Book Review: Dagdrömmar

I’ve been holding onto this beauty for a few weeks to get some colouring done.  Some of you may have already spotted my tutorial on how to colour a face using this.  it is, of course, the magnificent Swedish colouring book Dagdrommar by artist Hanna Karlzon.  This is her first colouring book and is only available through an online site called ‘Pen Store’ from Sweden.  That is set to change with Amazon U.K. and U.S. already taking pre orders for this and her second book Sommarnatt.

Dagdrommar (translated to Day Dreams in  English)  is a lovely book with high production values.  It has hard back and front covers making it suitable for travel and arm chair colouring as you won’t need to support the floppy pages on anything.  The binding is sturdy and pages can be opened almost flat fairly easily.  The paper is a good thickness with a fine tooth very suitable for coloured pencils.  I haven’t tried other media in it yet but I think water based markers should be fine in it.  Anything that is water activated, though, such as paints or watercolour pencils may cause the paper to buckle slightly as we have seen in other books so some careful testing is required before committing to these medias.

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The pictures are all nature based with a whimsical, magical feel to them.  Animals wear crowns and gem stones abound.  For colourists wanted to try their hand at people there are a number of elegant ladies faces and young girls in fairy tale regalia to try.  Each picture is consistantly and skillfully drawn.  The hardest part about owning this book is deciding  which picture to colour next!

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Most of the images are single page but their is a number of double page illustrations to tackle.

So far I have completed a number of pictures using Faber Castell polychromos pencils and I am happy with their performance in this book.

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The name plate page coloured with Polychromos pencils. All I need to do is add my name.

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Oops, bit of reflection off the pencils in the bottom right hand side of this pic. The colour is actually bold and consistent throughout in real life.

This book is addictive!  I have other colouring commitments to forfil for reviews but it is so hard to tear myself away from these lovely pages.  For more info on this book please check out my YouTube review below.

19 Comments

  1. meagan egerton

    I watched your youtube video , and just wanted to say Thank you for doing these review’s Peta.
    It’s really great being able to see what the book’s like before buying from the internet, I have 4 children so you can imagine I have to be picky about which book’s I get.
    I really enjoy watching your video’s and have learned a lot from you.
    I use you for my excuse to have a cuppa ,LOL.
    Thank you!
    Regard’s
    Meagan

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  2. Heeral

    Your work is just beautiful. I would love to see all of your finished colouring pieces from all your books to see what you have finished! I know it would be a very long video, but a very inspiring one for us beginners 🙂 I am addicted to watching all of your videos have watched a few more than once! haha x

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    1. Paula

      I would love to see this too! 🙂

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  3. Claire

    I got this book on Monday and must say its absolutely gorgeous, and I feel like I want to colour every page. Didn’t think anything would beat Johanna Basford, but this one does hands down. For anyone who can’t wait for the Amazon release its really easy to order the original Swedish version, which is what I did and it arrived in the UK in just four days, brilliant service. Just google The Pen Store, Stockholm and then search for the book on their website. It’s definitely worth getting. A real beauty.

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  4. Marcia

    Did you do your backgrounds in pastel or pencil? Thank you for the tour.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      All of my backgrounds so far in this book have been done in pencil. I enjoy doing them, I find it soothing if somewhat time consuming.

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  5. Melvina Grose

    I have been following a lady on YouTube named Chris Chang who colors in this book using Prismacolor Premier Pencils. After the first video I watched of her coloring in this book I absolutely fell in love with the illustrations. I just had to be an owner of this book as well. Once I got it I have just been aching to start coloring in it, but it’s so beautiful that I don’t want to A. mess anything up and B. I can’t decide what picture to color first. I am hopping that I can overcome this kind of anxiety and dive into it and just let my creativity take over. This book is stunning. I also ordered her newest book and another book similar to this book from the pen store. They should be arriving sometime next week I am hopping.
    Your colorings are so beautiful. I can’t wait to see more magic from your hands come to life in this book. Your talent is breathtaking.

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  6. Astrid S

    WOW, all I can say is that about your colored pictures, they are gorgeous as allways!! I mentioned on youtube to you I had the English version on pre-order along with Summernights at Amazon.co.uk, the original versions aren’t available there anymore, don’t know if they will come back there also. But then I saw a review of the book Blomstermandala by Maria Trolle on youtube and that one looks gorgeous too, so I decided to cancel my orders at Amazon and order this last one along with the 2 by Hanna Karlzon at penstore in Sweden. I love this kind of drawings, whimsical, fantasylike but still realistic in 95% of the picture. Thanks for the review!

    By the way, I try to subscribe at your homepage here everytime I come back, but it never works it keeps on saying ‘loading’ and nothing more.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Astrid. We had a technical problem with the site a short time ago that took some time to resolve. We think it’s fixed now so try again. If you’re still having problems let me know and I’ll see what i can do.

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  7. Nido

    Hi Peta, mind if i ask what colour combinations do you use for colouring yellow hair?

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Nido. I’m just about to release a new video where i colour the ‘snake charmer’ girl in Dagdrommar with strawberry blonde hair. i explain how i go about selecting the colours for the gradiant… it should go up sometime over the next few days. In the meantime i suggest you pick the main hair colour and then two paler shades and two darker shades and test several combinations out on a scrap piece of paper until you find something that pleases you. Polychromos ‘green gold’ is a nice middle colour for a medium blonde or ‘dark naples ochre’ if you want a brighter colour. if you want something a bit more natural looking… like a light brown blonde I would use ‘brown ochre’ as my middle colour.

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      1. Jane A.

        This information on choosing 5 colors for hair along with your video has been most helpful. I am a bit stumped on the colors to choose for coloring in black hair. Thank you for all your generous sharing of information on coloring how to’s. Your pictures are all so amazingly beautiful and inspirational.

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  8. Elodie

    Hi Peta! Thank you so much for this presentation. I was a bit unsure about this book: do i really need another colouring book? Is it really worth it to pay as much for the shipment as for the book itself? Well, now i made up my mind. Answer is yes :-)! But i will also order another book called “Blomster mandalas”. If you haven’t yet, i would advice you to check it out for the drawings are really gorgeous! I’m sure you would work wonders with it (as always)!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Thank you. I’m awaiting Hanna’s secong book ‘Sommarnatt’ which should arrive next week. After that I’ll go looking at Blomster mandalas. i have heard good things about it.

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  9. Sandrine

    I love your vidéos and how you explain how to color. I am very impatient to see how you are going to color gemstones are there are a lot of them in the Dagdrommar book…

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    1. Claire

      Agreed, please tell us your tips for colouring gemstones, Peta, I haven’t found a good tutorial for this anywhere.

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      1. Chaypeta (Post author)

        I am planning a tutorial for both metallic surfaces and gem stones. I hope to have it done this week along with several other tutorials. 🙂

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        1. Claire

          Fantastic 🙂 Thanks Peta.

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  10. Mona Burch

    Hello Peta 🙂 I just wanted to begin by saying how much I’ve come to admire you, your work and your video’s….so inspiring and beautiful!!

    I’ve watched your review for this book 3 times now and my mom has pre ordered both Daydreams & Summer nights for my birthday (both conveniently released the day after!!) and am now very anxiously awaiting their arrival.

    In regards to your comment/question to the quality of the American publishing of this book, I did snoop on the publishers (Gibbs Smith) facebook page and they say the paper quality will be the same…Here’s to hoping!!

    Anways…I now look every day for a new post/blog from you….you are definitely my favorite adult coloring book reference!!! Please keep up the good work.

    Mona

    P.S. Your dear hubby sounds like a gem as well 🙂 A real keeper!!

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