For many of us, home is a special place — but my mom especially loves her house. It was built by her grandparents in the 1940’s, who ordered the design and all of its components from the Sears Catalog. After my great-grandmother died in 2015, the house became my mother’s. For her, it’s a peaceful haven and a place that represents happy childhood memories. With that in mind, I decided to make her a watercolor house portrait this year for her birthday.
I might be a little obsessed with colorful glazed tiles. In our house, we’ve been known to add them to stairs, put them on tabletops, and even draw them on the walls! Glazed watercolor tiles were bound to make their way onto a piece of mail art or two. Today, I’m going to show you how to draw realistic-looking tiles with the help of a handy free printable.
This morning, I finished an anniversary gift artwork project that I’ve been working on for about a year. I documented my progress over the last few months, and today, I’m sharing those photos and details as a sort of tutorial for you! I hope that you enjoy reading about this gift, which I believe is an awesome concept for all kinds of celebratory occasions.
Last month, Laney Schenck asked me to participate in her annual “No More Boring Envelopes” event. Basically, a different artist makes a beautiful envelope every day of this month, and Laney posts it to her Instagram account. I never need an excuse to make envelope art, so of course I said yes! Today, I’ll show you how to make intricate teacup envelope art.
For years, I searched for the perfect gold calligraphy ink. I needed something opaque, rich, and durable, but all the liquid inks I tried were partially transparent (or had mica particles that sunk to the bottom of the jar and stayed there). As it turns out, the ink I was seeking didn’t turn out to be an ink at all! Once I discovered Finetec watercolors, there was no going back. In this article, I’ll teach you how to use metallic watercolors to create stunning gold calligraphy.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has presented many of us with an occasion to send sympathy cards. While you might not feel like you have anything comforting to say to the bereaved, just sending your acknowledgment in the form of a card is so important! For today’s tutorial, I put together a serene DIY sympathy card concept that I hope will help you to help someone else. It features a soothing illustration and a simple message that hits the right tone.