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Patterning is fun, easy, relaxing and adds interest and texture to any design. Joanne Fink presents creative monogram and pattern techniques in Zenspirations, offering intriguing ideas for filling boarders, edges and spaces with creative flourishes. The many decorative boarders, frames, shapes and alphabet will appeal to a spectrum of tastes and styles. Use Joanne's techniques to create details, depth and beauty reminiscent of classical architecture, medieval block printing and manuscript calligraphy. Her passion for beautiful patterns is contaigious. Joanne makes it easy to turn simple lines into attractive designs, while her doodled shapes inspire readers to embellish more and just have fun with the process.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 210.82 x 213.36 x 5.08mm | 181.44g
  • Design Originals
  • Fortworth, United States
  • English
  • full colour throughout, 228 b/w; 80 colour illustrations
  • 1574216996
  • 9781574216998
  • 20,456

Review quote

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!
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Back cover copy

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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About Joanne Fink

A prolific designer, 6-time Louie Award Winner and author of several books, Joanne Fink is the founder of Lakeside Design. She is an active member of Greeting Card Association Board of Directors, member of LIMA's Licensing University faculty and was founding President of the International Association for the Calligrahic Arts.
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Rating details

221 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 43% (94)
4 33% (74)
3 19% (42)
2 5% (10)
1 0% (1)

Our customer reviews

This book is quite thin, but it does contain some interesting tips. If you're the kind that like to doodle around your textbooks and don't want to have so many different kind of drawing mediums, this book is one way to teach you how to make your letterings nicer, and also create simple borders with just a few simple strokes. For me personally, I like the author's style of doodling / decorating, very simple and yet very attractive at the same time.show more
by Eugenia Poh
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