Thursday, October 20, 2016

Washi Tape Gallery Wall

I'll admit it. I  have waaaaaaay too much art. Most of it is sitting in a cupboard in my art room, unused and lonely. It's about time I got it out of the cupboard and up on the wall!

I don't have nearly enough frames for all of these, so it's good thing I have washi tape! I created a gallery wall and used up two entire rolls of washi tape in the process. It was fun to make and I love all that color on my wall.

Washi Tape Decorating Idea: art gallery

The two methods that work best for me are:
1) Place long strips on the top and bottom of a painting.
2) Cut four small strips and place them diagonally across each corner of a painting.

It also works better if the paintings are completely flattened, not warped. That can be a problem with watercolors paintings.

Hang art with Washi Tape!
Watercolor Art Gallery with Washi Tape
Watercolor Art Gallery with Washi Tape
Watercolor Art Gallery with Washi Tape

Have you ever used washi tape to hang your art?

As far as I can tell, it doesn't pull the paint off my walls, so it's a win. Reminds me of how I used to tape cut-outs from magazines on the wall by my bed as as teenage... haha!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Watercolor Night Sky Tutorials

Ready for some dreamy starry nights?

I've been working on these watercolor night sky paintings and tutorials to go with them for several weeks and today the watercolor tutorials are up on the Craftsy Blog.  Check them out!

2 Wondrous Ways to Paint a Night Sky

Watercolor Starry Night Sky
Watercolor Starry Night Skies
Tropical Night Sky in Watercolor

My favorite by far, is the tropical night landscape.  I just knew that palm trees would look good against a luminous, sparkly sky!

The night sky tutorials are simple and fun- you don't have to be a pro to make these. They also require a few extra materials, but it's stuff you usually have around the house already.  Epsom salts, Q-tips, and Rubbing alcohol.  Enjoy!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Photos of the Week

 Cool pumpkins and gourds are one of the best things about fall, don't you think?

orange, green, and yellow warty decorative gourds

The colors and textures are almost too mush for me to handle. I'm an artist.......... I get excited about these kinds of visual feasts. My art brain is exploding!

orange, green, and yellow decorative gourds
orange and green warty decorative gourd
orange yellow pumpkin

I'm so excited to have been able to buy a few of these beauties this year and I'm even more excited to capture them in watercolors. It's been a very very busy fall for me.  Lots of projects in the works, some of which I can't announce yet, but it's exciting stuff!

Art news is good, but the best news is for my little family. We have decided to try and adopt! I can't believe I am typing this right now. I have waited for so so so many years to get to this point. I mourned the loss of my fertility and waited and waited for the time when adoption felt right.  It feels right now. Of that we are sure. So fasten your seat belts, it's going to be an amazing ride!

We have many big decisions to make and mountains of paperwork to tackle, but we feel so good about this choice. We've felt the Lord's hand guiding us to adoption and in these choices we are making. We believe in miracles!


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