I'm sooooooo excited to be sharing a fun project that I've been working on. It is a how-to-draw book using the letters of the alphabet. I plan on having bunches of how-to-draw books with fun themes throughout my journey as a teachers pay teachers author. View my educational and design resources at my TpT shop. Have Fun!
I decided to play with watercolor painting with the wet on wet technique for this year's Easter Project. What fun it was to create this monochromatic piece and to see the watercolor transform. Happy Easter! Get the free prints at my shop if you plan on doing some shopping or for a quick download click the file below.
"I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness." -John 12:46 NKJV
I'm excited to give you a sneak peek of a fun project that I'm working on as part of my art educational resources (will be available at my TpT shop and my independent shop). The idea is to create printable paper crafts relating to each letter of the alphabet. I hope to provide many resources that will nurture creativity in your students or children and help them to love art. This will be a great supplement to the Letter of the Week Curriculum for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Excited to annouce my updated Etsy shop, offering digital downloads of my fine art photography. Hope that you'll drop by and take a look.
This is my photo for today from my Project 365 gallery of an incomplete watercolor painting that I'm reworking using the sakura water brush. I hope to finish this painting sooner and I'm exciting to see what develops.
I wanted to share this photo taken today for my Project 365 because I haven't had much time to work on a painting. I'm grateful to be able to start this watercolor piece today and hope to complete it by next week. This is my first sitting for this piece and it is from a photograph taken by a friend during this year's sunrise Easter service on Mt. Helix, CA. I didn't make it to the service but I'm hoping to experience this next year. For now, I'll paint my friend's experience.
My printed greeting cards are usually printed on an inkjet printer onto cardstock. I decided to experiment with an image transfer technique that I think will give them more ump and offer more variety to my greeting card line. It's suggested that this technique will work best from an image printed on a laser jet printer. Since I only have an inkjet printer, I was lucky enough to find a tutorial using inkjet. My finish piece is above and I am very pleased with the overall look. I like the vintage feel and almost stamp like quality of the print. Here are the steps to trying this technique out if you are interested in learning something new and fun (it is so easy):
1) Print image on transparency film from an inkjet printer. Although the transparency film I used was meant for color laser printers (what I had available), it still worked out great for me.
2) Once image is completely printed, I quickly placed it on a white cardstock (ink side on paper), pressed it and rolled over the image about 10 times with a brayer.
3) Lastly, I carefully lifted up the film from the cardstock and there you have it - an image transfer! Check out this website for visuals of the technique, if you're more of a visual learner like me. I hope you have fun! Good luck.
By the way you, can use this technique for photographs as well and not just illustrations.
Side note, due to time constrictions, I've decided to push the launching of my online shop for Summer 2016.
I could have benefited from learning the carving techniques taught in sculpture class, however I dropped out of it during my college days. But this mini stamp project was a lot of fun to work on. Using carving tools and an old white eraser, I created the simple stamp above. Some tips on tackling this project: use basic and clean designs, nothing too busy and purchase a good carving/cutting tool kit such as the Speedball brand. Have fun!
I wanted to share a photo of a few digital designs that I am reworking from doodles from my sketchbook. These designs will most likely be placed on my greeting cards and they'll be part of my current big project: the launching of my new shop on this website! I cannot wait to launch it and I've given myself a deadline of December 1, 2015 to hold myself accountable and make it happen. It's been a dream of mine to have a small shop that I run, curate, design and produce personally. Although, I have other shops that are print on demand ones (hey, check them out on the right side of my blog), this personal shop will be a labor of love. Stay tune...
As of November 2015, I've decided that the launch date will be Summer 2016 instead of December 1, 2015 so that I can offer my best designs. Thanks for your patience.
Hey All, I am excited to give you a sneak peek of a few greeting card designs that's part of a black and white collection I've been putting together that's inspired by my minimal lifestyle journey. My approach is to use few words and crisp text while adding simple elements such as shapes, line and color to each design piece. As in my photography, I love the bold, clean and sophisticated combination of black and white, either on a black or white background. To learn more about minimalism check out these inspiring blogs, The Minimalists and Becoming Minimalist. Stay tune for more designs that'll be offered on my personal greeting card online shop (hopefully, launching in 2016!).
