I’ve never been much of a mermaid person but let me just say this right off the bat, Portrait of the Mermaid by Sara Burrier makes me giddy like I’m a six year old in the My Little Pony aisle. Lets take a look 🙂
Details: Paperback, self-published
Pages: 6 x 9 inches, 20 images, thinner slightly textured paper, single-sided
Buy it: Sara Burrier Etsy, Sara Burrier site (P.S. she has a giveaway happening there!)
It was a happy day when I stumbled upon this book in Etsy. I never ever pay more for shipping then the book itself costs but I was so intrigued by it that I just had to. And what luck, a book I want to color in from cover to cover arrived!
The book is small, pocket edition, just the right amount of coloring for a quicker project. The images are all of mermaids and I love that she doesn’t leave me hanging with the backgrounds, the patterns work beautifully with the girls. In hindsight I think I should have gone for less blue on my first page but better next time.
There are 20 images on a single side, you can use markers but put a sheet of paper inbetween the pages to protect the next image. Sadly the paper is too thin for water. Mermaids would rock with watercolor.
That brings me to the paper, the only part I wasn’t such a big fan of, it’s thin and slightly textured. The texture is fine for tons of layers but if you want to get there fast, you’ll need a blender pencil and since the paper is quite thin, be careful with that. I would love it even more with better paper but that said, almost all indies come with pretty crappy paper but sometimes trade off with amazing images. This is one of those amazing ones. I want to do more and more from this and probably will, if time will allow me 🙂 And you, you need this book in your life, I kid you not.
Example image, my first, this one caught my eye immediately and begged me to throw oodles of blue on it:
Done with Faber-Castell Polychromos and a little white Posca. The signature is crappy this time cause I couldn’t find my markers 😀 Will improve, honestly.
Overall, love love love! Did I say love yet? She has one more book on faeries, I hope she will do more and with backgrounds and a little better paper.
In other news, I know you’ve been waiting for the toucan to continue. My husband was kind enough to oil my desk and now it’s drying, I’m hoping to get it back in the next few days so I can continue filming. I haven’t forgotten! 🙂
Disclaimer: all of the above opinions are mine, you might have a different experience and opinions