Book review – Blomstermandala by Maria Trolle

The weather has been very hot recently so I haven’t gotten much coloring done. Or well, none at all. I tend to turn into a sloth when it’s too hot, power saving mode is the way to go then. Now it’s finally coming down a bit so hopefully I’ll get to return to filming a coloring video soon as well.
But anyway, if you don’t know who Maria Trolle is, you are truly lucky to be here because the first time you’ll see her book is a magical moment, I promise, I wish I could see it for the first time again as well. Lets take a look then, shall we?
Maria Trolle has three books published so far with fourth coming out this fall. The first is also Blomstermandala, that one has 20 pages and it’s a purely floral book. This is the second Blomstermandala. There’s also a book published in Japan called Wildflowers.

Details: Hardback, Pagina Förlag Publishing, 2016
Pages: 25.2 x 21.2 x 1.4 cm, 96 pages, smooth and thick paper, double-sided
Where to get: Pen Store

This is an amazing book. Not only is the art itself gorgeous, the paper quality is remarkable as well. Plus the fancy hard covers. The imagery is beautiful and really happy I think, the mood is light and beautiful. I specially love her animals, they’re so cute, it gives me a tooth ache. The paper is amazing, it’s the same as Hanna Karlzons books have, thick creamy smoothness. It can take a lot of abuse. Alcohol-based markers will bleed through though but they’ll bleed through pretty much anything anyway. You can also use water media but carefully, this is not watercolor paper, it can take water but in moderation.

As you saw from the video, I’ve finished one picture and dabbling on another. The finished one bigger here:
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P.S. Amelia’s Magazine did a wonderful interview with Maria Trolle some time ago, go check it out.

Overall: I love this book to bits. There’s no question about it. I for one can’t wait for her new book. Following her Instagram gives me such painfully beautiful previews of it that oh.. gosh. You need this book in your life, you really do.

Disclaimer: all of the above opinions are mine, you might have a different experience and opinions

4 thoughts on “Book review – Blomstermandala by Maria Trolle

  1. Thank you so much for posting that review. I agree – that book is awesome! You always write excellent reviews. I can see why you would find it a “must have.” I particularly liked those black backgrounds she did. Makes the picture pop. This “new” hobby I have discovered features so many wonderful illustrations that call to me … I have to force myself to stick with the two lovely books I now own … and just get busy and finish all the pictures!

    It’s hard!

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  2. Thanks, I’m glad you like the review 🙂 I too love the black backgrounds, I tend to do a lot of black backgrounds myself but it’s always better when it’s already printed since then it’s nice and even and no pencils were killed in action.
    As for books, I don’t even try to finish all mine, I admire those who do! Fine, I’m trying to finish my Sommarnatt but currently I’m stuck with it on a page that doesn’t speak to me at all. Hopefully if I let it sit there, the feeling will come.

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