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Tuesday
Jul292014

Do What Calls to Your Soul

Hi Everyone,

Last week I had the privilege of teaching at Legacies, the 33rd Annual International Calligraphy Conference. What a wonderful week! One of the things which made it so special was being able to spend time with people who share my passion for lettering.

No matter what your passion is, it is important to make time to pursue it-- and to spend time with those who share it. It's when I'm doing what calls to my soul that I feel most alive. I'd love to know what you are passionate about-- please leave a comment to let me know... and please leave your e-mail address if you'd like a reply.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

 

Tuesday
Jul222014

Live from LEGACIES: The 33rd Annual Calligraphy Conference

Hi Everyone,

I'm at LEGACIES: The 33rd Annual Calligraphy Conference, where I'm having a blast. I flew to Dallas this morning, and since I don't start teaching until tomorrow, I got to spend the day visiting with old friends, looking at the exhibits, seeing all the cool hand-made things in the Scribes store, and trying to decide which of the fabulous new books to buy at John Neal Bookseller. Best of all was finally meeting some of my Facebook friends, like Vicci Ewan and her sister-in-law Chris Ewan, in person!

Vicci and Chris showed me the beautiful jewelry they made in Sharon Gillespie's Breakout Workshop Wear Your Artwork (wish I'd been there!)... and I was delighted to see that Chris had done a Zenspirations Dangle monogram C as her design. I was so excited that I took a close up of Chris's piece-- and got a great shot of the Legacies II logo, which was designed by my friend Michael Clark.

For those of you who are in the area, I hope you'll stop by to say hello. Legacies is being held at the Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel in Richardson, TX. I'll be signing books and doing a demo at John Neal Bookseller in the hotel Tuesday afternoon, and then from 7:30 - 10:30 I'll be teaching a Breakout session called "Sparkle, Shimmer & Shine" where I demonstrate how to use all of Sakura's cool tools, and then each participant will use the tools and techniques to decorate a Sizzix box designed by my friend Eileen Hull. 

The rest of the week I'll be teaching a 2 1/2 day class on the seven steps to Creating Your Own Zenspirations Design: patterning, drawing, lettering, writing, designing, creating, and-- most importantly-- inspiring. One of my favorite Zenspirations sayings is "Live by Inspiring Others to Fly"... and that's what I hope to do this week.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

Tuesday
Jul152014

A Small Cleverness

Hi Everyone,

This weekend I visited Jacksonville, FL, and immediately felt at home at A Small Cleverness, Donna Kazee's delightful Rubber Stamp store. I was touched by the warm welcome I received, and by the supportive, sharing group of women I met.

I wanted everyone in the Zenspirations Dangle Monogram class to be able to create their own special monogram, so after demonstrating how to do the the patterns and double stroke the letters, I gave everyone the initial of their choice, and let them dangle away... below is a shot of Jan working on her J.  

I was thrilled with the beautiful Dangle Monograms that everyone created!

But the most exciting part of the weekend for me was being able to Dangle on Donna's Door. Using Sakura's Permapaque pens (great for when you want to write on the walls-- the door-- or other non-paper surfaces!), I demonstrated the steps involved in creating a Zenspirations Dangle Design by actually drawing on the door... good thing Donna had a step-stool handy so I could reach the top!

The photo below shows the design in progress... 


Once I had the basic Dangle done, I used pearlescent Permapaques to add touches of color. 

While I was working on the door, everyone else was working on their Dangles... Jan's got the concept down!

So does Wendy-- I love the house she added at the top!

Each dangle was beautiful and unique; a true reflection of the special women who created them. 

Zenspirations is not about trying to draw perfect images-- it's about the joy that comes from putting pen to paper, and the calm understanding that only by being willing to experiment can we grow. So my wish for you is that you are eager to take a chance today... to do something unexpected and see where it leads... I hope you'll take a moment to leave a comment and let me know what you did... and where it led.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

 

 

A Small Cleverness

Wednesday
Jul092014

The Votes are In!

Hi Everyone,

I'm in Atlanta at the Gift Show, having a wonderful time looking at new products, trying to spot emerging trends, and visiting with clients and friends. I especially enjoy visiting my licensees to see what new products are being launched. This afternoon I stopped by the showroom of my greeting card publisher, Design Design, and was delighted to discover "Dazzling Dreams" among my new card designs!

Since I blogged about Dazzling Dreams earlier this week, I thought I'd share this photo so you can see that those of you who voted for the middle border are on the same wavelenth as Susan Birnbaum, my Art Director at Design Design. I've worked with Susan for more than twenty years, and she is an amazingly talented art director... so if you picked the same border as Susan, congratulations-- you have excellent taste!

I love the quality of the cards Design Design publishes-- especially mine! If you'd like to see more of the line, you can hit the 'shop' button on the Zenspirations website, and then hit cards, and it will take you to my cards on the Design Design website. Please take a look and let me know which are your favorites...

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

 

 

Tuesday
Jul082014

Dazzling Dreams!

 

Hi Everyone,

I love alliteration, and enjoy lettering uplifting and empowering words that all start with the same letter, like the 'Dazzling Dreams' design above. Using Sakura's awesome Gelly Roll Moonlight pens, I started by hand-lettering as many inspiring 'D' words as I could think of. I did one verson on a black background, and another on a cream background to see which look I liked better.

No contest! The black background was dynamic, dramatic and dazzling-- so I decided to focus on it.

I thought it might be fun if the final design had a border, so next I drew a few different border options, and then scanned the lettering and borders so I'd be able to experiment digitally. I did some quick PhotoShop concepts to see which border looked best with the lettering, but am having trouble deciding... below are three variations:

I'd love to know which is your favorite...

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne