The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons part 3



We’re coming on to part 3 of our all season gift guide, and for this issue, I’m going to touch on coloring books! I think that coloring books are fantastic for de-stressing, and also for those who are looking to add their magic touch to other people’s art. They’re great for kids and adults alike too – what’s not to like?

Coloring Book vol. 4 by Doodlers Anonymous

Doodlers Anonymous

Volume 4 of the Doodlers Anonymous coloring book features the doodles and drawings of 60 artists from around the globe – some fresh novices, others seasoned veterans, all of whom share a love for the hand-drawn.

You can get a copy over here.

Cordial Kitten Coloring Book: Animals with Jobs



Have fun coloring in Candice’s book that’s filled with animals (who have jobs – and they seem to be pretty good at it too!)

Get yours over here.

Monsters Behaving Badly, a coloring book by Emma Kidd



If you love monsters and you love coloring them in, Emma’s book is for you! It’s a beautiful book that’s big on monsters and imagination.

It’s printed on recycled paper, 16-pages and available right here.

Botania coloring book by Helena Tay

Helena Tay

From Helena’s description:

Botania is my artistic journey into the things that inspire me the most: nature, trees, the four seasons, woodland animals, the whimsy and the make believe. It took me a year to ink all the pages, including over 150 animals plus insects lost in lush botany! 

This very detailed and playful coloring book features lots of nature and animals in 26 pages – available right here.

The Land of Shining Lakes coloring book by Kamala Caton


From Kamala’s description:

The “Land of Shining Lakes” was inspired in part by the flora and fauna surrounding my home in the romantic Snoqualmie River valley, nestled into the foothills of the Cascades here in the Pacific Northwest, just outside of Seattle, WA. The beginning of the book, however, takes place in a desert land much like Morocco, where King Tilliman hides a dark secret from his three daughters. The story is complete with nymphs, a unicorn, monstrous sea creatures, rebellion, dreams, magical mischief and true love. I dedicate the book to my 11-year-old niece, but you will find it delightful at any age.

The book is 32-pages, a large format book printed on quality heavyweight cover stock (17″x11″ index) with a sturdy bend and finely textured matte surface perfect for crayons and colored pencils, and is available here.

Colour Africa Proverbs


From their description:

Colour Africa Proverbs is a colouring book of  illustrated proverbs from all over Africa. The proverbs are words of wisdom that teach children universal truths in an engaging and interactive way. Respect, compassion and teamwork are central themes. Each of the 10 proverbs appears in its original home language, with an English translation and a picture, and each proverbs are explained at the back of the book.

Available here.

Facts & Feathers: A bird coloring book by Melissa Washburn

Melissa Washburn


From Melissa’s description:

This professionally printed 16-page coloring book includes my illustrations of 12 different bird species that can be found in the Indiana Dunes along Lake Michigan, along with some interesting facts about each bird. As part of a 2012-2013 grant from the Indiana Arts Council, I created a series of mixed media bird illustrations and decided to also create a coloring book to go with the project. A successful Kickstarter launch to get the initial print run followed, and now I have extras for sale here on Etsy! Great for bird enthusiasts and kids of all ages.

Available right here.

Pattern and Design Coloring Book vol. 1 by Jenean Morrison

Jenean Morrison


If you like coloring in patterns, then Jenean’s book is for you – there’s 50 original designs in total that consists of repeat patterns, florals, geometric and abstract prints.

Get yours here.

Games of Thrones coloring book by Team Art

Team Art GoT


If you don’t know, I’m a bit of a Game of Thrones fan, so I literally laughed out loud when I saw that there’s a coloring book on the show! Fill in 14 of GoT’s favourite characters while waiting for the new season to begin: Jaqen H’ghar, Arya Stark, Gendry, Sansa Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Robb Stark, Catelyn and Eddard Stark, Petyr Baelish, Ros, Melisandre, Stannis Baratheon, Tyrion Lannister, Tywin Lannister, Theon Greyjoy, Viserys Targaryen, Daenerys Targaryen/Khaleesi, Khal Drogo, Ygritte, Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Robert Baratheon.

Available here.

Animal Sleep Stories coloring book by Daria Tessler

Daria Tessler

Daria Tessler’s illustrations are incredible detailed and beautiful, and has the ability to transport anyone to a different world. Explore her mysterious characters and settings through elaborate line art. These illustrations are the uncoloured versions of her popular prints – ready for you to jump right in!

Available in a limited edition of 1000, get your signed and numbered copy directly from Daria here.

And there you have it! Make sure you take a look at Part 1, and Part 2 of this gift guide! There’s still more to come so hang in there!

The Pikaland Gift Guide for All Seasons part 2


Welcome to part 2 of our all season gift guide! Today we’re going to look at more zines published by artists and illustrators and I hope you’re in the mood for more (a lot, lot more!) as we look at unique, self-published or small press publications that you wouldn’t normally find in bookstores. Here we go!

The Crowd in my Head by Gaelle Lalonde

Gaelle Lalonde

Gaelle Lalonde


From Gaelle’s description:

This book started as an experiment about books as art objects, conducted over a year ago, in which I wanted to make a book into a toy. The result is an accordion book that no matter how you fold it always creates a new image, or new creature. 

Available in a limited edition of 50, which you can get right here.

