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Written & Illustrated by: Tanya J. de Wet

Start this Year in the Flow

Updated: Jan 13, 2023

Do you have a place to go where you can be completely yourself, completely free?


Where time can stand still & the Romance of life can swoop you into a state of complete mindfulness… a place where everything feels like it flows with you? Then download the line drawing below & paint along with me today to tap into the state of flow by just adding colour & playing with the shapes. If it feels too difficult for now, maybe trace one Rose onto a page in your Sketchbook & see what you could possibly do with it.


Here are a few suggestions:

- Trace one & draw 5 more on your own, this is a great practice

- Target one technique & practice only that technique on a full page spread

- Discover colour combinations by using the same drawings in different colours


All three of these suggestions personalize your page & helps to develop your style. Start simple by using the skills & supplies you have now to progress along on your own pace. And please, whatever you do, don't compare yourself with anyone else, every person has their own set of strengths, varying degrees of abilities within each stage of their creative development.



Easing yourself into this new year must be on your list of priorities. Maybe it is time to do things a little differently this time. Every year in the past 10 years or so have started with a huge leap into work. Creatively, it didn’t make any sense to put so much weight or pressure on ourselves right out of the gate!


I’m not suggesting laziness either as that will keep you stuck for yet another month, if not longer.


What I am saying is that we can be a little mindful of how we proceed.


Maybe even set a small goal... like drawing or painting a corner of a page. I’m talking about a really micro goal at fist, like making time for a creative flow to happen more regularly. To make sure we recharge regularly enough to stay motivated. Also, having way more compassion for ourselves can only make everything that much more enjoyable. By making time to do creative things, time to be with ourselves & give back to our needs when we are giving much of ourselves to the world. Being mindful not to give most of our time to things that feel more like a burden than a lifestyle.


Staying Mindful of your time & where you place your energy will help you to see blockages, act on your inner knowing & spot obstacles before they arrive. Yes, you’ll know when to act & what to act upon this year. When we begin to tap into the creative flow that I so often talk about, life becomes an easy thing. As soon as we tune into our natural flow while staying aware of this connection to creativity, our thought patterns can transform into a calmer state of mind. This gives you the added benefit of staying true to what you want in life & adds Joy into the mix.


Okay, let’s get to the video for today by first downloading the line drawing, grabbing your watercolour supplies & come to the table with me to tap into your creative flow.


It is available to all of us & today is the perfect opportunity to tune into it, no matter your skill level.

Right Click on the Image to download & save it

Line drawings from the Powerful Floral Remedies for modern lifestyles book
Download & use to practice your skills

Are you ready? Here we go with the first video for 2023, following the series called "A Romanticized Life" we can now take a look at the edition of part 2 - A New Year


Comment below to let me know what you enjoyed most about this, more advanced type of watercolour layering.


To see what I get up to in the Gippsland area, head over to the Bookings Page. I've set out some dates for in-person painting sessions during the school Holidays. Look at these cuties who joined me in the studio for a kids session... they ended up doing their own thing & loved the Postcard sized mini paintings they created on the day! Have a look...







That's all I have for you today, add joy to your life, do more of the things that liven up your Soul & have a beautiful New Year!


Take care of yourself.

Much Love

xo Tanya

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