Cosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Love Story & Coloring Book, and its accompanying CD, was created by Amrita Sen. Amrita is a visual artist, musician, and storyteller. She has performed for Oprah, and at the Academy Awards, released records with Weezer and Pitbull, sang on a track on Justin Timberlake’s latest album, and earned an MBA from Harvard. As if that isn’t enough, she even has a fashion line and jewelry!
Here’s a closer look at Amrita’s coloring book.
Cosmic and Eternal Love features 98 pages of colorable designs, including 48 two-page spreads. Through the intricate black and white drawings and written words (as part of one of the coloring pages in each spread) Amrita tells her version of a classic Indian tale: a Hindu myth about love. This love story isn’t about being married or being with someone but about being linked from the soul. The main characters of the story, Radha and Krishna, are not connected in the traditional sense of love; their love is more of an example of everlasting faith.
A CD with 12 music pieces written and sung by Amrita accompanies the gorgeous pictures and intriguing story in Cosmic and Eternal Love. Although I did not receive the CD itself for review, I did listen to samples of some of the tunes online. I found the music to be sweet and cheerful yet calming, some with hints of a Bollywood beat. The music complements the coloring experience perfectly.
The cover is an excellent example of the designs you will find in the book. The colorable Title Page precedes the two-page spreads. You can color the final Acknowledgement Page as well.
All of the designs in this coloring book are constructed with beautiful India-themed patterns – designs you will not find anywhere else. In most of the two-page spreads, one side includes a part of the love story written in calligraphic type; the other side illustrates a scene from that part of the story and includes characters, plants or animals against a patterned background.
The illustrations are a mix of realistic and abstract. Every page is filled to all four edges with colorable elements and includes a patterned frame. Each frame does run into the gutter, but the pages do open completely so that is not too much of an issue. You will find very little white space.
The designs are also conducive to using color palettes that may be a bit more exotic. The Cosmic and Eternal Love Instagram page has some wonderful examples. I also found inspiration for colors at an Indian wedding website.
Cosmic and Eternal Love is 10″ x 10″. I received a review copy with a heavy card stock cover, but it is available with a hardcover. The binding is sewn and glued, and is not constructed to remove pages. However, the book does lay relatively flat, so removing pages is not really needed. The hard cover means you will not need to color on a hard surface. As well, the coloring book is not too large so If your tote is big enough, you can take it with you when you are on the go.
The paper is 100 pound white stock. Designs are printed on both sides of the page, so even though the paper is nice and heavy, you will want to stay away from alcohol-based markers to avoid bleeding onto the design on the reverse. All other media will work beautifully.
The printing quality is excellent with no pixelation.
All but a very few of the designs in Cosmic and Eternal Love include intricate patterns and is perfect for adults who enjoy immersing themselves in coloring detail. Line work is a mix of very fine to quite heavy.
Having said that, in many of the pages a lot of the detail is in the patterns within pieces of the designs, such as leaves, clothes, hair, and architectural elements. So the illustrations do not have to be intimidating; you can use wider strokes of color and let the finer line work provide texture and embellishment as in my example to the right. This makes Cosmic and Eternal Love a coloring book for many colorists and different moods.
Coloring in this book, thinking about the love story and listening to the music is an all-encompassing therapeutic experience. While coloring and listening to Amrita’s music I left all other thoughts behind. I do recommend reading the story through before you start coloring – you will have a much better understanding of the meaning in each coloring page.
Detail-oriented colorists and beginners alike will enjoy the unique and intricate illustrations, and the story and music are perfect accompaniments for an all-encompassing coloring experience. Add to that the beautiful construction and I rate it 5★ out of 5★.
Check out Amrita Sen’s online presence to get more information on all of her projects and products!
Amrita has offered to send three of my readers one copy of Cosmic and Eternal Love, worth $19.99. Each winner will also receive a piece from her unique jewelry line, randomly selected by Amrita’s representative. The combined retail value of each prize is more than $55.00.
To enter, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and starts today. Entries close on January 22, 2017 at midnight Eastern. Be sure to come back every day for new and more entry options to improve your chances of winning!
Good luck to all!