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Zenspirations: Letters & Patterning [Paperback]

Joanne Fink
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Aug. 1 2011
Patterning is fun, easy and relaxing. It is a great way to add interest and texture to any design. Whether you like to journal, draw, doodle, design, or craft, you'll find a world of inspiration here. These decorative borders, frames, shapes, and alphabets will appeal to a spectrum of tastes and styles.

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Zenspirations, Letters & Patterning by professional calligrapher Joanne Fink is sure to be popular with everyone who loves her videos as well as anyone who enjoys paper crafts, scrapbooking, card-making, illustration and making personalized gifts. In her introduction Joanne writes, "I fell in love with patterning in the summer of 2008 when I discovered the wonderful world of Zentangle , an art form developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Since then I have incorporated patterning into my work, and call my new style Zenspirations." Joanne's new book Zenspirations is an 8 x 8-inch, 52-page (including covers) softcover that demonstrates in much greater detail the patterning techniques in Joanne's videos and contains many examples of her colorful and whimsical illustrations. Joanne reviews her seven basic patterns and suggests ways to add more detail to each. From there she moves on to filler patterns and vertical patterning - dangles that "hang" off the edge of a horizontal strip. The next sections demonstrate various pattern types and examples - circles and simple circle designs, simple flower designs, wave patterns, and pattern blocks. In the coloring tools section Joanne talks about her favorite coloring tools and paper supplies. She discusses techniques for each - working with dark and light backgrounds, watercolor paints and techniques, and the paper she chooses for water media. The next sections are about embellished frames, creating patterned illustrations, flower and leaf designs and simple landscapes - all with many examples to spark your creativity. The final section of the book is about lettering, embellished monograms and how to use words in shapes. Zenspirations will teach you how to create beautiful patterns to add a whole new dimension of interest to your favorite crafts. "Joanne Fink's passion for beautiful patterns is contagious; her Zenspirations: Letters & Patterning makes it easy for artists and non-artists alike to master patterning quickly and easily." It's another great addition to enrich your imagination and your art library!

Teaches readers how to create beautiful Zentangle-inspired patterns, designs, letters and numbers for your craft projects. Perfect for your scrapbooking, and paper crafts.

'Zenspirations' by Joanne Fink is not technically a Zentangle book. But it is clearly inspired by Zentangle as she mentions in the beginning of the book. Her artwork and lettering use drawing techniques inspired by various tangles. She also adds color using a variety of Sakura products.

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Zenspirations Patterning is Fun, Easy, & Relaxing- and it's a great way to add interest and texture to any design. Whether you like to journal, draw, doodle, design, or craft, you'll find a world of inspiration in the pages of this book. Joanne Fink's passion for beautiful patterns is contagious; her Zenspirations Letters & Patterning techniques make it easy for artists and non-artists alike to master patterning quickly and easily.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luv, Luv it! June 8 2012
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I love writing and lettering. This book allows me to expand on my ideas and creates hours of fun? It has easy to follow step by step picture instructions, it couldn't be any easier! It is a great tool to have if you want to enhance your journal pages and for scrap booking too. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book June 14 2013
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This book is so good......I brought it to drawing class and ended up with three more people sitting around me
drawing the letters. The book is full of great ideas to embellish your 'doodles'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspirational May 15 2013
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This book is full of beautiful tangles. Every time I pick it up I notice something new. The intricacy of the details, but the simplicity of it all allows anyone to use this drawing style. All it takes is imagination, time and patience.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent produit Aug. 9 2012
By Karine
Format:Paperback
J'ai reçu ce livre beaucoup plus rapidement que prévu et en parfait état. Je suis très satisfaite du produit que j'ai reçu.
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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book! Sept. 10 2011
By S. Lindley - Published on Amazon.com
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I should start by saying I think I own every Zentangle book out there and I think this book would appeal to both the beginner and the advanced Zentanglist (is that a word?).
First, for the beginner ... you start with borders or strips of Zentangles or patterns. Somehow that seems to be easier, not quite so overwhelming? (Anyone can do one border, right? How about another one?)
For the advanced, I think this book demonstrates a different "look." While Zentangles look very striking with bold lines and black & white contrast, Zenspirations seems more fluid. If you look closely at the ABC on the cover, you can see multiple lines that cross over each other to make these letters. Then within some of the lines are the Zentangle patterns. Inside the book, you will see color added to some of the letters, which adds a dramatic punch. (Personally, I think this alphabet was worth the price of the book!)
So, if you can't tell by now, I think this book would make a wonderful addition to any crafter's library.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zen is a win! Oct. 6 2011
By Angela Book - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the book Zenspirations. After seeing ideas from other places, this puts the icing on the cake. It just pulls everything together for great ideas in art. I love all the illustrations to set me off on my own. This is an excellent book that I would highly recommend.

Gay Maurice
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Use it at least once a week Oct. 28 2011
By Haunthouse - Published on Amazon.com
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I am new to art journaling and doodling and I reference this book at least once a week. Not only can you use the ideas directly from the book, it is a jumping off point for your own ideas.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful Letters! Jan. 1 2012
By Phawnda Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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As a professional calligrapher, I was looking for a more refined approach to making fun letters. The "zentangle"
word seemed lacking for letters . . . somehow. I'm glad to see that Fink uses instead "interest, texture" and "patterning"
(which are more artistic and accurate terms to describe how she applies whimsy and dimension to her art).

It's a beautiful, easy to follow, and inspirational book for all levels. It IS addictive! Her integrative simplicity
(especially in using color) sets her apart as a designer. Creating the letters, at least for me, takes a little time and
redoing to get them right. I was reluctant to "sketch" for weight, but that is precisely what makes the letters charming.
Her letters have a lot of energy and emotion even though they are carefully and skillfully created. A kind of "disciplined
freedom."

Very helpful are Fink's detailed descriptions of tools and materials, pen techniques, watercolors, and the sequence
of making the letters. Another reviewer felt that information on YouTube was repetitious with the book. Not so.
It's always helpful to watch a demo, but then have notes and printed examples to refer to as you work.

Fink presents a lot of variety in the book and at the highest level I've seen so far. I would like to say, however, that
while I like most Sakura pens, there are other pens superior to Sakura Micron if you have a heavy hand. The Microns
are better for those who are blessed with a light touch. If you hang on for dear life, try Sakura's Pigma Sense or Zig
Millenium. Both are also longer lasting.

I hope Fink is working on more books! This one will bring you joy!
32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repeated Information, nothing new Oct. 5 2011
By Linda J. Swanekamp - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who buys tangle books and has viewed Joanne's website and videos, I was eagerly anticipating this book. I have to say I am disappointed because much of the information here is on her free videos and website. I used a lot of the video and handout information for my classes, and was looking to supplement them from this book. I was looking for different examples and ideas than what was already offered online. I think her work is very nice and have used her ideas to teach others, but am disappointed in the content and scope of this book. It is produced and printed very well. If you have not seen her work online, then you would probably benefit from this book.
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