In between working on my weekly sketchbook pages of animal art illustrations, and trying to create something everyday, I’m also having fun practicing hand lettering combined with watercolor wreaths. I turned these watercolor postcard paintings into new notecards in my Etsy shop.
Drawing all the time makes me happy, so Practice Practice Practice has been my motto this year. It’s also great to be able to add new products to my etsy shop based on my drawings and watercolor paintings.
So many things to draw and illustrate, so little time! I love making these tiny art cards, and hope to keep creating a new tiny piece of art almost every day.
It’s fun to experiment on a small canvas (2.5″ x 3.5″) with a variety of art supplies – watercolors and gouache, Micron pens, a Tombow marker and white ink to add a few details.
This week, I used a mostly red to green color palette, and found inspiration in Christmas greenery. Here are seven new tiny art pieces, no. 50-56, which I try to post regularly on Instagram.
Happy tiny drawing and painting!
Click here to see Tiny Art no. 43-49.
Click here to see Tiny Art no. 36-42.
Click here to see Tiny Art no. 29-35.
Click here to see Week 4, no. 22-28.
Click here to see Week 3, no. 15-21.
Click here to see Week 2, no. 8-14.
Click here to see Week 1, no. 1-7.
I made a set of art cards to represent our Christmas weekend. I’ve been wanting to make a set of cards that look like gift tags, so I traced a template, and then experimented with some pattern doodles and journaling on the fun activities we embarked on and the goodies I received from loved ones.
It was fun working freehand with just a set of Micron pens and Sharpie markers.
It’s fun to look through our Flickr group to see all the great illustrations, techniques and experiments we’ve done over the past year. I made a set of art cards I made for the final Winter swap Michelle and I are doing, but she hasn’t received them yet so I will show them to you soon. One set left to make for the year…
We celebrated Christmas with lots of fun festivities!
We went bowling… for the first time in years. It was fun, although ugly at times, making it even more fun.
We soaked up some fresh air with a hike along the mighty Mississippi River.
We did a little antique shopping, finding all sorts of old treasures to marvel over.
We did a lot of cooking, including trying these fabulous cheese straws for the first time.
We baked cupcakes, hence the necessity for the above-mentioned hike.
We had fun eating surprise chocolates, which required a workout at the local gym.
We admired the neighborhood Christmas lights, which we heard was a project by the electrical students.
We enjoyed a peaceful Christmas Eve service, surrounded by beautiful luminaries and lots of singing.
We chilled out to a very important Christmas football game.
We shared presents, told stories, laughed and relaxed!
Hope you enjoyed your festivities too! Next up, I’m looking forward to the New Year’s Eve festivities… still to be determined.
Tis the season to be jolly!
To put up the Christmas tree.
To make new ornaments and exchange them with friends.
To put up holiday lights, illuminating the night.
To hang the stockings and fill them with treats.
To bake Christmas cookies.
To go to holiday parties and spread good cheer.
Tis the season to chill out and enjoy life!
Stop by our Flickr group to see the last few sets of art cards we are creating.
After a weekend full of entertaining, my brother, my niece and I decided to go skiing today. It was a fun, exhilarating, and relaxing way to spend a winter day outside.
Did I ever tell you that my all-time favorite thing to do is ski? I LOVE to ski! I learn how when I was about five years old, so it’s in my blood.
I didn’t take any pictures over the holiday weekend because we hosted a Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day dinner. Things were quite busy in our kitchen! After all those guests and meals, I can’t believe we don’t have many leftovers. Just enough for one meal.
I have a lot to catch up on, so I’m happy to have a quiet week ahead of me. Hope everyone had a wonderfully festive holiday weekend too!
Merry Christmas to all my creative friends all over the world!
May you cherish those moments of peace and joy in your heart, whether you are alone or surrounded by your favorite people!
My good friend Michelle and I agreed to do a care package exchange this holiday season. Originally the idea started out as an ornament exchange, but then we decided to add in a few extra goodies, since we were sending our packages so far. (she lives in England, I live in the US)
She sent me SO many wonderful goodies! (you did get carried away, Shell!)
She has a talent for painting faces, bringing out the most charming expressions.
In fact, she is good at many crafty mediums, from drawing to painting to stitching.
She was thoughtful enough to include a couple local goodies from her neighborhood. Wish I had thought of that with the package I sent her!
Even though I’m not finished with Christmas gifts and I have several custom orders to work on, I am already brewing ideas for our next swap. There’s nothing like a care package full of handmade goodies from a long-distance friend to warm your heart. Thank you, Shell!
Every year since I can remember, my family has gotten together to celebrate Christmas with our annual Cookie Day. UPDATE: I added the recipes to my Favorite Recipes tab above.
(Chunky Triple Chocolate Cookies)
We pick a day around Thanksgiving when we all get together, cousins, aunts and uncles, for a marathon of cookie baking. Well, okay, the guys go out for lunch and watch a lot of football. But some of them help with the baking and decorating. It has been a great tradition for all these years.
One year we made over 20 different varieties! Our recipe book has grown into a 3-ring binder. This year, I think the family made 12 different varieties.
(Peanut Butter Blossoms)
When I was a kid, my mom used to keep the cookies in the freezer so we wouldn’t eat all of them before Christmas arrived. We snuck them out of the freezer anyway! Imagine her surprise when she wanted to set out a plate of cookies for a party. (seriously, I’m sure she knew about our shenanigans all along!)
(Chocolate Mint Sandwiches – recipe pending)
I think I might have a couple left, but they are definitely not going to last until Christmas!
Have you started making gifts yet for the holiday season? I admire you if you started back in July, like I should have! I just recently started making a list of the gifts I want to make. I have gifts completed for just a couple people, but I sure would love to be able to give more handmade gifts this year.
Here’s my list so far, of the projects I want to make for gifts:
-Charm square table runner
–Little Forest Quilt (in progress!)
–More bird ornaments
–Advent House ornaments
–Scrappy tree mug mats
–Makeup brush roll
-Travel jewelry pouch from the Fall 2010 issue of Stitch magazine
-Travel sewing kit from the Fall 2010 issue of Stitch magazine
I used to tell myself that if I didn’t have to work, I would have time to make all those things I want to make. I’m not working now, but I feel like I have less time than before!
I am taking two classes, which means I’m gone about five hours a day. Then I have homework to do. I try to cook and bake a little more, and clean parts of the house once a week (not just before guests stop by). That just tells me that life is busy, no matter what you are doing.
I put a new list on my sidebar called Quilts I Want To Make. Maybe I will get to those projects next year, as long as I finish the five or so quilt tops I have piled in the closet, waiting to be quilted.
These days, I have started telling myself, “if I had all the time in the world, I would make this!” And then I add it to my list.