Self Care is important, but you already knew that, right? {Affirmation Cards}

Like so many other people when the topic of self-care comes up, my eyes glaze over (I can't help it). I know I should take care of myself. I know I'm a better mom when I actually do. I know it only takes 5 mins a day. I know!

I'm sure you already have your own secret wish-list for things you would do if you had an hour to yourself (if you don't, stop reading this and make one... seriously, go right now).

For those of you who already have a vague idea of things you would do for yourself "if you had the time"... I encourage you to let these thoughts breathe, let them air out. Give them space to grow and nourish you. Start asking yourself what you need. If it's a new hair cut, make the appt. If it's a walk with the dog  by yourself, ask your partner to but babes to sleep tonight. If it's a cold drink on a patio, take a long lunch. If it's creativity, watch the video below.

YOU can lose yourself in time. YOU can stop your whirlwind thoughts. YOU can have clarity.

MATERIALS
- Jar of water
- Paper Towel
- Spray Bottle (filled with water)
- Watercolour Paper
- Paint Brushes
- Stencils
- Paint Brushes, Make-up Blotters, your fingers (really, any avenue to get the paint on the paper)
- Acrylic Paint
- Matte Gel Medium
- Quotes
- Embellishments (stickers, paper bits, etc)
Places to look for supplies: The Dollar Store, Michaels, Gales Wholesale

DIRECTIONS
This is a process - breathe - give it the time and space it needs - be gentle with yourself
1. BREATHE - Don't think to hard about getting paint on the paper
2. Start by making your color palette and layering the paint. Using the stencils with total randomness, get a base layer of paint on your paper.
3. Using the Gel Medium, mix with paint colours. This creates more translucent colours (so your layers show through)
4. Keep stencilling for about 3-5 layers
{Here I am working between 2 sheets of paper giving the paint time to dry on one before I move onto the next}
5. Let dry
6. Cut into smaller bits. I like mine around 2.5 x 3.5 inches
7. Pick out some favourite designs from your pile
8. Start decorating. More layering of paint. Drip paint with water. Quote (written or a sticker). Embellishments (flowers, lace, stickers, etc).
9. Let it breathe
10. Know when the card is done
11. Keep or give to family or friends who need a boost
12. Reflect on your creative journey and how it's helping you in your life

Want MORE INFO or want someone to guide you through the process? I'm your gal.

Have a creative day,

kayla huszar