In England we don't often celebrate Thanksgiving, but this year I have felt challenged to use the month of November to be thankful for the many good things in my life.
This is a simple idea to encourage my family to be intentionally thankful during this Thanksgiving season.
Then I wrote out the words 'give thanks' on my computer, changed the font to 'Charter black' and enlarged the print to 270 character.
Once you are satisfied with the size and shape of your letters select 'font' on the toolbar and if you have the 'outline' facility press this before printing.
Now your letters are printed carefully cut them out and lay them on your watercolour paper as you wish.
I have just gone straight across the middle making sure the spacing is equal.
Draw lightly around your letters with pencil and then remove the paper letters.
I used a small brush that I dipped in water and carefully covered the first letter with a small amount of water.
Then I added in watercolour paints. I have started with red and purposely made some sections of the letter darker and others lighter. I did this by using more or less water to dilute.
At this stage I only want one other colour so I use an orange to fill in the rest of the gaps.
Starting with a light blue, then adding purples and more blues you can change the colours of your letters quickly and dramatically.
The colours I have picked are attempting to travel through the rainbow, but with a deliberate attempt to return to the warmth of the reds and oranges by the end of the words.
Here is the picture, which is hung by our front door as a constant reminder to be thankful. But it is also there to allow our family and visitors to write or draw things they are thankful for all around these words.
Why don't you spend this month making a Thanksgiving poster and write down as many things you are thankful for as you can!
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever! Psalm 136:1