Thursday, November 24, 2016 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'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 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....., 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


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!