The Cover Conundrum

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hi Everyone,
When I was in Philadelphia last week I was delighted to discover that the local Michaels had a display with several of my books on it.

Even more exciting is that Michaels is going to include some of my new Zenspirations(R) Color, Create, Pattern & Play books on an end-cap later this year. I’ve been working on four new titles: Birds & Butterflies, Expressions of Faith, Trees & Leaves, and Heartfelt Expressions, two or three of which will be on the endcap.

This is the cover concept for the Birds & Butterflies book:

The Birds & Butterflies cover concept has been approved, and I’m almost done with the drawings. The Trees & Leaves cover has also been approved, although I haven’t started on the interior drawings yet.

But the book I’m really excited to draw is Expressions of Faith, which will be a combination of scripture and my own sentiments. My first concept for this cover was a cross design.

Unfortunately the cross design didn’t get approved. I suspect the buyer wants a cover design which would appeal to people of all faiths. The two concepts currently under consideration are an angel and a dove flying in front of a rainbow. Before creating another cover design I would REALLY appreciate your thoughts on which direction to pursue. Here is the angel my publisher likes:

Below is the sketch I drew for the dove concept:

Although this is not a final, here is a more finished sketch that I painted tonight.

As always, I would really appreciate your input, and to encourage you to leave a comment with your thoughts, I will draw a name at random from everyone who leaves a comment this week, and that person will get copies of the new books as soon as they are available. (They’ll be in the stores for October, but I am hoping to get my samples in September).

Here are the questions I’d like you to answer:

1. Do you enjoy coloring?

2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?

3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?

4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?

5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?

Here is a larger version of the center dove:

And here is a larger version of the dove design on the right:


I’m open to your ideas, so feel free to leave any suggestions along with your five answers. I’d appreciate your sharing this with friends & family who enjoy coloring and want to be involved in helping to finalize the new books. I’ll announce the winner next week.

Until then…

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

124 thoughts on “The Cover Conundrum”

  1. 1. Do you enjoy coloring?
    yes.

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?
    angel says faith more than dove. dove says peace. but i like the dove illustration better, even though they are both beautiful.

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?
    i like the text on the angel.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?
    heartfelt expressions….

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?
    center. i like my doves with eyes.

  2. 1. yes I enjoy colouring.

    2. Angel for me

    3. the text already on the Angel feels right

    4. this is a hard one to decide on, no wonder you asked for help…. Just to be different I would go with the leaves and trees concept.

    5.The center dove is more appealing to me.

  3. Hi Joanne, love your new work pieces, as always they are beautiful,

    yes l love to colour in
    l think the dove on the cover
    yes, l think text on the cover would be good, Have Faith, give love, believe in miracles ?
    l would love to see you work on Heartfelt Expressions
    and l love the dove on the left

    l also loved the cross you did, its a shame it was not accepted , good luck with it all
    Kate

  4. I like the dove on the left the best because of the rainbow in the background. It expresses faith more than the angel because it is the promise God gave to Noah and the world following the flood. Noah had faith and trusted God.

  5. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? Dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? No text. Text can dissuade buyers from opening the book, especially with a topic as personal as this. Make them open it!

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt Expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? Center but would prefer more muted colors.
    Love all your work and so excited for the exposure you are getting…and so richly deserve!

  6. 1. Yes, I love to color, especially with colored pencils.

    2. I would rather see the angel on the cover of Expressions of Faith because it's symbolism crosses more religions than the dove.

    3. No text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book. Even though it's beautiful, it is a bit too busy for the cover design.

    4. Heartfelt Expressions

    5. I like the center dove best. but I would make the branch in it's mouth larger like it is in the other two options.

  7. I love colouring. I like the dove for the cover and like the one on the left best. No text. Heartfelt Expressions. Thanks for the contest.

    Do you know when When Someone You Love Dies will be available?

  8. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? ~ Yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? ~ The dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? ~ I could see it going wither way without losing effect – perhaps it would depend on what the text was…

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? ~ I think Leaves & Trees

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? ~ Left!

  9. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? I enjoy learning how to draw from your books and add designs to my mixed media from your books

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? I loved the cross! I like the angel a lot too. The Dove won me over because of the eye catching color.

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? I am mixed on this answer. If you did put text, it could simply be "peace", "life".

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt Expressions 🙂

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? Left. I like him flying towards the rainbow.

  10. 1. Yes, I love coloring!

    2. The dove on the cover.

    3. I like the Expressions of Faith as it is.

    4. Leaves & Tress

    5. I like the dove on the right.

    I can't wait to get all of your books! How awesome!

  11. 1 yes, I enjoy coloring your designs especially when I can see your ideas as a sample. It gives me a better place to start.
    2 Angel, I love the dove too but lots of people like angels
    3 I like text, maybe just words like Hope, believe. ..
    4 Heartfelt Expressions
    5 dove in the center with a bigger branch. I love the bright hopeful colors. They are perfect for the concept of hope.

