Recently someone asked me what I most enjoy about Zenspirations®, and I immediately answered “Being able to collaborate with artists around the world!” It’s exciting to see so many people use my illustrations as a springboard for their own creative efforts! I am continually blown away by the incredible diversity and artistry shown by members of the Zenspirations Create, Color, Pattern, Play FB group. For example, this is a page from my ‘mini’ coloring book “Color Peace“. I try to make my designs complicated enough for people who want to focus on coloring, and open enough so those who want to add extra motifs, patterns and text have room to do so.
This spread, from the same book, showcases the awesome art of Sephra Travers, Cathy Pemberton, Kristin Zeitler and Karen Logeman on the top row, and Sue Rems, Wanda Smith Radler, Kathryn Leonard and Puneet Sekhon on the bottom row. The impressive variety of ways that this design was interpreted has made it one of my favorite inspiration samples.
Let me share another example of just how uniquely and strikingly our group members interpret the same Zenspirations® design. In my 12/29/15 blog post, I shared with readers the Trim-A-Rim product, which for those of you new to this blog is a fun reversible magnetic mirror and dry erase board with a clear frame into which you can insert a wide variety of changeable border inserts. I have licensed to Trim-A-Rim a collection of my black & white and full-color Zenspirations® designs, which you can see and download for free here: http://trimarim.com/design-ring-downloads/joanne-fink-zenspirations-designs.
The Miracles from Heaven coloring contest has come to an end, and I wanted to share some of the outstanding entries of the Bubbles & Butterflies page:
Art on the top row is by Holly L. Gibbons, Ellen Parker, Kristen Zeitler, Leitha Hunt and Mary Anne Fellows. The art on the bottom row was contributed by Alison Clement, Gail Beck, Fayann Hall, Terri Brown and Ardis Ferdig.
And here are some lovely interpretations of the Snail Trail.
Art on the top row is by Ginger Brown, Kristen Zeitler, Gail Beck, Ardis Ferdig, and Ellen Parker. The art on the bottom row was contributed by Alison Clement, Julie Bingham, Mary Anne Fellows, Holly L. Gibbons and Sephra Travers. The images are small, but you can find large versions of each design in the Miracles from Heaven album in the Zenspirations Create, Color, Pattern, Play FB group.
I’m pleased to be able to announce two of the three contest winners– but I am going to need your help in selecting the third winner. The first winner was selected by placing the list of eligible contributors into random.org‘s “List Randomizer”, which took the list, scrambled the order and re-listed it in a numerical order. The first name on the list– and the winner of our contest– is Kristen Frick Zeitler!!!
Congratulations Kristen! Hope that you (and a special young colorist!) will enjoy the prizes.
The second prize, for our international members, is the opportunity to be featured in an article about the Color & Creativity Enthusiasts for upcoming issue of DO magazine. Here are three of the international entries:
The left entry is by Wilma Battaglin; the center is by Helga Cuyper, and the design on the right is by Victoria Harris. And the international winner is (drum roll please!): Helga Cuyper! Congratulations Helga! I’ll be in touch about the article. And thank you to everyone who entered and shared their work. You continually inspire me!
As I mentioned earlier, I need your help to pick the third winner. The rules state: “One of the prize winners will be selected at random; the other prize winner will be voted on by members of the Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play Facebook Group.” I realize that not all of my blog followers also belong to the Facebook group, but I’d appreciate your input on how to structure the voting whether or not you are on FB. Since most people submitted one of the two free downloadable designs, we will be voting on the entries of those two pages. If you are planning to vote, I’d appreciate your answers to the following questions:
Should we pick a Bubbles & Butterflies winner AND a Snail Trail winner, and then have a run off, or should the piece that gets the most votes win?
Should we include multiple options of a page by the same artist, or should we narrow it down to only one design (of that page) by an artist?
Should we limit the number of pieces in each category? If so, what number would you recommend including? 5 to 10; 10 to 20; 20 +, or something else?
As usual I appreciate your input.
In closing this week I wanted to share a piece I just finished, which was inspired by the amazing creativity of this community.
PS In addition to Helga, I will be able to feature a few other Color & Creativity Enthusiasts in the article. Please let me know if you would like your work to be considered.