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Magical Dawn Coloring Book: Published in Sweden as "Magisk Gryning" Hardcover – Coloring Book, 6 March 2017

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  • Publisher : Gibbs Smith; Clr Csm edition (6 March 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 96 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1423646592
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1423646594
  • Dimensions : 21.59 x 1.91 x 25.4 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 1,114 ratings

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Hanna Karlzon has an art teaching degree from Umeå University, and has run her own business as a freelance designer since 2013. She creates elaborately detailed images using India ink to detail pictures from her own imagination and draws her inspiration from the natural world that surrounds her studio in northern Sweden. Her wildly popular coloring book series includes Daydreams. Summer Nights, Magical Dawn, Seasons, Jewelry Box, and most recently Soul Mates.. She lives in Umeå, Sweden.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
By wendy edmondstone on 9 November 2020
I loved the picture and designed in this book had fun being creative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Colouring Book!!
By Carol Welsh on 4 August 2020
A pleasure to colour these gorgeous ethereal pictures.... takes me away from a covid world and into a paradise of nature and beautiful beings. 10/10
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Hazel Smithies
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful colouring book available
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful colouring book available
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2017
Magical Dawn (Magisk Gryning)by Hanna Karlzon is the artist’s third colouring book to be re-printed in English (not counting her postcard books). It is still the same beautiful hard-backed cover book as her previous two; Daydreams (Dagdrommar) and Summer Nights (Sommarnatt) . The cover illustration is that of a winged insect surrounded by flowers and jewellery flourishes in Hanna’s familiar style, further highlighted with beautiful gold foiling on a lilac background.

It has black textured paper binding on the spine with a gold foiled title. On opening the book you are met with beautiful black pages on the inside cover and first page. This is also repeated at the close of the book. The paper is the same as the previous two books as it is sourced from the original paper mill. It has the same great quality, beautiful ivory colour, medium thickness, smooth finish and gorgeous to colour on paper.

Flip the page and you are greeted with the title page with a frog prince (he’s wearing a crown) peeping out from a bejewelled trinket box. Turn the page again and on the left side you have the publishing details along with a little decorative crystal cluster and on the right the beautifully illustrated nameplate page this time with an assortment of decorative potion bottles.

Each page is double-sided and Stitch -bound to the cloth inside binding. It is bound in the same way as most hardback books. The only problem with it being a hard-backed book is the pages don’t lie completely flat which makes colouring into the centre a little difficult on double page spreads, but this is a problem with many paperback books too, and the pluses of the beautiful hardback cover and exquisite binding for me outweigh the minuses.

The illustrations vary with a mix of single and double page spreads. for those familiar with Hanna’s style you won’t be disappointed, there is no compromise on either the quality of the book itself or the illustrations. There is a mix of her usual flora and fauna, insects, birds, cute houses, beautiful women, crystals, keys in Hanna’s decorative style only this time we have a more magical theme. There are potion bottles and vials, winged animals, a fortune teller with her crystal ball, tattooed princesses, jewels and a sand timer.

Many colouring books have stand-out pages and other pages that seem to just fill the book out; those repeat pattern ‘wallpaper’ pages that you skip past uninspired. – Hanna’s books have none of those and this is no exception. Every page of the book is beautiful and makes you want to colour them all. I could easily have chosen completely different pictures to feature and they would still be as good as the ones I have chosen to show.

Most of you by now have probably seen many of the pictures coloured from her previous books even if you don’t already own one. I remember first buying Dagdrommar and I was afraid for a while to colour in it as I was worried I would spoil it. I thought my skills at the time might not be up to colouring in it and it looked daunting. Once i plucked up the courage I found that due to its smaller size even double pages feel less daunting than most. Of the many, many books I own my Hanna Karlzon books are the books I colour in the most. Although they are intricate and ornate there are never fiddly tiny bits which sometimes frustrate me. And the illustrations are so beautiful you want to colour your best to do justice them. I have learnt how to colour well from colouring in these books. Before them I had never tackled skin and hair as I thought it would be difficult, now they are my favourite thing to colour.

The book finishes with an illustrated insect on an apple (another creature wearing a crown) , then there is the same black loose page and lined inside cover that was at the front of the book. For any colorist who likes beautiful artwork this is a must-have book along with Hanna’s others.

It really goes without me saying that this is a must have for any colouring book enthusiast as they really don’t get any better than this.

I was kindly sent a copy by the publisher, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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Sissie
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful colouring book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2020
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Apollonia.
4.0 out of 5 stars Avoid watercolor. Alcohol based pens are a no-no. Glitter may show through.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 December 2017
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Hayley Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful colouring book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 December 2018
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eugénie pichard
5.0 out of 5 stars Tellement beau !
Reviewed in France on 19 March 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tellement beau !
Reviewed in France on 19 March 2017
Le troisième livre de coloriage de l'illustratrice Hanna Karlzon, et que dire ... Il est sublime !

_ La couverture rigide est d'une classe folle, très bien fini; en plus une couverture de ce type évite de corner les pages de coloriage.
_ Les dessins sont franchement magnifiques, même si le style reste identique aux deux livres précédents, ils restent tout de même très différents (Enfin vous voyez ce que je veux dire ! ^^)
_ Celui-ci est basé sur un univers plus magique / ésotérique avec pleins de petites potions, de crapauds et d'étoiles.
_ On y retrouve les codes, communs à tous les livres d'Hanna Karlzon: des chats, des pierres précieuses, des portraits de femmes, des bâtiments originaux, etc ...
_ La qualité du papier est parfaite, j'ai testé l'aquarelle (Oui oui, j'aime prendre des risques =D) et ça ne traverse pas ! Le papier a à peine gondolé et pourtant j'avoue l'avoir chargé en eau.
_ La couleur des feuilles n'est pas tout à fait blanc, elle tire plutôt sur un ivoire (légère nuance jaune) qui n'altère en rien les couleurs des crayons je vous rassure.

Je trouve que les trois livres se complètent vraiment bien, même si j'avoue avoir une préférence pour ce dernier (Peut être dû à son rapprochement avec la magie !!)
J'ai testé l'un des coloriages, je vous laisse donc une ou deux photos en espérant que vous y verrez quelque chose.
A savoir que j'ai utilisé les Faber Castell Polychromos, des stylos gels (Argent et blanc) ainsi que de l'aquarelle pour le fond.

J'espère que cela pourra vous servir à faire votre choix, n'hésitez pas à me dire si mon commentaire vous a été utile ! Bonne journée / Soiréé
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