  12. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? Dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? It looks good without text, but you could possibly add Peace or Promises

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt Expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? center

    Thank you for your beautiful work. It inspires me!

  13. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? Dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? 'Peace in the World'

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Leaves & Trees

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? left (shows dove's back)

  14. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? Dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? 'Peace in the World'

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Leaves & Trees

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? left (shows dove's back)

  15. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? Dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? 'Peace in the World'

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Leaves & Trees

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? left (shows dove's back)

  16. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? Dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? 'Peace in the World'

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Leaves & Trees

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? left (shows dove's back)

  17. 1. Do you enjoy coloring?
    Yes !

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?
    Dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?
    No text

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?
    Leaves & Trees

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?
    The center Dove

  18. 1) Yes I do both love coloring and adding to your pictures in the books I already have.
    2) I would rather see an angel, I collect Angels so I'm a little biased.
    3) I'd like maybe a little text along the bottom but not on the middle of her. I think it detracts from the beauty of the angel itself. I hope you put some of your Judaica works in it.
    4) Heartfelt Expressions for sure.
    5). I like the center dove but for the inside of the book.

    Are you ever planning to do a workshop in the metro DC area? Maybe at the Scrapbook Expo in June (hint, hint)

  19. Dear Me! Hard to make choices when I love everything you design! I have really enjoyed the freedom of sitting and just drawing lines–I can do that!! And adding other shapes is exciting to discover how it all comes together. A very freeing experience–especially a world that others most of the time want a dog to look like a dog–mine don't!! The dove in the middle seems to be looking toward the Father and is my favorite. If you are unable to use Scripture, let's just not have words. I am so thankful that Scripture is part of your work. Heartfelt Expressions is the book I would love to see after the ones you are already working on. Yes I enjoy coloring but would like to do better with colored pencils that can be blended. I think I answered all your questions even though not in your order. Blessings to you in all your work, Gratefully, Rose

  20. Dear Me! Hard to make choices when I love everything you design! I have really enjoyed the freedom of sitting and just drawing lines–I can do that!! And adding other shapes is exciting to discover how it all comes together. A very freeing experience–especially a world that others most of the time want a dog to look like a dog–mine don't!! The dove in the middle seems to be looking toward the Father and is my favorite. If you are unable to use Scripture, let's just not have words. I am so thankful that Scripture is part of your work. Heartfelt Expressions is the book I would love to see after the ones you are already working on. Yes I enjoy coloring but would like to do better with colored pencils that can be blended. I think I answered all your questions even though not in your order. Blessings to you in all your work, Gratefully, Rose

  21. 1. Do you enjoy coloring?
    Yes !

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?
    Dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?
    Given the publisher wants to make sure all faiths are represented, why not go with a quote on faith instead of a scripture verse? Something like, "Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark." This would go great with the dove.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?
    Leaves & Trees

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?
    The center Dove

  22. 1. I LOVE to color!
    2. I prefer the Dove
    3. I like these quotes although they are probally too long:

    All that is in heaven…
    is also on earth.
    Plotinus 204 – 270

    Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
    Henry David Thoreau

    4. Leaves and Trees! My favorite!

    5. Center Dove which is more detailed

  23. I was VERY excited to see more of your books in Michael's!! I have LOVED my Letters & Patterning book. I go back to it over and over again! We ultimately ordered through Amazon because I couldn't find it anywhere else.

    1. Working on slowing down enough to color!!

    2. Would rather see the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith.

    3. Like the picture. Leaving without words keeps it more useful for more creativity and situations.

    4. I was VERY excited about the prospect of the Leaves & Trees book!

    5. Like left dove best.

    Thanks so much for the many ways you share!

    Melanie Lewis
    http://www.ddcommunity.org

  24. 1 – I love coloring!
    2 – Dove
    3 – No text, it doesn't need it.
    4 – Heartfelt Expressions
    5 – The dove on the left.

  25. 1. Love to color. Very stress reducing for me.
    2. I prefer the dove myself.
    3. I think I would leave it blank. Leaves the option of writing in your own words of inspiration or the Bible verse that speaks specifically to you,
    4.Heartfelt Expressions
    5. The dove on the right.
    I have always loved to doodle, and only recently discovered Zenspirations and your tutorials, which have allowed me to take my drawing to the next level, and has been a great source of therapy for me during some rather trying times over the last several months. I also cannot wait to check out your books! Keep inspiring!

  26. Yes, I love coloring – it brings on the 'zen' just like tangling.
    My favorite is the dove and the rainbow.
    Text would be good. Maybe, God's promises are sure.
    Lettering books would be my choice for the next project.
    The dove on the left is my favorite. The first one you sketched.
    Thank you for your inspiration and willingness to share the LOVE!

