Download: Keep Moving Forward Desktop Wallpaper


I had the pleasure of working with Chelsea Costa on a new desktop wallpaper series for her blog. I met her at Alt Summit over two years ago and fell in love with her clean style and honest approach to writing and crafting. When she did a call for calligraphers, of course I was on board.


She gave me a few quotes to choose from, and about 2 weeks ago I felt like Walt Disney’s quote was the most appropriate for what I needed to hear internally. Sometimes life gets overwhelming. Work bogs you down. Kids can be so much work. And the house is never clean.


Sometimes when my to-do list gets too long for me to handle, I just stop. The mental load of having so much to do brings me to a screeching halt. I need to remind myself to keep moving forward. Because if I’m moving forward, I’m getting something done. And that’s an important feeling.

Check out Chelsea’s blog and download the wallpaper here.

Now if you want me to bore you with technical details, I used a #5 automatic pen and a #8 sable round brush to complete this work. I experimented with a Neuland variation and brush script. For pigments, I used Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise and Cobalt Teal Blue.

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    1. Kristie says:

      Love how calming it makes me feel. Just one step in front of the other. Or as Dory says, Just keep swimming. It totally reminded me of Finding Nemo.
      Thank you for sharing your talents!

    2. Sarah Helene says:

      LOVE this look for a saying using watercolors, some letters are brighter, some are lighter, adds variety. Also the variety in calligraphy is FAB! You’re talented indeed! You explained your quote & why you chose it for desktop wallpaper . . . you personalized it. Sarah Helene, Minneapolis

    3. Mad says:

      I love your work. It’s really beautiful and inspiring. :)

    4. Brittany says:

      I LOVE this, but sadly the link isn’t working for me :( I don’t know if it’s actually a bad link or if my computer is just being dumb.

      • Melissa says:

        The link should take you to where you can download the artwork. If the download link is bad there, get in touch with Chelsea.

    5. Heidi Lassila says:

      Great quote, and I love your interpretation. I so often feel the same way, especially right now with my due date fast approaching (less than 2 weeks). I feel like there is so much to finish up so instead of working on my list, I freeze up. But one way or another, it needs to get done.

    6. Nikki says:

      This is beautiful. I would love to see a tutorial of how you lettered “moving.”

    7. Hilary says:

      This is so beautiful! You are so talented! I just love how elegant this is!


    8. I totally love this!! My one little word for 2016 is forward and watercoloring is my favorite medium so this is right up my alley!! Thank you so much for this.

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