Today has been the complete and total opposite of yesterday. Whereas yesterday I felt great, had motivation, and wanted to do things, today I just had zero motivation. This morning my husband had to even convince me to go to Walmart just to get out of the house.
I’m so disappointed in myself because yesterday I felt so great. I really felt like I turned a corner, and then today I crashed again. But, like my husband said, that’s perfectly ok. I had a good day yesterday and that’s great. It will get easier. And I will start having more good days than bad, it’s just going to take time. And it’s 100% ok that today I didn’t feel well. I shouldn’t get mad at myself over that.
But, that’s not to say that I didn’t do anything today. Yesterday while I was at the library I came across a new book titled Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor In 30 Days by Jenna Rainey. It looked like a really awesome, straight forward book, and one that would teach me a lot. I’ve never painted in watercolor, unless you count back when I was a child. So, I figured I had time, and I love being creative, so why not try my hand at watercolor painting, and I checked the book out.
Last night my husband and I went to Michael’s and for $7.00 I was able to get a starter watercolor paint set that included twelve paints, three paintbrushes, pencil, eraser, paint palette, and watercolor paper. It’s not the most high quality, but hey I’m not even sure if I’d like watercolor painting, so it seemed like a good buy.
Last night I read through the beginning of the book which covers color theory, most of which I had learned a long time ago, but it’s always good to refresh yourself on the basics, and then I read through project one. I was so excited to give it a try.
So today, I did project one. And it was so much fun! The first project was to play with colors and shades and create a monochromatic abstract piece of art and experiment with the wet on wet technique, which is “applying wet paint to a wet surface to create a soft, diffused edge or a bleed.” (pg. 14).
I don’t think I did too bad for my first time trying my hand at painting with watercolors. And the best part, it was fun! I can’t wait to try project two tomorrow. I think this will be a great outlet for me creatively, emotionally, mentally, and even days like today where I’m not motivated to do anything, it will still provide me something constructive to do and something that I find fun.
M.U.D. is always about exploring and learning new things; making Mindful Unique Decisions everyday. Watercolor painting is a Mindful Unique Decision that I am now making to help express myself. I’m excited to see where this journey takes me.