  27. 1. I love coloring using either colored pencils or watercolor pencils.
    2. The dove, please.
    3. No text – the design is wonderful just as it is right now.
    4. The Leaves and Trees book next, please
    5. My favorite is the dove on the left – it is heading directly toward the start of the beautiful rainbow (perhaps that is the sun?). The center one gives the impression that the dove is only slightly interested (like a casual glance); on the right the dove looks like it is just crossing over the top of the rainbow without any interest in all that lovely color.

    I am really enjoying your blog and all the wonderful designs you share. Thank You!

  28. 1. Yes I love to cook! It's relaxing to me.

    2. A Dove I love doves

    3. No extra text

    4. Leave and Trees

    5. I like the dove on the left.

  29. I love to color, as do my mother (91), daughter (40), granddaughters 7 & 9).
    Dove- universally recognized as a sign of peace.
    Text: Genesis 9:17 "… This is the sign of the covenant I have established …").
    Both are greatly anticipated!
    Center – dove is more detailed and is facing the sun/Son/source of love and light.

  30. I love coloring! The more detail the better.

    I like the dove cover.

    If text were added, words like Hope, Faith, Peace, etc. would suffice.

    You should work on your heartfelt expressions book next.

    The dove flying toward the heavens is more appealing to me.

  31. Hi Joanne,

    1. YES to coloring!! I find it soothing just as it was when I was a kid. My daughter likes to color too and she's over 40!!

    2. Dove – more universal I think and maybe a little less "girly" unless you create a more stern angel but that wouldn't be fun, would it?

    3. No text

    4. Leaves and trees.

    5. Center dove as it seems to be more a part of the beautiful rainbow and is more detailed.

    I'm totally enjoying your Q&A and reading the various responses! You've created such a nice community of followers and "helpers"!

  32. 1. yes, I enjoy coloring
    2. Dove is fine, but also like the angel too.
    3. Text: Joy Comes in the morning
    4. Leaves and Trees
    5. Center

    I did see your display at Michaels here in Sarasota and it brought me to buy your book Inspirations. I love this book.
    Thanks for all you do.

  33. i love to color!
    I personally like the dove concept, particularly the one on the left.
    I like the quote "with God all things are possible"
    I would love to see Heartfelt Expressions 🙂

  34. 1. Yes I like to color

    2. I would prefer the dove on the cover instead of the angel. (I really liked the cross.)

    3. I lean more towards text, but understand the case for having no text. If you do have text, I would suggest something about promises or faithfulness. Psalm 145:13 – The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.

    4. Leaves & Trees

    5. I like the dove on the left.

  35. I love the coloring books. I think the center dove would be the best for the new book with a verse about God's promises. Heartfelt Expressions would be my choice, too.
    Looking forward to all the new books!

  36. 1. yes, but not too many details in the drawing
    2. Dove
    3. only text if it can be a Bible verse, maybe a proverb that wouldn't be too "objectionable" to some
    4. Faith
    5. Center

    bless you for your faith and doing so much to spread it, and so beautifully and creatively

  37. Your designs are always beautiful! Here are my comments:

    1. I do love colouring!
    2. The angel is beautiful but I love the doves and rainbows!
    3. A little text on the cover would be good.
    4. Heartfelt Expressions!!
    5. My favourite dove is the one on the right!

  38. I love to color.
    I prefer the dove. No text is needed. Text can be distracting!
    Leaves & Trees next.
    I think the dove on the left is best. The others distract from the beautiful rainbow design. They are too big and too white. The dove on the left may be too white also — suppose it was very lightly tinted, shaded a bit to reflect the rainbow colors?

    Thank you for sharing….

  39. Yes I love to color – especially your designs!
    Dove
    Text…I love: With God all things are possible.
    Leaves and trees.
    Dove on the left…he looks like he's heading toward heaven.

  40. Joanne,

    I lke the Dove concept rather than the Angel.

    I like the "right"Dove, the middle one looks akward and the one on the left is heading away from the sun.

    David

  41. Hi Joanne, I really love the angel one. I don't colour in the books but I bought 'Inspirations' last week to get ideas for enhancing the backgrounds of my mixed media paintings. This book really got me started with adding lines and doodles to compliment the main subject which is usually a fairy, angel or mermaid! I also love ideas for inspiring quotes. I'm looking forward to your new book with scripture. I also enjoy your videos on lettering which is new to me and something I want to get better at. I first discovered you through youtube after searching 'lettering' and I searched for your books but after calculating the shipping and exchange (I'm from Canada) I thought twice. A few days later I was in my local Michaels and almost bumped into a rack of your books! I was so excited to be able to purchase it right away and not have to wait for it in the mail. I really am enjoying it and hope you know how much you inspire us! Thank you!

  42. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? – Absolutely !! I find it therapeutic almost to sit down and color in a coloring book even if it's one meant for children. Grabbing my coloring pencils and coloring in a coloring book after a stressful day or even just a day you just wanna quietly dwell into something.

