color changes moods! My monthly watercolor check in

Who I am as an artist tells shows a lot of my work. It should, and I am growing into an artist that is loving the expressive brushstrokes, and the vivid colors that I see every day, I am inspired by nature, and do well to let the simplicity of the lines and colors shine.

value sketch
This month I felt like I was all over with what to paint, ending this month I was inspired by a pumpkin patch that I visited with my 3yr old son and a good friend of mine. The pumpkin patch was small and perfect for a morning outside. The pumpkin patch was nestled between a pine tree grove, and cornfields, it was a perfect setting to be inspired by color, texture, and lines. (3 of the 7 elements to design.)

study of a pumpkin
Notice the bloom for texture
Although I am terrified and hopeful of what the outcome might look like I have a pretty good idea on where to go with this painting that I hope I can be done this week. I know you can't rush art, however, I do plan on showing up and painting every day this week for 30 minutes. I am giving myself 7 tries to get this painting the way I want it. (good luck right?)
OH how I wish it was warmer out so I could spend the morning at the pumpkin patch to paint in Plein Air, wouldn't that be awesome? 

Here are the other studies and paintings I did this month.

What I absolutely love about watercolor is that you can paint the same tree over and over and get different results every time. I had fun pushing my self to try new color combo's and I kept asking what if. What if I used these two colors, it's only paper and a bit of paint, if it doesn't work out, it's just paper right? I am glad I tried out different colors and ways to paint, if I didn't I would not have painted some of these tress.

Color plays a huge role in conveying your mood of the painting, and I love how just two colors a yellow, (new Gamboge) and permanent Mauve from Windsor and Newton can make this tree look amazing, no browns needed just some really good color mixing. Angela Fehr recommends to use some violets and some rich blues in a landscape to help this tree look even more amazing, I can't wait to try it out! But isn't this study just beautiful by its self, I don't think it needs too much to make it work! 

 Earlier in the month, I kept thinking the trees are never going to turn, it's been too warm! so I painted this as a way of dreaming that autumn is on its way. I especially love how simple this tree was and yet it looks beautiful with the white space as gaps in the tree! I am just in love with this tree! to bad it's on a piece of 4x4 watercolor, it's a small study! Oh well, I suppose it's just another reason to paint something like this bigger!

What color combos are you truly loving these days? 

I never thought a bright yellow and a mauve could give you so many different tones! I also didn't expect that with a simple subject like tress could help you paint so expressively! It is so neat to show up to a blank page and start painting, it's so exhilarating and terrifying at the same time! 

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Happy Creating
xoxo Lisa

Christmas Lovely Layered Card Class

While designing these cards for my upcoming class for Hobby Lobby I wanted to have a sense of charm and elegance, with a feeling of Christmas beauty that is sometimes overlooked with all the extra glitter and bright lights. I wanted to bring back some of the simple beauty of Christmas! Join me at this class, I will teach you some simple and powerful design elements to use with your layered cards!

Lovely Layered Christmas Card Class with Lisa Christensen at Hobby Lobby 

Guest Paper Crafter Lisa Christensen will join us at Hobby Lobby(Army Post Rd Des Moines IA) on Thursday, December 7th from 6-8pm

Learn to make layered Christmas cards with the help of a seasoned Paper Crafter and blogger. I will teach you how to pick out the right patterns, the colors and how to add some embellishments to make your cards look one of a kind. Included in this class is a Christmas tree shaker card.

Space is limited, please email or call  Lisa Christensen directly to reserve a spot in her class at or  call her at 515-208-8122

Please bring the following supplies to class: Space is limited, please email or call  Lisa Christensen directly to reserve a spot in her class at #515-208-8122

Please bring the following supplies to class: adhesive (tape runner and liquid glue) Ink blending tool (I like Tim Holtz blender tool) scissors or an Exacto knife, and tweezers.

Watercolor Christmas at Hobby Lobby

I had so much fun making these cards for a class at one of our local Hobby Lobby stores in the Des Moines area (south side Hobby Lobby) I love watercolor for the emotion and feeling that it gives, and I love how wonderful watercolor works with stamps!  I have specifically handpicked each element of each card to match what I think Christmas should feel like! So Please join me in my watercolor class at Hobby Lobby. I created these cards so that anyone could create them, even my dear 8 yr old daughter!

Christmas Watercolor Class

with Lisa Christensen

At Hobby Lobby Army Post Rd, Des Moines IA
$20 four cards ready to watercolor (stamped.)

