Hand Picked 12 x 12 Paper

12 x 12 Forget Me Not

Inspiration can come in many forms. The Royal Wedding yesterday did not fall short for me in this department. The elegant white dress, Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara held the sweeping train, the guests dressed gorgeously in jewel tones and yellows, topped with unbelievable hats and fascinators. The beautiful setting of St. George’s Chapel, the flowers, and the carriage ride through the streets of Windsor was definitely a highlight. The way they looked at each other could not have been better. The stories shared on the multiple channels that covered every aspect of the Royal Wedding were fantastic, but it was one story that made it over the top for me.

Meghan’s bouquet, spring blooms, designed by Philippa Craddock, who was in charge of all of the wedding florals did not miss the mark. The bouquet included Forget Me Nots, which were Princess Diana’s favorite flower. Bound with a naturally dyed silk ribbon were forget me nots, lily of the valley, sweet peas, jasmine, astilbe, astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle. The greatest part about this was that Prince Harry handpicked several flowers the day before the wedding from their private garden at Kensington Palace. I don’t know of a more beautiful tribute to the two greatest women in his life. This melted my heart. Photo from E.

Royal Bouquet

I have created scrapbook paper, 12 x 12, that can easily be resized to what ever size needed. This is great for scrapbooking, crafts, journaling, greeting cards, etc. It’s my way of remembering the day and using the Forget Me Not.

12 x 12 Forget Me Not Paper PDF

I hope everyone has a brilliant Sunday!

Much love,

Lisa

 

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When Fashion & Nature Collide – Mixed Media

May Art

Mixed media is a technique involving the use of two or more artistic mediums, such as ink and pastel, digital painting and watercolor, photos and line layering that are combined in a single composition. Decorative paper can be used as a filler background between the different layers of mediums. Antique book plates and stained paper can be used as a part of the foundation or placed over an object to give it an aged patina. This type of art provides endless possibilities. Just an example is altered objects, including books and boxes, handmade greeting cards, artist trading cards (ATCs), tags, art journals, and book/journal making.

This month we had so many choices for this edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. The above image is my contribution to the project. Sketching and creating smart objects to place about is one of my favorite things.

I was instantly drawn to these pairings for this month. My art inspiration was fueled by these wonderful images by Dominique from 3C Style, Darren from Arty Plantsman, and Roda from Growing Self. Please visit their sites to get a fantastic view of When Fashion and Nature Collide.

Let’s talk about inspiration!

This Partridge Plymouth Rock, Silk dress, Venetian mask from Italy, and vintage feather hat sparked so many ideas. Even though the mask didn’t make the final piece of my art, it’s a fun piece that looks great in a 5×7 as an accent piece for a grouping, or for an art and craft.

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Mask 5 x 7

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Mask 5 x 7 PDF

This won my heart at first sight. The yellow coat, blue butterfly, and the moraea flower blend together like they were made from the same fabric. The stunning colors play off each other perfectly. That beautiful blue is my “it” color this year. Visit Darren’s site Arty Plantsman for his better than life drawing of  the moraea. I am in complete awe of his artistry. I am just over the moon about this. This is also the color portion of my contribution and one of the sketches Leopard Fray on vintage lined library paper below.

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Fashion Illustration Leopard Fray 5 x 7

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Fashion Illustration Leopard Fray 5 x 7

Pink! I love pink, so this struck a chord with me. The whole look of the flowers that I want in my own garden, amazing jeans, and a handbag that is beyond beautiful. I could not help but want to sketch these jeans and shoes. Two of the three sketches are part of the contribution and all can be used as a set.

 

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Fashion Illustration Pink Passion 1 5 x 7 JPEG

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Fashion Illustration Pink Passion 1 5 x 7

Fashion Illustration Pink Passion 2 5 x 7 JPEG

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Fashion Illustration Pink Passion 2 5 x 7

I hope you enjoyed this edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. Next edition is June 20th and do we have some surprises for you!

Much love,

Lisa

 

A Mother’s Day French Botanical

 

Dendrobium Paper with Butterfly on Invoice Paper 8.5 x 11

Happy Mother’s Day! To all of those incredible women in our lives that care for us each and every day. Whether you are new moms, a pregnant mom-to-be, one who has adult children, or a fur mom, I hope this day is blessed with love.

