Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Big Thank You

The 5th challenge at Fall Fearless & Fly had me thinking about the big influences in my life.

Here are the prompts:

Headline Prompt:  Lifelong Fan:  What or who have you consistently valued or looked up to in your life?  What lessons have you learned from people you admire?
Color Prompt:  Your favorite color now or from childhood or both!
Quote Prompt: "Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator; but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh."  W.H.Auden

I used the first two prompts: 

There are so many people who I have admired, and who have influenced my life:  The Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr.,  Florence Nightingale, Helen Keller, and many influential teachers and friends.  

In thinking about them, I realized that all of these people had things in common:  they championed peace, tolerance, and the rights of oppressed or disadvantaged people.  And I realized that I am drawn to these qualities because of my parents and the values they have taught me.  So I dedicate this challenge response to my parents ...

... who taught me that all is possible, to do the right thing, to fight for the underdog, and to see beauty everywhere.  Thank you!
My favorite childhood colors were the colors of pop-art 60s (and I STILL like them!).  To make this art journal page, I used Pink Cat Studio Garden & Insect stampsTombow markers, Scarlet Lime's fabulous waterproof black pen (my favorite), Sakura gel pens, and my favorite white Unibal gel pen.

Linking to Artists in Blogland, where Marcia Beckett is our guest designer on Monday with an amazing piece in response to the challenge,  Mandarin Monday, Creative Every Day, and Simon Says Stamp & Show (thank you challenge)

I am excited to say that I was one of the winners of Simon Says "no ink stamping" challenge with Does She Dare!  Thanks to the DT at Simon Says, and to Marjie Kemper for turning me onto this site.  There's lots of amazing artwork there.

AND...  Don't forget - there are still three days to play along with us at Scrapping The Music!  We'd LOVE to have you play!  Come on over and check it out!

Announcing some WINNERS (courtesy of

From Fall Fearless & Fly #4, the winner of my butterfly zentangle is ... Denthe!  Email your snail mail address to jessicabethsporn (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll have it right on its way to you!

The winner of the Hebrew calligraphy stencil is Netty!  I already contacted Netty, and the stencil is on its way to her!

The winner of this watercolor is Judy Shea.  Judy, send me your snail mail address and I will get it right to you.  

Comment below by Wednesday for a chance to win my medieval leaves stencil, and join our Stencil Test Drive  on December 20.

12/3:  UPDATE:  The winner of the medieval leaves stencil is Gloria!

Wonderful vibrant colors, loving sentiments and a picture of JOY! I would love to win a prize!  
Gloria, send your snail mail address to jessicabethsporn (at) gmail (dot) com and I will get your stencil right out to you!

Thank you for visiting! I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.
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  1. oh my gosh this was a great post, beautiful beautiful work!

  2. Oh wowzers, what an amazing piece! The colours 'zing' and the sentiment is so touching.

    The medieval leaves stencil is gorgeous, I'd LOVE to win it!


  3. I can certainly see your love of pop art-yor designs are always so wonderfully vibrant, whimsical and full of fab doodles and details Jessica! I must go check FFF & F-I was so disappointed that I was unable to view the last challenge or see anyone's art. Carolyn graciously added my link for me. Hopefully, this time I can do it myself :)

  4. Oh- I'd LOVE to win your medieval leaves stencil-awesome design!!

  5. This journal page is AMAZING!!! Totally in LOVE with it!! Thanks for sharing the inspiration behind it...LOVELY!

  6. Beautiful! And, oops, I was a little Challenge four. I will be better...!

  7. WOWWWWWWWWW!! Just beautiful!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee the colors!!! And I didn't know you were on STM!! They were my first DT -- always near and dear to my heart!!! :)

    1. Wow - I didn't realize that. I love being on that DT. Such inspiring artists and wonderful women.

  8. Just fabulous! I love your work, it makes me want to sing and dance!!!! Patsy from

  9. Reading your post gave me goosebumps:) Actually I think you use a different word in the US, by i forget what it is..
    Great words and well said! Noble principles to have...And thanking your parents....:)
    The artwork is positive , happy, colourful and lovely!

  10. oops.. forgot to say... thank you for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  11. wonderful and thoughtful response to the challenge!

  12. Absolutely an amazing and thought provoking page...feeling just oozing from it! The colors and patterns are just outstanding and relaxing! Gorgeous follower here!

  13. Beautiful captures! Love your work. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC
    Liz @ YACB

  14. This is so gorgeous, so much color and cheer!

  15. Oh my gosh... first.. I am so excited and honored to have won one of your pieces. I love the calendar I bought of yours. This page is just gorgeous. Every tiny space is just full of color and adorable marking/doodles.
    I'll send you my address in an email. WOOHOO!!!!

  16. Great page for the Fall Fearless challenge. I admire your influences as well and this page is just bursting with love. xox

  17. Gorgeous! Such beauty in itself, and also a lovely tribute to your parents. I'm so glad about SSS&S.... I knew they'd love your beautiful work.

  18. Wonderful vibrant colors, loving sentiments and a picture of JOY! I would love to win a prize!

  19. what an absolutely wonderful journal page. i just love the colors and images! and i carefully read the list of materials. those tombow markers seem to be something i should have on my wish list!

  20. I just love this page! I'm jealous too...wish I had made it, it's so fabulous! I love all the colors and especially the yellow background.

  21. A very touching post Jessica:) Your work is so mesmerizing! I love to win this medieval stencil. Great designs and work as always! Have a great day! :)

  22. Beautiful well written and wonderful tribute to your parents. Love the vibrant artwork, simply stunning

  23. Love it! So many details it will take several viewings to take it all in :)

  24. Oh, I so love the joy and the colors of this page!

  25. I can't believe I commented on this post without seeing that I won your butterfly! I just skipped the "announcing the winners" because I never win anything, and now look at that! I'll be sending you an email right now! thanks so much!

  26. Marvelous colorful page! Reminds me of one of those Indian tapestry bedspreads I had way back in high school. Your parents sound like really good people.

  27. jessica, great list of people you admire, and very lovely art! :)

  28. Oh Yeah I am going to comment!Your work is Fabulous Jessica. You are a joy and an inspiration and I would Love to join you in your test drive!

  29. This is such a colourful, joyous piece. It really celebrates!


  30. Just getting around to the FFF posts. I almost did a page about Cesar Chavez!

  31. I love this page- I usually stay clear of yellow but this is stunning! I love your doodly patterns, it's just yummy!
    D x


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