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You never know until you try. Still true.

Here is a free online video from the Michael’s YouTube page (below) that you might enjoy. I participated at home by following the step-by-step directions. That made it feel easier to do. Otherwise, I may have looked at the finished image and decided I could never do that!

Perhaps you, too, talk yourself out of trying something new by looking at the perfect example given and comparing yourself to others. This time I decided to simply follow along for the fun of it, and see how it turned out. You could say I copied along, which made the project bite-sized. That seemed more manageable.

I had a relaxing time and was happy with how it worked out. I did not have the Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Cottage Palette, at the time. I ordered them later to color in the wreath I’d sketched out. This was a fun way to do something new and see what became of it.

I like these sorts of creative projects, and you might be interested as well. I love to doodle, draw, and color, as long as it feels like play and not an assignment. I also love to use art like this to pull my head out of the day-to-day adult life drama and demands. This was a risk, but a harmless one. I encourage us all who feel “craft shy” to try new things, too.

Practice imperfection. I believe helps us grow and engage in good ways.

  • I learned to draw the four styles of leaves.
  • I learned to add big flowers, berries, and little flowers to fill in.
  • I love the color palette.

(I apologize for the blurry screenshots below.)

Screenshot from video: Close-up of styles and colors of leaves and flowers creating the fullness.
Screenshot from video: All done! “Thankful” is written in the center. Flowers and leaves are outlined in black.
Here’s my finished wreath. It’s close but not exactly the same. And that’s why we call it creative.

My goal was to see what I could do, and that was relaxing and fun. We have a society that pushes for perfection and we lose the freedom to learn along the way. Our world’s kids need to see us grow, too.

Have fun creating just to see what you can do. And be satisfied with the process. Good for you for doing creative things along the way!

Stay creative, my friends!