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I don't have to paint a perfect page, just a page.

Watercolour by Tine Versleegers — by joyce lemmens
Watercolour by Tine Versleegers — by joyce lemmens

You know that feeling when you really want to do something, but fear and negative thoughts keep you from doing what you want? It's what kept me from improving my watercolour skills for a long time. I was always finding excuses which actually resulted in one big nothing!

Eventually I decided to just jump right in and really thought of how I could do this to keep things as simple as possible (not easy if you always got big plans, goals and ideas swirling around in your head ;-))

Baby steps

So here are the steps I took from day 1 until today (day 78!)

  • I watched Ohn Mar Win's skillshare-class on sketchbook practice.
  • I bought the smallest watercolour sketchbook I could find.
  • I set my goal: ONE watercolour each day for 365 days.
  • I put all the materials I need next to my desk.
  • I post a picture of it on Instagram, every day.

Progress over perfection

“What I admire about you, is that you fearlessly post your watercolours on Instagram. You just do it!”

This really surprised me. You cannot imagine how many times I am thinking: “oh no, what an ugly painting, I don`t dare to post it.”

But then I reminded myself of my goal:

I don't have to paint a perfect page, just a page.

Like magic!

Also, I learned to ask for input when I didn't like a painting. That's when the magic started!

The magic started when I asked for input!&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;by <a href='https://www.smallteaser.com/user/tineversleegers' class='captionLink'>Tine Versleegers</a>
The magic started when I asked for input! — by Tine Versleegers

I am so thankful for the input Grace gave me. It helped me not only to improve my technique, but also I discovered how meaningful and magical the connections can start through social media.

Glitter, Grace and Gratitude

I really admire Grace for her empowering quotes (look out for her hashtag #illustratedquoteproject), her beautiful paintings with vibrant colours, her cool cat Sophie, how she organizes her life and book club (she even makes these cool bookmarks the guests can colour in!) and not to forget: how she thinks glitter is a neutral :-)

Grace`s beautiful Instagram feed @gracerajendran!
Grace`s beautiful Instagram feed @gracerajendran!

I really admire Grace for her empowering quotes (look out for her hashtag #illustratedquoteproject), her beautiful paintings with vibrant colours, her cool cat Sophie, how she organizes her life and book club (she even makes these cool bookmarks the guests can colour in!) and not to forget: how she thinks glitter is a neutral :-)

I am looking forward to interview her one day! In the meantime, you can indulge yourself with her beautiful Instagram-feed or be inspired by her blog.

This article was originally published on @tineversleegers