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On the plane ride home from Creativation, I thought about the rest of this year and some new goals I was setting for myself. One of the things I am going to do is to get out of my own way and get things done. I feel like I have let fear hold me back from many things and frankly, I’m tired of it. As my mind wandered, I thought about what my word for 2020 should be, and it came to me:
This year, I am going to do things that scare me. I am going to get out of my comfort zone and become the person I know I can be. I am going to grow my business.
Now, notice the space between fear and less? As I was thinking about the word and what it means to me, I realized it has a couple of meanings.
In some things, I am totally fearless. I go into some situations that I know are going to be hard, but I know the outcome will be okay. Some situations are totally scary for me. In those, I just have to fear-less. It’s okay to be scared. It’s okay to be nervous. But I can’t let that fear take over. I can’t let it make decisions for me. So in some situations, I have to be fearless, and in some, I simply have to fear-less.
Fearless My Word for 2020 an Artistic Process:
STEP ONE – BUTTERFLY SKETCHING
Roughly (very roughly) sketch out the basic image and lettering. I use the Tombow MONOTWIN Permanent Marker for all of my sketchings. It has a larger bullet tip on one end and a smaller fine tip on the other end. Once I have the basic idea, I move over to Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and MONO Drawing Pencil 4H grade. The 4H is a hard lead that provides a light sketch. The MONO Light Eraser from Tombow is one of my favorites because it won’t rag (or fray) the paper.
STEP TWO – COLOR SELECTION
Continue to sketch and trace the image and lettering until you are pleased with the composition. Add color swatches with Tombow Dual Brush Pens along the edge of the design. Remember to label the colors with their numbers, so you don’t forget your selections (don’t ask me how this!).
Color in the design and experiment with placement. I like a variety of warm and cool colors, mixing them up within the composition will allow the eye to move around the design. See how the blue scallops pop against the pink background?
STEP THREE – COLORING THE BUTTERFLY
Use the Cricut BrightPad to trace over the original sketch to create a finished inked drawing. At this point, stop and scan the image into your computer as a PDF and a JPG file. Once the scan is completed and saved, then begin adding color.
STEP FOUR – WATERCOLOR THE BACKGROUND
Add a watercolor background with the Chisel Tip Tombow Water Brush and Dual Brush Pen 491. I like to work in small sections. Lay on some color with the brush tip and then blend with the water brush. Love how easy this step is and how it makes the entire piece look so polished!
Once dry, scan a second time in full color, saving as a PDF file and a JPG file. Now you can create stickers, labels, mugs or whatever your heart desires. All from your original artwork!
If you are not FEARLESS enough to tackle a word and drawing of your own, then you can always download my FEARLESS BUTTERFLY FREE PRINTABLE and print out on mixed media paper. Please use my free printable for personal use only.
So, for 2020 I chose the word Fearless because I have plans for this new year that make me afraid when I think about them. But, I am not going to let fear hold me back from creating a better life and moving forward.
Check out the coloring process video of my Fearless Butterfly on IGTV @CreativelyBeth and, I would LOVE a follow!
Pick one word for 2020. What would it be? Comment below and let me know!!
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