Inna Veselova, Liliya Matvievskaya. “Clay Toys”. Coloring Book. St. Petersburg, 2015. — 20 pages, illustrations.
The pictures in our coloring book are based on the figures and ornamentation of Russian clay toys. In the book we have used just six of the numerous clay toy traditions existing in the European part of Russia. These are the Romanovskaya, Tula, Filimonovo, Otradnoye, Kargopol and Kozhlya toys. Some of these crafts are already centuries old, while others emerged quite recently, but all of them are still around today and continue to catch our imagination with their wealth of forms and colors. The figures are painted brightly and boldly. Put them together and you will see that the ornamentation is never repeated: it is possible to design an almost endless number of combinations with these criss-crosses, herring-bones, circles, waves and stripes.
Let’s try and decorate the figures. By applying a selection of the dozen or so unsophisticated graphic devices (criss-crosses, circles, herring-bones and stripes) we can create a unique design for each one. Think outside the box! Change the outlines. The main point is to create beauty according to your own rules. Give your imagination free rein.
The “Clay Toys” coloring book will be of interest to children and adults of all ages and all levels of skill.
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