If you read my previous post, you know how I feel about all the pumpkin recipes blowing up my social media feeds right now....SIGH
But something I don't mind seeing is new craft ideas! There is something about Fall crafting that seems so natural and right! You just want to get out all the craft supplies and hunker down and amke decorations, outfits and gifts galore!
So when I got the change to review this next book, I JUMPED at the chance!
Jim Shore's enormously popular hand-crafted folk art angels have been rendered in intricate line art, some with 3-D details, to color with pencils, artists' markers or crayons.
Each of the more than 50 illustrations in this glorious coloring book is a work-of-art even before the coloring process begins, whether you choose to bring them to life with crayons, colored pencils, pastels, or markers. Plus, take your coloring to new levels with three pages of 3D bonus elements! Color, cut and layer a selection of unique details to create stunning dimensional effects. Perforated pages make it easy to display the finished angel art in all its splendor.
Beloved artist Jim Shore presents to you an inspirational collection of folk art style angels. Pairing beautiful, celestial beings with traditional and unexpected details to capture inspirational and seasonal themes, Jim’s coloring pages are a joy to color.
This is one book you will WANT for all year decor! There are literally angels for all the holidays and seasons of the year (well, except for Mardi Gras, gotta talk to Jim about that! LOL). You may find yourself stuck trying to decide which of the many Christmas angels for example, to start with.
I love the angel above, as she shares the true meaning of Christmas, and I can't wait to use my new gel pens on it for a great stained glass effect! And then to frame it in a lovely carved frame I have, to place on the mantle!
In fact, I will probably use the same frame for the entire year's worth of angels! I love the idea of coloring a new angel for every month, and showcasing your work as decor and art, for friends and family to see! Miss Grace and I are already debating on who is coloring the St Patrick's Day angel- da kid is trying to claim it's hers to color, as she's literally an Irish Princess (don't you hate it when they use the crown against you? HA LOL). Course she already claimed the Easter ones too, using the 'my birthday' excuse...sigh
Did you see the angel of the top of my July 4th tree? Yup, she was from this book!
As you can see, she's on the right above. Ii colored her in a combination of pen and pencil, as I wanted the flag to really pop off the page. But for the Spring page on the left, I used soft pastel pens, to bring to mind the gentleness of babies and renewal. She's an example of another way to use these lovely angels! You can wrap them around a styrofoam core and have a great 3-D art piece, especially if you use glitter, sparkles, jewels or buttons as well!
These angels really get your crafting imagination going and ready to try new techniques.Once you start you won't be able to stop, and thanks to them being so easy to tear out, you might just find yourself working on 3-4 in a day!
The book would be a great hostess, Christmas or birthday gift idea, especially given with a set of colored pens or pencils! Even if the recipient was never a fan of Shore's statues, they'll LOVE these angels! We give it top grades for adult coloring books!
About the Illustrator/Author:
Jim Shore is an enormously popular, award-winning artist who grew up in rural South Carolina, son of artistic parents who instilled a love of the traditional imagery of American folk art. He worked professionally as an engineer while honing his skills as a sculptor and painter in his spare time. Drawn to art, he founded his own business, Designs Americana, and within three years had more than 350 employees. In 2001, Jim entered into an agreement with Enesco to create Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore, the line of folk-art inspired accessories that has brought him world-wide fame.
His angels have become the hallmark of his collections, but he has also partnered with Disney to create the Disney Traditions collection. His designs are found in more than 20,000 stores worldwide. He is the number one artist personality on television sales giant QVC with over 360,000 individual consumers. More than 100,000 consumers search the web each month in search of Jim Shore products. Today, Jim personally designs each piece of his Heartwood Creek and Disney Traditions collections while working on innovative new creative directions and formats.