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!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Still chugging away on Christmas Cards

Had just a little bit of time to paint today, about a 1-hour window, so I quickly did this painting with a vision in mind of a never-ending river bed, a few trees/shrubs, and grass....grass is always a difficult concept.


I've been using a lot of blues and browns on my previous cards, so I decided to use periwinkle today, might be hard to tell, but most of the river is a more softer form of purple.  I mixed in some yellows into the purple and into the blue of the sky to give it a more soothing look.

That is it for today, if I'm not back blogging before the holiday, wanted to wish everyone who is celebrating this coming week, a very beautiful Thanksgiving holiday with your family!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Put on the Christmas Music.....

...hehe......no, not really....I usually can't do that until it gets really, really cold, and we still have some nice, warm weather now..... but - I have been cranking out some of my Christmas cards - and I decided it would be fun to paint most or all of them this year....I must be crazy, but seriously, I'm having too much fun, so we'll see. I've been playing around with different sceneries, some have rivers and lakes and mountains, some have trees and skies, and others have the full moon and snow, etc.  I'm just enjoying creating whatever comes to mind.


To make this card, the background was painted first with green and blue....lighter shades on the base. Add the darker shades on top and blend to mix in both lighter and darker colors.

Next up, for the trees, it's a lot of blotching and dotting of green and black ink together.  It is time consuming but the look comes out pretty cool, just have some patience with it. I started with the lightest shade of green first....then I layered it with a darker green.  You keep layering on the ink to give it that darker, thicker look with more depth. The last ink color is the black and that is the quickest form of dots on top of the green, As you jab on the black ink, shape the line to form the extension of the branches. Some of the branches I went out and up, and others, I went straight out and downwards. Really fun to experiment.

And lastly, as I played around, I've been finding a really quick way to 'bleed' a color to make it look like a natural reflection in a pond or lake.  So - if you look about 3/4 down the card, the area that is right underneath the tree - I took my brush and soiled it really wet with dark, dark green....I gently but quickly dab in a somewhat jagged line straight across underneath the tree, and I hold the card up instead of having it lay down on the table. The over soiled tip of the brush makes the ink bleed quickly downwards as you're holding the card up. Let it bleed to the desired length, and use your brush tip to smooth it out and fine tune it, adding darker or lighter shades here and there, smudge and draw horizontal lines, and then it starts to look like that reflection in the water.....I really play with it a lot until I get the desired look I want. Remember, this is watercoloring, there is no right or wrong.

Oh, and painting the birds, I'm not that good at birds, so I did my best here. I'll be practicing that a lot more. The finished product is usually pretty busy looking, so if you want to attach a sentiment on the front, find one that is really 'small'.  Or leave it blank, I'm kind of loving NOT having a sentiment on the front at all....write whatever thoughts you want to write on the inside. ;)


I also worked on my more traditional floral watercoloring today too, as I have a few cards I want to get out right now to some friends:


Can't wait to finish up all of my Christmas cards, I'm aiming to finish early this year in hopes of relaxing a bit in December. Hope you're all enjoying your holiday card making!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Winners...Winners!

I'm back to announce my blog prize winners from the Hero Hostess Blog Hop! I hope you all enjoyed each of the inspiration from my Hostess Sisters and were able to take some of that inspiration to use for your own holiday card making this season! Hero Arts will always be a most beloved company to us all.

Here are my 4 random winners. I have your packages ready to mail. I have contacted each of you for your mailing info.

Enjoy. xoxo
joy said...
Your cards are So beautiful, Tiffany! I love the trees. And, your watercoloring skills are topnotch!! My email is now ____.
Christy Q said...
Stunning cards!!! Your watercoloring and way of setting up the scene is just incredible! I'm a new follower of your blog now (one of the main reasons I love blog jobs since I find new bloggers to add to my Feedly). Thanks for the inspiration today! It is so sweet of you to offer a giveaway of your own - your cards look amazing. My email contact info is in my blogger profile.
Denise K said...
The blues in that watercolor card with the deer are just breathtaking. Love the combination, very unique and different.
Lisa's Creative Niche said...
I love your color choices on these, so unique and bold!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Poinsettias in Lavender and Pink

After the blog hop (BTW, you still have time to begin the hop by starting HERE), my fellow Hero Arts Hostess Sisters inspired me to play with the Hero Arts Antique Poinsettia stamp. I'm normally not a fan of poinsettias at all, but - after using this stamp, I think I'm in love and have changed my mind! Gasp! I'm seeing lots of ways to use this stamp now. But first, I couldn't resist embossing and watercoloring it in pink:


And the 2nd version, I just had to do in purple - my two favorite colors - pink and purple, I always swoon over these two colors, no matter what....


Everything on both cards utilizes Hero Arts. I'll list the supplies in a bit.

I was also able to play around again with painting a scenery and today I chose to work with trees and more water and practicing shadows and reflection....oh boy, this was hard stuff....took a total of 2 hours to complete...I'm hoping to get faster with time......I'm learning a lot of little tid bits on making trees look realistic and depth as well...so much fun to experiment:


Hope you're all getting along beautifully with your holiday card making process!! Can't believe Christmas is almost here...crunch time!

Supplies:

Poinsettia stamp: Hero Arts - K6176 - Antique Poinsettia.
Dies: Hero Arts Frame cuts - DI303.
'tis the Season' Sentiment and Leaves: Color Layering Dimensional Bird - CL906.
'May the Beauty...' Sentiment: CL722.
Versafine Onyx Black.
Paintbrush.
Watercoloring inks.
Green Hills Ink: Field Notes - AF240.
Snow White embossing powder.
Heat gun.
Die Cutting Tool: CB.
Round corner punch.
Double sided adhesive tape.
Watercoloring paper: Tim Holtz.

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

Lavender

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!