Sunday, July 22, 2018

Five Days of Digis: Take a Deep Breath

HEY THERE! Welcome back to day three of our new digital stamp sets. The first day was a freebie (scroll down to read all about the special free gifts from Power Poppy and Kit and Clowder!), yesterday we introduced a pretty garden scene of irises and tulips, and today we have something quite different....

In my folks’ garden, which they designed, dug, planted, and built all by themselves, there is a magnificent pond and trickling waterfall. There are waterlilies and lotuses, and it is one of the most tranquil places I can imagine.

Photo by my stepdad Steve, borrowed from his Instagram, @steve_as_himself
Inspired by the beauty and peace of their garden, and the messages of affirming life that comes from a deep inhale and exhale, I bring you my newest illustration, “Take a Deep Breath".

Take a Deep Breath is a large image, featuring an arrangement of lotus flowers, leaves, a bud and a wonderfully curious seedpod, with a dragonfly and a damselfly flitting abut the scene. You receive a version both with and without the sentiment, in black and no-line versions.

I was not only inspired by the tranquility that lotuses bring — though they are the symbol of serenity. But through the last several years, I have been able to find a great sense of peace from the simple act of breathing. Focusing on your breathing. Returning your mind to act of breathing. It is one of the best ways to find calm in a busy or stressed out state, and it is free.

Breathe! You are alive!
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Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Our wonderful designers have created cards to help share the serenity and peace of the lotus, and I’m so proud to get to share them with you.

Come see:

I encourage everyone to focus on their breathing while coloring Take a Deep Breath (or any image!). It truly magnifies your sense of happiness when you appreciate the act of breathing in deeply, and breathing out deeply.

Tomorrow we have another illustration that was drawn from influences that are VERY close to my heart, my dear friends! I hope you’ll return to see what we have in store. Have a beautifully blessed day. I’m about to go meet our designer Elizabeth Zaffarano in person — our family is traveling this week and we’re in her hometown of San Diego!! Check my Instagram this afternoon because I'm sure we'll post a pic!

Big hugs and happy breathing....


D.Ann C said...

Oh, I wish you could see a pic my dad took a couple of weeks ago of a lotus in bloom with a red dragonfly sitting on a nearby bud up at McKee Gardens. They're one of my favorites!! Can't wait for this to come out as a clear stamp!!

creatingincolors said...

OMG gorgeous, and to think there are three more days of this. You nailed serenity and peace with this illustration. I love the coloring by Stacy and Rhea, and look forward to the rest of Elizabeth's creation!

Camille Short said...

The way you colored the flowers is fantastic! Love the comparison of line and no line - just can never decide which I like better. :D

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous digi! Lotus doesn't grow in Alaska, at least in my area, so it's nice to have it in digi form :)