Top critical review
Reviewed in Australia on 11 January 2020
The artwork itself is very beautiful, the only reason I gave any stars. I like the treasure hunt and whole concept of the book BUT: The copy I received is not as shown or described.
**Please refer to photos
"......in an inky black-and-white wonderland." NOT black ink on white paper. This whole book is made with yellow/sepia? toned paper. This paper totally changes the colour outcome for all the colour mediums I use; regular, watercolour and metallic coloured pencils, and gel pens....
The book is fully bound and not all pages lie flat so that double spread images are hard to complete. Individual pages can't easily be removed. I have another book like this and ended up removing all the bindings so I could work the pages comfortably.
I would have returned it but that is an upfront cost I can't afford so will use it as best I can.
** Photos were taken against a white sheet. The last photo shows a comparison between the Secret Garden and my "old" book Tropical Wonderland (same style different author).