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? – I think the Angel. It beautifully depicts the expressions of Faith. It was also beautifully drawn !!

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? – I would say a very resonant bible quote like Philippians 4:6-7 or something that expresses Faith.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? – I think BOTH ! But if I really had to choose I would say the Heartfelt Expressions book. Everyone could use a Heartfelt expression every now and then.

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? – I like the Dove flying in the right best.

  43. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes!

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? I would rather see your original design but since that is not possible I guess I really like the dove!

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? I am assuming you cannot use what you originally had on the cover as text so I am not sure. I would say another inspirational scripture if that is possible.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Leaves and Trees!

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? Center

  44. 1. Yes, I love to color.

    2. Dove

    3. There is a purpose and a plan for your life.

    4. Trees and leaves.

    5. Center dove.

    Thank you for letting up participate:)

  45. 1. I love to color using watercolor markers and pencils.
    2. I think the dove is more universal. Angels mean different things to different people.
    3. I would use a generic quote regarding faith. I personally love scriptural quotes, but they may not resonate for people not familiar with the Bible. Although, I assume the significance of the water on the dove cover is from the Noah story.
    4. Heartfelt Expressions – but I love your garden themes.
    5. Dove on the left.

    Your work is phenomenal and makes me happy to look at. I find it uplifting as well as beautiful. Thanks.

  46. I love to color and do so often!!
    I like the Angel and my rational is that the Angel is a reminder of how blessed we are and never alone.
    No text is needed.
    I would like to see trees and leaves.
    I like the dove that is on the left side

  47. 1. I love to color and with the shading and blending I have learned it is really awesome
    2. I personally like the dove
    3. Just the word faith or no words at all
    4. I would like to see the Leaves and trees book
    5. I like the dove on the left
    Thank you so much for sharing all your magic with us through your books.

  48. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes, but I also like to paint, which this and your other books allows me to do.

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? I have several angels in my life, but I really like the design of the dove. Maybe the angel could be added as an inside page.

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? I think something simple would be best. Like a one word text. Believe, Love, or Live

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Most definitely the Heartfelt Expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? I like the center one because it has a face and that makes it much more personable.

  49. Dear Joanne, I'm Iwa from Poland. I started watching your page a few weeks ago. I'm impresed! Your paintings are amazing. You are amazing! My husband pased a few years ago and since then I've been looking for my way… Sorry, my English is rather weak. But I'm trying.
    So, some day I discoved that I like drawing!! I didin't know that I love it! 😉
    I was very excited when I found your posts from Zenspirations. In Poland Zentangle isn't popular. I must improve my English 🙂 I even buy a new dictionary. Okay, now I'll try answer your questions:
    1. I enjoy coloring VERY much. I love it!
    2. Angel for me is the best idea. I have a little collecton of angels
    3. I think your words on the angel are beautiful. Like a prayer
    4. I would like see: the Leaves & Trees book
    5. I like the center Dove

    Joanne, I'll bee waiting for your e-mails. Thank you for your tips. Iwona

  50. Love to color
    Dove (loved the cross!)
    No text, illustration says it all
    Heartfelt Expressions
    Dove on the left

    Really enjoy all of your work.

  51. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? YES!

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? DOVE

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? Expressions of Faith

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt Expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? Left

  52. 1. Coloring is fun, soothing and meditative!
    2. They're both pretty but I like the dove better. It is still a spiritual and biblical image.
    3. I like the text on the angel, but thunk it might be overkill with the doves.
    4. leaves and trees.
    5. The dove flying left across the page. The sun/rainbow draws your eye down to the left and the dove flying to the left draws your eye up and across the opposite direction. Provides good visual interest, ensures your eye is drawn across the whole drawing and I think the perceived movement of the dove balances out the saturated flow of the rainbow.

  53. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? no, as faith/spirituality is personal as is how we interpret it. Having no text allows for that personal interpretation.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt Expressions . . . I personally cannot wait to see the Birds and Butterflies book 🙂

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? left

  54. Joanne~
    You literally just made my day So Much Better!
    Knowing that you have new books coming out that I can get & that look so great, from what you've shown, makes me Super Excited! They are all so beautiful & inspiring & have given me so much pleasure to work with. Thank you!
    I have missed your previous blog questions, sadly, because especially the journal one, I had enjoyed because I have been journal-ling with words & art since the late 80's & have kept them all to look back on,
    But that was a different post, so here's my answers to this one…

    1. Do you enjoy coloring?

    YES

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?

    I love both the Angel & the Dove, but I see the Angel with the words in it being a great cover & getting people to want to buy it.

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?

    I think the text you have on it now is perfect for that picture, & for the cover.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?

    Both the :Leaves & Trees & the Heartfelt Expressions books are going to be big sellers, so I would say for you to do which ever one you feel more "into" working on when you get to it. (I am looking forward to ALL of them!)

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?

