I was raised to write thank you cards. It is a great exercise in thinking through what you have received and appreciating the people in your life. Growing up, it was a chore, which I am sure my kids are experiencing now, but it was for me, and I am banking on it being for them, a discipline in exercising a muscle of thanksgiving, and well frankly, manners.
I am not consistent in this discipline. I am so grateful that this past Christmas season, I was able to have time to sit and make thank you cards.
Being an artist, I often feel the pressure of creating artwork for cards, and well truthfully, sometimes the creative juice ain’t there, and time is never on my side. Oy.
As I really wanted to use the time I did have to write a note to each person, and I also wanted to play with my new Gansai Tambi watercolors , I used this exercise to create a stack of thank you notes.
Abtract 1.2.3. Exercise
- watercolor paper cut into 12 2.5×3.5 cards
- watercolor paints
- assortment of brushes
- 12 3×4 kraft (or prefered color) cardstock cards with envelopes
** Here is a slightly larger set, I found mine at Target Dollar Spot. **
Spread out the watercolor cards.
Choose a shape or line to paint. Paint the same on each card. For example, I began with an orange circle, so I painted an orange circle on each card. (Yes, it can be anywhere on each card.)
Repeat this “game” with different colors, shapes, lines. For example:3 green straight lines, 2 turquoise curved lines, 5 tiny pink circles
***I did mine over a couple days, don’t rush it, enjoy it***
When dry, glue onto cards.
Write sweet thank you note.