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Live Encore: Draw (More!) Meditative Patterns From Nature

teacher avatar Neha Modi, Mindful Artist & Educator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      1:32

    • 2.

      Getting Started

      4:23

    • 3.

      Dry Soil Drawing

      14:33

    • 4.

      Mushroom Drawing

      13:54

    • 5.

      Flower Drawing + Q&A

      11:51

    • 6.

      Final Thoughts

      0:37

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Take a creative break with this low-stakes, relaxing drawing exercise.

Artist Neha Modi always struggled with meditation, so she found a creative way to turn off her “monkey mind” instead: drawing meditative patterns. While she introduced this practice in a previous Skillshare class, in this Live Encore—recorded using Zoom and featuring participation from the Skillshare community—she introduces three new ideas for finding pattern inspiration in the natural world and answers common questions about how to integrate this unique take on mindfulness into your own life.

As you spend 45 minutes drawing alongside Neha, she’ll encourage you to:

  • Let go of expectations about how your drawing should look and instead celebrate how perfectly imperfect nature is
  • Enjoy how repetitive drawings can take you into the flow state and give you a creative break
  • Adapt this practice to your own needs and habits

By the end of class, you should have a pattern drawing or two and a more relaxed state of mind. It’s perfect for artists of any level and all you need to participate is a pen and paper (or drawing materials of your choice). Light a candle, put on some soothing music, and get ready to draw with Neha!

