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Tuesday
Sep162014

Zenspirations® Joins The Paper Trail!

Hi Everyone,

I was delighted when my friend Eileen Hull invited Zenspirations to be part of the third Paper Trail adventure (#paprtrail3). Eileen and her vintage camper Scotty are on a two month cross country journey, stopping to give workshops and demos at craft stores all over America. Our friend Cheryl Boglioli also joined The Paper Trial, and these two amazing crafters got to my place after midnight on Wednesday. Thursday morning Eileen surprised Cheryl and me with beautiful boxes holding lovely hand-made Paper Trail necklaces by 'Card Monkey Jarvis'.

After opening our gifts the three of us set off for She Scrapbooks in The Villages. 

We each did a demo and had a lot of fun chatting with old and new friends. I especially enjoyed meeting the talented Yvonne Stephens Blair, manager/Creative Instigator at She Scrapbooks. This photo was taken right after the demos ended. 

Thursday was a wonderful day-- but the best part of joining The Paper Trail was getting to letter on Scotty! As soon as Eileen said I could letter on Scotty I got my acrylic paint pens and the ladder, and set to work.

The word TRAIL turned out fine, but I didn't like the "R" in PAPER, and decided to touch it up.

Now everyone who sees Scotty knows about The Paper Trail!

I always enjoy lettering on walls, doors and windows-- and now I have added campers to my list! Which brings me to a question-- I'm trying to finalize the Donor Gifts for my first Kickstarter campaign (launching this Sunday!) and was wondering if I should offer to Dangle or letter on someone's door, archway or wall as one of the Donor Gifts. Would you be interested in that? And if so, how I should price it? I've never done a Kickstarter before, so I'd really appreciate your input. You can email me at joanne@zenspirations.com, or leave a comment with your thoughts.

With deep gratitude... 

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

Tuesday
Sep092014

Thank You Thursday

Hi Everyone,

I want to welcome all the newcomers to the Zenspirations blog-- especially those who came from Debbie Cole's Creative Innovations Facebook group. I look forward to getting to know you, and to learning what calls to your soul. You can let me know what you'd like to read about in this blog by leaving a comment... I'd love to know what inspires you.

One of the things which inspires me is when I discover someone starting an innitiative which touches hearts and makes the world a better place. And when I happen to know that person-- WOW! Then I'm inspired, impressed and empowered! My friend Susan Birnbaum of Design Design is pioneering a new holiday-- Thank You Thursday-- and I like the concept so much that I wanted to share it with you.

Thank You Thursday encourages each of us to send hand-written notes (no e-mails or texts!) to people who did something nice for us. It's a great way to show that you care.

I recently heard someone say that Gratitude can't just be an Attitude-- it has to be a Practice... so I invite you to join me on Thursdays as I write notes to the special people in my life. It's a great way to stay grounded in gratitude, feel connected with those you love, and practice your writing (and drawing!) skills. This week I'll be sending a note to my friend Debbie Cole to thank her for sharing about Zenspirations all last week. 

If Thank You Thursday resonates with you, please share the concept... if you are posting or blogging about it you are welcome to use either of the Thank You Thursday images to help spread the word.

There is always something to be grateful for... and tonight I'm grateful for Susan, who has started something meaningful and exciting, I'm grateful for Debbie and my other wonderful friends, and I'm especially grateful for you!

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

Tuesday
Sep022014

Exciting News!

Hi Everyone,

I'm blessed to have some amazing-- and amazingly talented-- friends, and I wanted to share something that my friend Debbie Cole is doing this week. In case you don't know Debbie, she's a world-reknowned decorative painter, and founder of the Creative Innovations group on Facebook. Creative Innovations is a place where artists who incorporate some form of painting with stamps, stencils, and innovative products can share their creations and encourage one other. 

Each month Debbie picks a theme for Creative Innovations... I'm thrilled that this month she's chosen Pen Patterned Art and is going to be focusing on Zenspirations! Each day Debbie is planning to blog about a different aspect of my work: today it is patterning, Wednesday will be lettering, Thursday Coloring, and Friday Dangling. 

