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If you ask me, holiday donations are a must. But need comes in all forms, and you never really know who needs a little help – whether it’s a few gifts for their kids, food for their table, or maybe just a little pick-me-up to lift their spirits. It could be the person next to you in line at the grocery store or even the person in the cubicle next to you. That’s why, in my office, we’re making it RAIN with “Random Acts for those In Need”!
It’s a hard time of year for many, so we’re doing little things to surprise a stranger (it’s a big office, and there are lots of people we don’t know.) Paying for the next soft drink in the vending machine, sending a gift card for a soup and salad to a cube number pulled out of a hat, delivering cupcakes to a far-away department during that 3pm slump. It’s all pretty inexpensive, it’s really fun, and you never know the effect that random act might have (We’re hoping they multiply over and over!)
My random act? A cute little compact umbrella, left with a note by my department’s outside door. I want it to be ready to leave on the next blustery, slushy, rainy day, so I picked up an umbrella and made a little note so it would be clear that it was a RAIN gift for the taking!
My sneaky little project gave me a chance to use my new BIC Mark-It permanent markers, which have been giving me doodle twitches since I got them. This set of 36 is like a bazillion-color rainbow! There’s even a set of 8 metallic colors (which I’ll be using to make some ornaments, since they write on almost anything!)
For this one, I chose Mystic Blue. The perfect steely blue color for rain or snow.
I used a cardstock because these markers pack some ink and even though they have a fine point, the ink does bleed out a little on regular printer paper. Since there’s no erasing these guys, I sketched out my drawing in pencil first. A cute umbrella…
Then, went over it with my #MysticBlue BIC marker (making sure to protect the surface underneath, just in case.)
Nothing super fancy, but fun for the cause. You don’t have to be an artist to put some goodwill out there into the universe!
I got a feel for the markers, though, and I definitely have some new ideas in the works for them. (They work on glass, photos, foil, even metal. The possibilities are endless! And since they’re super permanent, these are all mine. The kids have enough of their own!)
I’ll probably never know who ends up with my umbrella, but I hope they pay it forward someday.
Pin the image below to spread the RAIN inspiration!
If you’re an artist, crafty soul, or a doodlebug (like me!) I would guess that you just might be itching to get your hands on a set of these soft-grip, low-odor and acid-free markers. BIC has tons of ideas for you to download, so get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking ($1.00 value.)
Then, keep writing and creating long after the holiday season is over – because every season is a good season for color! To keep the merriment flowing, I’m going to pass the #BICMerryMarking challenge on to some blogger friends of mine. Ellen at That Chic Mom, Julie at Happy Strong Home and Mariah at Formula: Mom: Get your markers, get set, GO!