It was a long December that had me slightly depressed and anxious for weeks. My defense is always to read more and embroider or draw. I've done a lot of both of reading and drawing, especially for the first few weeks this month. Then it was over. On realizing what had been bothering me, the miasma lifted. That subconscious is a powerful thing.
I've found a new source of inspiration in Mix It Up Marci. Simplicity and charm. Marci paints with coffee; monochromatic little drawings that depend on tone and shade. I've seen a lot of paint swatch doodles, but I like that Marci works entirely in shades of coffee.
Marci even has scans of her stuff that you can download and use. I didn't use coffee, but tried various shades of brown, and although it doesn't show up, some shimmery gold. It was great fun, and I'll be playing with more like this...
Doodling is one of those relaxing and meditative ways to spend time without any stress of completion.