                                                 Thursday, November 16th 6-8pm

Learn watercolor techniques while making 4 different Christmas Cards. Techniques that will be shown are: wet into wet, dry into wet, Resist with watercolor, and Bokeh circle background.
Space is limited, please email or call  Lisa Christensen directly to reserve a spot in her class at or call her at 515-208-8122

Please bring the following supplies to class: 1 medium flat brush, two medium round tip brushes (size 6-12) a small round brush (2-6) and your watercolor palette that you like, adhesive (tape runner and liquid glue) and if needed tweezers for sequence. And some extra watercolor or mixed media paper to practice on.

Included in the class is the four panels ready to watercolor on.  

Each panel helps you develop your watercolor skills, each panel has a different technique. The happy holiday card you get to play with two colors that are close to the color wheel to see how they play well together (it's one of my favorite warm-ups.)  The snowflake card is made with resist and wet paint into wet paper. The Peace card is made with wet into dry to get a beautiful dreamy look and my favorite way to paint a backdrop is to paint circles and let them bleed into each other using different hues of greens on the Merry and Bright card. 

I can't wait to teach this class!
Lisa recommends the Gansia Tambi watercolor set from Kuretake. And Master Touch watercolor brushes.

Taylored Expression Tricks and Treats

I recently was able to take a class at Taylored Expressions Studio called Tricks and Treats I am so impressed With Taylor and her team! Included in this class were these two cards.

 This slider card is so perfect for kids and adults that love bats (my kids)  The blending was fun, we used a stencil brush, which makes a fun way to blend colors in an easy way, Thanks Taylor for teaching me a new technique to get a perfect blend of ink on the card!

The slider die is perfect to set in just the right place that works best for the card. I love that you can keep it simple and stunning at the same time!

We altered the haunted house die, it had a tree where the bat was, cutting out tree opened up room for the bat.  Taylored Expressions had their build a scene with bats and star sequence for the perfect way to add a few embellishments.

I just feel in love with the card! Glad I took this class for this card!

Shaker Cards are crazy fun to play with! I mean look at those eyeballs! The shaker card was self-explanatory to make, I did loved her clear acetate a ton that I bought some, it's thick and looks professional. We also used Taylored Expressions Foam sheets and they are a dream to work with, I will be making some Christmas shaker cards, they are so fun to make with just a simple background to make the card pop!

My design tip: LEARN from others! I will be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of shaker cards until I took this class and realized how much fun it was to make a shaker card, with the right materials it makes for a really fun experience. If I had been in the mindset, that I knew how to make a shaker card and I don't "need" to take this class I would not have learned what awesome materials were available to use, or having used those materials I now know why you use the foam sheets, and acetate clear sheets.

Keep Learning, that is the key to artistic discovery! 

Happy Creating
XOXO ~Lisa

Quick and easy Halloween cards

Don't you love when you use up what you have on hand? The materials for these cards have litterally been in "my scrap stash" for a while. I had the Scribble stick background done for a while, I wasn't feeling the purple untill I came across this cute witch sticker that a friend gave me (Thanks SD.) With the black die cut the three elements worked together well!  I loved it so much that I am not putting a sentiment on the front, it doesn't need it. What do you think, does it need a sentiment on the front?

Witch Card
 Done in stages, not all in one sitting:
I had a pannel cut at 4.25x5.5 and used Scribble sticks to make a background, I was going for a sun set, or sun burst but didn't love it for a long time
When I had some time to just cut out some background dies I cut out a bunch and had them in my stash. Any symetrical background die works.
Found a cute halloween sticker in my stash from a friend, used it to make a cute card. when I am looking for a sticker or die that I have already cut out, I go with color, size and the general feel of the item to see if it will "marry" nice to the rest of the design. 

Another fun thing that I love to use with a rainy day background (making card panel backgrounds for a use in another time) is to just play with washi tape. Sometimes you just have to play with washi tape and hope something fun comes of it. Going through my stash I found this cute sticker of a bat, it had the perfect accent color of purple that would make the sticker pop with the washi tape. So onto the card it went and I was done! It seems easier than it is but really once you are in the right creative mind things happen like this card! You should know that the washi tape panel was done two years ago, I was waiting for the right sentiment, or die, not a sticker! Funny how when creativity florishes you are able to come up with sometimes easier ways to create something!

