Jana is a professional writer and bookworm who reviews movies and books.
In this review, I give my own honest experience with a certain coloring book, Twilight Garden, that is selling well across the world. I’ll cover the quality, who the book is aimed at, who might enjoy it, and whether I disliked anything about it. At the end of the day, I hope this review gives you enough information to make an informed choice!
A Quick Author Profile
Maria Trolle is the brains behind this coloring book. She is an accomplished illustrator and graphic designer from Tyreso, Sweden. She loves nature and for this project, Trolle drew most of her inspiration from her own garden. Twilight Garden is not her only book. It’s part of a collection that includes titles like Luna, Nightfall, Moon Valley, Botanicum, and Flora.
My First Impressions
When I ordered Twilight Garden, I could barely contain my excitement for when the package would arrive. I wasn't disappointed when I first laid eyes on the book, I must admit. The hardcover was solid and the cover image was gorgeous. The strong spine came dressed in a gold fabric that gave the book a luxurious appearance.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the illustrations. In the past, I’ve had the unfortunate experience of ordering a pretty book, but the illustrations gave off the vibe that the author designed them as poorly and as quickly as possible. Some images were so squashed together that the picture was already “coloured in” with its own grey details if that makes sense. One can almost go as far as saying that the authors of such books create beautiful covers as a sales tactic and don’t bother to really create something special for colorists beyond that.
When I opened Maria’s book, I was happy with what I found. Not only was the paper thick (so nothing should leak through) but the illustrations were clearly designed to tell a story, relax the mind, and actually give colorists a good product. Trolle clearly put her audience first when she designed the images.
The Illustration Style
Colorists who love nature, animals, gardens, and the whimsical side of life might love Trolle’s book. Her style is romantic, nostalgic, down-to-earth, and fresh. I also loved the fact that, unlike my previous colouring books which only had black-line illustrations on a white background, Trolle included both the aforementioned images but also striking white-on-black imagery.
So, what images can you expect in Trolle’s book? Well, she included adorable wildlife like birds, rabbits, deer, and domestic animals like cats - all in a garden setting. You can also look forward to vegetables, garden equipment, and lots of flowers. If you want to view the actual images, you can watch a complete flip-through of the book below!
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Suitable Colouring Supplies
I personally only use colouring pencils (the variety that also doubles as watercolour pencils). They work well and do not damage the paper, nor bleed through in any way. After checking some other reviews, users do not recommend alcohol-based markers because they go straight through the page.
However, there were a couple of items that colorists suggested as safe alternatives. These include gel pens, India ink pens, water-based markers, wax-based pencils, and oil-based pencils. In other words, this book offers you a lot of options if you love switching between different types of media!
- The book is gorgeous.
- It’s a high-end product.
- The book is designed to last for a long time.
- The images are magical.
- The illustrations are user-friendly.
- I’m proud to own such a lovely colouring book!
- The spine is a little tight, at least in the beginning.
- I’m not too fond of the vegetable illustrations (not that many, though!).
Is Twilight Garden Worth It?
I feel it’s a great choice for colourists who prefer high-quality books and illustrations. Moreover, due to the quality binding, it’s suitable for anyone who wants to keep their completed work. If that describes you, then Twilight Garden is definitely worth it.
Who Might Not Like Twilight Garden?
In all honestly, I struggle to find bad reviews about Twilight Garden. Needless to say, any quality product will garner a lot of fans and this coloring book is certainly that. However, some colorists prefer ring binder colouring books so that they can tear out a page as soon as they are done with it. Others might also skip Twilight Garden because other books are cheaper or they prefer a different theme like mandalas or horror (horror colouring books are very popular!).
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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