New Seris: Just Sentiments to show your emotion through watercolor



This watercolor card was a study of a field by my house, (I was playing with composition elements.) I was also using a new watercolor pallet and wanted to try it out, the colors screamed fall field, so here is my loose and interpretation of the field by my house. After this study, I cut it down to an A-2 Card base size, stamped the sentiment and I was on my way for a sympathy card that I hope to never give out in the fall.

This will be first in the series called Just Sentiments. The sentiment used was by Penny Black.

My first tip for Just Sentiments series: The sentiment has to marry the card front, or it will never work. Looking at the type font is a huge deal breaker! I like how this sentiment was elegant and worked with the feel of this card. If I had used a more trendy font, it never would have worked out so well! 

Here is a great link if you are stuck on what to put on a sympathy card

I am a watercolor mastery student from Angela Fehr, and I love her loose and intuitive style that I am honored to be taught by her! This card was inspired by her Landscape class. Of course, I recommend all of her classes, but this one has a lot of great tips to help you become your favorite artist. She also has an amazing free class that talks a bit about landscapes if you're not sure yet you want to take her course. 


Crafting a Special Needs Birthday card (five minute card)


Happy creating! I love when a stamp works really well as a gatefold card. The card came together really quickly, and I had a lot of fun making this card for Blue Knight Rubber Stamps!

I haven't seen a lot of special need stamps on the market. I have a special needs son (he has Apraxia) we spend about 6 hours a week in speech and occupational therapy and he is doing amazing. So stamps like these hold a very special place in my heart!

It was a simple design, (no extra fuss) I used orange Brusho's for the background, used an A2 size card base gate folded that, used patterned paper (from my stash, I have no idea the brand name opps!) to the gatefold front then on the left side I mounted (glued) the wheelchair, and to the Right side, I mounted the sentiment. And TA-Da Finished. You could make a bunch of these at the same time especially if you needed a bunch made for craft fairs or to give as gifts.

The stamps set used: Birthday Fun and Birthday Wishes.

I am entering this into the CAS Watercolor Card Challenge blog.

Scene Building with Blue Knight Stamps



I found a way to stamp scenes with Blue Knight Rubber Stamps. 

I love the idea of building scenes with stamps These two scenes are fairly simple to stamp. 


For the Farm and peaceful lake scene, I used the Bank Barn (one of my favorites) with Peacefull Lake (also a favorite of mine!) 

For the beach house scene, I used the Beach and then next to the beach I used the country home. (it worked out great! )

I thought I would show you my work before I added watercolor to it.  I did have some mess ups, that's why I used my mixed media sketchbook to "play" I was really hoping that my idea of building a scene would work, it did! (maybe I will get some hot press watercolor paper and make this more of a polished piece of art for my house!)


Stamping notes and tips to help you be able to Build a scene:

  1. YOU GET ONE SHOT. So it's important to know where your horizon line is. (I had 6 pages of mess ups, but once I figured it out it was easy to stamp the second scene. It was a matter of matching up, I even had a pencil line to where I wanted the stamp to be at when I was ready to stamp it.  
  2. Perspective is everything! make sure your stamps are on the same perspective plain. (I had some stamps that  I thought would work, but the trees were not the right perspective, or the cabin was not the right perspective. So keep that in mind when you are wanting to build a scene. 
  3. you need space! I used a 9x12 mixed media sketchbook. Although I used all 12 inches, it's a panoramic type of painting, so keep that in mind when you are stamping. 
  4. Don't use cold press watercolor paper. YOU will want HOT PRESS watercolor paper. the less tooth, or texture you will be stamping on the better your stamped image will be, because you only get one shot at this unless you have a 12x12 misti to stamp on. When I stamped in my sketchbook, I used an acrylic block to stamp with.  
So if you like to create works of art for your walls this may be a great way to paint in your style! I had so much fun painting these scenes.

Want to learn more about Watercolor? I have some great ways to learn:

If you want to start your watercolor journey I recommend her free class: WaterColor Jumpstart a 4-week course. It's free and I visit it often to learn the basics. 
If you want to continue your Watercolor Journey, Angela has her watercolor mastery class open to take, I recommend it if you want to take your watercolor to the next level, she is amazing at helping her students become their favorite artist!


And I also use CreativeBug and MyBluePrint.com to learn from other watercolorists and artists to help me hone in on my painting style.

 MyBluePrint.com I enjoy the talent they have on this site. Angela Fehr has a class on this website, and so does Kateri Ewig (which I am so stoked to be taking one of her in-person workshops this may!) Thanks Iowa Watercolor Society for bringing such amazing talent to our region! Also lots of textile and baking and cooking classes that are just really good to learn from! I love this as a stay at home mom, I own a lot of cooking classes from this website as well.

