Once I start painting the reason I usually stop is because I run out of something and in this case it's paper! Lately I've been doing a lot of watercolor practice so I'm going through paper like crazy. I might even have to find another source to get more of a supply but I'm so picky and learning quickly how different watercolor papers are.
These are some pretties I've been working on for a much needed shop update coming soon! Can you tell I'm in love with lavender and purples lately! Hee hee
I hope you don't mind if I do a total 180 today and share something I did today instead a week or so ago. Today is rainy and gloomy and cold so what better to do than paint. It's something I always do in the spare of the moment when I'm in the mood for a little practice. The one thing I've learned is to practice, practice, practice. You can't sit around wishing you could do this or that, you just have to do it and everything else will fall into place. Learning how to use different mediums takes practice. Today I was loving my little leaves so I painted a few pages of them!
And the other lesson in this little watercolor practice was learning to use what you have. I find it very hard to pay 6.99 or 13.99 for one little tube of watercolor so I use my beginners set and a few other colors that I've gotten over time and mix the colors until I like them. I love these soft greens and olives!
Oh how I had to laugh when I realized I wrote 2013 on one of them in my haste to write something! Ha, oh well it's just practice!
I'm sure I will get around to mixing up the colors a bit to include some lavenders and yellows but I've always loved a more monochromatic look.
Hope you all are staying warm and dry this week, it's been a heck of a season!
It's been awhile since I did a long color inspired post and I've been working on so many fun things inspired by the color of the year, Radiant Purple, until my stash box was bursting at the seems! I probably have weeks worth of cards, layouts,little painted things and collages to post so It was time to do a little photo shoot!
I like exploring so I always wonder what things would look like if I did this or that. I think why not try a little collage with handmade papers or watercolor. This color called radiant purple is an always inspiring color, and whether you like it or not it looks pretty somewhere.
I can't say that I wear much purple but it really is fun in paintings and scrapbook pages. It's so vibrant and playful and orchids wear it well! hee hee
Here I've made a few watercolor and collage cards. It's fun to play around with the watercolors and then using a white pen to paint little flowers and doodles on them. It's just a light touch but adds a lot on interest. I've been using a sakura gel pen which works pretty good but I want to find one that's a little thicker and more opaque.
I'm still working on my illustrations and it's been fun because I can pull them out for my photoshoots and use them as inspiration for myself. I'm always sketching something, mostly flowers, cause I think their pretty! ha
The scripted paper in the background is one by Studio Calico from the printshop line. I don't think it's still available but I love it and I will be hoarding it until the day I feel like I have to use it! I love the bold graphic prints like this and they are perfect for a little contrast next to any color. What do you think about the whole scripted trend? After taking the Life Scripted class at Studio Calico I can't get enough of it! I'm on the way out today to buy a few canvases for a little scripted artwork!
I have plenty of crafting time for a few days and it's a huge plus that it rainy and gloomy outside! Be back soon with more crafty things!
Sometimes I make a card and wish that there was some fun occasion or reason to give it away to someone. No one I know has a birthday or anything special going on so I guess it will go in my stash until the perfect occasion arrives. I have a lot of fun cards that I keep for just the perfect reason, some I keep because they are special to me and others I just think of as just art and want to frame them at some point.
I think I'm going to declare this week "what I do with my scraps week"! hee hee I made a few cards with painted scraps and then I made a few diliberate scraps to use on other projects. The process of playing with paint and watercolors is always the highlight of my day. Just playing around with no intention is always fun! I made this little card using one of my gelato glittered scraps!
It's hard to believe now that I didn't like making cards a few years back, I just knew I was no good at making them! There became a point when I actually started to like making them! Funny how that works! Do something enough and things just start to flow in the right direction. Kind of my motto these days "do what you love" and do it everyday!
It's time for reveal over at Studio Calico and this kit has so many things to offer! I had quite a lot of fun and completed a whopping 6 layouts and two others in progress! The colors are amazing and the kits seem to push me a little more each time! The navy and those lovely blue thickers are favorites for me this time around!
This first layout I kept pretty simple using a splattered page, butterflies (Coffee break) and a cut out from my scripted class practice sheets!
