Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Masculine Watercolor

If you are looking for the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop post, please go HERE.  Otherwise, today's post is a new one.

A while back, I had a gentleman ask me, "Tif, you paint a lot of flowers, is that all you paint?" - LOL - now that question wasn't meant to be rude or anything....in actuality, that was a very valid question. Yes, I like to paint a lot of florals...A LOT! Most of my designs are all about flowers.....I'm girly....and I like girly things.....but that question brings up a really good point....to grow in any art form, or any type of discipline....we have to keep learning new skills, and we have to keep growing our minds.

Masculine designs have always been a hard concept for me....but I accepted his challenge....and decided to try my hand at some masculine watercoloring.  This was the first one I made - it's supposed to be a beach front, big rocks, the sky, and the glaze and reflection of the water. Oh, and some birds at the water line....super difficult to paint the birds....they probably look like some clutter.....definitely something I have to work on.....

I see tons of area and time for improvement.....I tried another one too. Here is the 2nd painting:

This one has a bit more color - I added green for the brush and mixed in some orange and browns for the sky. The tinge of brown in the middle is supposed to be the river catching the reflection from some of the rocks....reflection...still something I would like to practice.

All in all, definitely a lot of fun to paint these....will definitely be practicing some more scenic backgrounds.  Such fun! Hope you all have a fabulous week!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hero Hostess Alumni Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Hop, featuring fabulous stamps from the new 2016 release and winter catalogue!

If you've been following along, you've just arrived from Nancy's Blog! Hero Arts will be awarding 4 prizes ($25 shopping spree to Hero Arts online shop) from randomly drawn comments.  For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on October 24th and 25th, including each day's ending post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning! If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Blog.

I will have my own little give-a-way, too! If you don't have a blog, please be sure to leave a valid email address in the comments so that I may contact the winners.

Let's get to my cards, for my first one....I used stamps from this beautiful vintage set called Vintage Wishes - Stamp and Die Combo - SB124. I did a combination of embossing, watercoloring, and stamping with the background stamp, the trees, and the deer.

I took the 'snowy' edged frame and cut it in half in order to make my snowy border a bit larger, I lined up the two halves - stamped and embossed on all 4 corners of the matted sheet. I, then, took three shades of blue and yellow watercolor ink and brushed on top of the embossed area. The trees were stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The deer and sentiment were stamped with Versafine Black Ink.

For my 2nd card, I combined a bit of watercoloring with traditional stamping, fussy cutting, and coloring with copic markers:

The two stamp sets that I used for the above card are Color Layering Dimensional Bird - CL906 and the sentiment is from this set called Peace & Joy - CL880.

Now for my little give-a-way - I will pick FOUR winners to each receive (3) of my watercolor cards that I've been making for some time now. Time to part with these, they were all made with a lot of love!! And I might throw in a few other goodies as well!

Your next stop on the hop is Arlene!

Supplies used:
Card 1:
Stamp set: Vintage Wishes - Stamp and Die Combo - SB124.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black. Tim Holtz - Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed.
Heat Gun.
Snow Embossing Powder.
Versamark Ink.
Watercolor paper - Strathmore.
Medium and Fine tip brush.
Watercolor inks.
Die Cutting Tools - Provo Craft/CB.

Card 2:
Watercolor paper and inks.
Large tip paintbrush.
Stamps and Sentiment: Hero Arts (see above links).
Memento Inks: Rhubarb Stalk, Potter's Clay, and Rich Cocoa.
Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Black.
Copic Markers.
Round Circle Die.
Round corner punch.

Monday, October 17, 2016

A bouquet for you...

It's going to be another lovely week here in So. Cal.  - we are hitting the upper 90's again and I'm loving it....all around me, everyone is making Halloween cards, Christmas cards....and I'm still desperately hanging on to my beloved summer. I'm stubborn that way....I can't even imagine the holidays that are upon us already....amazingly fast this year has gone by..... but today, I sat down and kept swirling my paintbrush.  I just wanted to use every color in this floral design.

I took a bit more time on this one and the one standing was the more detailed - the one laying flat was a simpler version, but I love how they both turned out.  I really tried to make them as colorful and happy as possible.

The sentiment is from a really old Hero Arts set called Hello Sunshine Daisies - CL776. Oh, how I adore my Hero Arts....I still love using my old stamps, all the stamps I've ever collected over the years...it's a treat to look back at all the goodies you've accumulated. And they are still great to use, time and time again!

Have a great rest of your week!! xoxo

Sunday, October 9, 2016

What's currently on my desk...

Hello!!! It's another new week and I've been wanting to get back into taking lots of photos again.....went on a complete tangent with my crafting fun and really concentrated on watercoloring for a while now.......but I miss taking photos, scrapping, and documenting.  It's truly such a joy to make and create our own photos and memories:

My 7th grader.....some brand new photos of him by, ofcourse, the pool....water was the theme, and what better way to document and remember this entire summer than to capture all of his moments in the sun, at the beach, and in his best element....swimming.

I finally had the time to frame and put up his new photo in the living room tonight....it was way overdue. On to some more photography a bit later this month and diving back into Project Life! YAY!!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

I'm still in summer mode.....

......and so today's painting - I chose the sweetest pink I could find, a bit of romantic blue, lush lavender, and greens and browns for the leaves and stems.

:) It's been awhile since I've worked with vases, and what girl couldn't use a vase filled with an abundance of flowers? Have a beautiful rest of your week!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It's everywhere.....

