Hi guys! Today I have the pleasure of presenting you with a review of the new STABILO Kreative Auszeit Frühlingsgefühle (Spring Awakening) which has been sent to me by Stabilo to go crazy with. So far, I’ve not seen this book available on Amazon US, but you can buy it via Amazon Germany – and maybe win it via a giveaway? Curious? Then read on!
If you recall, I introduced you last year to coloring with Stabilo markers, a marker somewhat similar to Distress Markers. I like the vibrant colors these markers offer and that, on the right paper, you can blend them with each other and without water to create gradients. Stabilo has refined the paper of their second coloring book now to work even better with their markers and I am pleased to report that I could indeed create nice blended effects.
As I’ve mentioned in previous projects using these markers: blending with them (without water) needs special paper. I’ve had success with every watercolor paper that I’ve used, but the key element here is speed. I don’t mean rushing yourself until you break a sweat, but if the first color dries (after about 5–10 seconds) before you come in with the second color, you will not be able to get a nice blend but end up with streaks. Also, don’t blend like you’d normally do with Copics (using the flicking technique) but rather touch the marker to the edge of the previous color and use small circular motions.
The new paper in this coloring book surprised me, though, because it allows me to go back after the first layer of color has dried. My watercolor papers, even the sturdy ones, start to pill when I try to go back so it has only ever been get-it-right or do it again.With this coloring book, you can actually go back and add a few details later, which is awesome.
The paper in this book also prevents any bleeding when used with the Stabilo markers. I added quite a bit of color to some areas of a page, especially when I blend, and you can’t see anything on the other side of the page! Not even a shadow! So, this is obviously fantastic because now you can color without ever having to wonder if you’ll accidentally ruin the pages on the other side.
Overall, I think this coloring book is a great book to offer you quite a few hours of relaxed coloring. It comes with a pack of Stabilo 68 markers (“68” means these are the ones with the regular tip, not the fine line version) which allows you to dive right in. I personally still like my pack of all colors, though, because having all those mid-tones really helps to blend. But then, you don’t really need to blend at all if that is not what you want. In that case, the pack of markers that is included will be sufficient to get this entire book inked up. I also like that Stabilo now offers the regular tip markers with the book and no longer the fine line version – I’d be stressed if I had to color some of the pages with a fine line pen.
Where to buy?
Giveaway is now closed
Stabilo has generously provided me with 3 sets of this coloring book to give away to YOU! All you need to do is leave a comment here on my blog, letting me know why you enjoy coloring. The winner will be drawn one week from now and announced here. This giveaway is open to international readers as well! Good luck!