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Daydreams – Coloring Book Review & Giveaway

Daydreams Coloring Book: Originally Published in Sweden as "Dagdrömmar" Buy on Amazon US| Buy on Book Depository|Buy on Amazon UK|Buy on Amazon Ca
by Hanna Karlzon
Published by Gibbs Smith on August 9th 2016
Style: double page printing
Pages: 96
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

****Giveaway Instructions****

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
2. leaving a comment on the Facebook post for this giveaway at my Facebook page here  (make sure you LIKE the page so you will see when I announce the winner) Feel free to TAG your friends that would LOVE the opportunity to win this book as well)

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.

This giveaway is not affiliated in any way with either You Tube or Facebook.

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.

Daydreams Coloring Book Review

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).

Daydreams Coloring Book Review

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.

Daydreams Coloring Book Review

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.

Daydreams Coloring Book Review

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.

Daydreams Coloring Book Review

Intricate houses, birds and florals with lots of beautiful details

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

Enjoy the video review of  Daydreams Coloring Book by Hanna Karlzon


Where to buy Daydreams coloring book by Hanna Karlzon

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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











About Hanna Karlzon

Hanna is a Swedish artist that has a passion for pen and ink. She designs numerous things including paper products and wallpaper. Her inspiration tends to be nature, fantasy and 70’s design.

About the author


I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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  • This is such a gorgeous colouring book – one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen. I love the whimsical nature theme of the book, and the women in this book, as you’ve shown, are so beautifully drawn too. Great review! I would love to win this book but if I don’t I will certainly be buying it!

    • It’s a gorgeous classic coloring book and everyone should have one! If I was in charge of the world everyone would get a copy of Daydreams and a box of FC polys 🙂 Keep an eye out tomorrow … there’s a pretty pink one up for grabs as well 🙂 Thanks for entering the giveaway and good luck! Happy coloring x

    • Thank you Sandra! Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck! Happy coloring x

  • Wow, Daydreams looks absolutely mesmerizing. Your review is spot on in saying they are timeless pieces of art and won’t go out of fashion. I am also impressed to read the publisher sought out the same paper for the English edition, that shows great dedication. I loved reading your review, and I think this will be high on my wish list now!

    • It’s a gorgeous classic book. Don’t tell my other coloring books or they may get jealous but I have a stash of what to grab in case of an emergency. Lets just say that there’s a few pink and mint green books in that stash 🙂 Thanks for entering the giveaway and good luck! Happy coloring x

  • Hi what a delightful book, i tried to post before and it did not come out, sorry about that. I love to color by the hour, being didabled this is a wonderful hobby for me love your reviews. hugs Karen

    • Thanks Karen! Sounds like the interwebs were being naughty! It’s lovely having a hobby that brings you and others so much joy. Just looking at colored pictures and the books makes me happy. Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck! Happy coloring x

  • What a beautiful book! Absolutely inspiring. I’d like a write short story illustrated by Daydreams.

    • It is a lovely mix of illustrations isn’t it! I could imagine a story inspired by the book but it may be quite long …there’s a lot of illustrations there 🙂 Happy coloring x and thank you for entering the giveaway!

    • Thanks DeeDee and thank you for entering the giveaway! If you are a fan of Hanna’s I’ve also posted the Summer Nights review and there’s a little giveaway there as well. Happy coloring x

  • Beautiful book! Jewels and cats, who could ask for anything more? LOL just kidding I love the two facing portraits also, it looks like hours of enjoyment.

    • Cats! I <3 cats and that cat is so regal. Plus all those gems, quirky little buildings and beautiful florals. It is just a gorgeous all rounder book! Thanks for entering the giveaway and good luck! P.S. Remember to check out the Summer Nights review - there's a little giveaway for that one as well. Happy coloring x

    • Thank you! Thank you for entering and be sure and check out the Summer Nights review as well…there’s a little giveaway there as well. Happy coloring x

  • Wow what a stunning book, although i favor the original version, the English edition is beautiful as well! Looks like such fun (:

    • It’s lovely to have something in its original edition but, really they are both the same, quality wise. The advantage of the English edition is that the price is a lot less than buying from Sweden and shipping to your country. I always need to have a few deep breaths before I press the order button on International sites. The Australian dollar is just terrible 🙁 At least with the English edition it is much more affordable and more people can enjoy Hanna’s quirky and magical drawings. Happy coloring x

  • Thank you for this review. I hope you review the English editions of Hanna Karlzon’s other books when they’re released.

    • Hi Darryl, the English version of Summer Nights review has been posted and there’s a little giveaway for that as well. Magical Dawn English edition won’t be out until next year but I will have it! Of course, the Swedish version is out earlier and I’ve already got my order placed. We <3 Hanna Karlzon 🙂 Thank you for entering the giveaway and happy coloring x

    • I can’t wait either! The cover looks sooo pretty! Why does she tease me like this lol! Thanks for entering the giveaway and happy coloring x

  • Thank you for this review. Hanna Karlzon is another amazing artist I admire. This is another must have.

    • It is a lovely book! We also have a giveaway for the gorgeous Summer Nights Coloring Book as well! Good luck in the giveaway and happy coloring x

  • This is a beautiful book. I love both the illustrations and the paper quality. Will enjoy many hours of colouring.

