Soothing

Today I did some mindful watercolours. After digging in deep over the last couple of days with techniques for really meeting yourself on the page in BOD with Effy Wild I needed some soothing. This meditative, mindful practice is that for me.

And I do feel soothed. More centred. More at ease. Maybe this is a way for me.

I am enjoying sitting down with the kiddos playing Mario Kart and chatting.

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Ben is growing mushrooms….look how big….

He’s feeling the shroom love….in a garlic buttery way!

This is a lesson inspired by Effy Wild’s Book of Days lessons this month. It has writing under, over and in between. Sitting with the feeling of missing someone…..someone who is still out there in the world just not in mine.

Time for bed…

It was busy.

There were halogens and noble gases, quadratic graphs LCM and HCF, spellings and volumes, Latin, cooking dog walking and arting. Picnic packing, more cooking, journal writing, switch playing, pictograms and soon there will be sleep.

Look what we made…..

Ok, so Robax make an awesome circular palette that turns and it is luscious….but for me in the uk to get it would be over £200 with customs. Which right now is money I don’t have.

So I needed something so I could have my paints all together and accessible….. lazy Susan, glue and magnetic tape.

My Hubby sat with me to make this-because if super glue is involved I need help or I stick myself to stuff!

So it’s not perfect, the pans move a little when I’m getting paint but we have possible fixes and it’s heaps better than having 3 palettes out! I need many more magnets but as a prototype costing under £32 currently……not bad!

I did not blog because, 2 nights in a row I fell asleep. Last night I was watching discovery of witches with my other half and we were both tired and I was asleep before I remembered I needed to blog.

The good thing, rather than feeling bad and oh no about it…I feel like it’s cool because I can blog up to the third of may and my birthday will be my las blog of the blog along-which is awesome I think!

There has been working with kids, arting, friends, clearing ivy from roof of MILs, seeing End Game at the cinema and nerf battles!

A boot so full of nerf….

I love this, it’s where I sat whilst the kids set up for nerf.
Setting out glass and re-spawn points.

Playing with rainbows….not sure where next…
Playing around with rainbow shrooms…

Who came first, the teacher or the learner?

A lovely day, I’ve arted a lot. In-between everything else. The Multi-day spread format Effy taught this month in BoD’s is ideal for this.

I finished up my MDS (with lots of elements from my mindful watercolours group and mushrooms from my very first online class (check out this to enter to win a free spot) plus ferns inspired by Danielle Donaldson and Effy’s lovely doodles and the circle layout.) I love to learn. I think the best teachers are learners still.

I also had another art date and got my Rumi lesson (A year of Rumi with Effy Wild) for April done. I’m challenging myself to create each fo the 13 spreads as 8×8″ squares using just water based supplies and mainly watercolour paints.

This one used dimensional ground, transparent watercolour ground-so I could use collage elements and paint over them and a stencil with a 3D effect. I actually stuck visually close to the lesson this month I think….I did love those birds. I didn’t use college paper underneath but I built a tree shape using old pieces of watercolour art from my scrap pouch. I embraced using metallic and iridescent paints (watercolours for me) fully and love how it shimmers in real life.

I think I created a lots of texture and layers and depth….all with watercolours (and a little pencil and white gel pen). I also rubbed out the guidelines for the text! The words of this quote spoke to me today…I think maybe because I’m feeling the after-anxiety of putting a class I created out there for sale (check it out here) and right now the inner gremlins are mocking the sheer audacity of me to think anyone would be interested.

I love to teach (I taught full time for years before I had kids and then taught part time, went back after a break, taught workshops, taught teachers and woven through that is finding my love of art and art teaching.). I love the lightbulb moments. I love sharing, I love facilitating. I also love ideas…and thinking of lots of them…but that’s a whole other story. So even if only 1 person buys my class (1 person has bought my class) I still did it. I know it’s good. That needs to be enough.

I do not need to seek out the approval of all and sundry to seek reassurance, assurances because I know it, down deep. I do not. If I repeat it enough maybe it will stick. My own voice tells me-I just need to listen. Maybe I won’t be an overnight success. Maybe I won’t be a success at all but it done’t make me not a good teacher. It makes me undiscovered perhaps, unfound as yet. Believing in myself is hard but I will succeed at it! I will.

Another old poem…..

Sometimes my heart breaks and my mind can’t stretch
To comprehend
The universe
The pain
The loss
The corrupt evil meanness of this existence
Sometimes my heart sings and my mind can’t wrap itself
Around the
Sheer joy of it all
The generosity
The caring
The laughter
Sometimes my heart stills and my mind floats
On the serenity of it all
The love
The belonging
The living

Mindful Watercolour Induced Calm

Today has been a day where I really valued my mindful practice and lost myself in creating the multi-day spread that is part of this month’s BOD’s lessons over at Effy Wild’s awesome smorgasbord of art journaling fun.

The little ferns are very much inspired by Danielle Donaldson. The rest is a selection from all the different mindful practices and pages I have created this year.

There is a lot more to do with pencil and pen and paint pen but no more tonight as the page is covered in salt!

I also created this gorgeous spiral in my mindful watercolour journal:

And I am finally somewhere near ready to go to bed and sleep. Night all!

Mindful Mushrooms Watercolour Giveaway

My first self-paced online class is ready. Well more accurately it is on sale! Remember those cute red and white mushrooms? It’s a step by step to create those. Not only that, there are two bonus videos! One speed painting of purple mushrooms and one creating a second mindful page using up your left over paint. You can find it for sale here.

You get downloadable videos, a full step by step PDF, a speed version of the lesson and I’m available for support and cheerleading via the class FB group or email!

Did I mention it was super cute shrooms?

I tied myself in knots over the pricing and trying to figure out Etsy fees and PayPal fees arrived at £10 and then Etsy added on an extra £2 because it is a digital download and that has automatic VAT in some countries (I need to know more about this stuff I guess). So it is priced at £12.

If you’d like to win this class I am running a giveaway. To enter, you simply need to leave me a comment. If you share on FB or InstaGram let me know in your comment and I will pop your name in twice or thrice!


Today has been working on my first online class. I’ve got all the videos edited down and half uploaded. I’ve got the web page set up and working and the listing on Etsy too. I’ve just found that I’ve lost a bonus video so I’m hoping to re-film it tomorrow. Luckily it was a speed bonus so I don’t need quiet, just a bit of time. The pdfs are uploaded, the access message done…..I’m getting closer…..

I was playing today I don’t love how it looks, but the feeling of it-that I love.

My youngest kiddo made me giggle so I will leave you with the picture to see if it tickles you too…

Yes it is an actual dairy milk bar with chocolate in it…..