Seven Day Photo Challenge with a 3C Style Twist

My beautiful and talented friend Dominique over at 3C Style has tagged me in the Seven Days Photo Challenge! Thanks so much, Dominique! Like her, I am twisting it up because I just cannot help myself.

The official rules are … Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanations. Challenge someone new each day.

My rule breaking … Because of my love for seeing both black & white and color side by side, I’m doing both. And…Instead of challenging someone new each day, I want all of you who are interested in this challenge to take it up, join us having fun, and maybe break the rules a bit! Just to add one more while I’m at it…they are all in the same post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you can participate!

Much love,

Lisa

 

 

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French Botanical Paper Gotu-Kola

Gotu Kola with drangonflies on French Kitchen Paper 8.5 x 11 JPEG

Recently, I learned about this herb, Gotu-Kola and it’s amazing properties. I love to learn about medicinal herbs and their endless benefits. Luda, at Plants and Beyond is one of my favorites. She posted this great article about Gotu-Kola. Click on the links provided to read the benefits.

I was inspired by her comments and created this French Botanical. Set on a French Kitchen bookplate from 1882, I added the Gotu-Kola and a pair of dragonflies. This is free to use – personal use only. Click on the link and save to your device. This is great for kitchen art and crafting.

Gotu Kola with drangonflies on French Kitchen Paper 8.5 x 11

You never know what you can discover outside of your front door!

Much love,

Lisa

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day

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Wishing all of you who celebrate a wonderful and blessed Memorial Day!

Those we love, don’t go away. They walk beside us, living in our heart and soul forever.

For those who are still giving, thank you for all that you do to keep us safe to celebrate this beautiful day.

Many blessings and much love,

Lisa

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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

 

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

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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.

Lilac Bush 5.5.18

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