Making watercolor gift tags

I have a fun watercolor project to share with you today, watercolor gift tags! Handmade gift tags make the perfect addition to any gift.

Hope you are having a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ’š

It all starts with a simple design and very small painting. Below I have a few examples.

painting watercolor gift tags

I divide up the watercolor paper using a pencil and ruler. Then paint some simple designs making sure to leave room at the top and bottom for some lettering.

painting watercolor gift tags

After the mini paintings dried, I added a little ink detail to each of them using a gold and white pen. I thought the tags with leaves would look better if the leaves were outlined so I used a pen with a very small tip and gave that a try.

prepping watercolor gift tag for lettering

Adding lettering is always difficult for me. I decided to use some tape as a guide to help me keep the lettering straight. With a pencil I lightly added the message and then used my gold pen to trace over it. Later I gently erased any pencil marks left behind.

handmade watercolor gift tags

I used a hole punch and added some rustic string to finish them off. A pretty ribbon would look nice too. On a couple of them I got a little fancy and changed the shape of the tag at the top with a little snip of the scissors. I really like how they turned out.

There’s so much you can do with these little tags. I hope you have fun and get creative. I can’t want to use my tags on gifts for loved ones.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. If you make some gift tags, please share with me on Instagram, @pattyanneart. I would love to see your designs.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Making Ornaments for Christmas

I’ve been having fun making ornaments and thought you might like to see my process.

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Watercolor painting for the project

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.

Selecting a section of the painting

Using my circle template I found a nice area of the painting to cut out for each ornament.

Working on wood sliced ornaments

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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Making Christmas ornaments

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.

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Holiday lights watercolor

I’ve been busy getting ready for the holidays. Yesterday we started decorating and hanging lights at my house. I love all of the beautiful lights everywhere this time of year.

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Holiday lights watercolor and ink

Last week I painted some holiday lights. After the watercolor dried, I used a pen for some outlining and a little detail.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

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Holiday botanical painting

I have a little holiday watercolor and ink sketch to share today.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

 

holiday watercolor background

I started out playing with a simple watercolor border of branches, twigs, and berries.

Then I decided it would be fun to add a little ink sketching on top.

 

holiday watercolor and ink

I outlined some leaves in ink and added a few more twigs and bits to fill things in.

The ink seems to pull it all together. I always enjoy the final sketching phase and try to play and have fun. I just have to be mindful of when to stop. That’s always the hardest part.ย  ๐Ÿ˜

 

Holiday Botanical Watercolor Card

Just one last thing, adding a holiday message… Ok, much better now. ๐ŸŽ„

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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A few Christmas Cards

I painted a few Christmas card recently. I always enjoy these fun little projects.

Happy Thursday, friends!ย ๐Ÿ’š

painted cards for christmas

I started with a few simple paintings. Then decided it might be nice to add a little sparkle with some ink.ย  I found a set of pens in gold, silver, and white online. yay!

 

painted cards with little ink touches

Oh, I love these new pens. The gold ink on the Christmas tree adds the perfect little touch.

I’m not sure how many cards I will get painted this year but I’ve decided to not stress about it. I am going to enjoy the process and do what I can.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Inktober sketching this week

A quick post today with a few more #Inktober sketches to share.

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little mushroom ink sketch

A sweet little mushroom sketch.ย  I can imagine a little tea party happening here. โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿญ

 

Tufted titmouse ink sketch

I always love sketching birds. For this little cutie,ย  I tried to limit the lines and make them more deliberate. On the piece of wood, though, I used more lines. I like that contrast in this sketch.

 

christmas ornament ink sketch

A little ornament sketch. I really like how clean and simple this is. Something about it just makes me smile. I think I will use it for one of my Christmas cards this year. ๐ŸŽ„

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

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Merry Christmas

Wishing you peace, love, and joy this holiday season.ย 

 

Christmas candle watercolor

Thank you for all of the love and encouragement you’ve given me this year.

 

Holly and berries watercolor and ink

I will be taking a little blogging break and will be back in early January.

Now I’m off to baking cookies, wrapping presents, and getting ready for holiday parties.

See you next year! โค๏ธ

Patty Anne

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Watercolor bookmarks

I made bookmarks last weekend for couple of very special women in my family. Before wrapping them up I thought I would share them with you.

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It started with aย 6 x 9 inch painting of transparent flowers.

watercolor painting for bookmarks

After it dried, I cut my painting in half and trimmed each bookmark to a nice size.

Then I punched a hole in the top of each bookmark and added a bright green ribbon.

Oh I love that color, it looks so pretty with my painted bookmarks.ย ๐Ÿ’š

watercolor flowers bookmarks

I enjoyed making these gifts and hope they will be loved.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Holly Jolly trees

A colorful post today with a few bright Christmas trees! ๐ŸŽ„

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Christmas pine watercolor

A fun little tree that I painted a few weeks ago after watching a Jennifer Branch video online. Bright colors + splashy paint = lots of fun!

 

Christmas pine watercolor

Another joyful tree with a different color palette.

This felt like the right post for today since I will be busy pulling out the decorations and getting my house ready for Christmas.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Cheerful Holiday lights

I thought it would be fun to paint some holiday lights. I hope you enjoy this nice pop of color.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Christmas lights watercolor

I painted these lights after watching a fun tutorial by Jennifer Branch,ย Christmas Card, Retro Lights.

A light sketch first then lots of splashy color. Once completely dried, a few ink lines with a micron pen. Not trying for perfection here, just playful and fun.

Do you remember these old school lights?ย They bring back many sweet memories for me. We used to decorate the pines in our yard each year with these big bright lights when my boys were young. I miss those days but cherish the memories…๐ŸŽ„โค๏ธ

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Until next time, share a smile and have a great week!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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