As those of you who watch my videos know, I never leave the house without an assortment of Sakura's awesome pens... at a minimum I'll have 01 Microns, and several colors of the Koi Coloring Brushes with me. In addition to using the Koi Coloring brushes for coloring and painting 'on-the-go', I frequently use them to write names for people I meet. Here are a couple examples:
I also use the Koi Coloring Brushes to create background washes, as in the example below:
I created the wash, Dangle letters and Happy Birthday lettering by hand, and then composed the design in PhotoShop.
I especially enjoy creating "Milestone Messages" such as the ones below, which were drawn with Sakura's Gelly Roll Metallic pens:
And this week Zenspirations celebrated two milestones: on Saturday, thanks to Carol Kimball, we hit 2,500 Instagram followers, and today Stephanie Sheeley Affield became the 2,500th member of the Zenspirations Create, Color, Pattern, Play FB group! Thank you ladies! Here is the design I created to thank all the Instagram followers. If you'd like to connect on Instagram, look for "Zenspirations".
One of the very first people I connected with on Instagram was Gail Beck, who uses my pages as a springboard for her amazing creative undertakings. I am often awed by what she comes up with, and am delighted to feature her incredible work in several of my books. Happy Birthday Gail! Hope today is the start of a colorful, creatively satisfying, year.
I’m in Lancaster this week for product development meetings with Fox Chapel/Design Originals, the company which publishes my Zenspirations® books, and Wellspring, the company which publishes my new line of Coloring gifts & stationery products. Lots of great ideas are being shared! I got to see some of the prototypes, and wanted to give you a ‘sneak peek’ at the journal and post-it note folios.
I can't wait to see the finished designs... I'm hoping they'll be ready by the Stationery Show in May.
In closing, I want to congratulate the winners of the last contest; Monica Perez won the drawing of all the people who left a comment on the blog, and Genna Stead Wangsness won the FB group drawing. Ladies, please let me know which style you'd like me to use when I create your namesigns.
Although the contest is over, you can still download the Valentine designs if you want to make something special for someone you love. And please consider sending a Valentine note to someone you know who has recently lost a loved one, or is going through a challenging time... every day is a great day to let someone know you care!
Before I started Zenspirations® in 2009, I spent most of my career in the greeting card industry. So as February approaches, I naturally start thinking about Valentine’s Day (the second largest card sending occasion in the United States!), and the underlying message of the holiday—L*O*V*E. Love is as essential to our well-being as the air we breathe and the food we eat. Everybody wants to be loved... but to me, love is not just a feeling, it's an intangible force that surrounds and uplifts us.
When you open your heart to possibility and look through the eyes of love, you'll see potential instead of limitations; competence instead of mediocrity; hope instead of indifference; radiant beauty instead of imperfection. Look with love, and you'll see past someone's character flaws to the spark of holiness inside their soul.
Let love envelop you... Let love flow through you... Let love connect you... Let love make you whole.
There is a light inside each of us; when we are able to reach out to others in love, that light shines more brightly. Today, let the love in your heart shine forth in all the brilliant colors of the rainbow.
Yesterday I polled members of the Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play FB Group, and asked what kind of free download everyone would like for Valentine’s Day. Of the 129 responses, the majority requested a card with an inspirational saying about love… so here it is!
Click here to download Let Love Light the Way.
I also created a coloring sheet for those who prefer the larger format. I designed it so you could write your own text if you want-- and I can't wait to see what you all create!
Click here to download the LOVE Coloring Page.
As usual, I’ve made folders in the FB group where you can post your finished designs. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1471158256528576/. As an incentive to share what you do, I am offering to make a name-sign for you or someone you love. You can pick the style: Dangle Monograms or Brush Lettering. I will draw two winners at random: one from those who post in the Facebook group, and one from those who leave a comment on this week's blog. (Yes, you can do both). For every design you post-- or comment you leave-- by midnight on Friday, February 5th, you will be entered into a random drawing to win. If you post one design, you’ll have one chance to win; if you post five designs, you’ll have five chances to win. I will pick a second winner from everyone who leaves a comment on the blog this week (only one comment from each person will be counted). So if you would like a chance at winning a name-sign, leave a comment and/or post your finished designs.
Wishing you a week filled with laughter, love and light...