5 minute summer floral cards

I don't know about you, but for us, it's all summer here, we are sleeping in later and later because we are going to bed later and later! So Summer Cards are bright and fast! This one has been really fun to watercolor!

Hibiscus pretty in pink, yes Please, I am smitten with this stamp! love the ease of flipping the stamp to get a mirror effect! All I need is like two maybe three colors to paint with and it looks like I spent forever making this card! (less than 20 min. for the whole creation of it! (my kind of card!)

anyways I know I have spent lots of blog posts floral stamps, but I just can't get enough of it! Here are some other cards I have made with this Hibiscus stamp

I am also entering this card into the Case Watercolor challenge

Let me know if you want a tutorial on how I did any of these, I would love to share!

a Parable of a young Piano student and why it helped me to keep painting

As I was reading this morning and taking in the long to-do list that as a Stay at home mom I have when really I just want to paint.   this story tugged on my heart strings:

This is to all the teachers, and mentors out there! Thank you!

the story of a young piano student

 His mother, wishing to encourage him, “bought tickets for a performance of the great Polish pianist, Paderewski. The night of the concert arrived and the mother and son found their seats near the front of the concert hall. While the mother visited with friends, the boy slipped quietly away.
“Suddenly, it was time for the performance to begin and a single spotlight cut through the darkness of the concert hall to illuminate the grand piano on stage. Only then did the audience notice the little boy on the bench, innocently picking out ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.’
“His mother gasped, but before she could move, Paderewski appeared on stage and quickly moved to the keyboard. He whispered to the boy, ‘Don’t quit. Keep playing.’ And then, leaning over, the master reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the other side, encircling the child, to add a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice held the crowd mesmerized.
“In our lives, unpolished though we may be, it is the Master who surrounds us and whispers in our ear, time and time again, ‘Don’t quit. Keep playing.’ And as we do, He augments and supplements until a work of amazing beauty is created. He is right there with all of us, telling us over and over, ‘Keep playing.’”

Reference 1, 2

I thought this story was worth sharing. I am feeling as if sometimes my simple paintings are no better than a simple twinkle twinkle litter star played on a piano. Sometimes we need that gentle reminder that we have the ability to keep playing, keep painting, keep making beautiful art, even if you as the artist may not think it's that's great! 

This story also came at a great time in my painting journey, as I am learning about all the ways to play and develop my style of art, I am grateful for the constant encouragement when there are days I just want to say enough, this isn't for me, I keep going and feel better once I put some paint onto paper! 

seeking my joy in watercolor

Mother Daughter 9x12

 I told myself two days ago, how I am not ever going to get good enough to get into a juried show, the last two summers I have tried, (recommended by friends and family)


I just found out that my artwork didn't get accepted into a Juried Show, and I felt like as a stay at home mom/artist, that the only thing I am truly good at is only doing dishes and laundry! funny now, but as the tears of a broken heart came flooding onto my morning pages, I felt so sad!

So I took a morning to make truffles, and play with paper, but it still didn't fill me up with the joy I was seeking. It did help me process the heartbreak, but it didn't fill me up with joy like I was hoping it would. Does that mean Watercolor is my passion? Yes! without a doubt Yes!

Shine Bright, 8x10.
I may not ever be in a juried show, and I am all right with that. I don't think Van Gough or Grant Wood was like, I am painting this masterpiece because I want to be in a juried show. That is not how Creativity works.

No, I Believe that creativity, pure-raw- god given creativity comes when you feel it. You feel like I just have to show the world how I would play, paint, dance, sing because it's so beautiful, inspiring and perfect that someone has to share it.

That is watercolor for me. I see colors, and shapes, and I think this needs to be preserved, It' so beautiful I want to paint it, and only I can make it work.

So I have two pieces I was hoping that would make it into a show, I guess I will frame it and look at it every day and remind myself that I had fun painting these and that is what really mattered.

It does feel good to get this out into a blog post.