3. CreativeBug.com If you like having a creative outlet and you're not sure what your style is, this is a great place to be! They have artists that are willing to teach their style and how they do things in a very down to earth atmosphere. I like this site a lot for quick tips and tricks on how to start a new skill. Some of my favorite artists that have appeared on Creativebug is Lisa Congdon, Lia Griffin, Lisa Solomon, Pam Garrison, Get Messy Art Journaling. (this is a great place to learn Art Journaling!) I can't say enough good things about this, but I love their daily Practice lessons, especially during inktober (October) They brought in Lisa Congdon to do a lesson a day during October and you can paint along, or learn from her, it really is a great resource to learn from!
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Fresh Florals and Butterfly Wreaths: How To create a wreath card with stamps you have!

Fresh Floral Stamp from Taylored Expressions




Fresh Floral Stamp from Taylored Expressions
I have been holding back publishing this post for a while. I found out a way to make a Wreath Builder without using a stencil, It's cheap and an easy way to create beautiful cards in no time. I Also find it very therapeutic! Please note, that it is not my intention to make anyone upset. On the Flip side, I am sharing creativity too inspire a simple way I make a wreath with Radial stamping. It goes back to the Radial Stamping technique, that we did long ago with pencil lines and sheer creativity! (before we had the Misti!)

SO... Here is a tutorial on how I started and got the Radial stamping technique to work. (This is something other stampers have done (this isn't a new technique, I remember being taught this in Highschool (20 years ago)) You will see from my video that I am not a perfectionist. (hence the reason I don't feel like I need a stencil to do this technique.)





If you want to see one done with Butterflies:



Fresh Floral Stamp from Taylored Expressions
I Mentioned in my tutorials that most stamps will work, A good rule of thumb is to use a small flower and leaf stamp. Taylored Expressions has so many great ones for all seasons, that would work great as a Birthday, Thinking of you and even a wedding card, you just have to add the right sentiment. 

Fresh Floral Stamp from Taylored Expressions
I would love to know your thoughts. I don't want to take any business away from Gina K, that is absolutely not my goal, in fact, I think if you try this technique out first, you may end up buying the Wreath Builder because it's a pretty Awesome process!
Stamps I used:
I was inspired to do Radial Stamping from this Craftsy Class: Radiant Stamping (She called it Kalidascope stamping.) but same idea!
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I am a BluePrint subscriber, I love watching all the content like the Radiant Stamping class, but I also subscribe to this because I love watercolor, cooking, and baking. (really if I am being honest, I Just love to learn new things. AND I would rather watch how to do something then the stuff on tv.) 

I am affiliated with myblueprint.com and am on the design team for Blue Knight Rubber Stamps when you click on those links you are supporting my blog.

My Thoughts:on watercolor Practice and Development days

While taking Angela Fehr's Watercolor Workout class earlier this year I was introduced to the term Development Day. She mentioned that not all of her watercolor studio times are spent making beautiful paintings, some days are just not that productive. I call those days Development days.
So I pondered about those Development Days she mentioned and have come up with some great insights for me to follow in my own practice.



self-portrait from WC Workout class
  1. Development days are for us to enjoy. I recently found a quote from Van Gough, it reads: I am always doing what I can not do yet. In order to learn how to do it. I think we would do well to keep an open mind of what art is really all about! (it's about the process and learning how to create good art.)
  2. Stretching and pulling ourselves to new ideas, new techniques will only help us learn and grow, so if you are fairly new to painting like I am (I had dabbled in it my whole life but two years ago I decided enough was enough and I decided that watercolor painting will be my focus!) 
  3. Serious Art comes from Serious Play... This comes from Julie Cameron The Artist's Way and her second book Walking in this World. I learned this by having those development days and just playing around with materials I had on hand. It helps to be fearless when playing with materials. Most of the time I don't love it, but then I get those paintings that I learned from and think, wow! I am so going to develop that technique to work in my paintings! 
  4. Creating art is all about the Process. What do I mean by that, I mean that I can't always make perfect watercolor cards, (I could) and it would look "all right" I want my heart and soul in my art, so to paint from your heart you have to understand that it's about the process. What are you trying to say and paint it? will it takes 3-10 tries, you bet it will, but the outcome is far more important than "getting it done" (think about all the water lily paintings Monet painted.) Why? Becuase he loved the process of creating art.
simple floral study to play with new techniques
So I am taking one day at a time with my heart led painting, and if it doesn't turn out right, then I say, that was a fun time, and I am glad I had a development day. YOU CAN'T RUSH ART!

Keep on Creating! 











If you want to start your watercolor journey I recommend her free class: WaterColor Jumpstart a 4-week course. It's free and I visit it often to learn the basics. 
If you want to continue your Watercolor Journey, Angela has her watercolor mastery class open to take, I recommend it if you want to take your watercolor to the next level, she is amazing at helping her students become their favorite artist!