To my mom, I love you more than anything and I am so blessed to have you. You are an amazing woman! To my daughter, I am so incredibly blessed to have you. I cannot imagine this life without you in it. You both our my world.

Click on the 8.5 x 11 image to save to your device. For personal use. Great for card making, crafts, etc.

With much love,

Lisa

Lilac Botanical Print

Lilac

For a few glorious weeks the lilacs bloom. The fragrance fills the air with that old fashioned scent that can transport you to another time. There are different lilacs that offer blooms in the summer and fall, but I truly love the early bloomers. They seem to set off spring on the right foot.

Cathi from Over The Hill On The Yellow Brick Road mentioned lilacs were her favorite last week. I love to offer botanicals that are near and dear. I hope you like this simple, but charming botanical print. Its set as an 8 x 10 on the PDF but it can be resized. Click on the Lilac link to save to your device.

Lilac

I have five lilacs on my property that have just begun to leaf. They are a bit behind this year.

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I also spotted these visitors…

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Have a beautiful Sunday. If you have any botanicals that you would like to see please let me know.

Much love,

Lisa

Free Botanical Graphic

White Lily PDF 8 x 10

Yesterday I was on the hunt for any hint of a flowering anything. Even though nothing was blooming, I saw buds on the lilac, soft trees, and green leaves popping in the gardens. Finally the iris and lily leaves are poking through the ground. I’m hoping my roses and sweet peas made it through the cold of the winter. For now, I will marvel all of the beautiful flowers and trees I see on WP and Instagram. I may have a bit of plant envy going on 🙂

Capturing a few pictures on my walk yesterday, you can see there is much cleanup to get to, hopefully I can make a small dent in it today. The driftwood seems to be surfacing again, which makes me happy. I have a project I am working on and hope to share it with all of you soon.

In the mean time, enjoy the 8 x 10 Botanical Graphic. It can be used as art, card making, transfer image, decoupage craft, etc.

White Lily PDF 8 x 10 Click on the link to download to your device.

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Have a happy Sunday!

Much love,

Lisa

Spring Visitor

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I didn’t think spring would arrive this year. Just a week ago, we listened to the ping of freezing rain hit the windows and then leave a gift from Mother Nature of snow and ice behind. Although we still have some snow in the woods where the sun can’t break through, there has been a shift from white to green.

The birds are singing in harmony again. There are no brisk winds and the air has warmth to it – refreshing. The days are longer, the earth is unfreezing allowing green shoots to poke through like a promise of good things to come. For me, it was a happy day, we had a spring visitor. He is one we look forward to seeing after a long winter.

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Out the front door, we had another visitor. One lone turkey scratching away.

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I love to see the green emerge from a long winters nap.

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Happy spring! Enjoy the sun 🙂

Much love,

Lisa

 

Art Inspiration – When Fashion and Nature Collide

April Ladybird Art

There is so much inspiration to be found in nature. Our team has chosen several flowers, critters, and fashion to feature this month. For April, my choice was based on color and the need for spring to make its appearance. The pop of ladybug red, black and white, and sunshine yellow is a feast for the eyes especially after a long winter.

The pattern on Dominique’s coat and color resembles a ladybug and also pulls the vibrant red of the turban buttercup. I also think about the textile artists and fashion designers who use their art and craft to create beautiful clothing using plant, animal, and fibers to mimic these patterns and colors. Inspiration for textiles have been fundamental in creating clothing since the beginning of civilization.

Drawn in by the ladybug, or some, refer to it as the ladybird, I was easily captured by Dominique of 3C Style choice of fashion. Being inspired by Roda from Growing Self, her beautiful photo of the perfect ladybug on greens, and Darren from The Arty Plantsman, photos of his double-flowered forms of the Ranunculus or Turban Buttercup in red, white, and yellow, you can see how this look came together. From these, I was able to sketch and create art based on how closely Fashion and Nature come together. I was especially drawn to the silky appearance of the Turban Buttercup. For all of the April looks, make sure to visit the links above.

Below is one of my favorite Ladybug quotes in a free printable. For all of the fashionista’s, is one of my sketch’s from the art work above. These are for personal use only. Great for craft projects or art. Click on the link to download to your device.

Ladybug Fashion 5 x 7  and  Ladybugs Dance 8 x 10

Ladybugs Dance 8 x 10

Ladybug Fashion 5 x 7

Let nature inspire you!

Much love,

Lisa