Wednesday, February 22, 2017

For no two flowers are ever alike.....

Made this tonight and it will be going out to a sweet lady who is really not doing well.  She's in the hospital....and letting her know I'm thinking of her...... I thought this might bring her some happiness and lift her spirits a bit....


I had a little roughness with my leaves today for some reason but I think they turned out ok....I decided to use only one color for the roses instead of multiple colors...added a touch of very faint yellow as well.....and a few inklings of brown.

And looooook! I saw signs of spring today while I was out! GASP!! And the picture doesn't do it justice how really beautiful it was IRL.....it was more of a purple not pink! And you know I ADORE purple...sigh.....can't wait to see more flowers blooming everywhere soon!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

If a rose could only be blue.....

Happy, Happy Valentine's Day weekend, my friends! I know lots of people are celebrating a bit early since Valentine's falls on a Tuesday, how about you? I created a few cards tonight in the spirit of 'heart' day.

I've always wanted a blue rose.....the great thing about art is that you can create anything you want in basically any color you dream of.


And I also made a totally TRADITIONAL red, for those who love the deepness of red roses....


Have a beautiful week, ahead!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I tweeted on Twitter that I sometimes use pink way too often.....haha....I probably do....in my world, if I could....I would probably have my own pink room. ;))  So, today, I chose a different color palette, a super bright one and used only pale, light and dark blues, oranges, yellows, yellowish green, and citron.


I tried to make this as colorful as possible and to give out that sunny and super warm feeling!!! Hope it makes you happy and cheerful and lets in plenty of sunshine wherever you may be!!

Have a happy Wednesday! xo

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Gasp.....I used red....

....can you believe it? Red...being my least favorite color, I decided to go ahead and dabble with it today...and I added one single orange flower in the center as well.....orange - another color I don't work with a lot....


But I do like how the deepness of the red gave this - what would have been another very soft looking collage - a definite 'ummppff' of color.

I also worked with Hydrangeas and have been having a really difficult time with this particular flower....it's ok, I'm not sure I totally love it....It's hard to tell I used both purples and blues on this - it looked very spotty at first, so I made it more wet and blended the two colors together to soften it up.


I kept softening it up by rounding the edges even more, but then I think it's too 'mushed' looking, ha! If that makes any sense. Anyways, that's what practice is all about.....I'll definitely keep practicing Hydrangeas - one of my most favorite flowers ever!!

Have a fabulous week!! Go enjoy the Super Bowl people!! xo

Monday, January 23, 2017

Let me count the days.....

....until my beautiful spring blooms arrive!! Actually...despite all of this freezing cold weather, I have already started seeing signs of 'spring' everywhere I go....stores getting out their spring lines and with Valentine's around the corner.....it's eye candy everywhere!!

Today, I did some watercoloring just before dinner and I was easily frustrated. I don't know why but you all know what I mean...some days....our crafty ideas just click and it works, other days, nothing seems to really produce on paper what we had envisioned.  Today was one of those days. I struggled with about 4 different palettes - and I simply just didn't like any of them.....so they all ended up in the trash.


I almost decided to clean up but I just left my paints out and went ahead and prepared dinner thinking I would put all the inks and paintbrushes away later.....well, afterwards, I decided to just try and paint one. more. time.  And so I did. Didn't think too hard about it and made this little mesh of everything together.

I always love adding in a very subtle touch of browns for the leaves here and there, just to balance out the pinks and purples which are my go-to colors.

Think I'll keep it blank for now without a sentiment.....

Looking forward to a beautiful week ahead!! The rain is dwindling down and we are finally getting some sunshine here! Yay!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Little Love Birds

Today, I was in the mood to play with a little something more whimsical, light, and airy......so I chose to practice painting birds again.  It would seem large birds are a bit easier, but the smaller I want them to be, there is an added layer of difficulty, so I really took my time on these cards today.  So fun!

These are my two love birds speaking their own language. The tiny sentiment is from an old Mama Elephant set:


These birds are chirping up a storm. The sentiment on this one is from SSS. :)


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hello Valentine!!

Oh my! Who's ready for Valentine's?? I love Valentine's.....actually it's a little BITTERSWEET for me this year!! I'll explain......now that the little man is getting older, I do less and less and less planning and preparing crafty things for school, such as little Valentine's cards, class parties, all the sweet little handmade treat bags, goodies, party favors...... I look back and really miss those things.  It was a lot of fun....but now he's older, and a lot of that has gone away.....which is ok in a sense....

....I'll always cherish those younger days....but now I get to concentrate and have a little more time for me and for 'bigger' people, like you and I.  I get to do a little more for people in my past as well as my present....I get to really look and realize those who mean the most to me.


So, simply saying 'I adore you' goes out to quite a lot of people, not just kids...but you know who you are! If I've ever sent you a card, or wrote something to you, or spoke with you, maybe I worked with you in the past, maybe I know you now, maybe I haven't met you but we have spoken on the phone, perhaps we've spoken through social media, perhaps we've had lunch together, perhaps I know you from far away - and perhaps I will never meet you, ever.....but still - you know....I adore you....

Maybe I will have more time to send out cards this year.... ;)) I sure hope so! xoxo

Monday, December 26, 2016

You know it's right about now.......

