The Celebration Continues!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a VERY busy week here at the studio! The Lettering Club finally launched on Friday, and the Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play Facebook Group’s 1st Anniversary Celebration is in full swing! I did the piece below in a Strathmore® ArtAgain journal with Sakura’s Moonlight Gelly Roll pens.


There are lots of exciting things going on, so in case you haven’t had a chance to check out the festivities, I thought I’d share some highlights.

First, there are some GREAT GIVEAWAYS: a Trim-a-Rim & Sakura Giveaway, a Facebook Banner Giveaway, a DO Magazine Giveaway and two Grand Prize Giveaways! One lucky Grand Prize Winner will be chosen at random from all of the entries posted in the Anniversary Album by midnight July 27th, and a second Grand Prize winner will be randomly selected from the entries in the “Live with Intention” album. A photo of the Grand Prize is below; details on how to win can be found by visiting the group.


THANK YOU to our Anniversary Giveaway Grand Prize sponsors:
Fox Chapel Publishing for the books.
Sakura of America for the Microns & Stardust pens.
Wellspring Gift for the Coloring Giftables.
Plus, the Grand Prize includes signed copies of my book, When You Lose Someone You Love, and the Sony Coloring Book, Miracles from Heaven.

Heartfelt thanks to Philip Fleet, president of Trim-a-Rim, for the Trim-a-Rim prizes– and for playing the hero by offering to ship the prize to any member, no matter where in the world they live. There are now more than 3,500 members in our group, and I’m wondering where everyone lives. I’m especially interested in knowing how many countries are represented in the group… but also in knowing if we have members in all 50 states. Earlier this evening I posed the question, and  in the past six hours more than 160 people have shared where they live. On a quick look we have at least 20 countries represented.


Next time you visit the group, please take a moment to add your information to this post. As an incentive, I will pick one name at random from everyone who leaves a comment saying where they are from (city, state & country please!) by midnight eastern time Wednesday, July 27th. That person will receive THEIR CHOICE OF ONE OF MY BOOKS, plus their choice of THREE DANGLE MONOGRAMS to color!

I am inspired by all of the awesome art that people have been sharing this week… the regular ‘gang’ (by which I mean the Color & Creativity Enthusiasts who’s work is included as inspiration samples in one or more of my books) has outdone themselves, but I’ve been especially delighted by designs posted by some of our newer group members. I’m still finding treasures every time I visit the group, and there are a few which I just love:

Debi Scott Brinsfield shared a wonderful page from her Dangle Design Workbook.

Jo Ann Danchik used my ‘root word’ style to hand-lettered the word ‘hope’ inside the word ‘love’, and used Sakura’s Koi coloring brushes to add the exquisite, vibrant color.

Deena Disraelly combined ‘Congratulations’ with ‘Zenspirations’ to invent a cool new word: ‘Conzenspirlations’, which she hand-lettered.

Keely Forrer Langdon shared a photo of the magnificent and meaningful garden she is creating in memory of her mom, Faith. Keely used a projector to enlarge pages from one of my books so she could paint the designs on the garden’s fence. 

Sue Jacobs drew, patterned and painted a brilliantly colored, totally glorious butterfly.

Rose Versace created a wonderful ‘FRIENDS’ design on the insert for a cup, featuring charming dangle monograms– and shared her work for the first time. 

Bonnie Wesley shared an absolutely dynamite Dangle design that she drew.

I hope you will have a chance to check out our community’s amazing creativity. Thanks to my 16 year old son who came up with the idea, we are having our first-ever sales as part of the Anniversary Celebration. Use the code “Zeniversary” and take 20% off any order placed before midnight (eastern time) on Wednesday, July 27th.

The Anniversary Celebration and the Anniversary Sale both end at midnight on Wednesday, July 27th, but if you would like a signed book please order ASAP, because by the end of the day I don’t think there will be any left.
In closing tonight, I wanted to share a couple of pages from my morning journal (as in THIS morning!):




May you always choose love and celebrate connection.

Stay Zenspired,


20 thoughts on “The Celebration Continues!”

  1. My name is Karen. I live in BeiJing, China. Thank you for the Inspiration.

  2. Joanne, I realized I was one of the first members of the FB group and its been a wonderful ride. The support and encouragement the members give one another is unlike any other group I’ve ever been in. Not only do you add so much to the group but I also love when members will share how they’ve done something to help others learn. I can truly say I can look back at my earlier work and what I do today and the risks I take, new techniques I’ve tried, and improvement I can see is totally due to the love from this group and from you, my friend.
    Thank you for the gifts you give us by each week writing enspiring blog’s, the kind comments you make, and for so freely sharing your talent.

    1. Dearest Toni,

      Your positive posts always make my day! Thank you for all you do, and all you share. You have a special place in my heart. 🙂

  3. I live in Milwaukie Oregon. I signed up for the lettering club and I did not receive any more information except that I was signed up. Has it started. Thank you. Pam

  4. I am trying to live by your motto to live with intention- right now I am in San Diego, but after just two weeks of interviewing and flying to Huntsville, AL we are moving there by Labor Day. Whew- major life change since I have lived over 3 decades in San Diego. I am staying connected through all the work that goes into a major move- your site is an oasis to visit when I sit down to rest. Thank you for all you do!

    1. Hi ChRistina,

      Wow! That is a BIG move– hope it will go smoothly for you. Congratulations on your new job! I hope you’ll be able to take a few minutes each day to put pen to paper during the next few stressful weeks… I find that when I start the day with a pen in my hand it helps me stay grounded in gratitude.

      Stay Zenspired,

  5. I love Zenspirations its brought my love of drawing back to life and gives me lots of joy and brings me closer to God.
    Thank you Joanne for your inspirations.

    Sara Duffy Glasgow Scotland United Kingdom .

    1. Hi Sara,

      Thanks for your nice note. I strive to have my work bring people closer to God, and it means a lot to know you are finding joy, and growing closer to God, through Zenspirations.

      Stay Zenspired,

  6. i love your work! It has inspired me to try lettering and doodling. I have penned lots of examples and am gradually trying my hand. Zenspirations is my favorite site. Thank you for your encouragement.

  7. I have totally enjoyed your Anniversary. I won’t forget it because my order arrived the day before. I enjoy Zenspirations and being a student thereof.

    Much love,

  8. I don’t do Facebook so I will say that I live in Fredericksburg VA in the comment section.

  9. I’m so excited to be in your Lettering Club. I was signed-up for a class with you a couple of years ago and I was disappointed when it was (understandably) cancelled. You have given me an outlet to put more beauty in my daily life.

  10. I have signed up with you Lettering Club. I love all your stuff I live in Omak, Wa

  11. I’m new to your site…and over the moon with excitement and inspiration! Thank you!!!
    Lani in Northglenn, CO USA

  12. My name is Rosie Blackwell and I live in Mills River, North Carolina! I love the inspiration and joy your Zenspiration site bring to my soul and spirit! I love the color of joy your work provides!

  13. Hello Joanne,
    I’m Bette from Woodsboro, Md, loving all the creativity that you have developed over time…..

  14. Hi Joanne, thank you for your generosity and inspiration.

    Lorelei Heisler in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

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