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This week’s calligraphy challenge was to diagram a sentence. I had memories of school and the drudgery of these activities, so I found myself very challenged with this prompt. Instead of creating the standard diagram, I created a flow chart of my thought process for creating this piece. I used gel pens, colored pencils, black Mi Tientes paper and the flow chart templates my father-in-law used back in the 1970s.

Sometimes you have to take an idea and turn it on it’s head. Sort of like when life gives you lemons make lemonade principle. I didn’t like diagramming sentences in school and I surely did not want to do them in beautiful letters, and yet I had to create something along that line for the challenge. After a few remarks and thoughts from my family the idea hit me. So I created this flow chart about the entire process.

So what idea are you struggling with that needs to be turned on it’s head? You know the one that keeps nudging you to do something about it and fear or lack of motivation prevent you from doing anything. The idea you want to execute and yet somehow can’t find the right way to do it. What if you turn it over, around, or on it’s side and try it from another direction? Maybe you need the input from others to help you see things differently. Take a stab at it, try something different, dare yourself to take a new tack on things and go for it. You will most likely be pleasantly surprised in how it all turns out.

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