    My "logos" for Peace Hoops is a variety of doves very similar to the center one, & I LOVE IT!
    That is the one I would choose if you decide to go with the dove cover, but I am looking forward to it being in the book to color!

    This was a great blog & I am so happy to see new stuff from you!
    Thank you,
    Jamie

  55. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes, I administrate a coloring group on Facebook!

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? I like the Dove!

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? No text.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Leaves & Trees

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? Left

  56. 1. Do you enjoy coloring?yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?angel but i would love to color the dove because i love doves.

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?no

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Hearthfelt Expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?right

  57. 1. Coloring is not my thing -unless it's my own designs..but a number of adults I've talked to do love it -it is relaxing for them.
    2.I think either would work. What about combining the two? Angel holding dove, angel on the wings of dove……?
    3. Being a calligrapher, text is always good! But I'm at a loss for a specific text…
    4. Although much has been said about leaves and trees, nature is an endless inspiration – I'd go with leaves and trees!!!!
    5. I like the center dove best!
    It is great to be in dialogue with you!!!!! Your zendangles are just too much fun!!!!!!!!!!

  58. 1. Coloring is not my thing -unless it's my own designs..but a number of adults I've talked to do love it -it is relaxing for them.
    2.I think either would work. What about combining the two? Angel holding dove, angel on the wings of dove……?
    3. Being a calligrapher, text is always good! But I'm at a loss for a specific text…
    4. Although much has been said about leaves and trees, nature is an endless inspiration – I'd go with leaves and trees!!!!
    5. I like the center dove best!
    It is great to be in dialogue with you!!!!! Your zendangles are just too much fun!!!!!!!!!!

  59. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? I would like the dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? No text.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt Expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? In the center

  60. I love coloring and have several of your other coloring books – I color almost every day!

    I prefer the Angel, but if the Dove wins, I prefer the one on the left heading directly into the rainbow.

    If there is text, I think something about Peace after the rain or the promise of the rainbow…

    I would love to color Trees and Leaves – I enjoy the peacefulness they represent.

  61. 1. I've enjoyed coloring from when I was a little girl. When my boys were younger – I remember laying on the floor on our bellies teaching them to color – to having our favorite "coloring contests" where they would always both 'tie' to win a prize of 1 hour staying up later or a special ride with mom or dad, etc to today – from being exhausted and in pain at the end of a long day – al knowing that I have maybe two hours of sleep time before my son (who rarely sleeps) awakens from medicated sleep …. still not able to fall asleep because my adrenaline from taking care of him all day is so elevated – I color to relax – to fulfill l something inside of me that still makes me aware of who I am from being a caregiver. I love coloring!!!! (I guess I could have just said that… sorry for the long run-on)…

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? I would rather the angel – because I happen to love angels…. however I am thinking that the dove and the background somehow reminds me of ALL FAITHS!!! In all honesty – you can't go wrong with either – no matter what the cover – I will purchase it!

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? I would like to see text on the cover – I think it gives an added satisfaction to what a buyer is purchasing. I guess I can't say my favorite verse – because there are so many different faiths and different versions of what I consider to be my Bible…. so perhaps some sort of saying incorporating ALL FAITH – an idea of inclusion…. e.g. No matter what religion we are – God loves all of us – or It doesn't matter what religion, He loves us all – or He loves us no matter what faith we are – or We all share one Faith – We are loved! – or Faith is but one religion – I can't come up with the perfect sentiment but I hope I communicated what I am thinking with this horrid run-on sentence.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? I would have aid the Heartfelt Expressions book before seeing a sample of your Leaves and Trees – but now that I have seen a "taste" of what you perceive to be Leaves and Trees – I would like that one next – and as an afterthought – no matter which comes first – I will purchase both!!!! I am an avid follower or your products!!!

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? In order of preference – the dove on the left – then on the center – then on the right – however – you can't go wrong with any of the three (they are all created with love by you)….

    Thank you for always making us feel a "part" of your process!!!!!!!! I just love you to bits… and you were i Philadelphia???? I didn't get a chance to hug you?????????????????

  62. 1. I LOVE to color. It was always one of my favorite activities as a child.
    2. Dove
    3. Something relating to peace and faith. It reminds me of a peace dove.
    4. Heartfelt Expressions
    5. The one on the left. It looks like it is flying into the rainbow.

    I must tell you that I LOVE all your artwork. You are so talented!

  63. 1.Have always enjoyed colouring, but have been GREATLY inspired by your work and have picked it up again, getting better all the time. Thank you SO MUCH!!
    2. Dove – I am sad the publisher does not like the cross, as others have said. I feel the angel image "cheapens" the Christian faith as people have their own "to suit themselves" ideas about angels that are not Biblical.
    3. No text
    4. Leaves and Trees
    5. Dove on the left
    Joanne – I was taking our baby for a walk on our land yesterday and saw some tall stalks of dried grass (it is Autumn in New Zealand) and I wanted to draw "cuffs" on them and pattern in between. I think I have been bitten by the FinkBug! I keep seeing spaces everywhere that could be patterned. Thank you for your youtube clips. Your work is getting me through a very hard patch in life. May God bless you, and your work, as you use your talents for Him.