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1. Introduction: [MUSIC] For a very long time I tried doing the traditional medium of meditation, but I remember all I could think about what to do next, what to cook for dinner, and things like that. I could never have a moment of calm and my monkey mind was all over the place. But it's only when I make these meditative patterns, the focus and the attention which is required to make this very simple lines, it just takes me into a flow state and I can literally switch off from all the external sounds and just feel very relaxed and calm. Hi, everyone. I'm Neha Modi. I'm an artist, illustrator, and educator based in Amsterdam. I love making repeat meditative patterns. It is something that started as a self-care ritual and has now slowly turned into full-time career. There is no right or wrong way to do these patterns, and especially as they're inspired from nature, which itself isn't perfect, and that's the beauty about nature. That's the reason. Preferably it's better not to use erasers. Just let your pen dictate, let your mood dictate the shape and the width and the quality of your lines. Let's just go with the flow. Something to note. This class was recorded live and I got a chance to interact with the students during the session. Thank you so much for being here. Let's get started. 2. Getting Started: Hi everyone. I think we should go ahead and get started. First, I just want to thank everybody for being here today and I want to introduce myself, my name is Dylan Morrison. I am a writer and editor based in Cleveland, Ohio. My pronouns are he, him and I'm really excited to be hosting today the wonderful and very talented Neha Modi, who is going to be talking to us a little bit about drawing your own meditative patterns from nature. I'm really excited to get into this with you. Tell us a little bit about what we're going to be doing today. Yes. We'll be doing three patterns which have been definitely as the theme of the [inaudible] , which have been inspired from nature. I'll show you the reference image or the idea behind the pattern. While doing the pattern, I'll also talk about my process, what goes behind it and the different variations that you can adapt to if you are doing one of these patterns.. Well that's great. Tell me a little bit about how does doing an exercise like this help you? You talked a little bit before about how this work can really be self-care, I would love to know a little about that. Definitely. All in all, there are 2-3 different main benefits. The first is definitely when you take inspiration from nature, you never run out of inspiration. I think there are times, I think every artist or every creative person knows that after a certain time scrolling through the Internet and scrolling through different artists feed on Instagram, then it's better once in a while to take a stroll in nature. That's where it's, instead of scrolling we're going to stroll, and it's okay if you cannot step outside literary, but there are a lot of these websites, think places like Unsplash and pexels.com, which are free resources, so you can take inspiration from there, so that's in terms of inspiration. In terms of a self-care thing, what happens with these patterns? Once your base structure is ready or once your main shape is ready all you are just doing is repeating a shape. That repetition just takes you into the flow state. There is no pressure as to what do I have to do next? Or which color do I need to fill in? Or is the proportion right, is it wrong? All those extra burden which generally comes when it's about creating a finished art piece, that's simply goes away when you're creating these repeat patterns, and also because we are inspired from nature, nature is not perfect. None of the stones or the pebbles or the flower leaves, they are not perfectly in shape. I generally, that's the reason I don't like using erasers when I do these patterns, because I just want to go into the flow. Of course, if I'm working for a client piece, then it's a different thing, but when it's as a self-care ritual, it's just about my pen and paper and that's it. It definitely helps to unwind, switch off the mental chatter, because the pressure, it's like if I want to make my lines nice and proper, I have to focus so much there. That automatically leads me into that switching off all the outside noises. All I'm thinking about is what's happening in front of the paper. Fantastic, and I think we touched on this already, but just paper and pencil for folks today, right? Yes. Generally for my daily practice I use at least the A5 size sketchbook, but for today's purpose, because any of these patterns definitely take quite some time to finish, I take my own sweet time, which is how it should be, you shouldn't rush. But for today's class, I've just started taking these 10 by 10 centimeter square paper, and you can take any type of paper, you don't have to take a particular brand or sketchbook page. Any printer paper is fine or if you don't want to cut the paper, you can just make some small squares and we'll be good to go. For pen, I'm using these fine liners, but you can, as I said before the material doesn't matter, you can use any ballpoint pen or you can use the pencil. But as I said before, let's not use the eraser and let's just go with the flow for now. 3. Dry Soil Drawing: The first pattern is inspired from dry soil. The cracks which come on the soil. This is how it generally looks. The good part about this pattern is that it's very imperfect. It's a good warm-up exercise. There are a lot of variations that you can do around this one simple pattern. This is just the reference image, but we can start off with the pattern now and while going through it, I talk about