Trending This spring: Fresh Vibrant Floral all ocasion cards

It seems like every day this week the weather is turning to spring! I love it! So I am sharing some trendy stamps that are fun to watercolor, They were so fun I had to make different versions of the same stamp just so you can see how versatile they really are! 

I hope to have some video tutorials of these soon! So check back in a bit for a tutorial on how I did one! 

These Stamps were a perfect fit for my floral addiction (I can't help myself, I see a floral stamp and it screams to me to buy it... Okay, twist my arm, I'll buy it!) 

 This  More Precious stamp set comes with a hibiscus spray and a lovely sentiment from Proverbs 31:20 (I loved this scripture in High school) I was instantly in love with this floral card because I knew it would be crazy fun to watercolor (can you tell?) Pictured here I gold embossed the card panel, and then used Qor watercolors ( Perm.Rose, Sap Green and turquoise to get that amazing green with some Nickle Azo Yellow. ) I added some gold trim to the sentiment. I have a Facebook live video to show you how I painted the "wash" on this card panel. 
I didn't have to raid my stash too much for this simple card, I used Tim Holtz Distress inks, (Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Salty ocean.) I didn't need a green, the colors blended so well together!
Using a blending technique  I used the same More Precious stamp set





I had to save the best for last. This was my favorite one to create. I can't wait to send this out to a friend! I used a negative painting technique for this, and loved how painterly it looks! I used Qor watercolor again for it, and let the watercolor bleed a bit into the white hibiscus flower! I love this monochromatic look and it really shows how beautiful the lines are with this stamp set.  

listed at the end of this post is a picture of the stamps I use! 









This stamp set stole my heart before I ever had my hands on it! I love how I can add my own watercolor style to it! (learning from Jean Hains and Angela Fehr on how to paint florals have really helped me understand how beautiful watercolor can be.)

For these stamps, I used Qor Watercolor with a simple nickel azo yellow, and orange, with sap Green. I also added a bit of Daniel Smith  duochrome Saguaro Green to add some sparkles and depth to the greenery. (which I love!)

 

 
Here is a close-up!



I just want to say that if you need a good all occasion stamp floral stamps are my go too for any female! I really don't' think I could have enough floral stamps! These are really fun to have as backups when you need a fast birthday card! As you can tell I left one card panel open for whatever sentiment I need at the time of giving this card away! 



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More Precious


  
Delightful Dandelions

For the Love of Learning Spring 2019 style

I love learning as an artist, When you begin your artistic journey, what you really are starting is a lifetime of learning. Learning from other artist, learning how to see things in a different light, Learning how to dream and imagine. So it is with me. Here are some of the rescources that I enjoy learning from.


50% Off 1st 3 Months Bluprint Subscription + 12 FREE Own-Forever Classes through 3/13/19 at myBluprint.com.1. MyBluePrint.com I enjoy the talent they have on this site. Angela Fehr has a class on this website, and so does Kateri Ewig (which I am so stoked to be taking one of her in-person workshops this may!) Thanks Iowa Watercolor Society for bringing such amazing talent to our region! Also lots of textile and baking and cooking classes that are just really good to learn from! I love this as a stay at home mom, I own a lot of cooking classes from this website as well.



2. Angela Fehr, over at her website I have litterally taken all of her classes, and I have grown so much as an artist! I am grateful that she is my art mentor! I have only wonderful thoughts that I would love to express, go here for all those. If you are wanting to take your painting to the next level, you may want to look into her Watercolor Mastery class. She helps you find your style, while teaching some advanced techniques. There is a ton of ways to grow and she helps you find your strength!



3. CreativeBug.com If you like having a creative outlet and you're not sure what your style is, this is a great place to be! They have artists that are willing to teach their style and how they do things in a very down to earth atmosphere. I like this site a lot for quick tips and tricks on how to start a new skill. Some of my favorite artists that have appeared on Creativebug is Lisa Congdon, Lia Griffin, Lisa Solomon, Pam Garrison, Get Messy Art Journaling. (this is a great place to learn Art Journaling!) I can't say enough good things about this, but I love their daily Practice lessons, especially during inktober (October) They brought in Lisa Congdon to do a lesson a day during October and you can paint along, or learn from her, it really is a great resource to learn from!
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I know there are lots of other websites that have great content for learning a new skill, and I have tried others like SkillShare and Udemy.  I think they all serve a purpose but I have found that these are the ones that work the best for my personality and for my life. You may find out some new hidden talents by trying a new skill or two, after all as an artist I have to dabble in other creative pursuits like baking and cooking, photography, and watercolor, and paper crafting. (I have too many things I like to do!)

I would love to know what your favorite website to learn is, I know that Knowledge is Power, and so let's be a creative force for good and share the love of creativity!
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