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I’ve seen a lot of my yoga mat during these 30 Days of yoga. Downward dog, forward fold, my attempts to handstand and crow. Yep. I’ve seen more of my mat in the last 23 days than maybe since I started yoga a year ago. I love my time practicing, but why are yoga mats so, well, boring? Go to any yoga class and you’ll see sold colors stretching out across the floor. And the mats that break free from that tradition are flowered or they have bamboo stretching their length. That’s not so much my style.
But who says that a yoga mat can’t be fun, exciting, or amazing? Who says I can’t draw energy from a from strong pattern and bold colors? Not me. And that’s why I’m in love with this project for this month’s Adventures in Pinterest.
You see, I found this pin that talks about using oil-based paint markers to draw on a rubber yoga mat. I knew right away that I could take it one step further with Sharpie Paint Markers. Because, oh the possibilities!
I found some colors that I love paired with my red yoga mat: yellow (of course), orange, pink, and silver, plus white and black.
Yoga is all about balance, balance of body, breath, mind, soul, so I wanted a balanced pattern, and the triangles seemed perfect. I sketched the pattern with chalk. I didn’t use a ruler to measure because I like the imperfection of it. The changes and differences make it interesting, beautiful. And when I was finished sketching the pattern, I simply started coloring with my Sharpies. I didn’t really have any rhyme or reason with the colors either, only that I didn’t want any two colors side by side in order to keep the triangles clear. But I do like the effect of two same-colored triangles bottom to bottom.
I won’t lie. This wasn’t a quickie afternoon project. I spent several afternoons into evenings coloring. Of course, a simpler pattern or smaller ambitions would make this project simpler and quicker. But I love the finished results. I mean really love.
This this the kind of mat that can make chaturangas fun. Don’t you think?
So cool, right? I’m excited for my practice tomorrow and so even more thrilled to show off my mat at my next class.
Here’s what else is amazing. One set of medium point Sharpies covered the entire mat. I didn’t have to make a trip back to the store for another set, and I still have paint left over for another project. Maybe I’ll personalize Julia’s mat for her. She loves the sparkly metallic silver almost as much as I do.
I found my Sharpie Paint Markers at Michael’s, if you want to decorate your own mat. Look out for great deals on Sharpie Paint Markers at Michael’s stores and michales.com. Or if you’re looking for other amazing projects to try, Sharpie’s Facebook page and Twitter feed are overflowing with them.
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