Signs that Sparkle!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I had a blast this weekend making signs for my friend Raiza’s upcoming wedding. It took four hours to letter the signs in the photo below.

After the first couple of signs, I decided to ask Raiza to film me while I lettered them. I shared the photo on Instagram, (you can follow me at and asked if people to leave comments if they’d like to see the videos– and was pleased that a lot of people expressed interest!

In the first  video we filmed, I make the ‘Gimme Some Sugar’ sign that Raiza is holding in the photo below.


In the second video I letter the Find Your Seat board shown in the photo below.

This was the first time I’ve written on wood, and I was surprised to discover how easy it is to do. I lettered all of the signs with a silver Pen-touch pen from Sakura of America; the metallic silver gleams and shines on the dark stained wood. It’s a great look!

Raiza also filmed me lettering the Oh Snap! sign she’s holding in the photo below:

as well as my favorite sign, Sparkling Send Off. These videos are a bit longer, because I talked about layout techniques while I was doing them. I’d be happy to share them if you are interested– please leave a comment if you’d like me to post them.

Before closing this week I wanted to give an update on the Care-Moji stickers. Last week I wrote, “Leave a comment on this week’s blog letting me know which Care-Moji Collection you’d like to have, whether you want the iPhone or Android version, and where I should e-mail it. If you subscribe to the Zenspirations blog, I should already have your e-mail address. If you are not a blog subscriber please include your e-mail address in the comment. FYI, blog subscribers get a notice via e-mail (not Facebook) every Tuesday morning.” I didn’t realize that if you don’t include your last name when you leave a comment, I won’t know which e-mail address to is yours! For example, there are 8 people named Janice subscribed to the blog– so I wasn’t sure which Janice left a comment. If you haven’t gotten your Care-Moji collection, it’s because I either didn’t have your e-mail address, or didn’t know whether you wanted the IOS or Android version. Please leave a comment WITH your last name (and the info I requested above) so I can get your choice of Care-Moji collection to you. If you aren’t sure which collection you want, you can see them on the Care-Moji website, or see last week’s blog for details.

Stay Zenspired,






12 thoughts on “Signs that Sparkle!”

  1. Fabulous! Thx for sharing. And No don’t think I’ll be doing that anytime soon!!

  2. These are beautiful! I did signs like this for a friends wedding a couple years ago. So much fun!

  3. I love these signs. What a fun way to have things set out for the wedding. I’d love to have the videos posted.

  4. Well, let me try again – I phone Sue Walch [email protected] and greet mojis is my choice. Also any chance of buying more of your cards to color and send? I bought one of each design from Michael’s when they came out but haven’t seen any since. Thank you so very much and especially thank you for the mojis!!!!!

  5. Enjoyed seeing you write on the wood and explaining it. Please do post the videos explaining how you approach layout. Thanks.

  6. Joanne, I want the “Greet” emoji set for android. Thank you again! Anna Halle

  7. Oh Joanne, you make everything look so effortless. These are truly beautiful in a way only your unique style brings to things. I’m sure your friend will cherish the time you’ll spent making her wedding special.
    I love watching you do lettering, to me it’s so soothing to see how your arm flows through the air as you are doing it – almost like a dancer.
    So yes I’d love to see the rest of your videos of how you made the signs and hear the techniques you used.
    Toni (who has to find out how to gift care-emojis to Android users).
    (Am I the only Toni?!)

  8. Absolutely stunning – I’d love to hear about the design element; that’s what fascinates me so much about lettering, never mind the feel of the pen touching the substrate (stroking paper with a Micron is a really inexpensive way to get a thrill, unless of course you choose very rare handmade paper – wonder why my friends smile at me benignly & shake their heads).
    With very best wishes to Raiza & her husband for the future.

  9. I love these videos. What a nice idea and you make it all look so easy, but I know it isn’t – at least for me. But it is fun to try. I would love to see more about how you made these signs. As for the emojis – I have all of the sets that you have made and I send them all over the place to everybody I know. They are always enjoyed by those receiving them.

  10. Thank you for the step by step tutorials. I love hearing your comments about the detail you go back and add. I would love to see video on the Oh Snap and Sparkling Send Off signs. Thank you, Joanne! ~Wendy

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