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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Painting Video

It's a beautiful day! I thoroughly am enjoying summer....I hope you are all doing well and are basking in the sunshine - it's truly my favorite season!

I had some time to play with my paintbrush and inks today.  Nothing that you haven't seen before but I made a video of me actually painting, which is something I rarely do only because it takes sooo much time to make a video, you all know what I'm talking about. ;))

I don't think anyone has actually 'seen' me creating up close....unless you've crafted in person with me before.

It was an extremely long one from start to finish so I trimmed it down to about 2 minutes.  Enjoy! It's just a little tidbit of my relaxation time.



Monday, July 4, 2016

The one that never made the cut.....

I think as crafters and artists, we all have those creations that we love and THEN.....there are those that never make it onto a card or a project for that matter.  Those are the ones where we look at our work for hours and hours on end....and we ponder with the question --

"Is it good enough?"
"Will it leave my hands and be sent to another person?" -- LOL. We all go through it.


So I was sifting through some of my earlier paintings and came upon these tulips that I had watercolored. It was very early on when I was exasperated at figuring out these particular types of flowers. When I had finished, I vowed I would never post this or let alone send it out....


So it went back in the drawer and was hidden for months.....Today, I took it out and went ahead and made this fun collage with it using different angles, then I looked at it and said, huh, it doesn't look quite as bad as I had originally envisioned.

Funny how our perspective changes.

I'll definitely be re-visiting this painting and see how effort #2 turns out. It will be fun to see the result and see if I have improved my strokes.

Cheers!
xoxo

Thursday, June 9, 2016

It's only been 2 years.....

..........since Calligraphy has been on my bucket list.  I'm finally just diving into it now. Good grief. What took me so long?  It's soooo much different from your regular handwriting, as I've been finding out, much more intricate and is an art form all on its own.  Although it incorporates your handwriting, the processes are different.

I'm just starting... so for now, I've been learning the very basic strokes, 'down' strokes are bigger and thicker, and 'up' strokes are thinner.  It looks like I have a long ways to go, but so enjoying it.


If you know of any great tutorials - hit me up on it, would love to know....

I also need to re-visit my watercoloring as well....always love learning new things!

Hope you're all doing well and are immersing yourself into something new and exciting each and every day!!

Cheers!
xoxo

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Inspired by Still Life Photos

I had mentioned a few posts back that I was working on tulips.....and it is the most challenging flower for me to pin point with watercoloring. Today,  I was inspired by some real life photos of tulips and tried my hand at painting directly from the photos.

Here is my first attempt at my header photo that I have posted around my social media sites:


And here is the original photo inspiration:



My second painting is a single stem tulip, the sentiment is from an old SSS set called Giving Thanks:


And this came from a beautiful photo from one of my Instagram friends - Anne-Lie Dietz who hails all the way from Sweden.  Here is HER photo that inspired my painting above:


I admit on both paintings, my 'pink' tone was much lighter.....which I tend to gear more towards instead of the darker pinks.

So fun, and so grateful for inspiration!!

Hope everyone has a beautiful week ahead!!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Enjoy the small things...

I worked with a 'tiny' little canvas tonight....literally - this card is 2.5 x 2.5, although it seems big in the photo. It's small enough to fit inside the palm of my hand. It will most likely be used as a gift enclosure card.  Thought it would be fun to work with a smaller space, a lot more challenging.


Aside from what I painted, the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp - Giving Thanks - SSS131001.

Hope you've had an amazing start to the new month of April! ;))

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The first day of Spring calls for a.....

......sweet bouquet, in my opinion! Be still my heart.....it's Spring....


And to me, that means everyone is a little happier, the sun shines so much more, and I can't wait to get outdoors and do fun stuff! Rake in the sunlight, head to the beach, go swimming....eat lots and lots of icecream....take hikes....play frisbee, some tennis....just soak it all in!

Speaking of which, this will probably be the last painting for just a bit....Spring break is coming up and I will be spending time with the young man.....awwww....'young' man...hard to not say 'little' boy for he really isn't so little anymore....it's bittersweet.  It's been hard for me to see him grow up and become 10 times smarter than us adults....the adolescent stage comes into play...I'm not ready for it yet.....

Have a fantastic start to your Spring....xoxo

Saturday, March 19, 2016

For no two flowers are equally the same....

...Isn't this so true? As much as I've been practicing my watercoloring, I've noticed it's almost impossible to duplicate a flower that I've previously done....every flower varies slightly and I guess that's the beauty of it all.  This rose is similar to one that I already painted a while back - but yet very different.


And here is a card below that I made a few days ago, just haven't blogged it yet.  Have been learning so much about color bleeding, blending, saturation, more water, less water.....oh my!! The knowledge I'm obtaining is daunting! lol....so much fun though -


Have a beautiful and sunny week ahead!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Poppies and a Butterfly....

Happy Tuesday! Hope you're all doing well with the time change if you're in the states....but Spring is here and I'm so thrilled! I worked on some other flowers today.....I re-tried Poppies and I think they turned out a little better than my last set.  Very simple design, with the focus on a single stem only:


Practiced finer details on the petals with white paint and a mix of black/brown paint for the dots.

And I couldn't resist trying to put a butterfly near my rose below, this was hard and I wasn't sure how it would turn out, I just went with the flow and hoped that it would resemble a butterfly in the end:


Cheers for now! xo

Saturday, March 12, 2016

just BECAUSE...

......it's Spring, and I feel like....surrounding myself with all things beautiful....how many ways can you end this phrase?

just BECAUSE...You make my heart happy.
just BECAUSE...I adore you.
just BECAUSE...I love you.
just BECAUSE...I think of you often.


Had so much fun sitting down this evening and doing a bit of watercoloring......I also painted tulips - tulips were super, super hard....I didn't quite like how they turned out, so I will attempt them again another time, in the meantime, enjoy the card above. I did more of a mix of different colored roses and added in a slight touch of faint brown for some of the leaves.

Sentiment is from Hero Arts - CL776 - Hello Sunshine Daisies.

Have a gorgeous week ahead! XO

Saturday, February 20, 2016

a rose by any other name....

Today, I sat down for just a little bit and practiced more with painting my roses.....I combined a mix of sunny yellows, light oranges, light pinks, medium pinks, and a darker pink:


I almost left it blank after I was finished, but then decided that a very, very tiny.....and subtle sentiment should go with it, so I chose this sentiment from a Mama Elephant set called 'in my heart'.

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! xo

Supplies:
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Brushes/Inks
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Sentiment: Mama Elephant