Format – Hardback Cover
Pages – 96 Pages
Size – 1.3 x 21.6 x 26 cm
Publisher – Klara Markova
Price- £19.02 + Shipping
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Čarovné Lahodnosti (Which means ‘Magical Delights’) is a beautiful book and at the moment is my current favourite book – I can’t stop colouring in it. The book is self-published by Illustrator/Jewellery Maker, Klara Markova and is absolutely stunning.
For those of you who own one of the Hanna Karlzon books you will already be familiar with the format and size (see my comparison picture with Dagdrommar below). This is a beautiful Hard-backed book which is sewn-bound. The front is a Burgundy/deep pink colour with an illustration of a floral perfume bottle with gold foiled detailing on both the illustration and title. On the back is one of Klara’s fairy illustrations highlighted again with gold foiling.The spine is in a textured darker burgundy paper again with gold foiling with both the book title and the author’s name. 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. You will also find a bookmark inside every book with a thumbnail of the book and a colourable mushroom on one side, and a colourable fairy house on the other side. Flip over the page and there is a title page with a lovely illustration of a male elf-fairy lying amongst the berries, a four-leaf clover clenched in his mouth. Flip the page again and there is the same perfume bottle as on the front cover, this time for you to colour and there is space to fill in your name.
The paper is a beautiful ivory/cream colour and is smooth to the touch and is a medium weight, again similar to those in the Hanna Karlzon books for comparison. The 49 colourable illustrations really feature on one side of the page only – on the back of each page there is a small design of a mushroom and a house with three lines so you can title and date it if you wish; however if you don’t mind sacrificing this little design then you could easily use alcohol or water-based markers in the book. I would however place a spare sheet of paper behind that which you are working on as I found even with water-based felt tips there was shadowing and bleed-through. For those who prefer pencils it takes them too wonderfully. I have seen people journalling or writing a story on these pages too, and I am thinking of either doing this and/or adding a few illustrations of my own as it seems to invite you to be creative with this book. It is one that could become a treasured keepsake once finished.
The illustrations are beautiful – all set in a little fairy woodland. The illustrations feature wonderful little elf-fairy folk, cute woodland animals, tiny houses and accessories, mushrooms and flowers. There are also pictures of the insides of fairy houses – the kitchen, the larder, the bedroom. They are gorgeously whimsical, magical and so pretty. There is only one double-page illustration in the book.
There is a little difference in this colouring book – the last page has three little doors to colour, cut out and attach to the pictures to make little doors. I would recommend carefully cutting along the dotted line with a craft knife-just put something behind to stop you cutting through any more pages. Then push the tab of the door which you have cut out through the slot to hinge the door. The pages with the doors are the Locket and the two fairy houses on the double-page spread – you can see my coloured versions further down. This is a wonderful and unusual touch and really adds another layer to the book. It reminds me of my work at Art college – I had a thing of making 3-dimensional picture boxes with opening doors on them, so this idea is very close to my heart.
Here are the pictures I have coloured in the book so far. I have mostly used Prismacolor Premier Pencils although the bright pink berry fairy house is a pink Stabilo Power felt tip pen. I have added some details with a white Posca Paint pen (extra-fine nib), and Luna Jayne Glitter gel pens. The backgrounds are a combination of Faber-Castel pastels, pencils and on the double page I used Derwent Inktense blocks to paint the blue background (Using them like pan watercolour paints). You can see both the locket open and closed and the doors on the fairy houses open and closed too.
Please note that outside the Czech Republic, the ONLY place to purchase Klara’s book at the moment is directly from her through her Etsy shop. She has two options:
Listing for 1 BOOK:
Listing for 2 BOOKS in 1 package:
I wish to thank Klara Markova for kindly sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review and flipthrough.