it. Sounds great. What I like to do is when I start any pattern, I don't start it altogether. I'll just show you. Now if you're doing this drywall pattern, like the crack pattern, I'll just keep it here, so I'm just starting with some crooked lines in the center of my page. I've made one here. I'm doing another one here. What I do is, I don't do it all together at one point, because then automatically from the start, from random places, the pattern becomes more interesting and it is more dynamic. In the end, it comes as a surprise to me also. I'm more focused in the process because of this. That makes total sense. What I'm doing right now, this was just for a reference, but as of now I'm just making random crooked shapes. You can try to make them as crooked as possible. You don't have to worry about making it straight or curvy or anything like that. Normally when I'm doing these hosting things, I am just following along. But man, I really want to be doing this to come back and watch this later. Maybe the second one you can join us. You'll just need a pen and paper. For the second pattern. Generally, I try to keep my focus on hosting, but this is really fascinating stuff. You can play around with shapes, generally, what I've noticed and also, if you are not a very patient person by nature or this is just the starting for you, you can make bigger shapes. But I really like to play small because then it's fun. That's personally my choice, but you can make bigger shapes also. There's no rule that you have to start small. Absolutely. It just one of those fill out what you like as you go things. Exactly. When did you start doing this? Almost two years now. Initially, I didn't knew that this is what I was doing. Even I didn't have a name for it. Even as a child, I always liked doing very miniature and things which were quite detail. Interestingly, I think I don't know that's the side effect of being a mother, I think I'm not a very patient person in general. During this pattern, I just sketch into such a patient and then state that different personality altogether. Well, I do think that in general kids require quite a bit of our patience. Exactly. I think I practice to help find some of that is useful for anybody, but especially with kids because they're wonderful. But man, they need a lot of attention. They and their hard work. Yeah. Now I'll just switch this off. Once I have filled up my page with random shapes, now the next meditative or the module detail part comes. I'll be mirroring the shape beside it. What I'm doing is, I just have to do it the exact shape, fill up the gap. This is what I did here. I broke it in half so that I'll fill up the next shape here, and again, mirror it. You're using the negative spaces that tied. Exactly. Again, it's not something that I did, the pattern leads itself to a finish piece or they all random shapes. Nature itself that way. Exactly. I'm very talkative person, but this is just to watch, it so soothing. This is a new experience for me also that I'm talking and doing this. Generally, I'm super quiet. Of course, while making these patterns and I switch on some nice-calm music. Especially you during the whole lockdown period, it has been so good because that everybody at home, even though people were around me, I could still go into my own zone by doing this. I got to say this would have been I didn't jury duty, not last year, but the year before and all I can think watching this, it's like I wish I had watched this video before that experience because I would've had a way to just go somewhere calm and quiet, even surrounded by people. While you're doing this, what you can do, you can make the pieces, it's better to measure the pieces and of course play with the negative space. But you can leave as much as gap as you want. Because if you look at the original cracks, some places the width is more and some places the width is less. Just by playing with the width and shape, every time if you make this pattern, there'll be a different variation. Honestly you would have a level, even if you picked few patterns or few shapes which you are comfortable with, you will never get bored with it because the outcome will be different every time. That makes complete sense. You're just creating something new with each iteration. Yeah, and it's like even you cannot copy own work. I'm really enjoying your little candle burning at the edge of frame there as well. It's really adding to that the whole soothing vibe here. That's my daily essentials. At least I thought if I cannot be quiet, I'll have the other things. [inaudible] things. I absolutely do. But I do love the idea of all of this contains self-care ritual. I am sorry that my function today is to ask you a bunch of questions while you are putting this together. No, it's absolutely fine. It's a new and interesting experience for me too. Even when I'm doing these secondary shapes so that when I'm filling it, you can play around with it. You can make it as complex or as simple as you want. I think is a big nothing if anybody who's starting. Generally, what I personally feel, starting making small shapes, I personally feel is a easier way. Also somehow when it comes to small shapes is just, I think the controller is better for anyone, and it's a good way to start. Wild how this has come together, even just in these few minutes that you've been drawing it. Since such a different place than it was when you began. Exactly. Even if before the live, of course, I did few samples and even I'm surprised that of course it looks different than what I thought, so that's good. The basic idea, as I said, always remains the same. But then it's like a playground and also like a puzzle. This piece, I can also call it a puzzle piece. We have somebody in