One of the things Debbie has planned is a special giveaway of Zenspirations books, stamps, cards and other goodies! So if you are interested in learning more about my work, and finding out about the give-away, please check out Debbie's blog: http://debbiecole.com/zenspirations/. 

And I have more exciting news to share-- thirty years ago, when I was a young scribe living in Philadelphia, the Hunt Speedball Co. asked me to help edit the 21st Edition of the Speedball Textbook for Pen & Brush Lettering. This was a huge honor because the Speedball Textbook was my first calligraphy book. In 1991, when it was time for the 22nd Edition, I invited my friend Judy Kastin to work on the book with me, and found her help invaluable. 15 years ago we collaborated on the 23rd edition, and (drum roll please!) Speedball just gave us the go ahead to begin work on an expanded full color edition of the 24th Speedball Textbook, which will be released in 2015 to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the book’s debut!

In addition to some updated and new exemplars, the “Centennial Edition” will feature an expanded history section showcasing additional pages from older editions as well as all new artwork in the “Gallery” and “Logo & Design” sections, and much more! 


Judy and I are working on an official ‘call-for-entries’ with more detailed information, which will be posted on the Speedball Art Products website (www.speedballart.com) sometime soon. I'll also try to post a link on my Zenspirations by Joanne Fink Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Zenspirations) and on the blog.

The Speedball Textbook book has always been a reflection of the lettering of its time; Judy and I look at this special Centennial Edition as the collective legacy of our generation of scribes. It will be a record of lettering today and, we hope, an invaluable resource for students of all ages and levels. If you or someone you know would like to receive a call-for-entry via e-mail, please e-mail speedballtextbook@speedballart.com and we will add you to the list.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne


Tuesday
Aug262014

Let Love Flow

Hi Everyone,

LOVE is a force so powerful that it transcends time and space, and can transform those whose hearts are touched by the loving kindness of another soul. Sometimes I think of love as akin to the wind-- although we cannot see it, we know that it is there because we can feel it. 

We each have the capacity to reach out in love, to connect with others in a meaningful way. When we become aware of the love which surrounds us, it is easier to let that love flow through us, bringing the gifts of hope and connection to others.

We all know people who are facing challenges more serious than our own. Won't you take a moment today to reach out with love to someone you know who is dealing with a difficult situation and may be feeling alone? I know you can make a difference in their lives-- and I hope they will also make a difference in yours.

For those of you who would like to know how to create the Zenspirations® Dangle Monograms that I used in the word LOVE, here is a link to one of my new videos. Hope you enjoy!

As always, I'd appreciate your sending me an e-mail or leaving me a comment to let me know what you think.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

Zenspirations Dangle Monogram Video

Tuesday
Aug192014

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

Hi Everyone,

Today was a filming day for me-- my friend Max Rousseau, who has directed all the videos that I've filmed for Sakura, spent the day helping me create a video to launch my first Kickstarter campaign. (If you aren't familiar with Kickstarter, it's a crowd funding platform exclusively for creative endeavors like the new book I want to publish.) I knew that Max would be able to help me, both because he's an awesome director, and because he has run his own successful Kickstarter campaigns.

Videos require a huge amount of time... Max spent five hours setting up the lights, cameras and sound equipment before we began filming. We did multiple 'takes' over then next several hours, before we took a short dinner break. After dinner Max repositioned all the equipment and started shooting the 'B-roll', which he'll intercut with the main footage to make the final film more interesting to watch. We didn't finish filming until 2:00 a.m.!

While Max was cleaning up all the equipment, I started looking through some of my recent drawings to see what I wanted to share in my blog tonight. There were a few designs that had promise-- but would require several hours of work to turn into a finished piece. Given the lateness of the hour, I decided to use a piece which didn't need much polishing... but I couldn't decide which one to use. So I showed them to Max and asked which one he liked best... and here's the one he chose. 

Please take a moment today to get grounded in gratitude, and then listen to the unsung melody of your heart. When you hear it-- really, truly, hear it-- SING! Sing the song you hear in your heart-- may it be a song which connects you to those you love.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne