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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Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine

Thank you so much Mel from Fiction In My Head for nominating me! Mel is so talented! So if you are not following her you are missing out. I had an opportunity to create a piece of multi media art for Mel this year, thank you, Mel! I had a great time creating it! I absolutely love her fiction posts based on pictures taken by Darren from the ArtyPlantsman this is my way of begging for more you two, please 🙂

Rules:
Thank the blogger who nominated you. Thank you, Mel!

Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post. – See above
Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you. – See below
Nominate 5-11 bloggers you want to give the award to. – I nominate anyone who wants to answer. So Mel, right back at ya!
Ask the following bloggers that you selected 11 questions of your own. – Mel’s are really good, so I will do my best.

So let’s get to it. Here are Mel’s questions and my response to each of them.

1. Naked or not or both (think carefully)? Well…it really depends on the situation. In the ideal situation naked (no mosquitoes in sight)…free as a bird!

2. Spaghetti or Fettuccini and why? Thin spaghetti. Like it about twice a year. I know…how weird. My husband would have it every day.

3. What sauce would you use up there for question 2 and why? Garlic and Cheese…lots of cheese.

4. Harley Davidson or Vespa? Explain. After working rescue for a number of years, I will not ride either. I will stick to creating them.

Scooter Art

5. Leather or lace with that drink? Is this a trick question, Mel? I think I can hear her giggle. Leather for me.

6. Where would you do it? Oh, you mean where I would have a drink. lol. A sports bar, most likely watching hockey.

7. With whom would you do where you would do what you do, did, done did from question 6? Mel, you are trying to get me in trouble 🙂 Going with the Super D answer, they know who they are.

8. What drink would you have with the Leather or Lace from question 5? Blue Chair Bay Rum, 90 miles to Cuba.

9. How would you disguise yourself if you had to sneak in to your employer’s office in order to retrieve important incriminating documents? Mock rescue and smoke machines. Full turnout gear.

10. What did she say exactly? You know… after you did what you did when you did that thing you did while you were doing it. (*wink*) Let’s have another 🙂

11. How was that thing anyway? Amazing!

12. I know I am, but what are YOU doing the rest of your life? Not holding myself back!

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What are you reading right now/or what is your next read?
  2. The most adventurous thing on your bucket list?
  3. Song that makes your soul dance?
  4. Superman or Batman?
  5. Leggings, tights/nylons, or nude?
  6. Potter or Twilight?
  7. Cat or Dog or something more exotic?
  8. Favorite vacation spot and why?
  9. Make-up or Natural?
  10. What makes your heart skip a beat instantly?
  11. Action or Romance?
  12. Favorite date place?

MY NOMINEES…no running away!

I do not like to pick people for these type of awards, but I do encourage my followers to answer. Mel, I’d love to read your answers! So many of you out there that I’d love to learn more about. Come on…just a few questions, no pressure 🙂 Please link back with your answers OR answer one of my questions in the comments.

Thank you again, Mel!

Much love,

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Fashion and Nature Collide – July Edition

Scooter ArtThe summer months call us outside to enjoy our surroundings, let us feel the warmth of the sun on our skin. This year it’s been especially hot all over the world. It’s a perfect time to put on your favorite hat for a little shade, enjoy the music – perhaps your favorite song or natures music of chirping birds and the buzz of wildlife. Sweet frogs singing in the rain or lush leaves acting like a chime in the wind. There is nothing like the natural song of Mother Nature. Grab your favorite hat and take a spin with us.

When Fashion and Nature Collide, is a monthly project collaboration with me and three wonderfully talented WP friends: Dominique from 3C Style, Roda from Growing Self and Darren from Arty Plantsman. The third Wednesday of each month you will see art from me that was inspired by outfits styled and modeled by Dominique, critter photography from Roda, and flower photography from Darren.

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Roda’s photo collage and dragonfly photography. T-Shirt art copyright Lisa Lawrence Lismore Paper and design copyright Dominique Nancy 3C Style 2018.

Our first stop lands us in Maine with the Dragon lady! This piece is dedicated to our friend and fellow WP blogger Linda, Maine Paper Pusher a.k.a fast flying dragon lady! There was much inspiration surrounding this art piece and was crafted out of love. Roda’s photography inspired the look of the dragonfly, make sure you visit her post for more on this gorgeous critter. From the big round eyes to the tip of the tail, it’s all in the details that Roda has captured through her lens.

This second piece of art came late in the month after Linda posted this, A Critter Quiz, as I was working on my art. Dragons are magical and they start their life in water! Thank you, Linda for inspiring this piece, Metamorphosis – Birth of a Dragon. Let’s head to our next stop.

Birth of a Dragon 5 x 7

Artwork copyright Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper.

Our second stop takes us to a walk in the park. Nature inspires so many things from clothing, pattern, and color, to items like journal covers and paper. Make sure you visit Darren and Dominique’s post for more on this beautiful fashion, architecture, and botanical drawings. They are going to be used for a special project that all of you fashionistas are going to love!

