Garden and Fashion Ephemera

Bee Hive Clothing House Bee and Dahlia Paper 8x10 jpeg

Besides looking for the next new art supply to try, I’m always on the hunt for ephemera. Antique illustrations have a patina that make them special. Finding old garden periodicals that have hit the public domain are like Christmas. Many are in need of repair from age, light, or water damage. Once they have been restored, they make such beautiful clipart to create a new piece.

Last night I stayed up way too late to work on the wine colored dahlia that I have layered into the piece above. Bees, fashion, and art are some of my favorite things 🙂 The dahlia was pulled from a garden periodical from the 1800’s. The color has been restored and some of the petals on the bloom and foliage were repaired.

This is set to print as an 8 x 10 but can be resized. Free for personal use. Click on the image to save to your device.

I hope you have a beautiful Sunday!

Much love,

Lisa

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Poppy Botanical Post Card

Opium Poppy Paper set on French Paper 3.5 x 5 JPEG

There is just something about the beauty of poppies, commonly known as the Black Opium Poppy,  Papaver somniferum, or the breadseed poppy. This is a species of a flowering plant in the family – Papaveraceae. It is the species of plant from which opium and poppy seeds are derived and is a valuable ornamental plant, grown in gardens. Its native range is probably the eastern Mediterranean, but is now obscured by ancient introductions and cultivation.

The Black Opium Poppy is a gorgeous purple that is so deep in color, they are almost black. See it in its natural state. They offer such a beautiful addition to the garden.

Double Black Opium PoppyPicture and flower information provided by Bing.

Click on the post card above, size 3.5 x 5 inch (post card size). I am offering this free for personal use. These are great for small art piece, decoupage, scrapbooking, card, or large tag.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Much love,

Lisa

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When Fashion and Nature Collide – Ocean Tails, a Secret to Share.

Ocean Tails on Postcard 5 x 7

Just imagine your bare feet slipping into warm sugar sand. You are in your swimsuit, a beach tote in hand, soaking up the sun. You look to the left, then the right, and forward, you see nothing but turquoise. Your senses fill with a hint of salt and sea, the waves crash in, coming to rest in front of you. The rhythmic sounds of the ocean seeps into your soul with enchanting grace, releasing weight of built up stress. The beach is sprinkled with beautiful fashion, flowers, and critters, perhaps you will even catch a glimpse of a shimmering fin. Order your favorite drink and settle in under the umbrella. Let’s go to the sea.

On the third Wednesday of each month, we will post a new collaborative edition of  When Fashion and Nature Collide. You will see beautiful fashion and accessories styled and modeled by Dominique from 3C Style and original art made by me, Lisa from Lismore Paper that were inspired by Roda from Growing Self critter pictures and Darren from the Arty Plantsman flower pictures and his original art. For the full feature be sure to visit Dominique, Roda, and Darren. Let’s take the plunge into our Ocean Edition!

Dive Girl

Grab your gear and let’s go explore the deep blue. Tropical pink hibiscus flowers and succulents make this diving mask and regulator watercolor. Mixed with fun script and signature eyelashes, it’s a fun way to show a bit of your adventurous spirit. Dominique is a dive girl making a splash in the pictures below. There is also a secret to share later in the post.

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Model-Dominique from 3C Style, Art by Lisa from Lismore Paper, Inspiration flower by Darren’s wife, Susan from Arty Plantsman, Collage by Roda from Growing Self.

Make Waves – Protect the Ocean

This is one of the most meaningful pieces of art I have ever created. Using watercolor succulents and a variation of flowers and leaves, inspiration came in many forms. Roda’s beautiful sea turtles and Darren’s blue flower, Tecophilaea Cyanocrocus, are a wonderful inspiration point. Dominique and I emailed back and forth until this slogan fit our views just right and her brilliant lettering made this a piece to remember. This is such an important topic. Disposing of trash and recycle properly is key. We need to protect all of our critters in the ocean. When you do the right thing, it makes waves, they travel far and do a lot of good for every soul on the planet. The turtles will thank you with their beauty and their endless work of seed dispersal, acting as the clean-up crew of the ecosystem, and some even create a habitat for hundreds of species of animals from invertebrates to mammals.

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Turtle Art by Lisa at Lismore Paper, Design by Dominique at 3C Style, Sea Turtle Photography and Collage by Roda at Growing Self

Speaking of the turtle, look at this outfit…

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Model and clothing by Dominique of 3C Style, Art by Lisa at Lismore Paper, and turtle photography and collage by Roda from Growing Self.