the chat letting us know, somebody named Claude, that they left more space between their shapes than yours. Now it looks like the pattern on a giraffe, which sounds amazing. Exactly. If you like coloring, then you can color in it also. It's like these patterns eventually can be used as your own coloring pages. Of that double use there. It can be a part of the giraffe thing as you said, or even like a torn paper generally, that's how it comes out to be. There many variations. I love that. I think the fun part about patterns like this is that, generally, when we make art, there's always a straight line, so the line has to be perfect and things like that. But these patterns are pretty good for loosening up because it shouldn't be straight, so I like it that way. I definitely agree. I also just want to pass along from Nicole, something I absolutely agree with which is that. Your nail polish color is soothing and lovely as well. Thank you. I do have somebody from the chat wondering what you do with your drawings once you're done with them. I think you mentioned earlier that they can be coloring pages as well. This particular comment sure thinks that they would make a lovely book, which I absolutely agree with, but I thought I'd pass the question on. That's a good one with the book thing. Obviously as of now I haven't done anything about them professionally, from a professional angle. For now, as I said, they have been very much a personal exercise which I do like a more like a self-care daily practice. But my first Skillshare class was the first place where I actually did this and showed my whole process. Having done, but I think these patterns can look pretty good in generally products and stuff like dyes and things like that. I did one project, I think it was a sample project for a wall mural, a small wall mural. It looked pretty good there too. Because it was very organic and it was interesting, so I think they can be used there. Actually the pattern it's halfway done. What you can do, we can just leave it here or we can even color the whole space in. I wanted to check with you, Dylan, should we color in or should we go to the next pattern? Honestly, it's whatever you want to do here. It does look like folks are enjoying doing this exercise. Doing this one. I'm sure that they would also enjoy doing another one, whatever you're most comfortable with. We could go ahead. Or should we ask the folks, so depending. I think there's somebody just said the next one. Yes. It looks like folks are curious about the next one. Well, let's do this. Let's go to the next one and then maybe at the end, we can ask anybody who's comfortable with it to show us their versions of things. How does that sound? I'll show the finished version, which I have one in my sketchbook. This is the one. After finishing, this is how it looks. That's lovely. Yeah, the good part about this, that this pattern is, I would say it's a three-step pattern. First, when we just draw the random shapes, where you will need to be a little focused. Then was the filling apart. Third, when you're actually coloring it, that's the place where you literally switch off from everything else. Because now the pattern is ready, the shape is done. All you have to do is filling it up. So you can color it. Or I generally like to use it as black and white, but that's how it looks. 4. Mushroom Drawing: Now let's start the next one. I'll share with you the inspiration. The inspiration for this one is mushrooms. I think mushrooms, again, the beauty about mushroom is, they are not a perfect shape. The lines in mushroom, they can be played around in different ways. It's like you can play around with the base shape. The second part is you can play around with the internal lines. You can again make the lines as close as possible. You can make them very straight. You can make them wonky. Again, one pattern and you'll have 2-3 variations around the same pattern. Absolutely. Let's start. Take a pen for this. For the border, I've just picked a pen but the same pen, whichever you guys are using, should be fine. I'm just starting by making these wonky circles in my page. I'm doing outline like this onto each circle. Even I'm making sure that outline shouldn't be perfect. When I fill it up in, the shape looks much more organic. Perfection is a little bit the enemy here, which is nice, freeing. Yes. I think even for people who are art like professional artists and everybody, generally when it comes to professional work, you have to show perfection and you'll have to look at all the little details. But if when you're using art as a self-care ritual as something as a practice to unplug from everything. I think you should not care about perfection. Because then though the joy gets away. Yeah, I can really see how it would. Again, for the insight by a part of the mushroom, I'm again making these blobs, a thing in between. It went a little representing the mushroom stem there. Yes. You can make it like a triangle thing or you can make it whichever shape you want. Here's one would think when very little thing, generally when you make these patterns and for the first one it wasn't required. But I think whoever does, you should just be comfortable in rotating your page, making it whichever angle and generally that just makes the whole process easy. When you're making art for a meditative practice, try to make it as comfortable for you and it shouldn't be complicated. That's what I feel. For sure. If the goal is to get to that flow state, it makes a lot of sense that moving the paper, doing whatever to make your hand the most comfortable would be a piece of this. Yeah. Because generally it's like you shouldn't. It's like when you're doing this for fun, it shouldn't be complicated angles in all. You