Book with Dragonfly and flowers

Darren and Lisa Art Book

1st – Photograph of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist/Model: Dominique Nancy – Flower Art by Darren Sleep – Dragonfly Art by Lisa Lawrence. 2nd- Photograph by Marie-Claude Viola – Flower Art by Darren Sleep – Dragonfly Art by Lisa Lawrence

Our third stop takes us to the above art, Let’s take a Spin. This was inspired by this series of Blue Orchid art and styling on a scooter. It feels carefree, reminding me of streets lined with flower shops, bistros, and feel good living. Dominique is modeling one of my favorite hats. The color of the blue orchid is carried into the flower scooter. You have to see what Dominique is up to at our next stop.

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Collage by Roda, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist/Model: Dominique Nancy – Artwork- Lisa Lawrence, Blue Orchid Photography Darren Sleep

Our fourth and final stop, hold on to your hat! We are loving them this month! Dominique is even playing the piano for us!! What kind of music is she playing?

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WFNC Hats & Music
1st – Photograph of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist/Model: Dominique Nancy 2nd- Multi media art by Lisa Lawrence using photos by Roda, Darren, Dominique, and Lisa.

I hope you enjoyed this spin through the July issue. Like the ocean? Our August edition takes us there!

Make sure you are reading the full edition. Visit Roda, Dominique, and Darren. It’s where Fashion and Nature Collide!

Much love,

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watermelon Salad Paper and Recipe

Watermelon Salad Paper 1

Graphics and multi media are a part of our everyday life from packaging, television, advertisement, and products. I am constantly looking at packaging, taking it all in, driving my husband crazy by looking over all the new products. Let’s face it, some of the beauty products are packaged beautifully.

I love to make graphics, but you have gathered that if you are a follower. It can be anything from flowers, food, objects, people, animals, etc. Over the years, I have quite a large collection. Anything I don’t have, I make by painting, pen & ink, watercolor, or by camera. Then I scan, remove the background, and fix any errors that I see in the original art. Then the fun begins, layers upon layers can be built. Let’s not forget about the ephemera that is available in the public domain to use as a background. Looking for hours on end is my winter hobby. Some antique stores even carry it.

Soon, I will be adding some of these type of graphics and paper to LismorePaperCo I do offer custom orders.

I was asked for this recipe by a neighbor and thought it was the perfect opportunity to get a little creative. Watermelon Salad is one of my favorite summer salads. It’s so flavorful and delicious especially if you let it chill for an hour. Esme sits, waiting for bits of this salad, too! It’s that good 🙂

You can click on the paper above to save to your device . The recipe card is 4 x 6 inch and can be printed. Each item is for personal use. Watermelon Salad Recipe card 4 x 6

Watermelon Salad Recipe card 4 x 6

Hope you have a brilliant Sunday!

Just a reminder don’t miss our 5th Edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. Mark your calendars, it’s on July 18th!

Much love,

Lisa

 

 

Meet Esmerelda

Esme

It was brought to my attention that most of you didn’t know that I have an amazing side kick, Esmerelda. We call her Esme for short. When I realized I had only made remarks in posts about having a dog, and never sharing this hairy beast, I had to change that.

Esme is eight years old and a black German Shepherd. She is faithful, loving, and has such a kind heart. There is only one drawback, if you knock on the door, she goes into I didn’t invite you mode. Now, if you have a Dream Bone in your hand or something really tasty like a Ham Sammy, she most likely will let you in if you toss it to her and immediately sit down. She’s not quite Cujo unless she sees a chipmunk. I have to pause in writing this post because someone wants to eat.

Esme at 11 and 13 weeks old. She stole my heart as soon as I brought her home.

Esme and her sister Esther became a part of our family after our beloved chihuahua, Marge, passed away. I never thought in a million years I could ever love a dog as much as I loved him. Marge was a boy, I know…odd, but it fit. I was wrong, I love her endlessly and is truly a best friend. Unfortunately, we were only blessed with Esther for five years before illness took her too soon.

Esme and Esther, they were truly sisters. Fight one minute and love each other the next. So Linda, I can completely relate.

Esme has changed a bit since Esther has passed. She is more spoiled, vocal, and she has learned some sign language. It’s fun to be able to communicate without words, I twirl my finger in a circle to tell her to wipe her feet at the door. Now if she could hold the doggy wipe and wipe her paws when raining it would be amazing!

So when I am creating, she is laying beneath my desk with her head on my foot. I don’t think my creations would be quite the same without her by my side. There is nothing better and more pure than loving and being loved by a dog. I love seeing everyone’s pets and the crazy things they do. I hope you continue to share your pets with all of us.

 

We hope you have a beautiful Sunday!

Much love.

Lisa & Esme