  64. Dear Joanne ~
    Yes, I do enjoy coloring although I don't seem to do it very often. Don't know why, really.
    My preference is the dove.
    In terms of text on the cover, I tend toward simpler. I like "Expressions of Faith" for text.
    I'd be interested in seeing Heartfelt Expressions.
    I love the center dove – I love the gracefulness of the center one and her tiny eyes. It's beautiful.

    Thank you for all you share with us. It makes us feel we are a part of your life and work.
    Blessings to you.

  65. the questions are so far up the page that I can't read them, but yes, I like to color.
    I would like to see trees before heartsi like the dove over the angel, and I like the dove on the left.i hope that was all of your questions!

  66. 1. YES I love to color!
    2. DOVE on the cover
    3. Yes, I would like to see a text…Something simple, not too wordy. Was thinking, "NEW BEGINNINGS" Keeps it neutral to satisfy all faiths.
    4. TREES and LEAVES
    5. LEFT one!

    PS…So sorry the cross didn't pass, It is beautiful 🙁 Hoping you can add a cross in the book though!!

  67. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes, I love coloring

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? Dove on the cover, but include the angel inside. She's beautiful!

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? Faith, Hope, Love

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt Expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? Center dove with a larger branch

  68. 1. i love to color, but haven’t done it in years; i just enjoy looking at your artwork

    2. The Dove – which is more Scriptural and is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

    3. it would be fine as is. (that’s so sad that they did not approve the Cross design.)

    4. Heartfelt Expressions.

    5. i like the center dove design the best.

    Thank You so much for sharing your beautiful creations for our eyes to feast on! You are truly Blessed with a beautiful Gift of Talent!

  69. 1. My coloring tends to be related to rubber-stamps or doodling. I haven't really purchased an adult coloring book but I can see benefits.
    2, I think that the dove is a universal symbol of peace and my religions address the issue of peace.
    3. Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all.
    4. Heartfelt expressions
    5. I love the first because it is flying toward the sun. It looks like it is flying toward the goal-tward the light of enlightenment-

  70. Love to color! I like the dove, particularly the center dove. Your trees are wonderful, so I would like Leaves and Trees next.

  71. 1.Heck Yes

    2. Actually I liked the cross better, to bad it wasn't approved. Go for the Dove.

    3. No Text

    4. Leaves and Trees please

    5. The dove left

    Love your tutorials and books!

  72. 1. YES, I love to color.
    2. Dove
    3. No words. Let the picture speak for itself.
    4. Heartfelt expressions
    5. the dove in the center

  73. love to color
    Dove
    If you are offering lettering inside, I would show on cover
    Trees and leaves
    The center dove

    So happy for all your success. God must love your work also!

  74. love to color
    Dove
    If you are offering lettering inside, I would show on cover
    Trees and leaves
    The center dove

    So happy for all your success. God must love your work also!

  75. Hi Joanne, Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

    1. Yes I enjoy coloring your designs especially!!

    2. Tough choice, I like both covers, the Angel is very pretty and I like the saying on that cover. I also like the dove cover, it is crisp and clear.

    3. The text already on the Angel works really well or with the Dove, maybe Believe or Believe in Miracles.

    4. Leaves and trees would be nice to see.

    5. I like the center dove best.

  76. Love to color
    The dove says pick me up and look inside
    No text needed
    Heartfelt Expressions
    Left or center. Olive branch is lost on the right.

    Congratulations on scoring a display with Michael's. How exciting!

  77. 1. Do you enjoy coloring?

    yes (if possible every day)

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?

    I like the dove more.

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?

    No text, it doesn't need it, The cover says it all.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?

    The leaves & thees book (i'm love nature, so much colors)

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?

    Left is speaking so i like it more than the others.

  78. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? I certainly do!

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? The dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? a quote on faith like: all things are possible for those who believe

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt expressions because it is about the heart

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? the left for sure because to me it is more balanced on the page and has better flow

  79. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? Dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? No text

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? Left

  80. 1. Yes!!!
    2. Angel
    3.if angel, the text that is there, if dove, no text
    4. Heartfelt expressions
    5. Dove on left although I love how the one in center especially looks like an angel.

    Boo hiss on the cross being vetoed. I hope at least you can include it inside. After I ordered my books from Amazon, I was surprised …and excited…to see them at michaels. Yippee for you!!!

  81. 1. Do you enjoy coloring?
    * Yes. But I only tend do it with my grandchildren when they visit. I would love some books of my own on my bookshelf, right there in front of me so that I could be inspired to do it more.

