August 19, 2016 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth
It’s always fun to discover new international artists and I’m pleased to introduce Polish artist Marzena Mackiewicz to you. Miedzy kreskami is Marzena’s first coloring book and it was published last month by Polish publisher Nasza Ksiegarnia. The Polish phrase “miedzy kreskami” translates to “between the lines” in English.
Miedzy kreskami is full of intricately designed animals and insects for you to color. There are cows, chameleons, butterflies, insects, zebras, giraffes, foxes, tropical birds, fish, cats, mice, owls, deer, squirrels, dogs, octopi, lions, peacocks, snakes, camels, turtles, llamas, flamingos, hippos, and elephants!
Nearly all of the animals’ bodies are composed of different patterns/zentangles for you to color. Although some of design components are small, they are still very reasonably sized and you should not have any trouble getting pencil point or fineliner nib inside.
Most of the designs feature the entire animal but a few designs show the animal in portrait-style where just the head or head and shoulders are shown. The majority of the animals are surrounded by white space but a few animals are paired with scenery or borders.
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Miedzy kreskami is sized 8.25 x 11.75 and has thin card covers — although there is a very thick and sturdy piece of cardboard at the back. Miedzy kreskami has lay-flat binding and the book’s binding is exposed once you open up the book. The exposed binding does make me a bit nervous but I have flipped the pages back and forth, run my finger up and down along the book’s gutter (center spine), and gently tugged on the pages and all the pages have has remained intact. That being said, the lay-flat binding does permit the pages to be removed if you carefully start peeling from the book’s center spine.
There are 64 pages in all and the designs are printed single-sided on white, medium weight paper so you have the luxury of using whatever coloring mediums you want without having to worry about shadowing or bleed through. Even when designs are single-sided I still, out of habit, slide a piece of cardstock underneath my coloring page. This is especially important to do if you choose to use alcohol-based pens or markers as those will always bleed through the page no matter the paper quality.
Where to buy: At the time of this post, no US publisher has acquired printing rights for Miedzy kreskami so you won’t find it listed on Amazon USA or Barnes & Noble — unless it is being sold by a third party. But, the very good news is that Miedzy kreskami is available on Book Depository — an online shop that ships for free worldwide with no minimum purchase (I have ordered from them twice myself). Most surprisingly, at the time of this post, Miedzy kreskami is listed for $6.90 on Book Depository. You can also purchase Pestki directly from Polish publisher Nasza Ksiegarnia.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for a review. The opinions are my own.
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