2015 has been kicking my butt. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer so I’ll spare you the details but I don’t think I’m alone based on what I’ve been hearing from friends or seeing people post online. It seems like it’s been a rough start for many. Hopefully Spring will bring nothing but good news, good health and a little positivity for everyone. In the meantime, as I curl up on the couch with a blanket and my laptop while I watch the flurries and gray skies, I thought I’d try to help it along.
This week has been filled with freelance projects and family stuff so I decided to keep this week’s project simple and do another “Five in Five” series. A dear friend from college is getting married in June and she asked me to address her envelopes for her so I dug out my calligraphy pen, nibs and ink and have been tackling her list a little bit at a time. I’m a novice calligrapher at best and there is always a little bit of anxiety when I first put pen to paper, especially when dealing with things like precious wedding invitations so I’ve spent a few minutes warming up every day before switching over to her beautiful, expensive envelopes. As I warm up, I’ve been writing simple positive words and phrases like love, peace, be still, breathe, calm, happiness.
It feels sort of meditative to write such words over and over, filling up the page feels like releasing a deep breath. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. Be still. I picked five favorites, scanned and digitized them. Then I layered them over some simple watercolor backgrounds in Spring colors that I created. Pretty and simple.
I’ve sized them for use as desktop backgrounds or screen savers and want to share them with you. You can download one or download them all. I hope they brighten your day and your Spring. Simply place your mouse over the image you’d like to use, click and drag it to your desktop. A .jpg image should appear on your desktop. You can move it to where ever you store your images on your hard drive. Then navigate to your desktop and screensaver preferences in your computer’s system preferences. On my Mac I go to the upper left hand corner, click on the apple, select System Preferences, Desktop & Screensaver, than navigate to the folder I store more image files in and select the image or folder. Happy Spring everyone!