I've said it before and I'll say it again, inspiration is EVERYWHERE, you don't even have to look that hard and you will find it.  So yesterday, I saw something that caught my eye.....a family member had given my mom these gorgeous porcelain bowls with florals on them.  I think they are from a Korean market....Yes, I love pretty stuff in quaint little Asian markets.....ooooh! Super pretty! My mom showed them to me and I was instantly in love.  You should have seen my eyes......in total awe...trust me, the photo doesn't do it justice.....extremely swoon-worthy in person...gasp!! I wouldn't dare put food in it...lol

And here is my take on the above inspiration photo:

I had sooo much fun painting these! Each painting was on a small 5 x 4 canvas, with very quick dabbling, little tidbits here and there with slight saturation of deeper vs. lighter hues of each purple, green, and pink.

That's it for my evening....hope you're all having a beautiful day, and may you find your own little piece of artistic inspiration! xoxo

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Was able to squeeze in a little watercoloring tonight. Purple was the theme for today's dainty little florals.

A very simple mesh of two shades of purple and two shades of green.  It's been such a busy week, I'm so glad I had a bit of time to sit down and paint. :)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Perfectly imperfect

I used this fun splotching technique where there is really no precision in the strokes but more dabbling or quick 'splotching' with the paintbrush. It's soooo much fun....it's faster paced, it gives it that 'imperfect' and abstract look.

I wanted very bright colors to really make it pop....I thought about making the bird darker to contrast with the branches and flowers....but guess I just left it all blended together.  I think next time, I will make the bird a much deeper color.

Oh boy, I've really missed stamping and coloring and such.....painting/watercoloring is loads of fun and I've been enjoying the whole process, but I haven't actually picked up a stamp and stamped it on paper for a while, should try and get back into that soon.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Mixin' it up

Today's painting has a little bit of color for everyone, a little blue, a little red, a little pink, some purple, browns, and blacks.

This one was quite hilarious. First try...didn't like it...so it was a re-do. Second try, liked it but then accidentally knocked over one of my water bottles and the water, inks, and brushes splattered everywhere.  Third try, I finally just blazed through it and hoped for no other mishaps.

I think I'll play with this one in different color schemes and different grouping schemes. I love leaving these blank with no sentiments and then I can fill in the sentiment later depending on the occasion needed.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!! Love and stuff...xoxo

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Out of my comfort zone....

Everyone knows that I like to dabble in very soft, delicate colors most of the time.... like the paintings below that I made today. These were totally spontaneous and quick strokes with a larger brush:

But every now and then, I will play with some bolder color schemes like this one below where I mixed a few purples together.  As much as I love purple, I rarely use it with deep black:

This was really a challenge for me, I didn't want this card to look too dark, too gothic like - so I added a touch of yellow here and there. Overall, I think it worked out the way I wanted it and will probably be a good card for a male recipient. Always sooo much fun to experiment!!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend and still enjoying your summer ~ xoxo

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Just one....

.....so many different words for the word 'one' - Uno, Un, Une, Mot, Single......a lot of times I like to concentrate on just one flower - one stem. It's a lot of fun to concentrate on just one focal point and I don't like to rush a painting, ever.  It should be slow and relaxing, it's what you make of it.  I made a fuller length video here. Over 9 minutes.  It's long and it's slow paced - it's my little pace of happiness.......

so -- if you have time, grab a cup of coffee or whatever you like, sit back and enjoy! I hope it gives you as much comfort as it did for me.

Cheers! xoxo

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Garden

Today was such a perfect day.....I don't have many 'perfect' days...but when I do...I cherish it! Everything just seemed to fall into place today...it was nice....so at the end of the day, when everything was taken care of, I sat back and relaxed a little...took out my inks...

..and dabbled in a more intricate piece. I made the branches and leaves more wavy and carefree....I tried making this much more spontaneous and not just strict lines up and down.  I added a few whimsical butterflies.  Still haven't gotten the hang of painting butterflies yet, oh - those are hard, but still practicing.

Hope the bright colors bring cheer to your day! Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Part 1 & 2

I'm back super quick to add the videos that I made on how I painted one of the Birdie cards from my previous post earlier this morning. So much fun! My camera decided to overheat....yup, overheat, and stopped my video right in the middle, so I forged ahead and did another video to finish it.

I wanted to add that for this, I did do a rough sketch of what I wanted my bird to look like.  I used a pencil and put very light pressure on the paper, just enough to see what parts I'll be painting, but not dark enough that it will appear in the actual finished product. You can always over paint any visible lines and smooth out the edges with a mix of colors later.

No two are exactly the same, this finished product is slightly different from the one I posted earlier, same colors, but different sizes/texture.

Birds on a Branch

Today, I focused on incorporating other elements into my paintings in addition to my florals.  So I tried my hand at painting some simple birds. This one is a really big, plump bird and pretty much covers the entire card.  I think I will downsize it just a tad on my next design. Blues and yellows and a touch of orange are colors I love to contrast on most birds.  Love using a mix of orange and reds as well.

On this one below, I dabbled with two birds and painted florals surrounding them.

I normally don't hone in on black too much as I prefer more delicate colors - so it was a fun challenge to work with richer, deeper colors.

Hope you're all having a beautiful day! xoxo

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wildflowers Bouquet

Working with wildflowers and bouquets are always a fun challenge - there are so many little details and finer brush strokes. Always makes me nervous when I work with the smaller brush tip.  Here's another fun video that I made that is a little longer than the last one and I started more from the beginning of my painting.

Here is the finished product - the one on the left is the partial from the video:

So much fun! Art is such a wonderful form of relaxation therapy. Just love it so much.