DIY Painted Nature

“Life is so much better when you enjoy living in the now, when you focus on the beautiful moments, and when you don’t expect so much from yourself all the time.” – Irene Smit + Astrid van der Hulst  I have been on a recent journey to slow down and savor the moment of life.   Today I will be sharing how creating these gorgeous DIY Painted Nature pieces is helping me do just that!

DIY Painted Nature : Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness - A Book that Takes it's Time, Delineate Your Dwelling

I have partnered with Workman Publishing to share about this gorgeous new book, A Book that Takes it Time, An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness.  I am not entirely sure I have ever seen a more lovely and creative filled book.

DIY Painted Nature : Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness - A Book that Takes it's Time, Delineate Your Dwelling
This inspiring book is divided into six encouraging chapters.  Each chapter focuses on taking time for breathing, learning, creating, reflecting, letting go and being kind.  Each page seems to be more lovely and more enticing than the last.

DIY Painted Nature : Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness - A Book that Takes it's Time, Delineate Your Dwelling

The authors guide you through the process of slowing down and giving yourself time away from the hustle bustle of life and just be quiet.

DIY Painted Nature : Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness - A Book that Takes it's Time, Delineate Your Dwelling

I took some time during the last few weeks and decided to follow their advice of letting go of filling my day with “busyness” and embracing creative play.  I sat quietly in my home and painted smooth stones and twigs based on one of the book’s DIYs.

DIY Painted Nature : Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness - A Book that Takes it's Time, Delineate Your Dwelling
It was the most lovely time sitting and painting.

DIY Painted Nature : Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness - A Book that Takes it's Time, Delineate Your Dwelling

I’ve since set these colorful pieces of nature on my desk as reminders to keep taking time for mindful rest.

DIY Painted Nature : Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness - A Book that Takes it's Time, Delineate Your Dwelling

This amazing book is full of bound-in postcards, mini journals with writing prompts, tips for modern calligraphy, stickers, decorative papers for expressing yourself with collages and so many more fun surprises!

DIY Painted Nature : Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness - A Book that Takes it's Time, Delineate Your Dwelling

Over and over again, A Book that Takes it’s Time encourages you to move slowly and with intention through the pages and discover that sweet place where life can be both thoughtful and playful!

A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness is by the co-founders and creative directors of Flow Magazine, Irene Smit and Astrid Van der Hulst. It is currently available wherever books are sold!

Thank you to Workman Publishing for collaborating on this post.  I received A Book that Takes it’s Time in exchange for a honest review, which I love.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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14 thoughts on “DIY Painted Nature

  1. I love the colours you have painted. I get the Flow magazines they are gorgeous too! I think I’ll be buying this book of theirs to add to my collection.

  2. Amy I love this little project SO. MUCH. And the book looks amazing! When I saw your pics of it it reminded me a lot of a great magazine I picked up in Germany. Looked at the magazine again, and sure enough, it’s “Flow”. Definitely keeping a closer eye on them from now on! Thank you for sharing!

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