More scripted fun and glittered splatters...
I had to pull out the gelatos for this pinterest inspired layout. The To Do kit I think is my favorite!
This was one of my favorites because of its elegant but quirky feel! Love the watercolor cutouts!
I definitely think the kits offer something for everyone and even I get a little stumped when working with some things but I think that's the beauty of it, the kits always push you to try new things! Hope to see you over at SC!
And so the countdown begins to the Studio Calico March kit reveal on Friday the 28th! I wanted to share a few sneaks today of a few of the projects I worked on! The kits are always pretty awesome but this month there are some extra special surprises! So I pulled out my gelatos and spray paint and had some extra crafty fun.
I had a week full of post planned so check back soon for some other fun projects! I can't wait to share these layouts in full on Friday! See you soon!
Hi everyone! Welcome to a new week and how lovely is it to be one week closer to spring! I am welcoming it this year with open arms because I've had it with this rollercoaster of a winter season! I wanted to share some fun news! Awhile back I did a little project for Craft Ideas magazine and I was so excited to finally see the issue! It's full of inspiring and fun projects.
This was a little paper strips collage I made using all sort of STAEDTLER goodies, triplus fineliners, fimo clay, and watercolor pencils. I loved how it all came together.
I love to make little special projects like this to give as gifts, they are just so personal and something you can't really buy in the store. This will probably go in my little nieces room on her bookshelf.
Hopefully I can post more on the tutorial soon. In the meantime I have some fun Studio Calico Sneaks to share in a day or so! The new kits are awesome as usually but this month is a total hit because I can't really pick a favorite. So stay tuned...
I had the wonderful opportunity to work with some fun things over at PinkFreshStudio last week and I wanted to share some projects with you. These little enamel frames are so fun and come in some very nice colors. For this first layout I decided to go with the green shades and created a collage around them. I'm still thinking of way to use these little guys in my projects! They have some very clever little colorblock wood veneer as well. I stuck them together to form a little flower within one of the frames. I think the green shades are my favorite and now I need more! Hee Hee
I loved working with the washi tapes to make these cards! It adds such a unique quality to them! Is there anything you can't do with washi?
I was so thankful to get the chance to work with some of these goodies! More fun projects coming soon for sure! The frames come in neon colors as well! Swoon! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Take care!
This week I've been working on fun things, things for practice and colorful glittered things. Things that will slowly become other things. I have a box full of scripted flowers and glittered pages for including in collages and other projects. I like to see them all piled up. It makes me feel like I've accomplished some things this week, pushed forward and learned something new. I might be getting a hang of working with Gouache and a brush to make pretty scripted things. My writing is not my favorite but these pretty flowing flowers are a delight to create.
Just wanted to shout a quick hello! I love making these pretty pages but the clean up is a...well not my favorite thing to do! hee hee!
To say that I have a little glitter in my life almost everyday would be an understatement. I can't get enough of the stuff. I'm at my wits end on the cleaning side of it but playing around with my paints and glitter is an absolute highlight of my creative process these days.
I don't know why I decided to go for such an impact on this layout. I think I might have been playing around with this color palette and decided to add my usual water and glue and begin laying down some big splatters. I wanted to see how mixing gelatos and paint would work, how much damage it would do to my cardstock. The paper held up amazingly well, I think because the paint was a thicker consistency and I kept the gelato mixture pretty thick too. If it were more watery I might have gotten a lot more warping. Working with watered down paint and gelatos has gotten the best outcome for me in my mixed media journey!
I thought all the little hearts were fitting for the valentine holiday and went so well with this sweet photo of my son.
I love the creative process of using paints and other mixed media in my projects, it's true love the feeling I have for playing around with different techniques. I wouldn't call myself a mixed media artist but definitely one in training! My first love is paper and being able to meld the two together to create fun projects is everything to me!
Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments and stopping by to say hi! It really does inspire me knowing I've inspired others! Let's continue creating shall we!
Hi, I'm Kim a paper artist and scrapbooker living in sunny Florida! I'm a lover of paper and art, photography and sunny days. I started this blog to share my projects and artistic journey. I hope you will find just a little bit of inspiration here!