So today we are going to get down to it with our intentions. As stated in the video, get out your journal and begin to write in a non-filter style, just allowing the stream of consciousness to flow through your hand, and allow your heart to express what is really wanting. Oh my – doesn’t that feel so good? Then you can pick one (or more) of your intentions and write it out. Also choose a quote too. That can be done by simply googling your favorite author quotes, or quotes on a subject (such as life, love, dreams, art, whatever you fancy). There are some real diamonds out there that have been shared through out time. Then we will get to art making.
pencil & eraser
Practice writing out your intentions and quote in your journal first – or on a scratch sheet of paper. You may want to grab a ruler or straight edge also, if you are not so comfortable with writing out freely on your watercolor paper. Draw straight lines as seen in this image below so that it can help keep your words even. Remember this is not meant to be perfect – but you can measure out the spacing if that is your sorta thing. You can also write in capitals, cursive, or combine the two. Experiment with what this looks like in your journal. I am free-hand-it kinda girl, but that does not mean this is true for everyone. You might also want to tape down just the very edges of your watercolor paper onto the table to hold it in place.
With the ruler (you can erase the pencil marks later):
Sketch out little designs to go around your artwork if you would like beforehand too. This of course is just an option too. Depending on what watercolor paper you have, sometimes the pencil erase marks come right off and others do not come off so well. But with a little practice you may get confident enough to free hand it.
Again, you can also add details with your gel pens as seen here. I filled in the leaves with a gel pen in this Anne Lamott print below. How I change from purple to pink to green for example, is fairly simple. I just dip a little color from one to the next. If I see my Aquabrush is getting brown, I wipe it off with a paper town and clean it with water. Practice doing this on some paper before you begin. You will find your own rhythm and unique style. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! So do scan or take a photo of one and share it with us. This way we can also get to know each other a little more and what we are intending. I want everyone to hold these intentions for one another as sacred in this group. We are creating what we love here – we are a force to be reckoned with. So much beauty can we all hold and manifest together.
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