I love hearing about new coloring books by independent coloring book artists, so I was thrilled when Elizabeth from Zelibar Art shared her first coloring book, Fractal Designs 1! This small, square adult coloring book packs a punch with designs based on her unique fractal artwork. The pages contain abstract, symmetrical designs (designed around a central point, similar to mandalas) with thin, pale outlines that disappear into the artwork after you’ve colored it in.
Keep scrolling to learn more about Fractal Designs 1 and enter for a chance to win one of seven prizes!
Scroll to the bottom of this article to enter! This giveaway will be accepting new entries until 11:59pm EST on Monday, April 3. Seven lucky winners will be drawn at random on Tuesday, April 4 to receive their very own copy of the book. Enter today!
Only valid in the United States due to sweepstakes laws. No purchase necessary. Over $100 in prizes to give away! The grand prize is a $37.35 value, and each runner up prize is a $11.85 value. Winners must respond to an email within three days to claim their prize, or a new winner will be selected.
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This giveaway will have seven winners and there are over $100 total in prizes to give away! Check out the grand prize and runner up prizes below:
One winner will be selected from all valid entries to receive the grand prize, with a $37.35 value.
Six winners will be selected from all valid entries to receive runner up prizes, each with a $11.85 value.
- Fractal Designs 1, $11.85 value
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Here’s the video review!
A Look Inside Fractal Designs 1
Fractal Designs 1 is a comfortably small 8.5″ square coloring book with a distinctive satin-y white and orange cover. The linework is traced from some of Elizabeth’s original fractal designs. Check out some of these gorgeous examples of her fractal work from her Instagram:
In total, there are 25 unique designs to color in the book, printed on just one side of the page. The paper is crisp white and a little on the thin side, as the book is printed with CreateSpace. This might make it challenging for some types of supplies but the paper is perfect for others (more on that later)!
The designs are printed with very fine lines. This can make it a little challenging to stay within the lines, but I love how the lines practically disappear into the artwork once it is colored!
The designs included in the book range in complexity. Some pages include larger spaces and are great for adding in your own texture and shading within those spaces. Others have smaller spaces, and a more intricate design.
Here are a few sample pages from the book:
Here are what the pages look like inside the book:
As you can see, the lines are very thin, as I mentioned. I think of this as an invitation to free yourself from staying within the lines! Use them as a guide; they are light and will mostly disappear into your design unless you are using very light colors.
Here’s a free page!
Elizabeth was kind enough to share a free page that didn’t make it into her first book with Cleverpedia readers! Click the thumbnail below to download and print the full-sized coloring page:
Don’t forget to tag your image #zelibarart when you share on Facebook or Instagram!
Here are some of the pages I’ve colored from the book:
I’ve colored two full pages from the book so far, and have started a few other pages. Here’s the first, colored in with Tombow markers:
This was really fun! I ended up changing my color scheme about halfway through, but I like the end result — it feels a little like a space flower! I love all those astrological blues and purples and it was fun to lay down some texture over the “petals.”
Like with all CreateSpace books I’ve ever colored, the page began curling a little while I was using my markers, but I had it clipped in my clipboard so it stayed pretty straight. If you want to flatten out your pages after you color them, just wait for them to dry and then stick them under a heavy book overnight.
By the way, I cut the page out of the book using my x-acto knife. Since I prefer to color outside the book, this made it super easy to remove the page.
Check out my speed coloring video below:
I also really wanted to test out watercolors or watercolor pencils with the book to see how they worked with the designs, and I am so glad I did, because it was a lot of fun!
I am by no means an expert at painting with watercolors — I was an art major in college but my focus was video art so I never really got the chance to paint besides a class I took one summer. So, I guess what I am trying to say, is if you are a little better-versed with watercolors, you may have a different experience! I also didn’t have a chance to try out coloring with watercolor pencils, which might be easier to keep drier as you work.
For me, I used too much water, and the page really started curling. Wah! It has flattened out a little overnight under the book like I mentioned, but it’s still pretty wrinkly, as you can see in the photo. But ahh! These designs work so well with watercolors! I might even make photocopies out of the book onto watercolor paper, because I really like the idea of the geometric shapes being the basis of a watercolor painting. Plus the lines fade so nicely into the paint; they’re still there to give it some structure, but they aren’t obtrusive at all.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book! I love trying out independent artists’ coloring books because they are all so unique, and Fractal Designs 1 was no exception! The lightly-outlined fractals were the perfect starting point to creating my own geometric artwork.
Okay, I’m sold… how do I get a copy?
If the sample pages I showed above look appealing to you, I definitely encourage you go pick up your own copy on Amazon! For just $11.85 (and sometimes Amazon runs sales!) you can pick up your very own copy of this book and create your own colored fractals.
Don’t forget to share your colored pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Feel free to use the hashtag #zelibarart to connect with other colorists who love this book!
IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! Enter here for a chance to win one of the seven prizes!
For this giveaway, we will be drawing one grand prize winner at random from the full pool of entries. There are also 6 runner up prizes drawn at random from the full pool of entries. Earn an unlimited number of additional entries when you refer your friends, for example in your favorite coloring Facebook groups!
This giveaway will run for one week only, beginning today and ending at 11:59pm EST Monday, April 3. The winners will be drawn at random on April 4th from the full pool of entrants, and they will have three days to respond to the winning announcement email before a new winner is drawn in their place.
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Thanks again to Elizabeth from Zelibar Art for providing the review and giveaway copies!
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