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Sagor Och Sagner by Emelie Lidehall Oberg

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  • Format – Hardback
  • No. of Pages – 96 Pages
  • Language – Swedish
  • Release Date – May 2017
  • Publisher – Pagina Forlag / Printworks
  • ISBN – 9789163613036
  • Size 21.6 x 1.5 x 25.1 cm

Sagor Och Sagner is the second full-sized colouring book by Emelie Lidehall Oberg. Unlike her first book Sagolikt (published now in English as Fairy Tales) which was a square paperback book like many modern colouring books, this is the same format and smaller size as other popular Swedish colouring books with a beautiful hardback cover. The paper is gorgeous and smooth and the illustrations are stunning and is both stitch and glue bound. The cover is white with a pastel coloured illustration gold foiled writing.The spine has a lovely textured burgundy/brown paper tooled with gold foiling with the title and authors name. The title translates to Fairy Tales and Stories in English.

On opening the beautiful cover you are greeted with burgundy/brown paper pages on the inside cover and first page. This is also repeated at the close of the book. Next there is a title page on the reverse there is the publishing details followed by a beautiful nameplate page (with the same illustration as the front cover)which states “denna bok tillhör” which means “This book belongs to.” Then follows all the beautiful illustrations.

The book is in storybook format so the illustrations are printed both front and back (if you use alcohol markers you will lose the reverse, so if you wish to colour it all this way I suggest buying two copies). Pencils work wonderfully well, although I prefer to use my Prismacolor Premier’s on this paper due to the fact that I’m a bit heavy-handed sometimes with my colouring and as the paper is smooth I found with other Swedish books with the same format and paper, I flattened the tooth too quickly and white paper was still showing through when I used my Polychromos pencils, but I have seen some wonderful work in these books done with them so not everyone will find this problem, I guess it’s all down to your colouring style.

Water-based markers should be fine, but do check as this will vary depending on how juicy they are so best to test them out first. The ink is crisp black and when you colour some of the ink from the reverse pages sometimes transfers a light print onto the opposite page. This is easily removed with an eraser and I have found when colouring this doesn’t present a problem to me. If you have a light hand when colouring you should not have this problem.

For those of you familiar with Emelie’s previous book you will know what to expect and will not be disappointed with this new book. Her illustrations are as whimsical and magical as her first. It is packed full of cute animals and fairy tale characters including mice in teacups which become ships, showers or hang from branches; bunnies raiding a picnic basket, deer wearing scarves, squirrels wearing jumpers, fairies, pretty houses made from fruit, mushrooms and teapots; mermaids, princesses and other fairytale figures; cakes, birds, kings, snowglobes and glass domes, gnomes and flowers. Every illustration is delightful and  both simple yet detailed to appeal to both casual colourists with limited time and more experienced colourists. I highly recommend it.

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I decided to colour this lovely picture of twin princess sisters. I used Prismacolor Premier Pencils.

I was kindly sent a copy from the Publisher, however all thoughts and comments expressed are my own honest opinion.

At the moment Sagor Och Sagner is only available to purchase from Sweden. You can purchase it from www.printworksmarket.com.

Also available by Emelie Lidehall Oberg from www.printworksmarket.com.

Hem Ljuva Hem is a poster book, Sagolikt is a colouring book and the other three are colouring postcard books.

Available outside Sweden

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