This is only the second "Paint or Color" coloring book I have completed, though I have them all (and there are not that many). They are more difficult and certainly time consuming than regular coloring books, but this one was much easier than the first one I did. (See Flower Gardens to Paint of Color.) Though I have been working with paints on the Stained Glass Coloring Books, paper requires a different technique. I used many different mediums for this one, as you will see in the examples. One other note—the differences between these and regular coloring books is that the pages are perforated and only printed on one side, and the print is light. Dover now has the Creative Haven line of coloring books that also are printed this way, in fact, they are changing over many of their standard coloring books to this format.
In any case, except for my obsession for precision, this was a delightfully fun book. The butterfly drawings, for the most part, are exact, but I wish Soffer would have put the same effort into the flowers and leaves, which leave a lot to the creative abilities of the coloring artist, and, speaking for myself, sometimes I wasn't that pleased with the way the plant turned out, even though I really liked the butterfly. The first one is a good example, but I included it because the butterfly is exquisite. Only one butterfly was very inaccurate, and that is the Rosy Marble, which is actually "Rosy Marbled," and it is a moth—a rare one, in fact that lives only in certain places in the British Isles. I included the picture because I liked it, and the colors of the moth on my part are quite correct. However, the shape is wrong. A moth doesn't hold up its wings like that. They lie flat, and looking from above, it looks like a triangle.
I did lots of research and learned a great deal about butterflies from working on this book. I now pay closer attention to the wealth of butterflies I have on my farm, and attempt to identify them. I also found one particularly helpful site that you can type in the common or Latin name of the butterfly you wish to see, and images from many different photographers will be available, which can be enlarged and turned into a slideshow. Most of the butterflies I needed to see were available on this site: Butterflies and Moths of North America.
Here are way too many of my favorites!
Plate 2: Buckeye and Hibiscus; Crayola watercolor and watercolor pencil
Plate 5: Eyed Brown and Leaves; pencil
Plate 10: Baltimore Checkerspot and Daisies; acrylic