Another Month Gone By
Another month of 2018 has flown by. I can never ever prepare myself for how quickly a month can slip away. It’s crazy how that happens, huh? But alas, another excellent month has wrapped up and another incredible month is waiting. Thankfully, I managed to get out ahead of March this time by creating my March monthly set up before the first. Look at me go! Let’s walk through this wild set up in my watercolor planner, shall we?
Watch My March Monthly Set Up
Saying Goodbye to February
Despite being the shortest month of the year, February managed to be packed with a ton of fun! Jon and I went on a proper date for the first time in over a year. I launched Brush Lettering 101, which has been in the works for quite some time now. The whole launch went off without a hitch – and I can only thank you for that! More than 70 phenomenal people have signed up in the two weeks since the course has been live, which is a booming success in my book! And that’s not even counting the Brush Lettering 101 Starter Kit Giveaway. Over 3200 individuals participated in this fun event, which was amazing! I was so excited to see who won and I can’t wait for the next one.
I also received heaps of mail from you. Dozens of letters, cards, and postcards have found their way from all over the globe into my P.O. Box thanks to all the lovely folks participating in InCoWriMo. For everyone who has sent me something: THANK YOU! I have read each and every one of them and they all make my heart go sappy. I can’t respond to everyone who sent me something, but I do want you to know that I think you are incredible and I feel so lucky that you took the time to send me some love through the mail. You don’t know how much it means to me!
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Dreaming of Green
After all the warmth and coziness of the holiday season, the rest of winter has always felt rather drab to me. I don’t look forward to Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter has always felt like a kid’s holiday to me. That leaves me with several long, cold, grey months. Naturally, this gets me dreaming of spring. I got hit with the green fever a few weeks ago, and it’s only gained strength as we have moved along in the year. I’ve been creeping on houseplant Instagram accounts, stalking plant Pinterest boards, and painting leaves like nobody’s business. This was my inspiration for my March monthly set up. I wanted to bring my green dream to life on the page, so I decided on layers of leaves.
Thankfully, I was able to sate this thirst for the great outdoors with more than just paint by bringing it indoors! Jon agreed to let me splurge a bit on plants (probably so I’d stop chattering about it) so I could decorate my office. I went with my bestie Savannah to a local garden store for a fabulous day of plant shopping and bought over $100 of new plant babies, pots, and soil. I’ve been up to my elbows in dirt ever since!
Layers, Layers, Layers
For a long time, I have been trying to figure out a particular type of watercolor layering technique. It has stumped me for months. I’ve taken several attempts at it, but I’ve always felt like there was something missing. That is, until recently. One of my fond memories of February was a particularly inspired late night painting session that led to me cracking the code – and I haven’t been able to stop this painting technique since.
Ever since it clicked for me, I knew I had to use it in my March monthly set up. I decided to use masking tape just like the last few months, where I taped down my calendar boxes and other trackers to protect them. Then I went over the taped off areas with a million thin layers of watercolors to achieve this stacked leaf design. I ain’t gonna lie to you – it was tedious. The whole March monthly set up, from blank page to completed design, took about four hours. I don’t normally take that long with my monthly set ups, but I was committed. That being said, I probably won’t commit to quite that long of a process again for a while.
As with any monthly spread, there were a few things that didn’t go quite right. While that isn’t my favorite thing to happen, I don’t get in a twist about it. I just chalk it up to one big learning experience and try to improve for next time. First and foremost, I want to remember to not let my monthly set ups take this long again. My neck hurt for ages after I was done!
The second issue was pretty minor overall, but it still bugs me and I want to point it out. I regret not adding a bit of extra tape where the writing was meant to be. For example, the habit tracker’s list of habits should have been taped off. Originally, I thought that perhaps the Bleedproof White would stand out in stark contrast to the densely layered foliage, but it didn’t have quite the pop that I had hoped. The writing isn’t totally illegible, but it’s a bit more camouflaged that I wanted. Besides those two small problems, I’m really pleased with the overall effect.
Pushing Toward Spring
I think I got this green bug out of my system, or at least under control until spring arrives for real. Until then, I’m enjoying watching the geese fly in formation to go back to their warmer homes. I can hear the songbirds start to venture out into the trees again, and robins are positively everywhere. Thick green shoots are starting to force their way out of the cold muddy earth. Nightcrawlers can be seen sprawling out on the sidewalks late at night (much to Summer’s delight – she likes to nose at them and watch them dash back to the safety of the grass). While the air is still cold, I can feel winter loosening her grasp on the world to make way for spring, and I am more than ready to welcome spring’s embrace.
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