Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Sale: 50% everything in Grow Creative Shop

Grow Creative Shop Cyber Monday Sale 2016

I'm throwing a sale today! Yay!

Please enjoy 50% all watercolor paintings and prints in Grow Creative Shop today!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Make Your Own Watercolor Business Cards!

Watercolor Business Card Tutorial: Grow Creative Blog


The holiday season is upon us and if you are an Etsy seller or small business owner, you have been gearing up for this time of year for months!

My business checklist for the holidays includes:

  1. Having a large inventory of paintings to purchase in my shop
  2. Having collections of seasonal items
  3. Finding ways to promote my artwork through my blog & social media
  4. Ordering shipping supplies
  5. Creating lots of business cards


I've done well on all of those except the business cards. So a major watercolor business card making session was in order last weekend!  I make my own business cards to cut down on costs and because I can make each one unique and colorful- just how I like it.

As I was making this last batch, I realized that I need to share the process.  It's simple, but also kinda fun. Each card is like its own mini-painting in itself.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own watercolor business cards.

Watercolor Business Card Tutorial: Grow Creative Blog


Materials:
  • heavy white card stock or watercolor paper
  • watercolor paints
  • large paint brush
  • computer and printer
  • large paper cutters or paper punch


Materials to make your own watercolor business cards: free tutorial


Step 1: 
Using an photo editor, like picmonkey or microsoft publisher, design a printable page of cards with your business's info.  Include name, website, email, blog or social media pages.  Space these evenly apart on the page so that when you cut them out of the paper later on, they end up the same size.

You can find a tutorial on designing cards with picmonkey here.



Step 2: 
Lay out your paper and cover it with light washes of watercolor paint.  I like to vary the colors and leave some white space to keep it interesting.  Remember to keep the paint light so that you can see the font that will be printed on top of your paper later. Let this paper dry completely.

Step 3:
Change your printer settings to ensure a high quality print on thick paper, then hit print and feed your paper into the printer.  If you have a setting on your printer that allows you to feed thicker paper through a separate feeder tray, then use that mode.  Try not to have the paper be rolled through your printer any more than necessary.  A laser or an ink-jet will work just fine!

Step 4:
The last step is to cut your cards out of the paper with a paper punch or a paper cutter.  I like my cards to be fun shapes, so I use a large flower paper punch for my cards.  I flip the paper punch over and feed the paper into it with the print facing me so I can make sure the print is centered on the card.



Make your own watercolor business cards: free tutorial!

Now you are all set to go! You have unique business cards to ship out with all your sales.

Watercolor business cards: grow creative blog

Monday, November 21, 2016

Photos of the Week: Grove Creek Trail

Grove Creek Canyon, Pleasant Grove UT- in fall color

Thanksgiving is almost here!!! Do you have your turkey ready?  I'm lucky this year. My very own mother is cooking the turkey for me. 

The fine fall weather has passed and it's cold now, but since I missed posting these hiking photos, I'm going to post them now and pretend that it isn't 30 degrees outside.  

Grove Creek Canyon, Pleasant Grove UT- in fall color
Grove Creek Canyon, Pleasant Grove UT- in fall color

It's a rare occasion when the husband has a day off at a time when our son is in school.  We took advantage of one warm afternoon and explored a new trail together to blow off some stress. The adoption home study is not for the faint of heart (and neither is hosting a birthday party with 13 little kids!).  With our home study, we have had to give so much information about ourselves, like really personal stuff, and we've had to do a lot of soul-searching to figure out how we really feel about things, our weaknesses and strengths, our parenting style, and so on. But, we know it will all be worth it one day. 

I can't wait for that day!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Holiday Home Decor Ideas: Decorate with Watercolor Winter Forest Paintings

We had our first snow of the season this week and it was magical! It got me in the mood to paint some winter forest scenes.

Turns out, painting misty, snowy forests are addicting.  I painted three versions and I'm working on a watercolor tutorial to show you how I painted them too! 

Decorate your home with simple watercolor winter forest paintings, some pretty white frames, and gold twigs.  Original paintings by Elise Engh
Decorate your home with simple watercolor winter forest paintings, some pretty white frames, and gold twigs.  Original paintings by Elise Engh

Once I had the paintings all finished, I popped them into some white frames and set them up with some golden Christmas decor.  I'm thinking I need to go with golds, greens, and whites for the holidays this year. I'm loving that color combination! My frosted twigs and scented pine cones are the perfect match for these three paintings.

Decorate your home with simple watercolor winter forest paintings, some pretty white frames, and gold twigs.  Original paintings by Elise Engh
Original Watercolor Winter Forest Painting by Elise Engh
Decorate your home with simple watercolor winter forest paintings, some pretty white frames, and gold twigs.  Original paintings by Elise Engh

They even go well with my little potted lemon tree that I started from a lemon seed last spring.

What are your favorite colors to decorate with for the holidays?


Thursday, November 10, 2016

For the Love of Pumpkins

I've been busy painting more versions of my mint pumpkin.  Pairing a pumpkin with flowers turned out to be awesome!  I need to do that more!

Watercolor Mint Pumpkin with Flowers: Elise Engh

I actually got around to painting all of my mini-gourds and pumpkins this year. I set them up on my art room table and painted away.  They have such incredible shapes and colors.  I could have painted about twenty more of these, but ran out of time.  

So, for now, these two are in the shop!

Watercolor Pumpkins: Elise Engh
Watercolor Pumpkins: Elise Engh
pumpkin harvest
Watercolor Mint Pumpkin with Flowers: Elise Engh
fall pumpkin with flowers

Monday, November 7, 2016

Photos of the Week

Another beautiful week of beautiful weather, although, I wish it were more rainy or snowy here.  We need some kind of precipitation soon or my beautiful lake may dry up.  So sad to see it so low this year.



Well, it's November! A time to be grateful!

Last week I was grateful for:

  • my camera (as always- i'd die without it)
  • a good neighborhood with friendly neighbors (Halloween was a blast!)
  • another art deal with Hobby Lobby!
  • that my son didn't require any medical attention when he swallowed his loose tooth- it passed just fine :)
  • my hard-working husband who earned himself a bonus
  • my two-month-old nephew that I got to babysit on Friday night.  He is the sweetest baby ever.
  • I had the privilege to vote early
What were grateful for last week?


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fall Florals and Pumpkins

It's been a crazy fall! I just finished a huge licensing project which I'm not able to write about yet. It involves car illustrations and comes out next summer.  So you'll have to wait a while to see those.

These little paintings I can write about, so I'll share some fall/ autumn watercolors I've been working on. I'm hoping they end up in Hobby Lobby next year.  Fingers Crossed they like these!

In the meantime, you can find the originals in my shop.

Watercolor Floral Heart by Elise Engh
Mint Green Fall Pumpkin Painting by Elise Engh
Watercolor Floral Heart and Arrow by Elise Engh
Mint Green Fall Pumpkin Painting by Elise Engh

I painted this mint green pumpkin from a real life pumpkin I have in my house as a fall decoration and at first I just had the lone pumpkin, just floating in space. My husband gave me some art advice on this one... haha! He said I needed to ground the pumpkin.  I could see his point, so I later painted in some shadows beneath it and some grass, but I still like the lone pumpkin better.  There is something about the clean white space around it that I love.

Which version do you like better?