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