From Johanna Basford, the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves “Lost Ocean.”
With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi, and delicately penned seahorses. Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will welcome this creative journey into an inky new world.
As the date gets closer Johanna has been sharing sneak peeks at her new coloring book!
From Ms. Basford:
For my next colouring book I’m taking you on an inky underwater adventure beneath the waves! There are intricate illustrations to complete, colour and embellish, a new challenge to seasoned colouring addicts! Meet with shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi and magical mermaids. There are barnacle studded shipwrecks, delicate coral reefs and tangles of seaweeds to be explored and coloured. And of course, it wouldn’t be an inky adventure without a treasure hunt! The pages are peppered with the contents of a Pirates’ treasure chest; from goblets to gem stones, pearl necklaces to crowns, can you find all the sunken gold?!
Johanna Basford’s recommendations for supplies to use to color her books are:
Johanna really likes these colored pencils for use in her books because you can sharpen them to a very fine point and they blend nicely. They have a coating around the led that produces less breakage than other pencils. Click here to Order
Johanna also recommends Staedtler Pigment Triplus Liners because of their vibrant colors that really pop and are very fine tipped so you can get in the details needed for her books.
Click to purchase Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens – look for the set with the stand-up case that is very handy for your coloring station at home or when you take them with you as well as keeping them protected. There is a set of 36 but the reviews on Amazon say the additional colors aren’t very good or are repeats of these and for the price this box of 20 is a better purchase. The larger set also doesn’t come with their stand up box.
And if you want some fun you can also use gel pens just be sure you are careful with smearing and allow a few moments to dry before you close the book or run your hand over them. My favorites are the Gelly Roll Glitters and Metallics.
Sakura Stardust Galaxy Set – Colors: Rose, sky, lime, purple, golden and red. These work well on white and light colored paper
Sakura Stardust Meteor Set – Colors: Silver, marine, copper, pink, green and blue. These pens also work well on light or white paper
They don’t make a set with all 12 and I really wish they would.
I don’t think the metallic pens would work as well in Johanna’s books because they are opaque and do cover the detail lines but if you are careful they could have fun effects
I also don’t understand why the metallic pens have glitter caps and the glitter pens have plain caps on them. It’s very confusing so pay attention to that if you buy both and don’t keep them separated.
If you visit Johanna Basford’s site here she has also given us a PDF to download and color before the book comes out. Who doesn’t love freebies?
Lost Ocean Shell Castle
Lost Ocean Fish Pattern
Lost Ocean Mermaids
Lost Ocean Crab Pattern
Lost Ocean Jellyfish
**And to celebrate the reveal of Lost Ocean’s cover, I’m giving away this illustration for you to download, print and color! Think of it as your inky warm-up! Click here to download. This image is print quality so the file is rather large and may take a little while to load if you don’t have super speedy internet. Good things come to those who wait though! Have fun with my magical mermaids! Jx **
Here is a peek inside the inky studio of Johanna Basford
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