Get the Most Fun from Your Color-In Books™
• Single-sided printing allows full use of every design. This feature also suggests some novel uses for this book: (1) Keep the book intact as your own “collected works” or (2) Keep intact & use blank sections as a journal/notebook/sketch pad! To make sure nothing shows through from either side, we recommend putting your journal/sketch pages on separate, smaller, lightweight papers & lightly pasting these onto the blank backs. An ideal paste for this is Yes! Paste, widely available at art & craft stores/websites.
• Perforated pages — Remove outlines to color or frame. You can use the same Yes! Paste to mount your paintings for matting & framing. These make lovely gifts/decoration for your home/office. These paintings are especially appealing to babies & children, so they’d be wonderful in kid-spaces. NOTE: Some of you may wish to copy outline pages, to try out color schemes before completing the art. Ordinarily, this would violate copyright restrictions. But, Emily wants her buyers to have this freedom. See “Special Express Permissions” below.
• Ivory paper creates a finished look, makes background color-in optional. Some of theoriginal paintings outlined in this book are colored edge-to-edge with no background. Some have uncolored backgrounds, such as the American Fraktur series — ivory simulates those antique papers. Most paintings with original background colors look quite wonderful on ivory, as well.
• Sepia colored outlines eliminate intrusive black lines on finished work. Another advantage: sepia outlines let you skip coloring every last leaf, stem & curlicue – or details such as edgings & animal eyes – because sepia is close to some colors in Emily’s originals. A great feature for those who don’t want to get too fussy!
• Heavy paper suitable for markers, pens, pencils & crayons, and all water-based paints (watercolors, casein, gouache, acrylics). Following are exceptions, caveats & suggestions:
• Broad-tipped (“fine”) Sharpie® brand permanent markers will bleed through to the underside of the paper: We recommend putting a blank piece of paper behind the outline page, to protect your book/work surface. Other very strong/wet markers will likely bleed through.
• “Ultra-fine” tipped Sharpie® markers will show through on the underside, but not bleed through.
• Sharpie® claims its pens will not bleed through. In our experience, this is true of all pens.
• Water-based paints in a thick, somewhat dry state work well on this paper. Very wet paints may wrinkle or dimple the paper slightly, but in our tests these have not bled through.
• Acrylic, casein & gouache paints tend to sit on the surface of the paper until dry, and therefore don’t bleed through.
• We do not recommend using oil paints or oil pastels on this paper.
Most of the designs in this book make gorgeous needlepoint patterns! Buyers of Emily’s first coloring book (American Fraktur Paint-and-Color Book, 2004) have asked permission to do this & have loved the results. Emily wants buyers of this book to have the same freedom & fun. See below for special permissions.
Special Express Permissions
• Emily Fotis hereby grants express permission, limited to original owners of this book (whether owned by purchase or gift) to copy any outline page herein, to try out a color scheme; or to create a needlepoint pattern.*
• Any copies/patterns created for these purposes are limited to the exclusive use of the original owner only.*
• Original owners may give finished paintings/needlepoint projects — but NOT copied outlines/patterns — as gifts.*
*Any wider distribution and/or sales/commercial use of any outline(s)/pattern(s) herein, by anyone, for any purpose, is forbidden, and will call forth our pack of wild dingos to howl and snarl outside your door.
Color & Media Suggestions
• Full-color thumbnails of all 32 original paintings are included. Sometimes, an outline can be a bit confusing, especially for new colorists – Where do I begin? What are these little thingamabobs? Why are there some double outlines? Full-color images can help you identify details, and can serve as a color guide if you wish to use similar colors. They can also guide those who prefer to let their own imagination & color sense come to play. Either way – you’re the artist!
• These paintings will look best in either bright jewel-tones or natural (but still rich) earthy hues. Pastel colors will not do justice to the art.
• Metallic/pearlescent/iridescent touches can be lovely in small doses. Metallics can subtly highlight a few flower or leaf edges, geometric motifs, stars, or sun faces/beams. Birds have naturally iridescent, waterproof feathers, so small strokes of pearlescent or iridescent paints on a wing/back can mimic nature.
• Some of our favorite media & brands: • SHIVA Casein Colors • HOLBEIN Irodori Antique Watercolors • SAKURA Pigma® Micron Pens • DERWENT Watercolor Pencils • FABER CASTELL Color Pencils • BEROL Prismacolor Pencils • LUKAS or M. GRAHAM Gouache • TURNER Acryl Gouache • WINDSOR & NEWTON Designer’s Gouache (Gold & Silver)