Joanne's Blog

Happy Father’s Day

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hi Everyone,

We’ve all heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child”; recently that saying has taken on a new meaning for me. I’ve been a single mom since my husband died almost three years ago; fortunately I’ve had my own personal ‘village’ of awesome neighbors, friends.

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A Foundation built on Love

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hi Everyone,

The older I get, the more I realize how truly blessed I am to have amazing parents who have always done their best to give me a solid foundation on which to grow. Father’s Day is this week, and I wanted to share a piece that I’ve been.

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Creating Connections

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hi Everyone,It is my hope and dream that Zenspirations will inspire people to create connections through art, music, uplifting words and acts of loving kindness. 

When you look through the eyes of love, you’ll see potential instead of imperfection, and beauty instead of.

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Freedom Isn’t Free

Tuesday,May 27, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I feel incredibly blessed to live in a country where we are free to choose who we marry, where we live, how many children we have, the type of work we do, and so much more. We are free to choose our faith, our friends, and what we.

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Gradient (“Ombre”) Watercolor Washes

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I recently discovered an easy technique to create beautiful gradient watercolor washes using only two tools; a Koi Coloring Brush and a water-brush. The swan below was drawn with a Pigma Micron 01 on Strathmore 400 Series drawing paper; the two washes were done on Canson 90lb watercolor.

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Faith, Friends & Family Fun!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hi Everyone,

This weekend my children and I got to celebrate two very special events with friends & chosen family: a baby shower for my friend Gladys’s grandson, and the Bar Mitzvah of family friend Sam Fender.

While the events were very different, they were similar in core ways. Both united.

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New Zenspirations Dangle Design Video!

Tuesday,May 13, 2014

Hi Everyone,

In November I filmed some new Zenspirations videos for Sakura, and they just let me know that “Zenspirations Dangle Designs for Lettering & Handmade Cards” has just started airing this week!

So if you like to Dangle as much as I do, grab a Micron and some paper, and.

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The Art of Remembrance

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hi Everyone,

Mother’s Day is a happy occasion– I awoke this morning to balloons, plants, chocolate covered strawberries (yum!) and heartwarming cards. I delighted in talking to my Mom & Dad, my in-laws, my children & several friends. For me, it was a lovely day. But today was not a.

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Zenspirations Mother’s Day Project

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hi Everyone,
Since Mother’s Day is this week, I want to encourage you to use your creative gifts to show someone you care. It could be your mom, a mom you admire, or a friend who recently lost their mom. I’d love to see what you do– please e-mail your.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hi Everyone,

Today was Yom HaShoah– Holocaust Remembrance Day– and there were candles lit around the world in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust. Part of the purpose of Yom HaShoah is to ensure that the world remembers the hard lessons that the Holocaust taught us: we cannot.

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Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hi Everyone,

In honor of Earth Day I created a new Zenspirations to share with you.

I believe that each of us is on this earth for a reason… and that we each have the power to help make the world a better place. We.

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hi Everyone,
It’s been quite a while since I did a blogpost– but I haven’t been idle… I’ve spent much of the past few months working on a really exciting project– new Zenspirations books! And I’m delighted to share that they will be on an endcap at Michaels from now.

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