Washi Tape Bat Card

I bought this washi tape at Hobby Lobby a couple years back, and made some panels with washi tape with no real plan in mind, I just wanted to play. I played with the patterns and size of the washi tape to make a nice panel of washi tape. and then kept it in my stash for what seemed like forever... while weeding out my halloween stash of things I wanted to keep and things that were "done" I saw this cute sticker and thought I bet the purple is just enough to make this work with the washi tape panel I made so long ago! It did!!! and I love it. Easy peasy card done! 

My quesion to you is: What fun stickers and stamps do you have that you could use to make some quick and easy cards? I know you have them... we all do don't we?

the name of this game is waste not want not... and USE WHAT YOU HAVE!

Practice Changes everything!

Don't you love when you know what artistic style you have, and then once you figure out your "style" things just happen, your art has more depth, you look like a unified artist that is on a mission? Right?

Rewind about 17 years ago when I was an art student in Omaha, I was doing a "college" tour for new students and I was asked by a father that wanted to support his daughter in the commercial art field How do you know what your style is? My simplest reply was, practice, and lots of it! He looked at me like I was CRAZY!  Partly because what does a 20-year-old know about finding your Artistic style.

Little did I know that 17 years later, the Future me (now) believes this to be the one thing that never changed. Practice changes everything.

Do you know what your style is?

You can call it Doing the work. or simply DO THE WORK. As artists and crafters, there is a magical need to put that first brush stroke on the canvas, or glue that first layer of paper. For me doing the work, fuel my creativity, and my vision of how I hope my project turns out.

To find your artistic style you simply just have to do the work, show up to paint, glue, cut, create. It's simple and yet artists do this every day to find a new breakthrough. Art, the essence of creativity in whatever you create is fostered by showing up to do the work.

What ways have you found your style?

This blog is all about learning and growing in the arts, I hope to always love watercolor and stamping and card making, however as interests change, and new tools are made, I hope to be a lifelong learner in fine arts, and crafting. I plan on taking you on this journey!

 My card making style is Elegance, not cutesy, or shabby chic, I love clean graphics that can symbolize the seasons at one glance, and yet evoke an emotion of love and kindness. Simple and open-ended enough to keep those creative juices going.

Knowing ourselves is a great way to tap into that inner artist. Does your artist love too be outside, at an art gallery, concert, with others people? My Artist always seems to be drawn to nature, If I don't get outside into nature 3-4 times a week, my inner artist is like no way am I helping you paint or create today. NOPE, not till you give me what I need, she is very much like a kid in that sense.

As for my watercolorist side me, I love the lose and flowing pieces. When I paint I want to feel a sense of peace and wonder, If I did it right that emotion will show through my paintings.

"When we show up to do the work" Like Julie Cameron suggests we are able to learn what our style is.

Warm up with greens and blues and purples

Whatever your art is, take comfort that showing up to do the work is the hardest thing to do when you feel like your in a rut. Practice makes everything better!

Autum Watercolor

I believe that art should convey a feeling of peace and happiness. Fall cards are one of my absolute favorites to design with! I made these cards in mind for a fall wedding or anniversary. keeping in mind that it could be frame worthy. The elegant stamp that was used is from Penny Black Harvest. 

This card uses a flourish embossing pattern, paired with gold ribbon With a watercolor stamped image matted on dark brown cardstock 

To get the watercolor look, I used Kuretake Gansia Tambi watercolors with wet-n-wet with red, yellow and green and drop the colors on the wet watercolor paper. lots of practice helps with this technique. 

I really like to watercolor first then stamped on after, I feel like that's the thrill to how the stamped image comes out, using a clear acrylic block or a MISTI to position the stamp just right! (you need a good eye for that) What do you think? is it like having a leap of faith when you paint and then stamp? It's exhilarating, right?

For those that are not sure about that leap of faith...... I have a traditional way of coloring! 

This watercolor panel was painted with the same colors, yellow, red, and green. I used blue for the negative painting around the stamped image.  For the leaves,
To finish the card, I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder, and a piece of burlap ribbon tied in a knot to add interest and to anchor the card a bit.

My design tip for Autumn watercolor cards is to to use watercolors in a vivid and wet-n-wet painting. Practice and then practice some more, Watercolor cards are perfect for autumn cards! Can't you just see these cards going to a friend in October?

I am entering these cards into
Fusion Card Challenge
Cuttlebug mania challenge
Card Concept
A Gem of a challenge

Autum blooms: Order now!