..............that Tif naturally starts dreaming about spring! Dreams of the most delicate colors ever.....

The holidays are amazing, but my body aches for warmth...so I pulled out all of my pastels today and did some quick brushstrokes:


These are a tad unfinished.  I have yet to matte them onto a cardbase and I'm going to fine tune them a bit.  I normally wash out my ink trays before I formally take a photo of my cards, but the color palette on the tray, (the water mixed in with all the inks) - looked absolutely irresistible - so I thought I'd take a picture of it...I spend so much time fooling around with photos and angles and shots of all different types and looks, that I'm amazed I get anything productive done.  It's fun, though!! It's all in the name of fun! I love what it is that I do.....

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Single Flower

Short and sweet post. Dwindling down to my last few card designs for Christmas. Can you believe I went with traditional red?  Red being my least favorite color....but I think I liked how this one turned out.


I also made a whole bunch of wreaths in the traditional red and green colors but didn't have time to take a photo of those. Off to address the rest of my cards and get them sent out.

Have a great rest of your week! xoxo

Monday, December 19, 2016

Mass producing

Some late night painting going on right now to finish up my Christmas cards.  I'm mass producing a whole bunch of simple and small cards using some fine strokes.  None of these have a heavy look to them, using only 4 colors - brown, aqua blue, a touch of red for the bird, and a dot of black (literally) for the bird's eye.


I really wanted to give this a very icy cold and bare look.  All that is left is to add a few more stark branches to the trees, a sentiment, and some scattered glitter for the snow.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Living a life of Simplicity and my New Year's Resolutions

As I sit here late this evening and taking a little break from last minute, finishing touches......I thought I'd blog real quick about some of my goals and resolutions for 2017.



My top 20 for my 2017 bucket list...in no particular order - some I currently do but want to continue....others, I really need to either start or improve.

1. Practice more calligraphy.
2. Learn to crochet.
3. Get back into mixed media.
4. More scrapbooking.
5. Patience.
6. Let go of what isn't useful to me anymore.
7. Be inspired by any successes.
8. Be humble and learn from failures.
9. Listen more.
10. Don't interrupt people when they are talking....oh, big one....my weakness. Must really work on this one!
11. Always strive for simplicity.
12. Help others more.
13. Take a photo a day.
14. Journal each day.
15. Say 'hello' to strangers every day.
16. Keep up my exercise regimen.
17. Travel more.
18. Always keep an open mind.
19. Try something that scares me.
20. Sleep more.

Do you have resolutions? Do you write them down? I normally don't ever do resolutions and haven't done so in many years...it will be fun to look back at this list and see how many I was able to try and accomplish.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas, everyone! Wishing you the best of the holidays!

I hope to continue to be a student, always learning new art mediums, and trying different things in the coming year! It's definitely been a fun 2016!


Here's to another amazing year of craftiness in 2017!

xoxoxo

Friday, December 2, 2016

Gold....

Hello December!!! Who else is going crazy this month? Raise your hand! Yea, I know. The rush of December, to get everything done. But it's oh, sooo fun, isn't it? I really do enjoy this time of the year....it's all about giving, never about receiving..... or expecting anything in return.  Us crafters, we do this hobby because we love to - it makes us insanely happy to give someone that handmade card.


Today, I worked with all neutral cards and made several that were all in gold - browns - blacks - and tans. I only showed one here, basically two shades of black and brown. So simple and added some extra shading of ink around all the edges as well.

Keeping this post short and sweet! I'm most likely not going to be back to blogging for a while, so this may be the last post before the holidays. Cheers!! xoxo

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Simplicity....in white space

I'm not usually up this late....but I was in need of some crafty time, so I started painting around 10 p.m., and well, it's now Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day! Oh my, I'm going to be so tired later today...anyhow....this was my freestyle bird painting perched upon a single branch with some scattered flowers, it was originally a much bigger painting but I wasn't happy with the end result so I chopped the bottom half and decided to just go with the top half.....


It's funny how we always work around what we don't like and do so much cropping, editing, 'hiding' our little mistakes and whatnot....it's all in good fun! Crafting is such an amazing heart and soul warmer. It truly is pure relaxation!

After matting my bird onto the white card stock, I used a simple 'thank you' sentiment from Hero Arts. Color Layering Happy Day Flowers - CL864.  Inked it in Versafine Black, and I'm done.  I always love, intentionally, leaving a lot of white space and adding just that dab of color.

Must get to sleep, goodnight! Or goodmorning! Hope you find an abundance of things to be thankful for on this day! xoxo

Friday, November 18, 2016

Brrrr....it is cold outside.....

....or at least that's what I tried to convey on this card. Today I worked with some snow, a much more colder and icy, stark, winter time look.


It's so enormously out of my comfort zone of normally soft, light pastel colors....but I really enjoyed stepping out into that area that challenges me the most, and I'm forever grateful for trying watercoloring....for I never really would have a few years ago.

There's still so much more I want to learn about painting and I'm still fine tuning and tweaking things along the way.

I've been keeping these paintings on a relatively small canvas of only 6 x 4.  It's pretty time consuming.  I can not imagine going for an 8 x 10, although I'm sure I will venture into a bigger canvas at some point. I'll have to remember to set aside additional amounts of time for larger paintings.  But just having fun creating and enjoying, definitely the key!