Monday, March 31, 2014

Mini Tissue Paper Flowers Tutorial

How to make mini tissue paper flowers with a flower paper punch: Grow Creative

Don't you love getting new craft tools?!  I spent most of my birthday money this year at the craft stores on some fun stuff........like a 3 1/2 inch scallop flower paper punch.  It's awesome and it's inspiring all kinds of crafty projects for spring!

mini tissue paper party flowers: Grow Creative

Easy Mini Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial:

Materials:
Large flower or scallop paper punch
Tissue Paper
Stapler

Instructions:
1. Fold one piece of tissue paper in half, then in half again two more times so that you end up with 8 thicknesses of paper.
2.  Along the folded edge, slide the paper into your punch all the way back and press down firmly to cut out some flower shapes.
3.  With all 8 tissue flower shapes in a neat pile, staple them together a couple of times in the center.
4.  Scrunch each layer of tissue from the center out to create a ruffled flower.

How to make mini tissue paper flowers with a flower paper punch: Grow Creative
How to make mini tissue paper flowers with a flower paper punch: Grow Creative

I just happened to have some poppies in a vase that these tissue paper flowers look perfect with.  I'm loving these colors together!  Happy Spring!

mini tissue paper party flowers: Grow Creative
mini tissue paper party flowers: Grow Creative
mini tissue paper party flowers: Grow Creative

Photos of the Week


Good morning! It's really a Monday here.  The snow came and froze my plants.... so sad.  At least we got to enjoy some spring weather before the snow.  I'm almost never happier than when I'm outdoors in the warm sunshine.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Flowers and Ferns

Right now it's all about plants.  Lots and lots of plants.  I'm putting them in my yard and in my paintings.  I love them!

Watercolor Flowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Coral and Green Flowers
Watercolor Flowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Watercolor Flowers and Ferns by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Watercolor Ferns by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Blue and Yellow Ferns

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Still Creating


I've been a little MIA on this blog this week. I felt the need for a break but, I have not stopped creating and enjoying beautiful things.  Here's what I've been up to.........

We purchased our first flowers of the spring and I got some poppies!  I've always wanted some of those in my yard. 

Poppy Flower

I started crocheting a blanket! I can't wait to see this finished, but I'm enjoying the process as well.

Crochet Blanket

I turned 30 last week and had a fun time out shopping at Gardner Village!  I saw tons of cute stuff...... good inspiration for future projects!  And...... amazingly I do not feel like an old fogey.. haha!  30 is not that bad!


I finally picked out some fabric for and sewed some badly needed new couch pillows.  Ikea came through again for me :)


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Watercolor Chrysanthemums


Chrysanthemum...........not an easy word to spell, but surprisingly not too hard to paint.

It all started with a little card I made.

Watercolor Chrysanthemum Paintings: Grow Creative

I didn't have a chrysanthemum in mind when I started this, but realized it looked like one afterwards.  Since then I've had that scene from Anne of Green Gables running through my mind.  Ya know the one where Anne beats Gilbert in the spelling bee by spelling chrysanthemum correctly-haha!  I love that movie!

Watercolor Chrysanthemum Paintings: Grow Creative
Watercolor Chrysanthemum Paintings: Grow Creative

Monday, March 17, 2014

Come and Get it- $15 and under sale!

Spring is a good time for cleaning up the house..... and the shop.  I have quite a few pieces that need to go (bookmarks, hats, paintings), so enjoy my spring cleaning sale!  I have 21 items on sale for $15 or less... just check out my CLEARANCE SECTION.


Photos of the Week

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! It's is a day to celebrate my favorite color.... and there's some stuff about leprechauns and lucky four-leaf clovers in there too.  So here's my photographic tribute to green!  

Green Bulb Leaves Photograph: Grow Creative
Green Leaves Photograph: Grow Creative
lime and cucumber slices photograph by Grow Creative
Green Grass Photograph: Grow Creative

It's been said that our eyes can distinguish more shades of green than any other color.  Maybe that's why I love it so much.  That .......and the fact that it means that things are living and growing and the sun is coming out again :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Floral Stuffed Easter Eggs Tutorial

Floral Stuffed Egg Vases Tutorial:  Grow Creative
Floral Stuffed Egg Vases Tutorial:  Grow Creative

Spring is about here.... time to get working on some flowery home decor!

I saw this idea over at The Artsy Girl Connection a looooong time ago and I finally got down to making some of these beautiful egg vases for myself.  Enjoy the tutorial!
Materials:
Eggs
Needle
Hammer
Floral Moss
Flowers (silk or real)

Instructions:

1:  Lightly tap a needle into the top of the eggs with a hammer to create a small hole.
2:  Enlarge the holes with your fingers.
3:  Wash the eggs thoroughly with warm soapy water and let dry.
4:  Fill eggs with floral moss.
5:  Cut small  flower stems to and place in the eggs.

Floral Stuffed Egg Vases Tutorial:  Grow Creative
Floral Stuffed Egg Vases Tutorial:  Grow Creative

You can display these in a bowl with some moss or any other dishes that would work.  I'm using the bottom of my butter dish  :)

Floral Stuffed Egg Vases Tutorial:  Grow Creative
Floral Stuffed Egg Vases Tutorial:  Grow Creative

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Birds are for Spring

Original Watercolor Bird Painting: Elise Engh @Grow Creative

I'm still trying to catch up on all the paintings I made during my little stay-cation at home.  So here are a few little birds..... don't these make you feel sooooo ready for spring?  They do for me!

Original Watercolor Bird Painting: Elise Engh @Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Bird Painting: Elise Engh @Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Bird Paintings: Elise Engh @Grow Creative

Monday, March 10, 2014

Photos of the Week


We took a trip to an old military fort way out in the middle of nowhere- not where I had ever thought I would go, but it was fun to get out of the city for a few hours.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Circular Abstract Watercolor Tutorial

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Spring is the time to start bringing some color into your home.  I can't wait for my flowers to bloom for that very reason!  Till then, I'll content myself with some bright watercolors.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Materials:
Coldpress Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paints
Paint Brush
Rinse Water
Masking Tape
Drawing Board or Large piece of Cardboard

Step 1:  Use masking tape to tape your paper to your board along the edges to create a nice border.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 2:  Choose your color scheme and mix your colors (about 4 or 5) before you start painting.  This abstract work tends to turn out better if you apply the colors quickly so they blend.  If you are mixing in between applications, the colors won't mix as well.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 3:  Near the top and semi-close to the edge of your paper, paint a circle.  The placing of your circle is up to you, but I think it looks better a little off center.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 4:  With another color, paint another circle along the circumference of the first circle.  You can leave a little white space here and there.  Let the paint touch in some spots so that it will spread and mix.

Repeat the layers until you have filled your entire paper.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial
Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial
Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 5:  Now for the dripping part!  This is totally optional, but it makes it more fun.  To get a cool dripping effect, wet your brush and dab water onto several parts of your painting.  Then hold your painting (still taped to your board) upright and let the water and wet paint drip.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 6:  Let it all dry out.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 7:  After the painting is completely dry, carefully carefully pull the tape off of your paper.  This is tricky. Masking tape can rip your paper so be extra cautious.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Project complete...... now hang it up somewhere to be admired :)

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

DCMA

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