should just rotate it around and just do it the way you want. I think that makes a lot of sense. I do you have somebody in the chat wondering, are there particular things that you look for when you're choosing reference photos or patterns in nature to recreate like this? I think generally, initially when I started off doing this, it was more of the patterns which attracted my interest. It was more interest driven. I'm somebody, I'm not very fascinated with animals, or I should say I'm pretty scared of animals, so I will never go to patterns which have references from there. But generally flowers and leaves, I think they are a very simple starting point. Later, when I started doing more search, then I came around these different other patterns. I think when you're looking for a pattern, the main goal should be first, as I said, it should be something that interests you. You shouldn't pick up something very complicated just for the sake of it. Also, the second part is, after interests, it should be something which can be easily broken down into simple steps. Like there are a lot of interesting shapes. But sometimes when you do them, they are distressful. It's like they don't come out the way you want. I think it's more a trial and error process. Once you do it, you will realize that you know what? This isn't bringing so much joy. Or this is just very complicated. I think that makes a lot of sense. I think that you're definitely right in terms of drawing animals for relaxation because at least for me, anytime I try to draw anything like an animal or something that my brain has a picture of what it should look like, there is that real struggle to make it as realistic as possible and then feel disappointed when you're not getting there. I get the sense that's not really the point of this exercise. Exactly. I think most of the times what I try to do is I try to take the basic shape inspiration. Then honestly after that is just about a play between some lines, either lines which are close, lines which are far away, crooked lines, wonky lines, or dotted lines. It's like you can have your own dictionary or your own curriculum, there you have your shapes, which you are comfortable with and from nature, just but to keep it more interesting and have some variations, you pick out the base shapes from nature. Then the filling up is upon something that you like to do more. Like I love playing with circles. I love playing with small curved lines. A lot of times my patterns have a lot of that, like a spider pattern. Spider shape is very simple, but when I do the spider pattern, I make very close semi-circles into it because that's my pattern which I'm comfortable with. That all makes total sense. Can I do also have somebody in the chat wondering if their experience would be the same if they use a broader pen instead of drawing two lines to make the mushroom and then filling them in if they just use one thicker pen. Am I correct in assuming that it's whatever anybody's comfortable with there? Yes. Definitely. Actually, it's right, you can just use a broader pen. I'm not in a habit of using very thick pens when I make the patterns. But definitely, because also it's the way I approach this, it's another step. It's like I'm filling it up. That's my second step into the pattern. But definitely you can use a broader pen and it's like your work will be done in one go. That makes complete sense. I'm also somebody who I think I would probably do it like this. I like the act of drawing a shape and filling it in, even if it is just two lines making the edge of a circle. I think that there's something very soothing in that process. Yeah. It's very no pressure thing. So I mean that's why also I like it. Now this has become like a habit that I know I can shorten the process by filling it up, making the line with the broader pen and the process. Of course the outcome will definitely looks same. But it's just now out of habit. That makes total sense. Because this is a practice as much as it's anything else. Exactly. I think now it's 3:40, so maybe I'll stop it for now and I'll now just do the filling up part from the inside part. I think that sounds great. What I'm doing is I'm just making very close curved lines inside this. Generally if you see a mushroom install, as I said before, I just look at the base shape. Then I don't go back to the pattern a lot. But generally a mushroom has these curved and a little wonky lines. So depending on your preference, what are you comfortable with? You can make straight lines, you can make wonky lines, and you can make them really close. Even if they overlap honestly in this pattern, it'll look nice. You don't have to be very precious about your lines that they shouldn't overlap or it not look nice, the end product will definitely look nice, no matter the lines that you take. Well, I assume a mushroom is never growing up out of the ground thinking I got to make all these lines perfect. You are probably capturing something of the spirit there too. Generally, I don't use water color for these things, but somebody, if their favorite medium is water color, you can do the same thing with water colors. Just take one or two colors and then play around. The medium doesn't matter, it's the approach you take. Now I have a couple of folks in chat really appreciating the ability to do this their own way. You're expressing that people should be listening to themselves about what feels good when they're doing this. I'm glad. [OVERLAPPING] I think. Sorry. You were saying something. Oh, no. I was just going to say that we also had somebody express that this is very soothing for anxiety, which I absolutely agree with. Oh, yes, definitely. Knowing that's what I was saying, that generally, I think of course, everybody