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?
    * I love both of them so this is a hard choice. I would like to see an angel on the cover.
    (I loved the cross too. Don't let them talk you out of having LOTS of crosses on the inside. ;-))

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?
    * I don't have a preference to a particular text, although I would like it to be Christ centered.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?
    * Leaves and trees.

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?
    * Left

  82. Oh yes I do love colouring.
    The dove works best for me.
    The same text as on the cross?
    Trees and leaves. I love your trees and leaves.
    The dove, left OR right but not centre.

    Thank you Joanne for all your lovely designs and ideas.

  83. 1. Yes
    2. Angel
    3. Hope, Joy, Peace
    4.Heartfelt Expressions
    5. Center

    Can't wait for these new designs!

  84. 1. Do you enjoy coloring?

    I LOVE to color! I am excited about your new books!

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?

    I would prefer the dove, but I think most people associate angels with faith and that might make someone pick up your book and buy it. I've been thinking about your designs for a couple of hours and I finally figured out the reason the dove appeals to me. It is a picture of the promises of God. If the dove isn't chosen, maybe you could do another book called Promises and focus on promises found in the Bible and use the dove as a cover for that book!

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?

    I don't think text is necessary.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?

    I think Leaves and Trees since you are just finishing a book with expressions.

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?

    I like the one to the right. God always talks about His strong right Hand/Arm! =)

  85. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? yes. i love to color

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? i like the dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? i think text is always a good indicator of what the book is about. sometimes we aren't allowed to be specific enough with so much emphasis on being politically correct.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? heartfelt expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? i like the middle one. i think seeing the bird's eyes are very important

  86. 1. I love to color!
    2. I like the dove best
    3. I don't think you need any text. I think the title and image would say it all.
    4. Leaves and Trees.
    5. I like the dove on the left most. I like that the entire body is pointed up, towards the sun. But I agree about the eyes — maybe change the angle of the head slightly so the left dove would have an eye visible.

  87. 1. I love to color! It makes me happy!
    2. I like the dove. It encompasses many faiths.
    3. Text is great! It gives me a hint of what is inside the book.
    4. Leaves and trees would get my vote. Life and new beginnings are connected to our hearts.
    5. I like the dove on the left…the one flying toward the Light.

    Where are we going to be able to buy these?

  88. 1. Do you enjoy coloring?
    Absolutely!

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?
    I like them both, but the angel is definitely my favorite.

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?
    The text that is on the angel now is great. That exact sentiment or no text at all with more spaces to put pattern.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?
    Leaves and trees! Nature is a great thing!

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?
    The center dove. That little eye just gives it so much more!

    I love your work! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

  89. 1. I love to color.
    2. I think the angel will be more universally appealing.
    3. I like the text you have on the angel but I don't think text is necessary. It may turn some people off.
    4. I think the one you work on next depends on where your heart is. Go with the one you are feeling more drawn to. Completing that one will give you the motivation to complete the other.
    5. I prefer the dove on the left because he seems to be rising upward more than the other two, and I don't like seeing the eye.

  90. 1. Do you enjoy coloring?
    I love coloring!

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?
    I prefer the dove because it reminds me of when Jesus was baptized and the Holy Spirit came down.

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?
    I'm not sure since it would need to apply to all faiths as they say.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?
    Leaves and Trees 🙂

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?
    Center because it fits the image in my head of His baptism

  91. I do enjoy coloring.
    I absolutely love them all, but do think the doves make a beautiful cover.
    Either way it is beautiful.
    Heartfelt Expressions
    Center with the eye.

  92. Hello!… yes I love to color especially with colored pencils.
    I like the dove flying to the right. If you have text at the top of the cover it lends itself toward that direction of the lettering and will have a nice visual flow to it. Also the dove is more universal than the angel as I think some religions do not connect with an angel symbol. BUT the angel is so beautiful too! Some text would be nice but subtle…maybe in the waves.I would love to see the trees and leaves book.

  93. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? I love the angel one! If you go with the dove I like either with the outspread wings.

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? Yes, I like the quote on the angel one, any uplifting quote is nice.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt Expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? LOL I answered that above. Either the right or left. 🙂

  94. 1. Yes
    2. Dove
    3. Something with the word "Promise"…..since the rainbow represents God's promise.
    4. Heartfelt Expressions
    5. The dove on the left.

  95. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Yes!

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? Dove

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? Promises – written in the blue area of the rainbow…or no text

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Heartfelt expressions

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? Right

  96. 1. Love coloring!
    2. Dove..
    3.Doesn't need any text
    4.Heartfelt Expressions
    5.Dove on the right side.

  97. Here are my answers

    1. YES!! I use color microns and color pencils

    2. Dove

    3. I like the idea of having text on the cover – no suggestions of what, tho!

    4. Ocean and Sky?

    5. I like the dove that has eyes, best.

  98. 1. YES!
    2. I like the Angel better, but the Dove is probably more appropriate for a wider audience
    3. No text…the picture says it all
    4. Leaves and trees
    5. The one on the left

  99. 1. Yes, I love to color – but I also enjoy using your books to learn how to re-create your designs.
    2. Dove
    3. No text
    4. Heartfelt Expressions
    5. The center dove
    I loved your cross cover; sorry they didn't accept that one. Any news on when your When You Lose Someone You Love book will be published?