Ocean Tails – A Secret to Share

The ocean holds many creatures. Some we have known about since the beginning of time, some have been recently discovered, and some special ones, are what dreams are made of. There are timeless tales, but there is one mystical creature that we long to see and hear, the Mermaid. What I didn’t know, there was a beautiful mermaid amongst all of us this entire time! Before I show you the proof, I want to share with you the post card made by me set on a 5 x7 vintage piece and using several different forms of mediums: vintage, colored pencil, watercolor, and acrylic. Darren’s wife, Susan, photographed the  beautiful hibiscus flower which I used in the mermaid’s hair. Click on the image below to save to your device, for personal use only.

Mermaid with darrens flower on Postcard 5 x 7 JPEG

Now for the secret…

Dominique is a mermaid!!

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Mermaid Art by Lisa at Lismore Paper, Flower by Darren’s wife, Susan of the Arty Plantsman. Model, and our very own mermaid Dominique from 3C Style. Collage by Roda at Growing Self.

I hope you enjoyed When Fashion and Nature Collide – Ocean Edition. Make sure you swim on over to check out Dominique, Roda, and Darren at the above links!

New discoveries our made everyday in the deep blue. Please do your part to Make Waves and Protect the Ocean!

Much love,

Lisa

 

Ocean Art and an announcement

5 x 7 Sea Paper

There’s something about water that draws us in and fascinates us. There are approximately 332.5 million cubic miles of water on Earth. Water covers more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface. As humans we long to find peace and tranquility. So where do we usually go, to the water. It might be as simple as a fountain in the garden, exploring the sea with an air tank and fins, a boat ride, or a beach vacation. For me, the water has always brought a great sense of peace to my soul. I love to learn about the creatures of the sea, Great Lakes, and our little ponds and streams. The life beneath the surface of the water is incredible.

I am so excited about the When Fashion and Nature Collide  August Edition (the link will take you to our July edition). You will see so many beautiful photos and art. This edition takes us to the Ocean on Wednesday, August 15th. In honor of our upcoming edition, I have created paper using vintage paper and drawings. The base is made of a ships cargo log and compass. There are octopus arms, whale, pink coral, and little fish. This is set as a  5 x 7 inch print, but can be resized. Click on the picture to save to your device. It looks great in an 8 x 10 frame. I just added it to my own nautical room. For personal use only.

I also want to share some news! Lismore Paper has gone THREADLESS! Take an adventure with me. I am taking my pen and ink doodles to t-shirts and accessories for Men, Women, and Children. At any time you can click on the Shop Lismore Paper link at the top or side bar for t-shirts, accessories, and digital paper. I will be adding more each week and if there is something you would like to see, please let me know 🙂

 

 

Much love and a happy Sunday!

Lisa

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Product Review: Faber-Castell Artist Pens

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens Pack

I have been asked what medium is my favorite. This is something I cannot answer with a simple reply. I do have one constant that I always go to, and that is my PITT Artist Pens made by Faber-Castell.  Photos of pens is credited to the Faber-Castell site.

PITT means Pigmented India Ink. These pens are offered in multiple nib sizes and in an array of colors that brings great versatility to pen-and-ink drawings without the mess. Pitt Artist Pens are great for sketching, journaling, cartooning, and drawing. They also stand up when using with other mediums, even watercolor. All of these pens are waterproof when dry, odorless, acid-free, and won’t bleed through paper. My favorite, these pens do not bleed and smudge, I have tried. Once it is dry, and it dries quick, it is there to stay. That fact sold me. There is nothing worse than destroying a piece by a bleeder. Your artwork or journaling will hold up throughout the years.

The Superfine, Fine, Medium, Bullet and Brush nibs hold up, I have not had one bend or break, mindful of acceptable pressure. I have to admit, I can be a bit hard on my pens at times. They also travel with me in my purse with my itsy art journal, so this says a lot about their durability. Another great thing to mention, the cap is made to prevent dry out, they will work like new until the ink is gone.

When I doodle, I do not sketch first. I just grab an ATC (Artist Trading Card) and use a PITT Artist Pen. These doodles are as they are, mistakes and all. Here are a few of my doodles using the XS, S, M, and B PITT Artist Pens…

Doodles 1

Line Drawing
Doodles 2

Here is a restored piece using the M pen. This is a vintage piece that had heavy damage which was not corrected with software.

Kalmia latifolia 8 x 10 tea

Here is an original piece using the B pen, it works like a brush. I must admit you will work a bit slower with these type of pens. This piece I did for the collaboration, When Fashion and Nature Collide.

Fashion Illustration Leopard Fray 5 x 7

Another thing I love about this five-star product is Faber-Castell has a positive carbon footprint and cares about the environment. Read more about that here. I am also looking forward to reviewing the Big Brush pens with nibs you can switch out with wear. How fantastic is that!

These will be my next purchase and I will be sure to review these.

 

Do you have a favorite brand?

 

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Much love,

Lisa
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