This is a pencil and color pencil drawing on paper that is titled, "On the Wings of Freedom." What does freedom mean to me? Freedom is knowing that in my brokenness, I am unconditionally and forever loved. It comes from my hope in Jesus Christ, who gives me the strength to soar on days I feel crushed by anxiety and fear.
"He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection." Psalm 91:4 NLT
I didn't want to rush this watercolor painting since I was hoping to post the finish piece on Easter. A bit late in completing and posting but happy to share. I think personal art work shouldn't be rush; it should just flow. A little bit about this piece: Titled: "THIS IS AMAZING GRACE," watercolor on paper. Process: As I was listening to a beautiful song by Phil Wickham, I ended up sketching a quick pencil on paper piece from the lyrics of his song, which I also used the title of his song as the title to this piece, and decided to create a watercolor painting. I do not want to go into more detail of this piece or what it means to me because I would like for you to have your own interpretation of it. Please comment below to share your thoughts.
A watercolor piece titled, "Springs," and it's inspired by a drawing project I worked on about a year ago. Read more about my Defenses Project for a deeper understanding of this piece. The original drawing was inspired by the verse, Proverbs 4:23 and what it means to guard one's heart. During the process of this project I began to really understand the importance of authentically examining our hearts since the issues of our hearts inspire our thoughts and actions; either negatively or positively. It's a lifelong journey of learning, examining our hearts, and trusting God. Socrates eloquently stated, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
This is a watercolor piece titled, "Run Wild." I didn't have a name for this piece until after completing it. My husband surprised me with a CD by one of my favorite bands, For King and Country, and a song titled "Run Wild" came on and in listening to the lyrics I knew it fit perfectly to this piece.
***October 25, 2016: Fast forward over a year later and I now understand how personal this piece is to me. It's quite funny but freeing to know that as an artist, I do not have to always completely understand a piece of my work right when it is completed. Grateful to God for showing me His grace through art. There is a parallel to my struggles with ptsd and anxiety in this piece. Before healing, I started off being trapped in a cage (lower birdcage); in healing, I am like a bird in the cage with the door open, free to fly away but at times afraid to, or at times, flying out of the cage but eventually flying right back in. I am excited to know that one day God will give me the strength to not ever fly back into the cage. But for now, I am grateful that the door is always opened and I am free to fly in and out of the cage.
Over the last month, I took the plunge and started experimenting with watercolor paintings. I have fallen in love with this medium and how the beautiful elements of water pops, whether subtle or direct. I can see how watercolorist (is that a word?) loves this style of painting. I also have to be truthful and share another reason as to why I like this style as much as I do → it's A LOT less cleaning than when I use oils or acrylics (hehe). Feeling like a lucky gal to be able to explore my art with different materials.
Sneak peek at some doodles in my sketchbooks. As a busy mom and artist, I find it important to nurture my creative side as often as I can even if it's just a few minutes of quick sketches. I love sketching and doodling because there's a part of me that finds pleasure in nurturing my creativity and looking forward to completing these incomplete doodles.
Over the last year, my journey into digital illustration have helped to nourish a different side of my creativity in fine arts. I am beginning to use text more and find inspiration from words, whether through my own journaling or from wonderful writers. The digital illustration below is an example of my latest digital piece. Should I offer them as prints, cards, or both?
In case you are wondering, my name is pronounced sa-rome and welcome to my visual thread of art, digital photography and design. I'm excited that you've dropped by! My days consist of the lovely chaos of caring for two little ones (if you have any running around at home, visit my learning corner for free art activities) and my free time is dedicated to creating. Read more about me here. Happy Sweet Inspirations!
grace /grās/: the love and mercy given to us by God not because of anything we have done to earn it.