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!!


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'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 lots and lots of icecream....take 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'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! 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...'s Spring, and I feel like....surrounding myself with all things 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

Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Sentiment: Mama Elephant

Friday, February 19, 2016


I needed a super quick, gift tag for a birthday this weekend, and so I did some pretty swift attempt at hydrangeas...still needs a lot of work and I have a different idea for next time that I'm going to try. Some flowers are harder than others:

I'm also practicing roses.....super hard for me....the petals are so intricate that it's hard for me to get down the right curves/lines. So fun to keep practicing over and over though.  The sentiment that is stamped is from a holiday set from Hero Arts.

Just some fun trivia, a lot of people have asked me what type of pens do I like to use to write in my cards/letters.  Hands down, the Sharpie Pen, black....fine tip! It's my go-to pen, without fail, it writes I love it so much, I rarely write with any other pen.....yes, I have major pen issues..... :)

It's the weekend! Enjoy ~ Until next time....xoxo

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Spring Blooms

I made a few cards this morning while I was sitting waiting for some construction work to be finished on our house.  Oh, the noise level, drilling....power saws, hammering....What better way to drown out all that noise than a bit of art therapy.....therapeutic indeed as you can just focus on the art, turn your attention inwards to whatever it is that you are creating.

Two of the cards are super delicate and the third was a bit bolder in color.

For the delicate cards, I just painted freely, with whatever colors I wanted and all sorts of shapes of flowers and leaves.  I pretty much just took my brush and swished it all over the card base. The third card, my brush strokes were a little more controlled.

I just love that Spring is coming soon..... and real flowers begin to of my most favorite seasons and everything is so pretty and somewhat... magical......

Have a beautiful day...xoxo

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Heart shaped florals

This was my first attempt at creating a heart shaped floral wreath....oooh, this was a hard one.  I made two of them and I think the total time was about 3 hours. I did some preliminary sketching but after I started painting, I was getting nervous about messing up. Coordinating all of the colors was a lot of fun:

I added a sentiment from a Mama Elephant set called Bountiful Blessings.  And added a few light, lavender pearls.

This second one, I have yet to adhere to a card base, haven't decided how I will complete the card, but here is at least the watercoloring part -

I went with an all purple theme.  That completes my week. What an amazing week of brain is full of ideas right now and my heart is happy. :)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The smaller I go......

the harder it is to see....yikes. I am continuing my watercoloring journey and thoroughly enjoying it. My previous watercoloring projects have been quite large as I did most of them in my sketch book. Today I wanted to make a really small one so that I could cut and adhere onto a card. Thought I'd try some mini heart flowers.

The stems and leaves are super tiny and I had to squint my eyes while painting this, lol. Oh boy...but so much fun.

I kept the flowers in one straight line across the paper and tried some squiggly lines as well. I still need a lot of work on my 'squiggles'. Overall, really simple and straightforward.

The sentiment that was stamped is from an older set from Avery Elle.

Friday, February 5, 2016

More practice...

Today, I practiced more precision and fine tuning my leaves.....leaves are the most difficult for me.  Not so much the last photo here, but the first two, I concentrated a bit more on control of my right hand and my brush. I love that watercoloring can be so versatile and leaves are fun to dabble with.

You know I had to throw in pink somewhere, right? And I meshed in bits of yellow...light brown, charcoal, and medium and dark green.

My attempt at poppies.  Not exactly how I wanted them, but it will do for now.

And another vase, I wanted a rounder, plump looking vase today with bigger leaves, shorter stems:

Too much fun this week....hope you all have a fantastic weekend!! It is sunny and beautiful this week and I can't wait to head outside and play! xoxo

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Todays little adventure..... the watercoloring obsession continues....SOOOO much fun! I was in the mood for blues and yellows.  I love these two colors together...they compliment each other well.  I decided I wanted my blooms in a glass vase....I had to do a sketch first as this one was a little more difficult for me to visualize just from freehand brushing.

Here was my rough sketch before I began painting in all the colors:

That's it for today. One thing about watercoloring, there aren't too many supplies to list...pretty basic - some brushes, watercolor paper, your favorite inks, and water....and let your imagination run...I'm having so much fun learning....always a student. I love being a student. Always learning new things.... everyday.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I've been playing around with all purple today......sigh....there's never enough time to play, is there? Lavender, 2nd in line to my top of the throne color, Pink - is such a favorite of mine to work with....Lavender was also my wedding I'm kind of biased about it. ;)

I used a much finer tip brush combination for the flowers below:

....I have a ton of brushes that are just regular tip brushes, but for very detailed and finer strokes I have the two below that I love to use. They are the only two I have that are professional brushes.  

Hope to have time to experiment a bit more this week....this watercoloring ordeal is getting pretty poor family.....they may never see me again....I may go into hiding and just paint all day. ;)