Last Call for The Lettering Club!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a busy week at the studio! My uber talented daughter, Samantha, has been helping out by painting some of the newest Zenspirations® designs. Below is a ‘sneak peak’ at our new dragonfly collection.


Sam got these vibrant colors with Sakura’s awesome Koi® Coloring Brush Pens. In addition to being great to paint with, they are my favorite lettering tool. Check out this short (1 1/2 minute) video if you’d like to see me letter with both a Koi Coloring Brush pen, and a Pigma® Calligrapher Broad-edge marker.

Although brush lettering looks easy, it is actually more challenging to learn than lettering styles which are done with a broad-edged pen, because brush lettering is heavily based on pressure, which requires a great deal of hand control. So I’ve decided that I’m going to teach Italic Calligraphy for the first Lettering Club class. Check out this super speedy (7 seconds!) time-lapse video of me writing ‘The Lettering Club’ in italic and Roman capitals using one of Sakura’s broad-edge Pigma Calligrapher pens.

Frankly, I didn’t realize how much work it was going to be when I decided to create The Lettering Club several weeks ago… and figuring out the logistics of getting all the handouts and videos to the people who are interested in learning how to letter has taken far, far longer than I ever anticipated. (My sincere apologies to everyone who is eager to get started; I appreciate your patience, and look forward to having you in the class).

Before I teach a new workshop, I always invite a ‘Guinea Pig Group’ to come to the studio for a ‘dry’ run. This is a great way for me to test out all the material I plan to use when I give the workshop. Usually I invite members of my local calligraphy guild, the Scribes of Central Florida, as well as some of my ‘tangling friends’, and I always try to include a couple of people who would describe themselves as ‘non-creative’. That way I can get feedback from people with a variety of backgrounds and artistic skill levels. I’m looking at this first on-line class in much the same way… and once the lessons get underway, I’d value your feedback on what works and what doesn’t work.

One of the things I discovered this week is that although there have been more than 450 people who left comments saying that they were interested in joining the lettering club, less than 200 people have actually signed up on the form which will grant entry to the class! Once the class starts I will not be able to add anyone to it, so if you have not received a welcome letter that looks like this:Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 6.04.32 PM


you are NOT registered! If you want to join the club and participate in the classes, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO FILL IN THE FORM BELOW:

Registration for this FREE class will be open until Monday, July 18th. If you know anyone who might like to join the club, please share this with them and let them know that the deadline to register is fast approaching.

Regular blog followers know that I really enjoy creating personalized cards for special people, and this week I enjoyed making special cards for two special Color & Creativity Enthusiasts. Dee Fink celebrated her birthday today; this is the card I made her:


Kathryn Leonard, who’s wonderful work in featured in several of my books, including Birds & Butterflies, Color Peace and Expressions of Faith, will celebrate her birthday tomorrow. Here is the card I made her:


Ladies, I hope you both have Zenspired birthdays!

Speaking of birthdays, next week, on July 21st, our Zenspirations Create, Color, Pattern, Play FB Group will be one! I’m still trying to decide what to do to celebrate… and I’d love your thoughts. Would you prefer a Giveaway… free downloadable coloring pages… a contest… or something else? Please leave a comment to let me know.

Before closing tonight I wanted to let you know that there is now an Amazon button on the homepage of my website. I signed up to be an Amazon Affiliate, so if you use as a portal (meaning go to my website and click the Amazon button to go to Amazon’s website), I’ll get a small percentage of anything you purchase. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, and it helps me pay for art supplies and books (two of my passions!). Tuesday, July 12th is Prime Day (which is a wild sale exclusively for Prime members), so if you are planning to do some shopping on Amazon, please start with a visit to Zenspirations– and I’d be very grateful if you would ask your friends to the same.

Stay Zenspired,




38 thoughts on “Last Call for The Lettering Club!”

  1. I am glad you made a “last call” because this was the first one that popped into my feed! Can you tell me what tools / pens we should begin to acquire for the club? I’m new to all of this and want to invest wisely with what we will really use rather than everything I am tempted to own (all of the pens in every style, color, width–ha!).

  2. I have been wondering for a while now whether we couldn’t do something for charity? It would be nice to spread some of the fb group “magic” :-). Maybe an auction ? I am more than willing to donate original pieces… Just an idea though… Anything you will come up with will be fine, I am sure…

  3. I am very excited to learn Lettering. Thank you for including me in this club.

  4. JoAnne, I have tried to register twice this morning for the Lettering Club. When the confirmation e-mail comes to my inbox it does not give me a link to click on to confirm the subscription. Please make sure I’m registered.

