The ESV Illuminated Bible is a beautiful art journaling bible. My copy is hardback and it is extremely sturdy and heavy!
The pages are cream colored, and while slightly thicker than a normal bible, you can still see the designs through the other pages. I feel like once you’ve added your own designs and writings ink could possibly bleed through the pages. I don’t like how you can see it through the other side but that is just my preference! My only other complaint is that the designs don’t have much space for you to say, color in, if you wanted. The only areas for adding your own journaling I feel like, is on the pages with blank margins. The scripture is single column with plenty of space on the margin for notes or drawings.
The designs are truly beautiful, so beautiful I don’t want to mess it up by drawing my own artwork in it! I especially like how the book title pages allude to that specific book, such as Daniel in the lion’s den and the whale in Jonah!
The gold writings and illustrations really bring the scripture to life and I think having space for your own personal notes or sketching is a great addition to this Bible!
Thank you to Crossway for sending me this Bible for review purposes.