D.I.Y. Spring Mason Jar Floral Bouquet

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Spring is finally upon us!  If you are looking for a quick easy gift for Easter or Mother’s Day this is a great little project to do.

Here’s how to do it:

  1.  Fill a tinted blue mason jar with water, (I found this one in a set of 4 jars at Save On Foods).
  2. Add some gorgeous tulips (trim shorter than the store bought length and create slight height variation).
  3. Get some twine and wrap it around the jar a few times and tie it off with enough left to make a bow
  4. Add a spring inspired gift tag ( I used my floral bouquet gift tag design), just slip it on the left over length of twine, knot it and tie a bow.
  5. Adjust the bow and trim the ties until they are the right length.
  6. Give it as a gift and brighten someone’s day!

If you shop in my online shop and would like to arrange a local pick up rather than pay shipping use this coupon code: FREELOCALPU and leave a note on your order in the notes section.

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Contest closes Thursday April 13 at 11:59 p.m.

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An Illustration Project

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I am excited to share the finished illustrations from a project I have been working on the last few months.  These are all botanical ingredients, illustrated for a B.C based natural skincare company.  They will be incorporated into the packaging designs and represent some of the most commonly used ingredients in the products.

I look forward to sharing the completed products with you when they have been officially launched!  Stay tuned.

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Sketchbook | Impressionistic Watercolor Hydrangeas

This is a sketchbook page I did sometime last year.  It is again the looser floral method that I sometimes use in my sketchbook. This wreath was inspired by the Hydrangeas in Beacon Hill park in Victoria.  I did this while sitting on a bench in the park and most importantly wanted to capture the colours and groupings of the different toned flowers.

Later I added a pressed flower to the middle of the wreath, though it is not a Hydrangea.  I like the idea of incorporating pressed flowers in with watercolours.

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Nature Notes | Bullet Journals

I have kept nature notes on and off for the last few years.  This is a section I have recently incorporated into my trusty Bullet Journal, as I found having a separate notebook for them was not woking.  I was less likely to make a quick note in it, and the whole idea of nature notes for me is making a short note of the state of your outdoor surroundings throughout the year.  Later you can look back and recognize patterns that occur about the same time each year in your specific area.  If you missed my previous post on starting a Bullet Journal, check it out here.

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How to Stay Motivated in the Studio

The image below is of me cross-country skiing this January at Sovereign Lake.  I love getting out into nature all year round, cross-coutry skiing is a lovely way to enjoy the forest while getting some exercise.  I find I feel recharged and more focused in the studio when I get back from being outdoors.

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Framed Art Prints Now Available in my Shop

You can now order framed art prints from my online shop!  I currently have white wooden 5 x 7 frames with a 4 x 6 mated image available.  Click here for more information and to shop online.

Buy one 5 x 7 framed print for $20 plus shipping
Or Buy 3 framed prints for $55 plus shipping

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Easter Decor Inspiration

Easter will be coming Easter-Decor-Gift-Ideasup in April this year, it signifies the true arrival of spring to me and thus I am always anticipating it far in advance. I get so inspired by the arrival of spring and the promise of more gardening and bulbs in bloom!  Here are some ideas for decor and gifts that I have rounded up. Visit my online shop for more Easter gift and home decor ideas.

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Botanical Home Decor Inspiration

Though it is not yet showing any signs of spring here in Canada, I am beginning to think about fresh botanicals and how you can incorporate them into home decor and fresher up your living space, no matter what the weather is like outside.  I hope you find these images inspiring, check out my previous botanical home decor post here.

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How to Create a Gallery Wall

Below is a great video I found on the Ikea website that shows you how to go about hanging artwork in an awkward space.  By pairing numerous smaller and larger framed prints and original works on paper together you can create a unique personalized display that has more impact than if you had just hung one or two lonely pieces on a large blank wall.  To visit my shop and browse watercolor art prints click here.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

Below is another helpful video on how to hang art in a gallery wall style grouping.  This video uses Ikea frames and a paper template they have available, though you could easily make your own.  I love the unity and impact you can create with grouping likes these.

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