Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hi Everyone,
I just got samples of COLOR PEACE, my first ‘miniature’ Create, Color, Pattern, Play book!

The front cover features the wonderful work of the uber talented Terri Brown, and the back cover showcases Helga Cuypers’ stunning mountain scene. Inside are 28 illustrations, and over 20 ‘inspiration examples’ from artists around the world. Below is a photo of one of the spreads:

The pieces below were done by:

Tracey Lyon (top left)
Amrit Kaur (top right)
Gwenn Kranz (bottom left)
Terri Brown (bottom right)
Ranae Davidson (full page)
The books will be sold at Cracker Barrel (an American restaurant/gift store chain), and should be available on Amazon soon. I’ll try to post a link when I have one.
Last week I was excited to share that I had just sent my next Create, Color, Pattern, Play book to press… and this week I’m excited to let you know that I’ve already started designing the next one! “Flowers of Faith”  is the working title; and I’m planning to have scripture on half the pages, with the other half divided between image-only pages, and imagery accompanied by one of my favorite ‘Zenspirational’ sentiments. I would be grateful for your input on this– does 1/2 scripture; 1/4 inspiration, 1/4 no text seem like a good ratio to you? If not, what would you recommend? You can share your thoughts by leaving a comment– and if you let me know your favorite scripture(s), I’ll try to include them.
I would like to include inspiration samples from as many ‘Color & Creativity Enthusiasts’ as I can, so I hope you’ll help me spread the word about the new book— and that I’m looking to showcase art from a variety of different people. Towards that end I’m posting two FREE downloadable designs for you to use as a springboard for YOUR creative efforts.

Click here to download the BE STILL SIGN.



Click here to download the THIS IS THE DAY TREE:


For every design you post (and yes, you may post more than one version of the same page), your name will be entered into a random drawing for one of the following prizes:

1. A set of the five new Create, Color, Pattern, Play books: Birds & Butterflies, Expressions of Faith, the mini Perfectly Portable Pages” Color Peace,  and the soon-to-be-released Judaic Expressions & Flowers of Faith.
2. A Zenspirations® rubber stamp or clear stamp set by Impression Obsession: (You can see the line on their website, or by clicking the “CRAFT” and “RUBBER STAMP” buttons in the “SHOP” section of my website).
3. A ‘Dangle Design’ Name Sign (you can specify the name and pick one of these two styles):
If you post two designs, you’ll have two chances to win; if you post five designs, you’ll have five chances to win. The prizes winners will be selected at random; the pieces to include in the new book will be selected by my editor and me.
Although it is fine to simply color, what sets Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern & Play apart from all of the other coloring books on the market is that there is room on each page to add your own patterns and special touches before coloring. Therefore I’m looking for people who can add patterning (and/or other enhancements) as well as applying color.

1.      You will need to post your creations by end of day Sunday, November 1st.

2.      My editor and I are looking for designs which will inspire others by showing a variety of coloring and patterning techniques, so don’t be afraid to try different things. The more you do the better your chance to be included in the book or win a prize!

3.     VERY IMPORTANT: PUT YOUR NAME, e-dress and phone number on each design before you scan or photograph it!

4.   Post your images IN the appropriate album in the new Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play Facebook Group. Here is the link:  You can get to the albums by clicking the Photos button underneath the imagine banner.

5.      If your art is selected, you’ll need to send my publisher a high-res scan (300 dpi) or the original art so they can scan it, and you’ll need to sign a Permission-to-Publish form.
6.      Because the books will not be printed on paper which accepts wet media, please DO NOT use watercolors or any other type of wet media. Color pencils, gel pens, markers and crayons are all fine.

7.     Submitting pages is not a guarantee that they will be selected for inclusion.
8.   Artists whose work is selected will be given credit in the book, and will receive two free copies of the book when it is published.

9.    Since I always like opening doors for young talent, I’d be happy for you to share this info with any promising art students (or fellow artists) you know who would like to have their work published
10.   You can e-mail me ([email protected]) if you have any questions: please put  “ZENSPIRATIONS® COLORING ENTHUSIAST QUESTIONS” in the subject line.
I look forward to seeing your work!

Stay Zenspired,

10 thoughts on “COLOR PEACE”

  1. Sounds like another fabulous book by you. I'm glad we have a couple of weeks to work on the pictures. Thanks. As to the content my thought would be one fourth scripture, one half inspirational quotes and one fourth no text. I'm biased to your wonderful inspirational quotes!
    It's also exciting that your stamps are a possible prize. I've been eyeballing them!

  2. I forgot to add my very most favorite verse – Elohai N’shamah” (“My God, the soul You gave me is pure)

  3. This all sounds like alot of fun I can't wait to get started on the pages I ran out of time on the last ones maybe I can make it with this one. I love the scripture idea is this one too long "As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord" Joshua 24:15. That is one of my favorite. Thank you for the wonderful pages to play with.

  4. What a fantastic idea to have mini versions of your wonderful colouring books Joanne. This is awesome and there is such lovely colouring in there from your colourists. The new book sounds great, I will try to get my pens out and join in the fun x

  5. 1 Peter 5:6-7-I think would be awesome!

    6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

    Psalm 18:1 or 1&2 would also be cool!

    1  I love you, O Lord, my strength.
    2  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

  6. I love these free downloads! I'm hoping I can get one completed prior to our vacation to Orlando next week! My daughter's favorite bible verse, which she comes back to often, is Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. My daughter has cerebral palsy and this verse gives her encouragement and reminds her that God has a plan for all of us. 🙂 Blessings!


  7. Hi Joanne
    This post is off-topic but I wanted to ask when I'm I going to get the Zenspirational book on Grief, which was on Kickstarter to which I subscribed ?
    Has it being sent to the press has it been distributed – if so I haven't received my copy ?
     Graham Whitlow 

  8. Thank you so much for the lovely coloring pages! I enjoy using designs as embroidery patterns. I’m so glad to have discovered your amazing work!

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