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Book Review: Rainforest Escape

The next book I'm reviewing today is quite an unusual one in the adult coloring book world. It's Rainforest Escape by Jade Gedeon, who is known for her one of a kind adornments. Jade Gedeon has lived in many countries and her love of nature shows through in her illustrations. Her coloring books are inspired by Trinidad where she spent her childhood and the artwork shows beautiful forests, birds and tropical animals.

Book - Rainforest Escape
Author - Jade Gedeon

Description

Rainforest Escape is available on Amazon. It has more than 100 pages of illustrations with some double spreads sprinkled in between. There are a few introductory pages, explanations and index pages at the end of the book. Like I wrote earlier it really is an unusual book - it's made for watercolor! There are 2 unique aspects to this book:

  1. All the images are printed on only one side. The double page spreads fold out from the center, so you don't have push your pens, pencils and brushes into the spine of the book.
  2. The paper is made for watercolor, so you can use water to your heart's content. Anyone who has ever wished to paint in coloring books, this is the book for you!
Artwork

The artwork is really beautiful in this book. Lush forests, tropical animals and birds, flowers and greenery abound in its pages. There are a few non-nature scenes like a surfboard or the hammock on a beach but it all revolves around island life. It's a soothing and relaxing experience when coloring in this book. 

A lot of thought went into making this book perfect for watercolorists and it extends to the line work as well. The artwork is in a loose, flowing style that lends itself to blending, washes and flexible coloring. You don't have to be so careful and precise as in other coloring books. It adds to the whole experience of using watercolors in a coloring book.

Paper Quality

The paper in this book is made for watercolor and since the images are single-sided, you can also use alcohol markers or pens. The paper itself is fairly thick and takes well to water. I'm not sure about using lots of water as you would in a typical flat wash but it can take more of it than your average coloring book. If you make a mistake with a particular color, you can add more water and move it around. This is usually not possible in paper that is not meant for watercolors. Although the paper warps a little bit, it generally flattens out after a few days.

Suitable Media

From my personal experience, I didn't like how the color lays down if you try color pencils in the pages. It's pretty hard to layer or blend but certainly not impossible. I've tried both oil-based and wax-based pencils with unsatisfactory results. 

The best media to use in this book would be watercolors - whether it is your regular pans and tubes, pencils like Inktense or Albrecht Durer or water based markers like Zig and Tombow. You might find it difficult to cover large areas with fineliners like Staedtler or Stabilo though. 

Value

You can find the book for less than $12 online and it's good value for what it offers. There are very few coloring books that are made for water and this is one of them. The artwork is gorgeous and the finished images look like watercolor paintings. It is a great book for anyone who is new to watercolors and wants to practice. Since the pages are perforated, you can even take them out and frame them. If you have used watercolors in other coloring books and been disappointed, this is the one for you!

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