we need inspiration and we need ideas and we have to look outside for them. But the joy of coming up something which is still some part your own. Of course, if you think about it, none of the ideas our original in the sense they add some source or some base to it. But at least giving it some variation, your own variation or your take to it, I think that's the beauty about creative process. That just gives you that satisfaction in the end that I created something which, this is just mine, the process, the idea behind it, at least some part is mine. That all makes total sense to me. I generally, when I make these patterns, it's literally my mood is what drive the lines. There have been instances that I've noticed that my lines were much shaky or double patterns where I wanted to make straight lines, much systematic lines. But if I'm not in a good mind space and if I'm feeling stressed, my lines look much different and I have been in interesting instances. You know that while doing it, the line quality changes. It's like anybody who starts doing this practice, you will notice it and you will start appreciating and you feel the change that, how when you started your lines were different, it's like your lines will give you the answer that how's your mood right now and what are you feeling right now? I think that that makes total sense. I wonder if we should, since it is about 3:40 there, 9:40 here. I should. I thought maybe we could ask the students whether they'd like to see the third one or finish the class out with this one. Yes. Let's ask everyone. Let's us know in the chat which path you'd like to take here. We've got one vote for it. We've got a couple of votes now for the third one, it looks like people are interested in seeing one more here. If that sounds good to you. Yes, definitely. Excellent. Again, I have the finished piece for this one too. This was what we did in the class. This is a finished piece. Then you're making it. You can again make it really close. You can do it overlapping style. The overlapping style looks really nice and it's interesting or when mushrooms are coming from behind some contract. There are quite a few variations for this pattern. One interesting pattern, one interesting variation is that you can make one big mushroom in the page, like the same page, one big wonky shape and fill it up. Even that's quite meditative. 5. Flower Drawing + Q&A: The third one is pretty simple. I'm sharing this pattern again as a way to give you all lot of options to just play around with any one single shape. Generally when it comes to flowers, I love flowers and I'm guessing most of us love flowers. Every flower, if you look around, they have different shapes. You know the petal. What we can do is like here I'm just starting with any one better shape, like one random shape, like a daisy maybe I would say that this is my daisy shape. Okay, so I've made this. You can pick up any petal shape that you want, anything that just comes instantly too and it doesn't have to be like a real flower shape. You can pick up any shape. This thing, you can use a leaf for it. How we start this patterns, we just take any one big shape. Then this is how we get into the flow state. We just keep repeating the same pattern, the same shape. What I'm going to do is very close line. I'm just going to rotate. This is what I did. Yeah. Again, depending on your interests and your patience level, you can make them really close. You can keep some distance. To make it a little interesting, to have some constraints, and the constraints will help you get into the flow state. Try to maintain the same width between each line. It's like at least in your head, you will know that this is the aspect that I have to pay attention to. That attention will help block the other noises. That's the only thing that you will concentrate while doing this. That at least try to maintain as much similar space between each circle, the flower shape. It is so interesting how you're pulling from patterns in nature and then they end up being like this almost looks like I know it's a flower and you can see the flower so clearly in the center, but it also reminds me of the rings inside of a tree. Yeah, exactly. That's one of the pattern that I did in my first class. The threading is again, a very, very interesting pattern that can have so many variations to it. I think that in general, that's one of the more you were talking about appreciating the little things and the small beauties and the way that trees just grow like that is definitely one of those things for me. I could see how it would be very meditative to work that pattern as well. Yeah. It's like now while doing this, of course, even I've done some mistakes here and they are not equal, which is okay. It's like, so the same you guys should also, when you're doing it, you just let go of it. It's like you can start again from the next slide. Whenever you come to a good pausing point, I do have somebody in the chat who is wondering if we can see the pattern a little closer. Yes, this is how it looks. Honestly, it's a very simple idea. I wanted to share this pattern just because for the possibilities and the variations that you can do around it. Before we run out of time, I'll take a pause and I'll show some of the variations of this. Here I have done. Here, what I'm doing is, I was just going to do the same pattern and fill up the whole page. In this one, I have again, taken a very simple shape, but I've made throughout the page so they are overlapping. There's a lot of overlapping happening here, but the concept is same, it's just one shape and I've been rotating, making flowers around it. That's one example. So beautiful. The other example is if this is almost like the same flower, but here I've