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Britto Color Like an Artist

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Step away from the Melissa & Doug Paint by Numbers kit! Your artiste can do so much better, with this gorgeous coloring book from P’kolino. This Italian company offers inspired (and inspiring!) products including the Britto line from the works of Brazilian artist Romero Britto, whose art has spanned the spectrum from the commercial (Absolut Vodka campaigns!) to activist-oriented art created for a Brazilian mothers’ movement.

The whimsical design of these drawings is a perfect foray into the fanciful and surreal world of childhood art, featuring typical children’s themes, but with an artsy twist such as striped and polka-dotted fields! The images, which include elephants, roosters and flying heart-shaped butterflies, have a cubist appearance; they are bisected by geometric lines and filled with varying patterns reminiscent of graffiti. The pictures will inspire a sense of pleasure in the absurd. In addition, the book comes with stickers to add texture and color to the pages. Finally, your burgeoning techie can upload and display his or her artwork virtually! In no time, you’ll be on the receiving end of dismissive looks from the little art snob if you even look at any of those plain-Jane coloring books from days of yore.

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