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The Art of Giving

Giving Hands

After my “Be Kind” post, a couple of fellow bloggers asked me to help with a t-shirt design for a non-profit athletic club they support. This club helps girls to play volleyball that would not otherwise be able to afford it. I was initially surprised by the request, but felt honored to help out with such a noble cause. Although I’ve never been involved with a non-profit athletic club before,  I do understand what its like to have someone help you, love you unconditionally, and pour kindness and generosity into your life. It’s humbling to receive such things when you are unable to return the favor. It changes the way you view people and it changes the way you live your life.  I can easily say that I am the person I am today because of the selfless love of many. I wouldn’t have made it this far in my life journey if I hadn’t had someone come along beside me to encourage me, believe in me more than I believed in myself, and speak positive, uplifting words into my life. This is what I like to call the Art of Giving and I encourage you to practice this art as well.  It is more rewarding than you can imagine and you never know how a simple gesture or act of kindness can impact someone’s life for the good.

Thank you Courtney & Loren for your vision and the opportunity to be a part of something special. For more information or to get one of these awesome shirts, visit their blog at or the SoCal Volleyball Club at or

The following pictures are a very small sampling of the development of my design process and the rewarding finished product.

Kind Prelim1

Preliminary sketches

Kind Prelim2

More preliminary sketches

Kind Font Select

Font selection (Yes there are hundreds to choose from, but these made the final cut)

Kind Digital Rough1

Digital rough. Trying to figure out curves and color.

Kind Digital Rough2

More digital roughs. Trying to decide on a heart to use.

Kind Digital Rough3

More digital rough sketches. Working with design elements.

Kind Digital Final 3

The final three designs.


Finished product


Finished product


Finished shirt design pictures courtesy of


  1. So well put. It is amazing what you can accomplish with a little help, support and encouragement. With your designs we were able to get this project started. Your art, Courtney’s fashion sense and my marketing skills we will actually help a lot of kids. Our jobs are done.
    Thank you. Loren

  2. What a beautiful man you are Wayne…so nice to read stories like this when there is so much anger in this world. Keep up the good work! By the way, I love the t’s & am purchasing one to be sent back to Oz! 🙂

    • wayne

      Thank you! I appreciate your kind words Neets and I’m glad you like the shirts 🙂

  3. Steven

    A really nice post and one to which I can definitely relate. It’s always warming to help others out, and to be helped of course.

    Those tops look fab! Job well done!

    I probably don’t comment on them as much as I should but I love these little musing, philosophical posts you do, they’re always good reads.

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