Fall colors are my favorite to design with! This Autum seris was inspired by the warmer fall we are having. Lots of bursts of colors in these flowers spoke to me as if they were saying look how beautiful Autum is when we don't get a frost early! 

Autum Splendor Table Top Arrangement
Colors that compliment eachother always has a place in your home, this table top arrangement is the perfect compliment to dinner parties, and Thanks giving gathering!
$25 for the blooms. Fresh greenery is avalible for local pickup in the Des Moines Area at a small charge. (pictured with fresh greenery) 

Natural Elegance Bouquette
Fall patterns pair perfectly to solid orange pumpkins as a tabletop center piece. or as as a flower bouquet!
$25 for a 6-8 bloom bouquet
$3 per bloom.

Autum's Elegance
Fall blooms in muted browns and pinks and purples add such a beauty to any home, use them on a shelf, have me make a wreath out of them, they are just gourgous for your home!
Contact me to have a custom order made!
$5 per bloom Pictured here $15
Formal occasion pricing is avalible contact me for more pricing information.1 dozen minimum purchase.
Autum Harvest

Autum Harvest

Autum Harvest's bouquet (Just becuase, Friendship bouquet) 
A burst of colors in this cute bouqeut with Crimson and Violet roses and Burnt umber and bright orange mums. neatly in a purple Ball Mason jar.  $30 

Fall colors are my favorite to design with! Order now to have your blooms ready by the time you need them to entertain with! I make each order at the time of you ordering them, that way I can make them just right for you! 

To order please send me an email, with what you would like, and I will reply with in a day. I use Pay Pal, and Check or cash depending on the order. 

For special occasion orders I have a $50 deposit at the time of ordering. 

Got lots of questions? Great I love questions, please feel free to leave a comment, or email me to ask me your questions! 
Need a custom floral order? I'm your girl, I specialize in wedding and recital bouquets, Pricing and quoting is avalible upon request! 

Not letting go of summer yet!

Thank you for stopping by, I can't let summer go quite yet! I am finally able to share these cute cards before it's too cold to see roses outside!

 I love watercolor and thought that this challenge over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge is a great way to share a Penny Black brushstroke stamp with Liquid Pearls.

This card was simple enough to make, it used a pink, light and dark green Tombow marker. If you are looking for a good tutorial on how to make this card, This Youtube video for PB&J is a good one!

My designer tip: adding a bit of negative painting (painting around the flower) makes it look watercolored, and helps the flower to pop. to get this look, add a wash of green pigment, so lots of water, 90/10 water/pigment ratio.

Once you are finished with painting around the flower and it's dry, add the liquid pearls to define some lines so the flower can pop even more. Since this is a one layer card any extra pop can really add to the card!

Then mounted this card onto some green textured patterned paper!

This card was very similar, I figured if I had all my supplies out I might as well make another one for a friend!  instead of using a green watercolor wash, I used a yellow wash which adds to the cheerfulness of the card. Then I added dots of liquid pearls to the flower. 

Materials used:
4x5.25 300 lb watercolor paper
Penny Black  Dancing Daisies and Lustrous stamp
Tombow light and dark green, brown, and pink markers
Yellow and green watercolor with one brush with just water on it, and the other with pigment on it. 
Potting soil archival ink
Green pattern paper

I am also entering these cards into the Penny Black and more challenge.

Trending Now: Wedding Paper Flowers

Paper flowers bring me joy! So it's no surprise that brides are wanting paper flowers to be part of their wedding decor!

The fun thing about paper flowers is they can be done way ahead of time and still look beautiful for the big day! (one of my favorite things for both me and the bride!)
One of my favorite things about designing flowers is that I get to play around with size, and shapes of flowers, to get the perfect look for the table tops.  

A good design tip for creating a great tabletop centerpiece is to do a 40/60 or 30/70 color combo, you don't want all one color you want an accent color. Creating with a dominant color and an accent color can really add to the design and compliment both colors and flowers at the same time. 

 I also love picking out the paper, sometimes a beautiful simple cardstock is all you need to make these blooms look stunning. These flowers use high-end cardstock, Don't you just love the vibrant color!

I love Greenery, and if there was a good way to not spend hours working on greenery I would be crazy happy. Until that happens Sam's club has just greenery sold in bunches for $4-$5 that would be enough for 1-2 tabletop centerpiece.

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