When the Dreamday Pattern Journals from Laurence King arrived at my doorstep, I was a little bit excited. Not just because they are notebooks, and I admitted a long time ago that I have way too many (I just can’t put pen to paper!) but because these are different to your average idea storage.
You might remember that 2015 saw the introduction of adult colouring books and they hit in a big way (and if you don’t know about this, then which rock have you been hiding under?) – you could buy a colouring book in the same basket as your carrots and loo roll!
As a creative, I’ll be honest and say that I felt a bit skeptical about this ‘craze’ – mainly because I associate colouring in with the stress of University deadlines, but I’m all for anything that encourages creativity. I asked for & received (thanks Jack’s mum) a typography themed colouring book as a gift at Christmas and I’m yet to find the time to sit down and try it out… oops! But I think the Dreamday Pattern Journals could help me on my way to this.
Like every other notebook you own, each journal has plain pages for writing your thoughts/ notes and colourful covers. And then it gets interesting – not only do they look pretty on the outside…
… but on the inside too! For all you paper nerds out there; the paper is off-white, with grey pages dotted here and there, and then there are the patterns of course.
If you’re not already sold on this, hear me out: It’s a notebook so it’s practical… but it also has the carefree colouring element. For me, this is like the mullet of the stationery world – business at the front, and party at the
back… well, you get the idea. What’s not to love?
Each journal is themed, with patterns inspired by art cultures/cities;
I think it’s a really nice way to theme them and already I’m thinking ahead about the expansion of the series… imagine the possibilities!
So I’ve made a start on the colouring, and for now I’ll try continue to push myself, putting pen to paper. My favourite is the Art Deco / Manhattan – I love the pattern style and am a sucker for monochrome!
What do you think to the idea of combining notes and patterns? Which do you see yourself colouring in – maybe you’re a Parisian or Scandinavian fan? The Dreamday Pattern Journals are available from the 14th March, so treat yourself and pop one in your basket for pre-order! And don’t forget to tell me which one you went for… 🙂
I was kindly sent these notebooks for review by Laurence King but all thoughts on colouring-in and my sketchbook addiction is 100% my own.