Fans of Polish tattoo artist Po drugiej stronie snu (still in my “to do” stack but you may have seen it in my Coloring Book Collection videos) might be interested in her second coloring book, Ticket to Dreams.
Some colorists may recognise the cute little bunny above from the new Ticket to Dreams Coloring Book that was recently used by the artist and her publisher for a coloring contest. Ticket to Dreams features a variety of animals all in Karolina’s distinctive style.
You will notice that, this time, Karolina has an English title for her coloring book. There are other changes as well.
- Ticket to Dreams coloring book is spiral bound
- The paper has thicker paper so that you can use watercolors on it weighing in at 250gm
- Images have been printed on BOTH sides of the paper
- There are 3 images at the rear of the book printed on single sided paper
- A blotter page has been included to test out your mediums
Ticket to Dreams Coloring Book Video Flip Through
Karolina Kubikowska’s publisher has created a video flip through of the Ticket to Dreams coloring book which you can see below:
Karolina has definitely found a new fan with my hubby who loves her dark, mysterious and very black imagery, as do I. Ticket to Dreams is full of that same dark imagery that we fell in love with when Po drugiej stronie snu was released. There is an air of magic about Karolina’s work that makes it so appealing. Every time I look at her art on Instagram, I think if I was ever in Poland, I’d have to get a tattoo from Karolina and have her art work permanently stamped on me.
Am I reviewing Ticket to Dreams?
The short answer is no.
The publisher’s site is set up for customers that are based in CZ and SK and although they ship internationally this is not on the “Shipping policies” page. If you are an international customer, you need to select either of the European choices of CK or SK. Once you have done that, write a note stating which country you are from. You will then receive an email reply telling you what the shippings costs are. You cannot calculate the shipping costs yourself, you must wait for the email to be sent to you. Once you have that information, you will then be able to pay for the book by the only option available on screen for international customers, bank transfer.
Perhaps my expectations of how ecommerce sites should run are colored by my background in teaching ecommerce and digital marketing, creating online courses, authoring books on the subject and consulting with businesses to set up their systems. My expectations of a shopping experience are perhaps unreasonable and based on my own experience. But as I have always told my students, “people want to buy stuff …make it easy for them to do that”.
Not wanting to wait, I moved on to the artist’s site to make my purchase. The artist has modern shopping cart equipped with all the usual methods of payment ie pay pal, credit card etc. that international customers are familiar with. From the drop down menu you can select your country. My only niggle with this system was that the shopping cart was not set up to display the quantity of stock on hand. After quickly adding the book to my basket I proceeded to checkout. At checkout stage I was trying to get the payment button to work that appeared stuck. Quickly refreshing the screen, a word appeared that I had to translate. I think you can guess what the word was…it translated to “sold” on screen but what it really meant was “out of stock”.
To me, shopping for a coloring book should be an easy and pleasurable experience. In this case it was 6 days of waiting for replies to messages/emails and staking out websites. Not fun and very frustrating. Anyone that knows me knows that one of the things that I value is my time. If my time has been wasted it’s all over for me. So to spend so much time, trying to buy one book, and coming out empty handed, was too much for this time conscious gal. I consoled myself by buying a few more coloring books elsewhere.
The artist, has advised me that new a stock of books is arriving this week so if you wish to order it, I would suggest you stake out her site as, no doubt, the demand for Ticket to Dreams will outweigh the supply for this coloring book as you would expect for an artist as talented as Karolina
You can purchase Ticket to Dreams Coloring Book here:
If you are purchasing from the artist direct, keep up to date with when the books are available by following her on social media. As Ticket to Dreams Coloring Book is spiral bound it means the process of printing a new batch takes longer, so if stocks again sell out this weekend you will likely have to wait a week or two, until a new supply arrives. You may wish to keep track of the time in Poland and use a World Clock to work out what time the books may be released again.
When the book is available you will see a picture of it on the artist’s site on the front page and in the “Books” category.
If you do not wish to stake out the artist’s site you can purchase from the publishers online bookshop where normally the Publisher would receive the books from the printer before the artist.
A colorist has advised me that the shipping costs were more favorable from the artist’s site than the publisher’s site. Unfortunately, as I never reached the shipping stage, I am unable to confirm that.
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When purchasing from Karolina’s site make sure you select the language and currency that are appropriate for you at the top left of the page:
If you decide to purchase from the Publisher’s bookshop make sure you select either Czech or Euro options from the top right of the page for currency and either Czech or English language options.
You can follow Karolina on Instagram here
Happy coloring x