I’ve been invited to be the featured artist on Sakura of America’s Instagram account during the week of November 14 – 18, and am trying to decide what to post. The problem certainly isn’t a lack of options– I create almost all of my art with Sakura’s awesome supplies, so over the past few years I have drawn and lettered well over 10,000 designs! I freely admit to being an unabashed Sakura fan; I love their tools so much that I filmed a video called “Sakura Fanatic” a few years ago– and that was before they introduced the Koi Coloring Brush pens! If youd like to see the 10 minute video, click the arrow below.
Sakura makes so many wonderful products that I could easily post a different tool technique every day for a month… but I only have five days! I’m having trouble deciding what people who aren’t familiar with Zenspirations® would be interested in seeing. Should I showcase my favorite tool of all, the Pigma Micron 01 pen, by featuring a classic Zenspirations drawing with perimeter patterning, a Dangle Design, or perhaps a patterned monogram? Or, since there is always a lot of interest in lettering, should I focus my guest posts on the different types of lettering I do with Sakura supplies? What would you like to see? What do you think someone who has never heard of Zenspirations like to see?
Here are a few examples. I use Sakura’s Pigma Calligrapher pens for traditional broad-edge calligraphy styles and flourishes like these:
I use their awesome Koi Coloring Brushes for brush lettering (and painting!):
I use the Gelly Rolls series for monoline and ‘built-up’ lettering. Many of Sakura’s tools work on both light and dark papers, which is really fun. Here is a rainbow ‘Celebrate’ in different colors of Moonlight; the white lettering was done with a white Gelly Roll.
I love to blend the Metallic Gelly Roll pens to create gradients and rainbow words. Again, the white lettering was done with a white Gelly Roll.
I actually demonstrated this technique on an episode of the PBS program “Scrapbook Soup”. Here’s a link if you’d like to see how it is done:
I especially love the cool, tone-on-tone look of lettering with black glaze pens on black paper. It’s a little hard to get a good photo of this, so doing a post on the Glaze pens might not be the best choice. I’d appreciate your thoughts about this image… would something like this be worth including?
I’d welcome your suggestions on what to post… please leave a comment to share your thoughts. Click here to follow me on Instagram, and click above to follow Sakura… hope you’ll do both!
Before closing tonight, I’d like to share some of the birthday cards I made this week. The first was for Philip Fleet, owner of Trim-a-Rim. I used my favorite Trim-a-Rim border, and added Happy Birthday (written with a Micron 01, of course!) and Philip’s initials on the inside. Like many companies, Trim-a-Rim is gearing up for the holidays. You can order your very own Trim-a-Rim on Amazon.
The next one was for Terri Burkett Brown, which I made quite colorful, as she is an amazing colorist.
Then I made one for Belgium Color, Creativity & Calligraphy enthusiast Helga Cuypers. Helga specializes in creating gorgeous calligraphic letterforms with a pencil, so I designed her card in that style:
And on Saturday, November 12th, Color and Creativity (& Knitting!) enthusiast Mary Anne Fellows will be celebrating her 60th birthday! Hope you have a Zenspirational birthday, Mary Anne!