Illustrator: Maria Trolle
Pages: 96 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Source: For Review
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
Maria Trolle’s Twilight Garden coloring book collection sets itself apart from the competition with its romantic sophistication. Striking black endpapers and white-on-black printed imagery dispersed throughout lend this hardbound edition a luxurious feel. Artists will fall head over heels for Twilight Garden Coloring Book's 96 pages brimming with lush gardens, flowers, and fantastic creatures common to a Scandinavian landscape.
Twilight Garden–previously published as Blomstermandala–is a very pretty adult coloring book! As the title suggests, nature is the theme of the illustrations. In particular, it features plants and decorations which you would find in a garden. There are even cute little animals, primarily birds and small mammals. Where the twilight part comes in is that there are several pages printed on black paper which gives the garden scenes a night time effect.
Twilight Garden is a true hardcover. It’s not just card stock with a dust jacket. It is a fully bound hardback book (no jacket). This makes it a little less portable, but a lot more sturdy. The inside is just as sturdy with thick, off-white coloring pages. The paper is a lot thicker than other coloring books that I own. My alcohol based markers did not bleed through, but the darker colors do leave faint shadows on the backside of the page. The pages are printed double sided, so be careful when using markers.
There are a few double page spreads in Twilight Garden. Being a hardback, it’s impossible to get to the details within the binding without breaking the spine. A few of the single page illustrations also have details which creep into the binding, which is really the only thing that kept me from totally loving this one. However, it does have 16 pages on black paper which I absolutely adore! There’s just something about the dark background which makes the pictures pop.
Despite its one flaw, I highly recommend Twilight Garden to fans of adult coloring books. Especially if you enjoy coloring flowers, leaves, and other simple nature scenes. If you want to try out the amazing black paper– which I’ve noticed is becoming more common–without committing to a whole “dark” book, this one gives you plenty to work with. It’s also just a pleasure to look at.