Thank you to the 40+ coloring & patterning enthusiasts who signed up to help create the inspiration samples for my new Zenspirations® Color, Create, Pattern & Play books. I can’t wait to see what you guys do! But remember– I can’t send you sample pages if I don’t have your e-mail address—and there are several of you (Terri, Melinda, Susan, ANg, Janet & Linda) that I don’t know how to find. If you left a comment last week, please take a moment to make sure you included your first AND last name (which will allow me to find you if you are a blog subscriber) and/or your e-mail address if you don’t subscribe to the blog. I won’t be sending pages out until the beginning of June, so if you can still sign up if you would like to participate.
I also want to thank everyone who posted their Zenspirations Mother’s Day creations to Instagram and Facebook with the #Zenspirations. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that certain privacy settings would prevent me from seeing what you posted– even if you added the hashtag– so I could only find a few designs. I’m sorry if I missed yours—and would really like to see it. If you don’t see your creation below and would like to share it, please e-mail it to me: [email protected].
My friend Tracey Lyon, CZT extraorinaire, created the saturated pastel background of the card below with Copic markers, and then drew on top of it with Sakura’s white Gelly roll pen.
And then Tracey went the extra mile and created a design with an alternate effect. First she patterned it with Sakura’s Pigma Micron 005 pen, and then ‘popped’ the color with Tombow markers. Tracey shared “I am thinking about adding family member names in the brown pebbly-looking pattern… Mom would love that!” I love all the patterns she added– especially the pebbles, which remind me of my Written in Stone notecards. These are both great examples of how to ‘color, create, pattern & play’.
Shearin Lee also did some awesome pattern enhancements, shown in her card below. I love the dramatic border; it really helps unify the design.
Yvonne Snyman Sandlin took patterning one step further, and did her pattern enhancements tone-on-tone!
Then there were a few people who created their own Zenspirations design rather than coloring the card I posted. Susan Stewart made the dangle card below for her daughter. I was touched by the words Susan used on the card: “To the Best Mom… My grandsons could ever have”. What a wonderful way to let your daughter know you think she’s a great parent!
Susan shared a little about her card: “Joanne, I was inspired by your YouTube video so here’s my M-day card for my darling daughter (who really is the best mom to her two boys!!)”
My friend and fellow calligrapher, Alison Clement, created an absolutely beautiful Zenspirations card for her Zenspiring mom, Genna, who I had the privilege of meeting last year.
I love everything about this card, especially the uplifting text Alison used across the bottom.
The talented Jamie Torres, founder of Peace Hoops, created a wonderful Peace Dangle Design:
But my favorite card was the one my daughter made for me.
The background was created with Sakura’s awesome Koi Coloring Brushes, and then Sam used Gelly Roll Moonlight, Metallic and Stardust pens to color the design. Here is a close up so you can see how the shimmery Metallic and glittery Stardust contrast with the flat, opaque Moonlight on the translucent background wash.
Sam had so much fun making the card that she made a bunch of backgrounds to use for future projects. Here’s a photo of some of the colorful washes she made:
The technique she used to color the background involves applying the color to acetate rather than the paper. If you’d to see a step-out of how to do it, leave a comment. If enough people express interest, I’ll explain the technique– with step-by-step photos in next week’s blog. It’s fun, fast and easy-to-do, and I’d love to share it with you if you are interested.
This is going to be a very busy week for me– Zenspirations is hitting the road! On Wednesday I’m going to Ohio to film a couple of episodes of the PBS television series Scrapbook Soup. While I’m at the television studio I’ll also be filming some new videos for Sakura, which I know a lot of you have been asking about. Yes, there will be some lettering ones! And one on flourishing, too. Please let me know what else you’d like learn in case there is time to film an extra video.
After the filming, I’m heading to NY for The National Stationery Show and SURTEX (the Surface/Textile design show). It’s been a while since I’ve been to NY– and the show– and I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with all my Art Licensing and Greeting Card industry friends. Let me know if you’ll be at the show– maybe we can get together.