Art Decor

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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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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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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Holiday Gift Wrapping Inspiration

This year I decided to spice things up with my wrapping and use all sorts of different wrapping paper I already had kicking around the house.  I also dove deep into the bag of scrap ribbon pieces I have been saving/hoarding for years!  I had a lot of fun pairing my illustrated gift tags with the various looks  I created for under the tree this year.  I hope you find them inspiring, you can find more of my gift tags in my online shop here.

Holiday gift 3 Star Wrapping Paper with Red Ribbon and Deer GiftTags

Noel Gift Wrap with merry and bright gift tag

Red anf White wrapping papper crazy blue ribbon and Deer gift tag watercolor

Holiday Gift 2 blue crazy ribbon, and deer gift tag

Holiday Gift 1 Merry and bright gift tag

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Recent Paintings | Floral Bouquet

My latest painting is a floral bouquet, inspired by a photo I found Instagram.  I love this arrangement and how it includes flowers and succulents in it. In this painting I focused more on the composition and colour balance than I did on every exact fine detail.  Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from details and add a little artistic license to a painting. 

This is a great way to capture your wedding bouquet! Contact me if you are interested in a bouquet portrait of your own, or as a gift to a bride.

Bouquet 1

bouquet 2

Bouquet 3

Online Shop News

I now have three different sized art prints available in my online shop.  You can purchase most of my paintings as a high quality reproduction in sizes, 5 x 7, 8.5 x 11 and 11 x 14.  These are standard sizes and fit pre-cut mat boards and standard frames nicely.  You can also purchase greeting cards with my paintings and designs on them either as single cards or in sets of three, with your choice of designs. I ship orders by mail but you can also arrange to pick up local orders if you are in the Okanagan.  Check out my online shop here.

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Gift Wrapping How To: Contemporary Woodland Chic

The holidays are upon us and I have been very inspired by all things woodland this season.  Here is a quick list of things you will need to create a beautiful contemporary woodland chic holiday gift this season.

  • Parchment paper or neutral coloured wrapping paper
  • Bakers twine or regular brown twine
  • Bare twigs
  • Festive coloured pom poms
  • Woodland animal gift tags
  • Tape
  • Hot melt glue gun

Glue the poms poms onto the twigs, place on top of your neatly wrapped gift (I choose plain white paper) and then wrap the twine around the present numerous times.  Finally secure the twine and attach your gift tag.  Check out my online shop for woodland animal and botanical art prints, cards, and gift tags.

 

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25 Awesome Advent Calendars


DIY-Advent-CalendarA fun way to get creative this December is to make your own advent calendar.  There are some really cool ideas out there right now.  Click here for more ideas like the photo shown above. If you are interested in more holiday decorating and DIY ideas check out my “Holiday Decor”  pinterest collection here.

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December Quote

It’s December and we are in the midst of the holiday season now.  I love Christmas music, and using lyrics out of Christmas songs in design projects.  Also “Merry & Bright” seems to be the on trend holiday greeting this year.  Looking online and in stores, it is everywhere!  I thought I had come up with it on my own, however somehow I don’t think that Chapters & Indigo copied me. I must have seen it somewhere before I designed these colour swatch art prints. 

Merry & Bright Red and Green Swatches 11 x17

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