I made some holiday gift tags recently and thought it would be fun to show you how it worked out. They are so easy to make and lots of fun.
My Supplies Mixed media paper Tombow watercolor markers Micron pen Scissors
I selected some bright colors from my stash of dual tip Tombow markers for some pretty lights.
In my mixed media sketchbook I used a pen to make squiggly lines for a string of lights. Then I started adding small lights randomly placed on the strings.
Here is a view after adding more lights in different colors. The shapes aren’t perfect but that’s ok.
I added a little base to each light. That little detail really makes a difference. Here’s a view after I cut the page in half.
I trimmed each section into smaller rectangles and then snipped the corners of each tag. They turned out pretty cute. 😊
I was inspired by theshabbycreekcottage on Instagram. She painted the lights with watercolor using a small brush. I thought it would be fun to try using my markers for this instead. I love how they turned out.
I hope you are doing well and having fun. Thank you for all of your kindness and support. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
I’ve been having fun making ornaments and thought you might like to see my process.
Hope you have a wonderful day! 💚
I painted some holiday greenery for this project but you could use any painting for this. I may paint a few little birds next time…and I’m getting excited just thinking about it.
Last year I purchased a bunch of wood slice ornaments for some craft projects. I decided for this project to glue a small part of my painting to the wood. The watercolor paper was rather thick so I ended up using both double sided tape and Elmer’s glue to attach it.
Using my circle template I found a nice area of the painting to cut out for each ornament.
After attaching the painting to the wood ornament, I weighed it down with a couple heavy books for a few hours.
I just love these rustic ornaments, yay! 😊
The pretty green bow adds a sweet touch. I think they will make a nice gift.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on.
I’ve been having fun playing with paper and scissors lately. Today I have some joyful shapes created from Christmas cards. Sometimes I need to step away from the paint brush and allow myself the freedom to create in other ways.
I get excited playing with paper shapes and gluing together something new and beautiful. It just makes my heart sing.
These little guys make me smile every time I look at them. I plan to use them on a special card.
This flower just needs a stem. I have many options here… paint one, sketch one, or cut one out of paper.
These little birds happened by accident while cutting up this card.
Oh happy day! 😊
I was trying to cut out some leaves and I noticed that a few left over scraps looked like a bird. That inspired me to keep cutting more and more out the same way. After my happy dance, I cut out some little wings and glued them on.
I just love the random colors and patterns on the birds. They too will probably find their way to a pretty card or maybe a new collage piece.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Keep playing and having fun. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!
This year I decided to paint a few simple cards for Christmas. I thought it would be fun to share my process with you today.
Hope your day is wonderful! 💚
I started out by folding a 6 x 9 inch piece of bee watercolor paper in half.
Next step was taping off a tree shape with washi tape. I like that the washi tape comes off easily and does not harm the paper.
Using a small round brush I painted a few swipes of clean water across the paper at an angle. Then after dipping my brush in pigment, I lightly painted back and forth down the tree. I left some unpainted areas and like how it adds to the overall design.
Then just peel off the tape and you have a lovely tree.
You can mix it up and use different colors too. That would be a lot of fun.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.
I have been making more cards with my watercolor cutouts. It’s a joyful process for me and I hope my creations bring you a smile.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
I always start with a few of my painted flowers and leaves. They work quite well for card making.
I add a little ink detail and outline each piece to create a nice shape. It’s amazing the difference a little ink can make.
Tip: When I cut out the watercolor pieces I leave a tiny paper border around the ink outlined shape.
Blank cards with envelopes are easy to find online or in the craft store.
I like the simplicity of a just few pieces on each card.
It’s fun to play around with the arrangement using different pieces until I find something I like. Then using a glue stick, I secure the pieces down and place a heavy book on top to add a little pressure.
Tip: Baby wipes are by my side for my hands…. I don’t do sticky very well. 😊
What I love about making and sharing cards using my art is that they are part of me.
A gift from the heart shared with family and friends is a special thing. 💗
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Always remember that art is for everyone.
Until next time, have a creative week and shine on!
I have something a little different today… this week I was busy making a few shower decorations. These cute little paper dresses just filled my heart with joy. So today I thought I would mix things up with a little crafty post.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
I wanted to make a wedding dress banner after seeing a few of them on Pinterest.
I played around and sketched a simple dress outline. Then I made a template of the shape using some heavy paper.
For the final paper dresses I used a bright white scrapbook paper that had a little weight and texture.
Ah, pretty iridescent fabric and white tulle for the skirt…
I cut a small square of each material and then hand stitched the top edges together so that it would gather at the waist area of the skirt.
I also glued down some pretty ribbon at the bottom of the skirt which worked well.
To secure the skirt in place, I glued it down and then hand sewed it to the paper dress. After that just a small piece of shiny trim was glued down to finish it off and add a little bling. 😄
Now that they are finished, I am not sure if I will make a banner or use them to decorate a few tables. The shower is still months away so I have time to decide. I need to start working on the shower invitation next. More to come on that.
Hope you enjoyed seeing my pretty dresses and the reason for my happy dance this week.