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Traditional Designs from India Paperback – Mar 24 2006
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I know next to nothing about Indian Art, being from a very different cultural background myself, but it looks like Ms. Noble as gone to great pains to make her designs as accurate as possible. The designs come from varied sources: embroidery, woodcut, painting, scrolls, etc.-- some of which have been combined by the artist to created a composite piece of her own (and probably to make the design fit the page better).
This is one of the best coloring books that I have from Dover's cultural series. I think anyone who is enterested in different cultures or who simply wants an enjoyable coloring experience will like this book.
One thing to note, if you use markers there is some bleed through to the next page. It is unfortunate that I did not test this before I started out using markers. Colored pencils would be my recommendation unless you scan and print each picture on an individual page to color with markers.
I would order these again, and I'll probably end up ordering some for my daughter as she likes to spend time coloring intricate designs as well.
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I am perfectly happy with it! I love this coloring book. I have a great interest in India anyhow, so I found this coloring book interesting.
But there are a couple of things you should know. In my opinion, this is not a coloring book for a small child, no, not at all. And I say this because the images, the pictures, have very very small areas to color in. Some are very intricate. Some of the pictures have very small patterns in them, and you'll need a fine point. And so, with that in mind, you should also think about using fine tipped markers to color these pictures, or colored pencils, which would probably be the best option, because the bad thing about this coloring book is that there is a different picture on each side of each page, so the marker colors will bleed through to the other side, ruining the other picture. This is the reason I didn't give it 5 stars. Why didn't they print only one image on each page? Leave the backside of the page blank, so it would be ok if the colors DID bleed through.
What I recommend is making photocopies of each page that you would like to color. Get some heavier stock paper, not just copy paper. And print out your own pages to color in. This way, you can always have the book with the originals.
Each picture has a small line of information under it, telling a little info about what each picture is, where it originated, what year it orignated, etc. Some are apparently very famous Indian pieces of artwork. Some of the pages are of pretty patterns, which are denoted to be things such are inlaid carvings in wooden boxes, or patterns found on a vase, for instance.
If you are looking for a book of Indian patterns, say you want to make henna tattoos, or some kind of small embroidery patterns to sew on clothes... or maybe you were looking for ideas of Indian themed patterns that you could yourself paint onto small art projects... then this book is probably NOT for you. Each page is one full sized image, nothing small here. HOWEVER, you CAN get TONS of ideas from studying each image, and I'm sure you could come up with your own smaller image and pattern designs and ideas.
If you are looking for larger full sized pages of beautiful Indian patterns or Indian scenes to color, images that have VERY SMALL areas to color in, (and you can color within the lines hahaha), then this book IS for you.