November is coming rapidly to a close, and what a month it’s been, with surges in Covid across the US, election drama, and many people trying to figure out a socially distanced Thanksgiving. Thankfully, the extreme conservatives I live with don’t really have a bunch of family that they want to get together with at any time of year (or maybe it’s family doesn’t want to get together with them?), so I was spared that fight and most of the resulting stress. I made my mom’s giblet stuffing and her cranberry-orange relish, and we had a 24-lb turkey (with a view to lots of leftovers), mashed potatoes, gravy, Stove Top (my father-in-love won’t eat anything else), baked beans, roasted sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, cornbread, jellied cranberry sauce, lime jello, key lime pie, pumpkin pie…I can’t remember anything else for sure, but I probably missed something in that list anyway.
But with December coming, it’s time for a new Pixel Scrapper blog train, and this month’s palette is full of soft pastels, a couple of greens, and a few beachy neutrals. I normally struggle with colors like this, but one of the “crazy holidays” in December is Yoga Day, so I stirred that up with this palette to get my theme of “Tropical Yoga Retreat”. I know that a yoga theme isn’t for everyone, but there are a lot of people this year who’ve embraced at-home workouts like yoga or are planning on it as New Year’s resolutions, and I think I’ve got a nice variety of tropical flora and papers that could work for non-yoga pages, too.
For yoga-specific elements, I’ve got 16 of the simple posing figures (not all on the preview), a mandala, a mat, block, and strap (which is drawn as a frame), and some more realistically-painted yogis. I really love those and tried to include some diversity with them: each pose has 3 versions, and there are varied skin colors from Nordic pale to a medium-dark African skin tone, and hair colors include blond, brown, red, black, and gray. The standing yogi is definitely not a toned skinny woman, either; I recall comments in the forums recently about so few kits including things for those with more than a little junk in the trunk. And since I plan on documenting my journey with this kit as well, I definitely want a chunkier figure in there! Since so many yogis are also into health food, there’s a green smoothie and a glass of mango juice in addition to the obligatory water bottle.
On the tropical side of things, there are around 8 leaves ranging from plumeria to palm and banana, a pineapple, a coconut half with a straw, and a decent assortment of flowers: a lotus, ginger blossom, hibiscus, plumeria, bromeliad, bleeding heart, and passion flower. I’ve also included a bamboo cane and a succulent, just because I like eccheveria. I want to give a special shout-out of thanks to the author of a book called “Draw Like an Artist: 100 Flowers and Plants: Step-By-Step Realistic Line Drawing“, which inspired me to draw my own tropical florals for this kit; her name is Melissa Washburn, and that book is a very valuable reference tool for how to start with sketched shapes and end up with a realistic-looking line drawing.
Papers include a relatively traditional Indian border-print, a tonal lotus blossom, meditating yogis, colored mandalas, linework mandala, the Sanskrit word Om, yoga poses, a tropical leaf print, a tropical floral pattern, a sunset beach gradient/silhouette paper, a tropical beach paper, a generic multicolor chevron, and a bold lime-green watercolor stripe. Many of them come in two colorways–usually a light-on-dark version and a dark-on-light version. The tropical leaf pattern has one light-aqua and one neutral background, and is VERY classic in its coloration; it and the yoga poses pattern are my absolute favorites out of this set of papers, though I love the others and how they work together as well.
I’ve also got a bunch of word art for you this month; I got some practice in with bounce lettering and hand-lettered a whole pile of words and phrases that are mostly not specifically related to yoga, and combined some of them with words in the Google Font ‘Anton’ for some simple titles that could also work as small printables to inspire mindfulness or persistence with any form of exercise or practice. (And the word practice there reminds me–the word art that says Practice Makes Progress also has a version with it spelled Practise, for those of you who use the Queen’s English.) There are a number of major yoga style names, in case you’re one who happens to do multiple styles, and word strips for English names of all the traditional poses. I’d hoped to get word strips made with the Sanskrit names as well, but I’m running out of time to get this uploaded, so…they’ll likely show up as part of my December daily, instead.
Now that you’ve gotten all of my portion of this blog train, head on back to the main thread at Pixel Scrapper to continue downloading the rest of this month’s fabulous train!
Remember to stop back here throughout December for additions to this kit; I’ve decided to make 2020’s December daily be extensions to this kit, since I’ve had so much fun with it. Expect coordinating frames, journal cards, more elements, probably more word art, and some clusters.