I’ve spent most of the past week trying to finish the pages for my next book, Expressions of Nature, and wanted to give you a sneak peak at some of the pages.
The book is due this week, and I have done multiple versions of some of the designs… for example, here are three different rough layouts of the dragonfly design:
I decided to go with the version on the left, and am pretty pleased with how it turned out.
I’m still trying to decide whether or not to include pattern in the border of the pomegranate design, and would welcome your thoughts. Which version would inspire you to get out your favorite coloring tools and add your own creative touches to the design?
I always appreciate getting feedback, and have been wondering if there would be interest in starting a monthly Zenspirations® Connection, where we could all go to a ‘virtual hang-out’ and visit. Although most of us have never met, the Zenspirations community we are building is quite special, and I’d love to figure out a way we can strengthen our connection. Leave a comment to let me know if you’d be interested in attending a virtual hangout of some kind… if there is a strong response I’ll try to figure out how to make it happen.
In the meantime, if you’ll be at the Craft & Hobby Association Show next month, we can plan to get together in person. If you’ll be there, I hope you’ll come to the Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play workshop I’m giving Friday morning. This is the piece that we’ll be doing in the workshop:
Workshop participants will get a set of handouts, a copy of my Zenspirations Birds & Butterflies book, a pad of my favorite Strathmore drawing paper, a selection of my favorite pens from Sakura of America, and a selection of Faber Castell’s Polychromos color pencils. If you won’t be attending the show, but are interested in the information and goodies, check with your local craft retailer to see if someone from the store is going, and invite them to sign up and bring things back for you. You can register on the CHA website. I’d love to have lunch with after the workshop with any Zenspirations blog readers who will be there. Being with my creative friends (even those I haven’t met yet!) is always inspiring! In addition to the workshop, I’ll be teaching make-it-take-its for Sakura Saturday and Monday afternoons, and doing a Zenspirations demo and signing books for my publisher, Design Originals/Fox Chapel Sunday afternoon. At some point I’ll be visiting the Impression Obsession booth to see my new line of rubber stamps… I love getting to see all the new supplies that are launched at the show. I hope to see you in Anaheim!