Being Thankful – Print & Tag

Thanksgiving Wreath ThankfulAt times life can really be trying. For most, we have to plan our time with family and friends, save for the things we need and want, and have many responsibilities to tend to (food, a roof over our head, and electricity). It’s not easy to do this day in and day out. But these things, I am thankful for. From these we learn responsibility, lessons, love, and truly what is important. Sometimes we struggle and other times we look around and realize our accomplishments.

For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving on the 22nd take the time to tell the ones you love that you are thankful for their love and friendship. For all of you reading, I am thankful for you. Thank you for enriching my life, sharing your stories, and allowing me to learn and grow. I appreciate you.

Please feel free to use these graphics for personal use. Click on the image to save to your device. The Thankful wreath graphic 8″x10″ can be used for cards or printable. The graphic below is a tag 2″x3.5″ to tie onto a package or for placement on the Thanksgiving table.

Tag - So very Thankful for you 2inch x 3.5inch tag

Happy Thanksgiving!

Much love,

Lisa

 

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Simple Pleasures

Garden Frost Oct 18

Explore. Slow down to appreciate what surrounds you. Enjoy the sound of the rain, look for the shimmer in the frost and snow, and the bursts of color nature provides. Keep a journal of ideas and scribble illustrations. Take pleasure in seasonal feasts and harvest. Tell stories. Mark your legacy. Cherish handmade. Try your hand at a new hobby. Wood burning, bird watching, painting, and gardening. Renew and restore something old into new. Everyday, take a moment to slow down to admire the moment of the season. Breathe deeply, live beautifully and choose kindness.

Taking in the simple pleasure of the season. An Autumn Frost.

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Wishing you a beautiful day!

Much love,

Lisa

 

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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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
Collaborations

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

Free Botanical Print

Kalmia latifolia 8 x 10 teaThere is nothing like an aged botanical print. It can add so much to a craft project or art for your home. I have even made small note cards and envelopes as a thank you from this particular print.

I have attached a Kalmia – I love the color of this print and the tea stained background. This was a salvage print that has been restored, but still has a nice amount of patina. Great for a vintage look.

Kalmia (Mountain Laurel, Calico Bush) is ideal as a landscape accent, informal border or hedge, or anywhere its star-like, deep pink, flowers can be appreciated. Leathery, evergreen leaves adorn the reddish-brown, scaly bark, and the blooms attract even more beauty to the garden in the form of birds and butterflies! Kalmia is a low-maintenance, evergreen shrub that’s great for naturalizing, works well with other evergreens, and is an excellent choice for partially shaded sites.

Happy Sunday!
Much love,
Lisa

The Beauty of Spring and a free Spring Print

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With the air crisp and cold it almost convinced me it was a January morning. Even though it is April, this was the view on Saturday. The trees frosted with a thin layer of snow, a fresh blanket of white on the ground and the spring birds singing. Usually, the lake is frozen and offers no reflection of the landscape on the water when the snow falls. The previous day was a balmy thirty eight degrees and just enough to melt the lake. This is the beauty of spring. The little surprises when you open the curtain in the morning. We have no green signs of life at the moment, the poor little dears are buried beneath the snow, but with the sun it still evokes magic. Nature, no matter what the season, still provides a serene stillness you can enjoy if dressed properly.

This morning, the view and temps were slightly different. It had dropped into the low teens over night. I don’t think the geese appreciated this fact as they were standing on the ice. Today, I could not get close. They flapped their wings in anger. I really could not blame them, they were freezing their tail feathers off. If you look close you can see their outline.

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Since there are no signs of green and certainly no flowers, I thought a spring print would brighten the day. Click on image below to save to your device. This is for personal use only. This is a 4 x 6 print.

4 x 6 Watercolor Rabbit Post with pink hydrangea

I hope wherever you are the sun is shining!

Much love,

Lisa