by Hanna Karlzon
Published by Gibbs Smith on August 9th 2016
Style: double page printing
Format: Glue & Stitched, Hard back
You will fall in love with Daydreams Coloring Book with 85 intricate illustrations: delicate flowers, buzzing bees, storybook homes, regal portraits, and more.
Stirred by the nature that surrounds her in her native northern Sweden, Hanna Karlzon finds inspiration from her mother’s garden and childhood memories, playing in the forest or in fields of flowers. Her dreamlike elements of a Swedish summer will lull anyone into a coloring daydream.
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Daydreams Coloring Book Review & Giveaway
I think this is a lovely book and I’d love for you to be able to enjoy this book as much as I do. I have one copy of this book to giveaway. All you need to do to enter is:
- be over 18 years of age; and
- leave a comment below.
There is one entry per person. The giveaway is open to all worldwide. The giveaway will end at 5.00 pm 5 October 2016 (Sydney, Australia timezone) and a random winner will be selected.
Extra entries can be obtained by:
1. leaving a comment on the You Tube video for this book review here and/or
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You will be notified within 48 hours after the giveaway ends via the email address you provided. The winner will be announced on my blog and You Tube channel. If the winner does not claim their prize within 3 days by contacting me and providing shipping address to me at that time, then another random winner will be drawn.
The giveaway prize is for 1 (one) copy only of this book only and is not redeemable for cash or exchange. The winner should note that prizes usually take approximately 2 weeks to be dispatched and delivered to you, depending on your location and availability of stock.
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Good luck ….now let’s get to the review!
Daydreams Coloring Book Review illustrated by Hanna Karlzon
Daydreams is the much anticipated English version of the coloring book, Dagdrommar illustrated by Swedish artist and illustrator, Hanna Karlzon.
Hanna’s work is admired because she manages to inject a dash of magic and sparkle into each of her drawings that transforms them into timeless, classic pieces of art. Daydreams is a classic coloring book, one of which will never go out of style or fashion.
Cover & Layout
The English publishers of Daydreams have gone to a lot of effort to ensure that fans purchasing the English version have no unfair comparisons with the original version of Dagdrommar. For that reason they have ensured that the beautiful and sturdy hard cover of Daydreams is the same shade of mint green with intricate line art decorating it. Just like Dagdrommar, Daydreams features gold foiling for the title and centre of the flowers. The spine has a beautiful black binding on it with the details in gold foil. The only difference between this and Dagdrommar is that the foil used on the spine of Daydreams is more rose gold than the gold on the Dagdrommar coloring book. On the spine of Daydreams the publishers have also added the words “Coloring Book”.
Daydreams measures 21.6 x 25.7 cm (approximately 10 in x 8.5 in).
Side by side Daydreams looks slightly fuller than Dagdrommar. Before you get excited, thinking that extra illustrations have been included, that’s not the case at all. The hard cover backing used by the English publishers is slightly thicker than the Swedish hard cover backing which makes the book appear plumper.
Inside a lovely black matt protective page introduces you to this beautiful coloring book. A simple title page with a little mushroom follows for you to color in. Over page, copyright information is adorned with a little beetle to color.
A beautiful name plate page follows that is a work of art in itself. All of the images that were in Dagdrommar are in Daydreams and are presented in the same order. The only difference is that any Swedish text has been translated to English. Other than the ancillary pages, this comprises a nameplate page and a dedication page, as well as some instructions to draw your own doodles on some images.
Gibbs Smith, the publishers of the English edition of Daydreams went to a lot of effort to ensure the paper was the same in this book as the original edition. To achieve this goal they ended up sourcing paper from the same plant that produced the original book. The paper is a delight and appears exactly the same as the original version.
Daydreams is illustrated on both sides of the paper and there is also an artist version which contains 20 illustrations printed on single sided pages, for colorists that prefer wet mediums.
Hanna draws in Indian ink. All of her illustrations have small dots sprinkled throughout elements of an image, giving it a very artistic quality and raising it from an outline of an image to color to a piece of art on its own.
The concept of Daydreams shouldn’t be so appealing as a coloring book, but it is. The images are so widely various and not themed to anything that you would think that the whole thing would end up a hodge podge of mess. Daydreams does the exact opposite. It enthralls you and draws you into a magical world of elaborately designed insects, oversized birds, cats playing with jewellery, animals in crowns and beautiful women. You can imagine daydreaming yourself of these beautiful things as you color your way through the pages.
The line art in this book is beautiful. The lines are crisp and black throughout the book. A medium line weight is generally used throughout making the pages very easy to see and making the images pop on the page. Some finer, delicate lines have been used to add texture and dimension when required as well as those sprinkling of little dots we see from time to time.
Most of the images are single page illustrations that are well positioned on the page for ease of coloring. However, there are a handful of illustrations that have line art right to the spine, making it tricky to color. There are also three images where an outline has been provided so you can doodle a pattern in yourself. You will also find 14 pages of double page scenes. These scenes have line art that runs into the spine of the book, making it difficult to color.
A number of the illustrations really call for a beautiful background to be added whilst others are so filled with detail that there would be limited room to add a background to the image.
Daydreams Coloring Book Video Review
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Other coloring products by Hanna Karlzon
See completed pages from Daydreams coloring book on my Daydreams Pinterest Board here. I’m always amazed at the different ways colorists color these gorgeous illustrations!
Happy coloring x