Creative Haven line. This book is older and is currently out of print. It was released as a standard Dover Coloring book. The difference is distinctive as this book is printed on both sides of the page, has a slightly different feel to the paper, and is not perforated.
This is what I experienced while coloring in this book and testing it with my coloring medium.
30 Japanese art inspired designs based on the Edo period of Ukiyo-e artwork.
Printed on both sides of the page
Paper is medium weight, lightly rough, white and non-perforated
Staple bound with three heavy duty staples
Designs stop well before the binding area and can be removed in whole from the book by removing the three staples at the binding.
All designs have a framing line around the outer edge to give a natural stopping point for the design and all of the elements within it. I really appreciate this feature in coloring books.
Alcohol-based markers bleed through this paper
Water-based markers spot through and/or leave colorful shadows on the back of the page
Gel pens and India ink pens leave colorful shadows on the back of the page. India ink pens can bleed through in spots if you apply heavily or use multiple coats.
Colored pencils worked well with this paper. Both oil and wax-based pencils provided good pigment, layered well with the same or multiple colors and blended well using a blending stick. Hard lead pencils did not dent through the page.
If you choose to use any medium other than colored pencils on the pages of this book, you will probably find bleed through or colorful shadows on the design at the back of your working page.

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