Review: Ivy and the Inky Butterfly by Johanna Basford

Ivy and the Inky Butterfly: A Magical Tale to Color

A new book from Johanna Basford is always an event for me. I hold her responsible for making me want to color again with her book Lost Ocean and from there I’ve been coloring constantly ever since.

Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is a departure from her previous books in that it’s a storybook with pictures to color rather than just a lot of colorable artwork. I haven’t read all of the story yet as I’m trying to do a little reading as I color rather than just sitting down and plowing through the story in one go.

The artwork is exactly what I expect from Ms. Basford and there’s a lot of it in here. You will definitely have hours upon hours of time into this book before you get even halfway through the art. The paper is nice and thick and it took pencils extremely well. I had no trouble blending and layering pigment on it. I have not tried to color with markers in this book as I don’t tend to use markers in double-sided page books. In the accompanying video I do a little coloring in the book to show you how well it holds up to colored pencil.

As with her last two books, there are tips (“Don’t worry about going outside of the lines”) and a test page at the very back which will come in handy for marker users.

All in all this is a great addition to her series of books and I’m looking forward to what else she’ll produce in the future.

What do you think?


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