The Daydreams coloring book is one of my favorites and you'll soon see why. Many of the coloring books that we see today are printed in English and then translated to other languages. Daydreams is different – it was first printed in Swedish and then translated into English.
Daydreams by Hanna Karlzon
DescriptionHanna Karlzon is a Swedish-based illustrator and has published many coloring books, the first being Daydreams. This book has 96 pages and it is a hardbound edition. The book feels luxurious and high quality when you hold it in your hands. It looks good enough to put on your coffee table!
While Johanna goes for intricate designs - often with tiny spaces to color - Hanna's pictures are more open and not so detailed. Some of the images appear realistic but many are combined with whimsical elements like gems, sparkly items like keys or stars etc.
Daydreams also contains many portraits of beautiful women, something that not many artists do well. It's great for practicing skin and hair coloring. The entire book gives the feeling of being set in a fantasy land where little girls ride on birds or insects, snails carry literal houses on their backs and various animals collect gems.
The element of whimsy gives you the freedom to use any color that you like. Why stick to just green for leaves or blue for water? Let your imagination run wild and use colors like pinks or purples for plants or green for the sky.
Since the book is hardbound, it's a little difficult to color the double spreads but it can be done. In fact, some of the double spreads are composed in such a way that you can think of it as two separate images. You can color them in complementary colors or completely different from each other.
- Colored pencils - esp Polychromos - are phenomenal!
- Watercolor works well too
- Pens don't bleed through
- Water-based markers are quite good
- No alcohol markers
- Soft pastel work great