  100. I have loved coloring since I was a small child and it never changed.

    Dove of course, sorry the cross was not accepted.

    Text is not necessary.

    Heartfelt expressions. I will want that book to use for greeting cards.

    The dove on the center with eyes. I would like to see the olive branch larger.

  101. 1. Yes I enjoy coloring.
    2. I prefer the dove but also like the angel.
    3. No text needed.
    4.Heartfelt Expressions.
    5.I like the left one.

    I love everything you do Joanne. Keep up the good work. God Bless!

  102. 1. Do you enjoy coloring? Very much so

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith? Angel

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text? yes
    “None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
    ― Paulo Coelho, Brida

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book? Leaves & Trees

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)? Left

  103. Yes, I love to color

    The Dove has always had a great significance for me…somehow I have always associated it with my angel…so ,of course, for me the dove would represent both…

    Text that would be simple…something that would say something like: Peace is all we really need! The dove does holds the olive branch…

    Leaves and Trees Book

    The dove on the left facing right…he's aiming right for the center of the Light, where we should all be looking because that's the only place where peace really resides…

    Your work is awesome and soo colorful which to me surely depicts that you have found what I call your soul's Light… Denise

  104. Yes, I love to color

    The Dove has always had a great significance for me…somehow I have always associated it with my angel…so ,of course, for me the dove would represent both…

    Text that would be simple…something that would say something like: Peace is all we really need! The dove does holds the olive branch…

    Leaves and Trees Book

    The dove on the left facing right…he's aiming right for the center of the Light, where we should all be looking because that's the only place where peace really resides…

    Your work is awesome and soo colorful which to me surely depicts that you have found what I call your soul's Light… Denise

  105. 1. Do you enjoy coloring?
    Why yes, yes I do.

    2. Would you rather see the angel or the dove on the cover of Expressions of Faith?
    I think the dove is more universally recognized and will probably attract more buyers.

    3. Would you like there to be text on the cover of the Expressions of Faith book, and if so, what text?
    Maybe a stylized PEACE with dove cover.

    4. What book do you think I should work on after I finish the Birds & Butterflies and the Expressions of Faith– the Leaves & Trees book or the Heartfelt Expressions book?
    Trees for sure! I would buy that one in a heartbeat!

    5. If we go with the dove/rainbow design, which dove do you like best (left, center, right)?
    Left one where the dove is flying into the apex of the sun.

  106. I love the dove on the right,it makes your eye flow across the cover better. Yes I love to color. Add a few words, maybe just PEACE. Trees and leaves next! I love your drawings and would love to have the new book added to my collection.

  107. 1. I LOVE to color, use markers mostly but sometimes plain ol' crayons or pencil colors. 2 and 3. I like the Angel cover and the text on it is perfect. It seems to fit more with "faith", while a dove symbolizes, to me, peace. Both are appropriate, really, but I would go with the angel. 4. I think you should do Heartfelt Expressions next. 5. And the dove in the center is just right. To me that one shows/means you could be with it, the others are turned away from you.
    I love your blog, have been following for some time. Thanks for all the wonderful posts and the opportunity to win some of your books!

  108. 1. Love the colors
    2. Angel is absolutely beautiful
    3. Always love your text
    4. Heartful Expressions
    5. Center dove

    I love all your work, so whatever you decide will be a success. So sorry the cross did not get approval; I'm afraid we are going to see more and more rejection of the cross.

  109. I think I have all of your books. I so love your heart and your work. I love the cross. I say stick to your faith and don't let anyone dictate to you. I love angels and the dove is BEAUTIFUL. I am going to make a quilt after I get a little better at drawing images. Please keep up the great work.

  110. I realize I'm a late post, but I didn't get on much last week, but I will still answer the questions!
    I LOVE coloring and just bought the 152 crayon carousel! I love the dove, but am sorry you cannot use the cross, which I really loved! If you add any text, you could use "faith, hope, love", but it looks great without too…I just like your writing style too. I would enjoy Hearfelt Expressions so much! And I like both doves for different reasons…the one on the right gives great movement to the overall picture, and the dove in the center is just very pretty…no wrong way there!
    And thank you for your artwork and sweet spirit.

  111. Hi Joanne – I
    1. I do love to color, but I also love to tangle. I would be more likely to buy a coloring book that had larger designs that I could color AND tangle inside – yours do that!
    2. DOVE
    3. Leave the text blank on the cover and perhaps over a few suggestions for text to use their inside the book.
    4. Leaves and Trees
    5. Definitely the dove in the center.

    Have a lovely, peaceful, Zenspirational day!

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