Published by Passio on September 6th 2016
Style: single page illustrations
Format: Card cover, Glue Binding
Scriptures and quotes/excerpts from Charisma House authors about heaven and angels, combined with artwork in this coloring book to help you release your stress. Reflect upon verses from the Modern English Version of the Bible as you color the book.
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Scenes from Heaven Coloring Book Video Review
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Scenes from Heaven Coloring Book Review
Scenes from Heaven is a Christian based coloring book. Charisma House, a Christian publishing group, have combined art work and relevant Bible scriptures with scenes that are said to evoke imagery of angels, heaven and the concept of eternity.
Cover & Layout
The cover of this book is just gorgeous. A baby blue sky shows, presumably the pearly gates of heaven, with angels by each side. Gold foil highlights and a few dots of purple printing add to the charm of this cover. The cover is laminated and has a slight, wavy feel to it. Although there is line art on the front cover, it would be difficult to penetrate that waxy layer to color. The back cover is a lovely patterns blue with a blurb with a text blurb on it. A darker shade of blue has been used for the spine which compliments the cover nicely.
The book measures 8.4 in x 8.8 in approximately.
On opening the book, you will find a plain title page and introductory page. The copyright information for this book is at the end.
The illustrations have all been printed on white medium quality paper and orientated portrait style. On each page you will find an illustration with scripture in light grey text on the reverse.
I have to say that I find the illustrations disappointing. I pre-ordered this book when it did not have a description. It was purchased based solely on the title and the adorable cover. With a title like “Scenes from Heaven”, I imagined some beautiful angels, rolling clouds and even a topographic view of earth in both macro and micro formats.
There are angels in the book, don’t get me wrong, but the illustrations in this book are wide and various, there are chairs – a lot of chairs, birds, mandala style images, quotes, Jesus, flowers and gemstones. I struggled to find the meaning of this jumble of images with the context of this book.
To me the art work does not follow a consistent theme and does not appear to be illustrated by the same person. It lacks flow.
When I went searching for the illustrator that collated this disjointed book, in my opinion, I found that the image credit was Deposit Photos and Getty Images. Both of these sites are places where you can buy illustrations from a variety of vendors for commercial use, by purchasing a commercial use licence. This means that anyone can buy these images and they do, which is why colorists often feel that they have seen an image before. You have. Quite frankly, if I see another owl or peacock from a stock image site I’m liable to scream!
The main problem is that art from stock image sites reflect a number of different artistic styles. This may work in a coloring book or magazine that promises a varied amount of images but not in one that has a theme. A themed coloring book should lead the colorist on a journey that flows with the promised concept.
Whilst I adore hand illustrated art created by an artist, I do understand the use of stock image sites. I’m not against them completely …but if using images from these sources they really need to be modified and consistent with one another so, in effect, you create new art.
If you enjoy Christian based coloring books, and like having a little snippet of scripture while you are coloring, you may enjoy the images in this book. As long as your expectations are for things to enjoy and color, that have a religious twist, and you are not expecting a flowing theme executed by the same hand. Unfortunately, I had expectations that is why I am disappointed. I blame myself 🙁
Due to the wide variety of imagery in the book, it is difficult to give you an accurate description of line color and line weight as that varies between the pages. There are a number of illustrations that have large spaces and simple designs which would be suitable for new colorists and colorists that have visual impairment.
The images have been well centered and positioned on the page making it easy for colorists to enjoy. Only a handful of images abut the spine. The book lays down quite nicely with a little nudge so you will be easily able to color elements near the spine.
Most of the images tend to fill the whole of the page but there are a handful of pictures that could be jazzed up with background effects. Many of the illustrations in the book would look lovely framed. Some of these would make a nice gift for someone especially on a religious holiday.
Where to buy Scenes from Heaven Coloring Book
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Happy coloring x