29th March 2016
Magical Jungle Paper
My new book, Magical Jungle will be released in August this year! Hurrah! I’ve already had lots of questions about the paper that will be used in this book, so I thought I’d post a quick blog and share our papery plans with you all.
In the UK and US, Magical Jungle will be printed on a new paper we have sourced specifically for this book. It’s a thick, ivory paper stock with a delicate texture to give you enough tooth to layer your colouring pencils but still remain smooth enough that you won’t experience any feathering if you choose to use ink.
We searched the globe for a paper that would have the warmth of a tinted stock, without effecting your colours. I’m biased, but I think we’ve found the perfect balance between a neutral background and something that retains that storybook charm so many of you associate with my books. The ivory tint is delicate, yet beautiful and will allow you to apply the lightest of coloured pencil layers without muddying the colouring palette.
The new paper is heavier than all my current books are printed on (except the Artist Editions of course), in fact it’s the heaviest paper we could use that would allow for the folding and creasing involved in binding the book. As ever though, the use of ink in a colouring book is a unique experience for each individual colourist. Do a test patch at the back of the book (on the new Colour Palette page! More on this to come soon!) and check your pens and hand pressure are suitable for the book.
The surface texture has enough tooth that you can layer, burnish and blend coloured pencils to create beautiful effects but likewise if you choose to use pens the ink won’t creep and feather in the crevices of the paper. A fibre tip nib or gel pen will still glide effortlessly over the page and allow you to create those bold pops of colour so unique to ink.
So that’s our papery plans for this year! I’m excited to share my new book with you in just a few months and to see the first of your colourful creations on this wonderful new paper.
I make books so you can make masterpieces!