Blue Bird, (working on my style with help from Kateri Ewing)
Going forward I will paint the way I want to paint, and if that means no juried shows, then I am all right with that, at least I am painting for my joy, and for the process that creativity brings with it!

Watch out because Here I come, dancing on to the beat of my drum!

So there you go, I am learning what creativity is all about!

I would love to know how you process creative heartbreaks, do you do artist's dates? do you have to cut up paper because it makes you feel better playing with color and pattern?

Have you had your epiphany of how you do things and don't care about what others may say because you have your own way of doing things?

No? just me? I hope not, let's see where all this leads! I feel like every time I dip my brush into my curated pallet that Only I have made, makes me feel like I own my creativity, and that creative high is always there for me! (I know I am a tad bit crazy!)

Simple Masking: Christmas cards

Stencils are essential tools for masking in my toolbox of tricks and tricks. I love being able to make a quick background with them for cards and other art journaling fun!  This blog post is part of a challenge that I am in called the ABC's of Christmas

 I used a Taylored Expression's stencil and Sentiment to make this simple card, the Die I used is an oval and it worked well for this card. I needed something extra so I added some twine.

For the background I used the stencil and added spun sugar distress ink to it, then went in with picked raspberry to give it a softer look, I also used antique linen for the bottom of it. (tutorial to come!)
 This card was the same process like the one at the very top, I use a Christmas stencil with snowflakes, and added clear embossing powder and heat set it. Then went in with Blue Jean blue distress ink and wilted violet and black soot to give it that winter's night look! (beautiful!)

Designer tip: I use Bristol paper, it blends the ink oh so well, (too well, sometimes) it's my favorite substrate (paper) to blend ink on. I love it and can't get enough of it, It's the best bang for the price, especially when it's on sale!

Masculine Card- Little Blue Truck

Do you have boys in your home? If so, it's not hard to come up with some easy Father's day cards. Now, I know most mothers my age are doing monster father's day cards, which I may do as a tag for the presents, there is still time right?

Anyways Inspiration for this card came from the Little Blue Truck book, I have read this every night for two years straight. it's near and dear to my heart, has a lovely moral to it, and is just fun to read to my little guy.

The stamps set is perfect for this card, it has three sizes of the same truck. Perfect for making a stamped background and then having a focal point to color, and to have a cohesive look. An easy way to not have to think about a layout! (perfect for me, since my brain energy is taken up by a million and one questions from my very inquisitive son.)

While I had my inks out for the other card I just posted, I thought let's do this card with inks too. So I used Blue Jeans and walnut stain (re-inker) to watercolor the truck, and then used black soot to make the page look worn, and old.

For the background, I used the medium size truck stamp and stamped it multiple times in the blue jeans blue ink then waited for the ink to dry, then lightly blended the same blue on the panel, then I went in with brown and black to give it some darkness (I wanted the Blue Truck to be the focal point here.)

If you want a tutorial for this I would be happy to make one, just comment below and tell me what your favorite little boy book is, I am always needing a new book to read to my boys!

Masculine card~Wild Ride!

When it comes to masculine cards, I know for my self, (can't speak for anyone else) that less is more. I had about three ideas for this card, and this simple one is the one I chose. the other's lost its point of the card. (which in my mind, it says Want to ride this fast bike?)

We are a Harley family. and so it was a simple color scheme and a simple card layout. I don't think masculine cards need any sentiments on the outside- personal preference.

I used Wild Ride that my dear friend gave me, the payback is some beautiful cards that I have made and will send to her today!

I used distress inks to make the background for the bike I used the ink to watercolor the background.  (carved pumpkin and Mustard seed)

Then stamped the black panel with tire markings from the stamp set. and inked the edges so it looked "polished"

This is going to be a Father's day card for my Husband. I have another one that I made that I love, (that will be from my kiddo's) I will post that tomorrow.

Paint a cloud background in 5 minutes

You guys asked for a tutorial on clouds, here is my easy no-nonsense way of painting clouds for backgrounds for cards! I hope you give it a try, it's super addicting when you get it right! #PaintYourSelfCalm
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