One more tree. Because the live from Dawn Woleslagle taught three styles and I had to try them all. You can find the links to her page on my post from last week. I hope you will bear with me because this has brought me so much joy in finding success in painting. I may even venture into some tags if I have any time to spend on them over the next couple of weeks.
I will say that I cannot pick a favorite tree to paint but I find this one and the first one I made a little more intuitive. Again, I left the tree simple (mostly for fear of messing it up by adding container) but I like the look. A bit more stitching since I feel it adds the right touch on this.
You can see in this closeup that I also added some white and gold splatters. For the background I chose an old, really old, music print from my stash. I inked it up with Distress Inks to give it a vintage look and added stitching to it too. I knew it needed a bit more shine so I started with the sentiment being gold embossed (and the gold splatters). But it still needed something else. It it hard to see in the photos, but right under the image layer is a layer of gold glitter paper. In person it really adds so much! A button and more gold twine to finish.
Again, thank you for those of you who have left kind words. Let’s face it, trying new things can be a bit intimidating and I’m glad you encourage me with your sweet comments. I’m actually out flying today and will likely be out in the system A LOT over the next couple of weeks. If you are flying for your traveling, please get to the airport early. I mean seriously early. I have already been seeing families completely devastated by the long security lines and the extra stress of risking their flights. Well, I’m off to get ready for another day. I’ll be back tomorrow with a new sketch from FMS (and something other than a tree). See you then!
I’m continuing my trend from yesterday of using Concord and 9th with the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. This is week 3 of our celebration leading up to sketch 400 and we have pulled out sketch 300. It is such fun to see another older sketch with a new eye.
I started with a based of Fabriano watercolor paper and painted on a swatch in this beautiful fall yellow (why yes, I am craving the crisp fall air!). While it dried I cut some leaves with the Layering Leaves die from watercolor paper and painted them in an ombré from brown through red to orange. The sentiment comes from Hello Lovely and I used a banner die (yes, I was that lazy) to make sure it was cut perfectly and then chopped off the ends.
Once everything was dry, I simply layered it up and attached to the base. I added a bit of twine to comply with the sketch a bit better and a few sequins, because I could.
I hope you’ll join us this week and then get ready! Next week is going to be really awesome. Really! We can hardly wait. Until then, thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
It is my turn to be up on the Picket Fence Studios blog today and I want to share my card here too. I have to confess that I am more and more in love with many of these PFS “Girls”. I have never been much for coloring people but these images really do make me want to learn more about skin color, hair color and honing my coloring skills. They are perfect for trying new things too.
This gal is BFF Kate and she is particularly stylish, don’t you think?! I gave her a wardrobe of neutrals but decided she needed a statement bag. What better than orange for that? Once she was colored, I wanted to add some splatters but did not want them on the image. So I cut out some scrap paper with the coordinating die and laid it over the colored image. Then I could splatter away without putting it where I didn’t want paint.
I was searching for sentiments that seemed right and stumbled across this one in the You’ve Got This set. I love it for Kate! Hope you have some time to do some coloring and that you have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!
Oh happy day!!! No really, it is a happy day! Release day for Picket Fence Studios starts now. I’m going to share two stamp sets and a new die in today’s post but the design team will be working together to show you the whole release so make sure to visit each one of them.
I’m starting with a new large flower image called Botan Peony. Oh my. When I say wow, I’m not kidding. This is not a small image (my card is 5.5″ square) but it is detailed and seriously gorgeous. I stamped the image in black in multiple times using my Misti onto Fabriano watercolor paper. Then I heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder. I like the extra dimension you get with the embossing and it is nice when watercoloring too. I got to work with watercoloring using Daniel Smith watercolor paints. They are amazing! If you are not sure about them, you can get dot sheets with actual samples of the colors to try (I linked it below). Once you do, you’ll be hooked. I combined pink, coral, gold and a little green and blue in a loose style. No real plan, nothing formal, but it is such fun to do on these big petals! Once done, I fussy cut the flower.
For the background, I used the Random Dots Stencil as an embossing folder to add a subtle texture. I then used this great sentiment from the new Hello, Beautiful stamp set. Again I stamped in black and heat embossed in clear.
Next up, I jumped on the alcohol ink bandwagon and used a background I created with the new Leaves Negative Die. I used just one color of Ranger Alcohol Ink (Stream) and the Gold Mixative on Yupo paper. I kept playing with the one colors and the gold and now have a few varied backgrounds that I’m sure you’ll see soon.
I took the panel and cut it with the Leaves and decided that I’d use gold glimmer paper in the negative space to play off the gold in the ink. Again I used the sentiment from Hello, Beautiful except heat embossed in gold.
I hope you like these two looks at the new release. Everything is available in the Picket Fence Studios store now! Thanks for stopping in to visit. See you again soon.