  5. Hi Joanne. Love the cards you created above. Although I was looking forward to the brush lettering, I sure can use the Italic Class as a brush up class. So I’m still looking forward to this class and will patiently wait for the brush lettering. I know it is alot of work, time and effort, so thanks so much for your willingness to do this…..Linda E.

  6. Hi Joanne!
    I may have signed up AGAIN but I wanted to make sure I was IN! The reason I did sign up was I don’t remember ever getting the Welcome to the Lettering Club email! So I second guessed myself!! LOL Can’t wait to try it out!
    As for the 1 year anniversary, I am open to anything you decide to do! 🙂

    1. Thanks Gail!

      You are in twice (which is much better than not at all!). Hope your foot is feeling better.

      Sending love and blessings,

  7. Joanne,
    Tried to use the link to check out your favorite lettering tools, but it didn’t work. Can you send it again? I’m looking forward to the lettering club lessons. I’ve played with my lettering, but would really love to make it look more professional. Thank you.

  8. Hi, I’m so excited about this class!! I do have one question? Amazon is saying the expected delivery date on the Sakura Calligrapher you recommend for the class, is August 10-Sept 9th, and thats for Prime customers (which I am). Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks!!


    1. Hi Tiffany,

      I’m not sure where you live, but when I check Amazon the pens are available now. All you need for the class is a 3mm Pigma Calligrapher. Please see if perhaps you can get a package of the 3mm, or perhaps a 3 pack of the 1, 2 and 3mm that Amazon can deliver faster.

      Hope this helps…

      Stay Zenspired,

  9. Howdy friend!!

    I’m so glad you got the Amazon link, cause I buy a lot of stuff on Amazon!! I can’t believe the Coloring Play group is a year old already! My how time does fly. I would vote for a contest, because it has been so long since we have done that.

    I have been practicing lettering with the broad edge Pigma, so I’m so happy you are starting with that! I think it will help me a lot in learning to do it properly. I can definitely see that it takes a lot of practice and I think by having our “club”, I will be more motivated to carve out time to do it.

    Love and blessings always,

    Mary Anne

  10. Anything is good to celebrate 1 year. I simply LOVE everything you do! It’s Zenspirational!

  11. Hi, your daughter really have great talent in coloring. I watched these videos and feel she have great talent. I really appreciate this blog post. Thanks.

  12. Hi,
    Would love some autumn “pretties” to download.
    Happy Birthday Kathryn!


    1. Hi thank you for the call out this is the first time I have seen this.
      Could you let us know what supplies we will need for the classes so we can make the necessary purchases. Thanks so much.
      Kerry Kelly

  13. Congratulations on one year with the Create, Color, Pattern, and Play group! I’m sure anything you decide will be a great way to celebrate! I just want to give you a heads up, but I’ve tried to register multiple times for the Lettering Club, and I haven’t received a welcome letter yet. I’ve been checking my junk mail folder too. I’d hate to miss the deadline and not get to participate. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this group!

    1. Hi Sephra,

      Thanks for your nice note, and for letting me know you’ve been having problems trying to register… I’ll make sure you are signed up!

      Stay Zenspired,

  14. Soooo glad & Thankful that u did this last call!!! I also feel So Extremely Blessed that u R such a giving person 2 offer us ur vast array of Knowledge for FREE!?! I know how it is dealing with the public & ur Always goin to have those few people that are never going to be happy, & complain, so just felt like I should tell you not to allow those that are impossible to please, get you down & discourage you. You are respected & admired by so many that I am extremely excited & blown away that ur doing this for free! Thank you, truly from the bottom of my Lil ol heart!! God Bless you with ease & joy as you begin this new venture with us all.

    1. Thank you Teresa, for your kind and supportive words! They mean more to me than I can say. Delighted to have you in the Club!


    2. Teresa, you speak for so many of us with thanks to Joanne for this opportunity and yes Joanne you are definitely blessing a multitude❣ I hope in turn we can bless you too!

  15. Hi
    U am unable to sign up for the class as i keep getting a message saying i need to use a valid email address.

  16. I signed up for the lettering club before and now again today. I hope i make it in the class.

  17. I signed up for the class a couple of times & never received a welcome letter. I must’ve not made out on the limited 700. I was so stoked to join. Could you please let me know when the next class is going to be if you even know yet since I missed this class already?
    Thank you so much!

  18. I am looking forward to getting started with lettering. I took a class in my teens, now some many decades ago, and haven’t done any since! Thank you so much for offering this. I am so pleased to be part of it!

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