Revisiting Relax with Art
Back when the first issue was released I gave my thoughts on this colouring magazine from Bromleigh House. Since then 6 issues have been released as well as 3 Holiday Specials and 2 pocket editions. With a few end of year specials currently being released.
Now that it has been going a while the main monthly magazine makes for a great budget way to get into the world of colouring. At just £2.99 per issue the publication is a little under A4, 24 pages with a good selection of images, including patterns, objects and nature, printed single sided. The paper has a slight tooth to it so pens will soak in more than on other papers and the colour can be slightly saturated, but not enough to make a huge difference and they are great for pencils. I have a couple of issues I tend to pick these ones up when I see one with images in that I really want to colour.
The holiday specials are a little different, £5.99 and based on a theme, I didn’t plump for this one personally as the first issue was an animals one and I already had animal kingdom and another animal based book on it’s way. (plus they aren’t particularly one of my favourite colouring subjects.) Again though the publisher has wisely opted for single sided printing but this time on smoother paper. While I don’t have any of these particular issues the paper is comparable to their pocket editions.
I had to have one of the pocket editions, priced at £3.99 and similar in image selection to the main issue the selling point on these is the fact they are only A5 in size, making theme great for carrying around and colouring on the go. The smooth paper makes it suitable for most media, I’ve mostly used coloured pencils though as they are a bit easier to transport, though I’m considering a set of sharpies for travel colouring just to go with this magazine.
The end of year special issues are The Yearbook, Calender and 2016 Diary due for release over the coming weeks.
Relax with Art
When I saw this one appear in the shops I grabbed a copy as colouring magazines have been selling out as quickly as they are coming in the shops. Relax with Art is published by Bromleigh House (who publish puzzle magazines) though there is next to no information on it around the internet. I did manage to find through newsstand that it is a monthly magazine and it has a cover price of £2.99.
There are 24 pages in the publication, more than enough for the month and the artwork is a mixture of designs so you aren’t tied to a theme. The magazine is stapled too so it opens up really easily and it is all single side printing. The inside cover has an intro, though to be honest reading it, it didn’t seem that well written. But it didn’t really matter as it is a colouring book after all.
I decided to give my Stabilo Pen 68’s a test in this one using a new type of pen I first thought that the pens were a bit dry but then I noticed that the paper is textured. The paper started to crinkle slightly with the colour. To satisfy my curiosity on the paper I did one part of the picture with my promarkers as I knew what I could expect from them. They spread on the paper quite quickly. As I wasn’t blending on this page it was completed quite quickly.
All the pens bled through to the other side but the thickness of the paper did prevent any colour from going through to the spare sheet under the page.
You can see some of the streaks in the colouring, I did test other papers and got a smoother finish from the pens. The pink is promarker and while the colour is smooth (due to it keeping the colour wet for a fair while) the spread makes it difficult to colour especially finer detail, which this book has a fair bit of, even with a fine point attachment.
While you could say that the promakers staying wet for so long would be an advantage to blending I wouldn’t like to know how much that would crinkle the paper when a basic water based pen did. Layering on the colour needed for a blend would probably get quite messy.
This is a book for pencils, possibly gel pens, while I love the art work it’s a little disappointing the paper lets this down and that pens (my preferred media) don’t look that great in it. The lack of information suggests this publication was rushed to print to get into the market quickly. I’ll be continuing the rest of the issue with pencils though and I will take a look at issue two when it is released to see if anything has been re-evaluated by the publisher.
Edit – 14/05/15
Today I went back to this magazine as there was a design I really liked. Instead of just getting out the pencils I tried my Stabilo pens again as they were out from the previous page I had just finished in another magazine.
I was surprised that it was a lot easier to colour this time round, there was less ink spread and I didn’t get that far before I had unclipped it from my drawing board and then spent quite a while looking at the page I had just started compared to the one I did the other day, it seemed the paper was different.
What I concluded after some inspection (honestly if anyone was watching me through the window today they must have thought I was a little strange stroking the paper on all the pages, holding it to the light and giving it a really good look over.) was just the one sheet, that happened to be the first and last images and the two I chose to try to colour first, had been printed on the “wrong” side.
So now I’m off to finish this new page with my beloved pens. Happy that everything should be fine now.
Issue two is due for release 28th May.
You can order relax with art through Unique Magazines
either by subscribing or buying single issues.
How have you found colouring this magazine, any success stories or issues with pens to share?