So you need a new sketch idea? Something you haven’t seen before? Have I got something for you! This week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches from the former circle-phobe Jen Brum is amazing. Not gonna lie, when she first showed me the sketch, I thought she was kidding since we have a long running team joke about her lack of love for circles in sketches. Well, she has clearly embraced Team Circle and the sketch is fabulous!
As per usual, my first thought when I see circles is a flower. But will all the circles, I needed to stretch a little. So instead, I thought about die cuts and different elements I could use. As I went through my stash, I came upon two set by Concord and 9th and knew exactly what to do.
First I took my Daniel Smith watercolors and painted some random splotches on watercolor paper. After they were dry, I piled on the dies from both the Monogram and Posie Fill In sets. The dies coordinate well so I just cut things in multiple colors to see what would work. I mixed and matched and played with a few backgrounds until I settle on a watercolor wash. To help follow the sketch a bit more, I added some Clear Drops from Studio Katia. The sentiment comes from the Monogram J set.
I’m so impressed with the variations on this sketch by the team. I think this week is going to be particularly fun and that there will be loads of creativity on display. I hope you’ll play along! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
FINALLY! I can share some of the new sets for the Picket Fence Studios January release! This release is timed to coordinate with the reveal of the same products at Creativation and I’m so excited to show you some of the products. In order to keep this post in check, today I’m mostly just going to show you three projects. Then I’ll come back over the next few days to give you more of the details on each. Let me know what you think of that method or if you’d rather just see one long post. I’m curious what works better for you. With that, let’s get to the cards!
The first of the day used a new set called Wild Heart, Gypsy Soul. It has a boho style that is unique and really beautiful. I chose watercolor as my medium and went with a loose style of coloring. The sentiment is from another new set called Exhale Worry. It needs to be on your must-have list!
Next up is a card using Today Is All About You. It is so cute and the little selfie (or in my case, it seems like FaceTime) llama is hilarious. I colored her using Copic Markers and used the coordinating die to cut her out.
Finally is a seriously spectacular image. It is called Aeonium African Succulent. It is a large image and it is unbelievable!! I have a funny story about my color choices that I’ll share tomorrow so make sure you come back for more info. I colored this using Copic Markers and then cut it out by hand. It is on a base of Fog Gray card stock.
Now make sure you hop around and see what the team has created. Between us all, we are showing the whole release. And I hope you’ll come back for all the details on this cards starting tomorrow. Until then, have a great weekend!
Back today with a card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog. I am super excited about how this turned out and I hope you will like it too. I even create a video for it…wow, it has been a while since I have done that.
I saw a similar technique done by the amazing Kelly Latevola and had it in my “to try” list for quite a while. This lovely Ruffled Peony Bouquet set seemed like the perfect one to use with it so I got to experimenting. In my video, I talk a bit about The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I cannot recommend joining in enough. Even if you don’t share it all, a little coloring every day (or every day that you can) for a month can make a big difference in your attitude and your creativity. I think it allows me to try more things, risk “failing” and it is good for the soul.
I’d love to know what you think about this technique. I will confess that as I created it, I kept thinking how my my mom would have loved this. But maybe that is why coloring is so good. You can remember and smile and heal a bit. I’m linking all the colors for the markers below in my product list along with some of the other products. If you have any questions, please let me know. And if you will be out and about during your holiday traveling in the US next week, keep your eyes open….I’ll be out there! Hopefully I will see you! Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon.
And I’m back for my regular Wednesday post! Thanks for your patience as I caught up to life a bit. I started with creating a swatch paper for some new watercolors that I got for my birthday (THANKS MOM!!). The paints are from Daniel Smith and my friend Lydia puts together splits to share the cost and allow people to have more colors. Here is my first split….aren’t they pretty?!!
Swatching out the colors was a good way to get back in the groove a bit. And did I mention they are so pretty!!! Notice that the palette has room for another split….hmmm….. So after putting these paints down on paper, I decided to get real and actually color an image. I had ordered this Mondo Holly the second I saw it and thought it would be pretty for today’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Cécile created this one and I love all the options for it. I thought this would go another way (with a spotlight vibe) but it didn’t work out quite like I had in my head. I stamped the holly onto watercolor paper using Gina K’s Amalgam ink. This is a new ink to me and I just had to give it a go. It stamped well onto the watercolor paper (always a challenge, don’t you think?). I did overstamp a few times with my Misti but the result was clear and crisp. It dried quickly and I was able to get right to watercoloring. I used colors from my split above (with the addition of one brown from a DS Dot Palette I have from Simon Says Stamp). I need to work on the shading of the leaves more but I love these colors! I added a sentiment from the same set and some black to make the image pop. Finally some sequins in a pretty Rose Gold.I hope you have fun with this sketch and will join in with us. The inspiration is always amazing from our design team and in the gallery too! Thanks for stopping in today. I’ll be back on Friday with a card featuring a new product and a new to me technique. Until then, have a wonderful week!
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