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Milestone Celebrations

Hi Everyone,

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!

Stay Zenspired,


Reader Comments (6)

Beautiful as always Joanne, and I absolutely LOVE the new stationary. So happy I got a sneak peek of it in Atlanta. What a great milestone also, 2500 followers! Congratulations and I see this number multiplying even more.

Terri 💞

February 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Brown

Always delighted To see your progress as an artist and "force to be reckoned with" in the universe. Congrats on 25,000. Amazing. Jill

February 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Congratulations JoAnne !! Your lettering skills are simply fabulous and will take you to many places and meet many people. Wish you'd do a part 2 about the color blending technique on YouTube. I tried to write my own name and blend with Moonlight pens and they did not blend too well even though I used ROYGBIV colors.

February 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMYT CR8TiV

Oh my Joanne, thank you so much for the wonderful HB message and showcasing my name in Dangled Monograms you posted. I LOVE IT!! Glad my BD could be your Inspiration for your blog this week. It is exciting and a nice surprise today when I opened the blog up! You are so sweet and I am proud to call you my teacher, my inspiration, but more so, my friend. HUGS Also, LOVE the new ideas that you posted too. Welcome to cold PA too! :)

Thanks for thinking of me on my birthday,

February 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGail Beck

Congratulations on 2500 followers, & I believe member in your Facebook Group too!
I can't wait for your new merchandise to be available to the public, as I, & many others want MORE MORE MORE Zenspiration!
I hope that your trip goes better than anything you have hoped for.
Be safe.
With Love,

February 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Torres

Did I miss it?
What 'Word" did you pick for 2016?

February 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGayle

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