made them small and I fill up the space with black. This is there. Then this one where I have just rather than rotating the same shape, I've rotated each single petal. But as you can see, they're all more or less though the thought process, the starting point has been the same. Once you start doing this, you'll realize that you can play around this way or that way. Here I use the five petal thing. You can even color it in. I just filled it up black and white. The same pattern if you fill it up, it can look like this. Wow, it is remarkable to see how many different totally separate pieces you have crafted out of this one core concept. Exactly. That's why I feel that this one is quite interesting and anybody can try it. You can take whichever starting shape that you want and you can figure it out. Any questions because I think it's almost 3:45, 3:50. That is what I was going to say. I do have one question already waiting for you and then folks in the chat, if you have other things that you'd like to ask, go ahead and send those questions in now and we'll answer some of them before we wrap things up. Somebody is wondering what brands and sizes of pen do you use most often? Okay. I use all different types of brands. Honestly, I don't have a favorite. But generally, microns are good, Staedtler is good. The one I'm using is the Staedtler pen. Most of the pens, if you order, they come in a set with five or six set with different nip sizes. That one set works along well. If not, what I generally do, I use either, I use one small-size pen, like Size 3 or 4, and one Pico pen. The time, of course, depends on a weak spot, so I keep collecting a lot of pens and it's also like part of the process, I just pick one and start drawing. But only if you plan to color it later with watercolors, then maybe you should think about if they're waterproof, but otherwise, any pen works. Excellent. I'm also somebody who has quite a lot of pens and I don't even have the excuse of being an artist. I just love pens. I mean, yeah, stationary is addictive, so yeah. It really is. I have somebody else wondering what type of paper is best. See if you plan to store it for a longer time or put it on the wall like I love doing it. If you plan to color it later on, then a watercolor paper is better because it is thicker. I use the general 300 GSM watercolor paper. But for your daily practice, any regular paper is also good. Like I have this sketch book and this is just 120 GSM paper, which is a very basic regular schedule. This also works absolutely fine. I even use my son's regular sketchbook, drawing book for doodling at times. The material honestly is no constraint when it comes to these patterns. The only good part about fine I know is, the ink is under control. That's why it's better to have one or two those. But paper, I think it's pretty versatile. You can pick up any paper. I also have somebody wondering if you can share some examples of inspiration from nature apart from the ones that we talked about today. Yes, I'll share some more. Generally, if you see ripples, the water ripples are once again very interesting shape because the good part is they're circle. Generally circles are very calming to draw. What I've done here, I just went with the row ripple shape and I just made overlapping circles like what I was talking in the mushroom pattern that you can do it overlapping style. Yeah I did. I made like a framework. I just drew random lines and then I drew the ripples in them. Again, same pattern but two different variations. Then for water, water again is a very interesting inspiration. This was just plain lines. You can interpret it the way you want. For me, it was just water and waves. This one here is again inspired by water. All I did, I first made the waves here and then I fill in up and I made so close and I filled this up. This one here is, I think recently everybody saw this. Again, one simple shape. This is one of my favorite shapes. I did the same simple wave pattern, simple waves, and I fill the shape with this. I use the same shape here too. But here I just did it. I started from the corners and I started filling it up. Here it's one variation and here it's the same shape, but I did it in the wave pattern. That's there. There are a lot of flowers, of course, I think flowers are one of the most fun inspiration. Again, yeah, I just realized the same pattern, this one here. But here I made it really small, and I made it into a flower. I started one circle, filled it up, one circle, filled it up. In this one I didn't fill up the thing. But maybe in the next time I'll fill it up. Same thing, same just curve lines, and I did this variation. This is again flowers. Just start with the outer shape. All I made was straight lines. This was inspired from roses. That's there. This is more like abstract levels or you can say leaves or petals. The process behind this was, again, first I made the shapes, abstract shapes. Then I filled it up with the petals. That's what pushes me more into that mindful and flow zone. Also, I don't worry then about the outcome, because it's like I just have to fill up abstract shapes. I'm not actually making anything. That's my thought process. 6. Final Thoughts: Thank you so much for joining the live today. I hope you felt inspired, and got some ideas to create your own versions of nature-inspired patterns. As you saw in the live, all it takes is a splay between small shapes, patterns, and compositions. To get you started, start small, be patient, be compassionate towards yourself during the process, let go of the judgment, and just have fun and feel relaxed during the process. I would love to see what you made during the live in the project section, please do share it. Thank you so much, see you next time.