    • Thanks Kim! That wish list just keeps growing! Better keep a copy in case Santas loses his! Good luck in the giveaway!

  • Your reviews are great. Very helpful. Always like your pinterest boards very much. thanks as always for sharing.

  • Another excellent review. I really love coloring insects so I am exciting about this book.

    • Lol I could never have imagined a couple of years ago coloring spiders and creepy crawlies and enjoying it! These artists just make it so easy for us to love bugs with all their pretty patterns and jewels and gems! Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck!

  • I must agree with you. This is an absolutely lovely book! I am happy to see that the English version is almost exactly the same as the original. It is disappointing here is the US to have the lesser versions of the Johanna Basford books. Thank you for taking the time that you do to share the books with us!

    • Thanks Heather. I agree it is a shame that JB with all her coloring clout can’t seem to get the publishers to produce similar quality books. Same with Kerby Rosanes. On the plus side The Night Voyage by Daria Song in the English edition is a great book. Hopefully, the publishers will start taking on board the things that are important to colorists. Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck!

    • The book is so beautiful ..I realised the other day that I had forgotten to upload my review of the Dagdrommar postcards which you’ve reminded me I must put on my “to do” list 🙂 You’ll love the cards but ..the book is better 🙂 Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck!

    • It would be lovely to have the set! Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck!

  • I just LOVE this book! It is so amazing, great review thanks. And thank you for giving us a chance at a give away.

    • Thank you Sandra! Hanna Karlzon is an amazing talent! Good luck in the giveaway and happy coloring x

  • I’d love to win this lovely coloring book! i do not have any adult coloring books… not even kid ones and I do adore coloring!

    • It is a gorgeous book! If you don’t own any coloring pages/books at the moment check out my directory of artists that give away free coloring pages that you can download, print and color in. Good luck in the giveaway and happy coloring x

  • Beautiful book! Thank you for the great and detailed review, i just discover this page and i love it!

  • i orinally did not think i would like this book, but there you go, DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER/ I have foinfd a new artist to fall on loe with. These pages take me way out of my comfort zone/ Guess its time to try something new after 6 months of coloring/ Thank you for thia opportunity Leanne. Absolutely beautiful book. Connie

    • I <3 the cover of Daydreams so different from other books! It's a gorgeous book and has a beautiful whimsical presentation. There's a lot of colored pictures on my Dagdrommar/Daydreams board over at Pinterest to inspire you. I only ever get called Leanne by officials or if I'm in trouble ..everyone else just calls me Lea 🙂

  • Your review is wonderful!! This book looks absolutely gorgeous and it looks like so much fun to color!!! Thank you so much for the chance to win this beautiful book as well! Being disabled, it’s hard to fuel my coloring addiction. I color to help with my stress, depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Being diagnosed at just 12 yrs old with Meniere’s Disease which there is no cure threw me for a loop but I fought as hard as I could as long as I could to try to keep working, and as active as I could. But employers don’t understand when you are fine for a bit and then can’t hear for days to weeks at a time. It also makes me fatigued no matter how much sleep I get. The tinnitus is the worst for me, when it gets bad like I say I can’t hear for days to weeks at a time and coloring helps get me through those lonely feeling times as well. I’m also deaf in my right ear since birth. Coloring is my outlet and helps me get through each day. Happy Coloring everyone!! Keep making beautiful reviews!!

    • Coloring is such a lovely hobby but also so good for us mentally. I hope it is helping you and making life more comfortable for you! Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck! Happy coloring x

    • It is gorgeous – one of my faves! Thanks for entering the giveaway and good luck!

    • Thank you Maureen, that’s really kind of you and much appreciated! Thanks for entering the giveaway and good luck!

    • I agree. It’s gorgeous! Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck! Happy coloring x

    • They are gorgeous! I like the different types of girls that Hanna draws. I believe she is often inspired by her own children. Good luck in the giveaway and happy coloring x

    • It is gorgeous! You could color and daydream 🙂 Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck!

  • Wow!!!! Yet another very interesting and so informative review!!! After reading them, really want to get the books and colour them 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Hanna Karlzon is an amazing talented artist and illustrator! I <3 her books! Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck!

  • Awesome talent you have and I’m glad amber owens tagged me in this!!! I would love to win!!!! Good luck to everyone!!

    • Thanks for entering the giveaway to win the amazingly talented, Hanna Karlzon’s coloring book “Daydreams” – good luck!

    • Hanna Karlzon is certainly a talented artist! Thanks for entering the giveaway and good luck!

    • They are super cute cats! I love all the little animals with crowns on them and the gems, the girls, the birds …everything! Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck!

  • Please enter me. A tip is I found twistable colored pencils a help. They don’t have to be sharpened and don’t break. Flow smooth and bright.

    • Great tip Jane! Thanks for sharing! This would be particular useful to people with arthritis or problems with their hands that makes that turning motion somewhat painful! Thank you for entering the giveaway and good luck!

    • They are beautiful! I’m so happy that an English publisher picked up rights – making it more affordable for everyone! Good luck in the giveaway!

  • How beautiful! That cat with the crown and all the jewels caught my eye, and the pretty faces with even more jewels. All the artwork is stunning.

  • Would Love to spend my free time coloring in every page of this book. Great illustrations!

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