Mandala moods

After almost a year I created some mandala art. I had almost forgotten how serene the entire process of creating one used to be but it all came back as soon as I put my pen to paper! Within the repetitiveness of every line, dot, and curve lies a calm space, a pause, a place of absolute peace.….

And from that place, more creativity takes birth.

Mandala art has a mind of its own. I might want to do it one way, but after the circles have been drawn (with a compass) and some initial patterns have been put into place, ideas start pouring down like little raindrops. I have used Sharpie pens and some watercolor here.

One doesn’t need to be an artist to draw these. Begin with a few concentric circles and start drawing in designs from the center outwards or any other way you want. You will be amazed at your finished product which will always look beautiful no matter how simple or intricate the design is.

Experience the peaceful journey of mandala art!!

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A Hand lettering journey

Growing up I remember my mom doing a lot of calligraphy. She had some intricate looking pens that she used to write with. I can still recall the scratchy sounds of the nib on paper as she created each letter.

Funny how those memories came flooding back as soon as I began to notice some beautiful hand lettering posts on Instagram! “I must create something like this.” After all these years of lack of practice my lettering skills had gotten a little rusty! How I longed to create those flourishes again……

Did that mean I had to relearn? Maybe….

To my great relief, I found this wonderful little book called Lettering for Planners by Jordan Truster and Jillian Reese of Loveleigh Loops. You can’t find anything simpler than this! I started with a brush pen that I purchased for $2.99 at Hobby Lobby and some graph paper (as I didn’t have dot grid paper). You don’t need a lot of tools. See!

Consistent practice is what makes one better at this art (like any other art)! So I practice whenever I can. Inspired by one of John Muir’s quotes, I created the above piece, I know it’s not perfect…. but I love the journey – learning, improving and most of all enjoying every scenic path!!

One cup at a time

Painting these blue teacups in watercolor was such a pleasure. I used to see paintings of pretty and dainty teacups on Pinterest, and they always reminded me of some other time. Finally one day I was inspired to paint.

I remember seeing rows of dainty teacups in fine china adorning the shelves of the cabinet in my mom’s dining room. Looking back even further, I remember seeing them in my grandma’s kitchen. Hand painted and delicate, those exquisite teacups with matching saucers perched quietly on the high shelves must have listened intently to the conversations around the dining table, observing old and new generations coming together, absorbing their stories…….

I cannot look at teacups without reminiscing about old times!

Love your work

Sometimes all we need to do is to look at all we have done and delight in our talents to feel confident!

Once in a while grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and turn back the pages. Revisit your work – prose, art, photographs – whatever you create on a daily basis.

Really look, express gratitude for your god given gifts, and take pride in them! Love whatever you do and feel the positivity seep back into your life. How many times have we appreciated someone and restored their self worth!

It’s time to extend that tenderness towards your own work.

Trail Tales

Hit the trail this morning and look what I foundπŸ˜€…blue sky, sun peeking out from behind the tall trees, pretty little weed flowers and a white hibiscus!!πŸ’• What more inspiration does one need to step out under the wide open sky!!

A Berry Luscious dessert

This is an extremely simple, easy breezy and did I mention “healthy” dessert you can whip up in a jiffy! No measuring required, just eyeballπŸ˜€

Depending upon the kind of milk and the quantity of sugar, you can keep this dessert low in calories, cholesterol and sugar!

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Ingredients

Frozen strawberries, blueberries and bananas.

Milk – just enough to help the fruits blend

Sugar or honey for a little sweetness

Vanilla – just a teeny bit

Method

Blend everything together for about 30 seconds or until the ingredients come together.

Serve right away with fresh blueberries and freeze the rest.

Note – You may also use frozen mangoes or peaches. As for milk, pick any kind you like – regular, 2%, fat free or any nut milk – anything you like!

I am not a fan of sweeteners so I go with low or no sugar.

Enjoyyyyy!