Everything You Didn’t Ask for by Tom Pappalardo

Tom Pappalardo

Tom Pappalardo


From Tom’s description:

Everything You Didn’t Ask For: Comics and Stories By Tom Pappalardo is my best-of comic collection, spanning twenty years of writing and comic publishing. Poster designs, illustrations, and other artwork fill the spaces in between. This is the real cream of the crop, boy howdy, you’d better believe it. Tons of good stuff from this site, plus more stuff previously published elsewhere.

The book is 164 pages long and is available right here.

Good Witch/Bad Witch by Elena Kalorkoti

Elena Kalorkoti


Elena Kalorkoti

From Elena’s description:

Good Witch/Bad Witch is an illustrated zine full of witches going about their day-to-day lives; conjuring, teleporting, exploring outer space, watering the garden. If you like mystical powers and angular haircuts this is the zine for you.

The zine is 20 pages, with black and white insides and you can get it over here.

Magpie Magpie by Matt Huynh

Matt Huynh Matt Huynh


From Matt’s description:

An Australian Gothic haunted house story of abandoned lovers in a deserted land. Morgan, with little left to lose, kidnaps his own daughter and flees town with his mistress. When they are separated in a storm, he’s forced to take shelter in an abandoned hotel where he is greeted by the suspicious generosity of a lovelorn stranger trapped in a purgatory of re-lived gestures and memories of a long departed lover.

He has more books over here.

 Waiting Rooms by Teiera

Teiera Teiera

This 80 pages book is made by twelve illustrators who tells their stories in 5 pages. Featuring the works of Akvile Magicdust, Cristina Spano, Giulia Sagramola, Ilaria Falorsi, Inma Lorente, Jim Stoten, Jose JAJAJA, Matteo Berton, Nicolo Pellizzon, Pia Valentinis, Sarah Mazzetti and Zosia Dwierzawska.

Get yours here.

Paper Pencil Life by Summer Pierre

Summer Pierre

Summer Pierre

I love Summer Pierre’s work and her latest zine (a two-parter) is a comic that’s about parenting, daily work, life, time, happiness, grief, and change.

It’s 48-pages, black and white and available over here.

OM – The Chorus by Andy Barron

Andy Barron


Andy Barron draws comics and cartoons based in the world of OM.

10 pages, in full color and available here.

Imaginary Fronds by Sarah McNeil and Ashley Ronning

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From their description:

Imaginary Fronds by Sarah McNeil and Ashley Ronning is the follow up to Plant Feelings. Unlike its brighter, chirpier sibling, Imaginary Fronds is a little more dark and wintery. Mushrooms, hands in the soil, seeking shelter, hidden growth, bushfires, secrets.

It’s a first edition of 500 copies, hand numbered, 30 pages and available here.

Updated Report of Observations which Somehow Seem toReflect Abstractly on Life by Sarah McNeil

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I have the first version of this zine (Statistical Analysis of The Thing that Happen but Don’t Matter and Everything Else) and I enjoy looking at facts and data – perhaps you do too! Here’s what Sarah has to say about this second issue:

After a few years, reading over my first zine, I find that things have changed. Not incredibly, but things are noticeably different if you look at the stats. Also, it’s a way of me saying things I want to say but never find it appropriate to bring them up in conversation.

It’s 28 pages and available here.

A is for Art by John Fidler

John Fidler

John Fidler


From John’s description:

This booklet is designed to help those people who say they can’t draw. In it you will find an incredibly simple yet powerful method that will enable you to create easily recognisable images. Everything in this booklet starts out as a letter ‘A’, or slight variation thereof. So, if you can write a letter A, you can draw!

14 pages in black and white and available here.

Well there you have it – this wraps up part 2 of the gift guide! Stay tuned for the next one! 🙂

Book review: Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists

Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists

Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists


Marion Deuchars has done it again. In 2011 I reviewed her book Let’s Make Some Great Art (review here) and it was a unique book which made me squeal with delight when I peeled open its pages back then. In her latest book, Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists, she reprises the original concept of inviting the reader (or in this case, the artist) to dabble their fingers into some paint and let loose in between the pages of her book.

Of course I still squealed all the same when I got her latest book (because it’s just so PRETTY!) You’d think that books that were meant for kids aged 8 – 12 wouldn’t have garnered the reaction I had, but still, there’s something to be said about books that make you all excited; you don’t see too many of them often enough.

Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists


In this book, Marion expanded on one of the themes of her first book – taking on inspirations from artists such as Klimt, Matisse, Warhol and Miró and coming out with creative prompts that allows to learn about the artists through play. While I noticed that there wasn’t a proper table of contents to show which artists were being featured, I was happy to find the list of artists at the back of the book, complete with a mini bio to boot! There’s 18 artists in all, so there’s a good variety of styles for you (or your little one) to try out.

I don’t think that this book is just suitable for kids however; as doing so would be a missed opportunity for other artists out there who are struggling with finding new ways of working. I think that this is a great book for any one at any age – whether you’re artistically inclined or not. Marion has done a wonderful job of making art accessible, using everyday language and humanising the artists featured that it makes one feel hopeful of being one themselves. And even if they don’t, at least they’ll have a great time exploring (or re-exploring) the world of art while they’re at it.

You can get a copy of the book here (via Amazon) and if you’re not sure how it all looks like inside the book, I made a video of its insides: