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UPCOMING WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP AT RATIO COFFEE & PASTRY

Join me at Ratio CoffWatercolour Camellia Workshop Poster -JUNE at RATIOee and Pastry for a watercolour workshop and learn how to paint a Camellia flower!

If you missed the Victoria Camellia flower workshop your in luck.  I will be offering this workshop again in Vernon on Monday June 19th from 10 a.m – 2 p.m at Ratio. Learn how to paint a realistic Camellia flower in watercolour! In this class we will learn 3 watercolour techniques that will allow you to build up the majority of a flowers 3-D form. Discover how to add depth and fine details to your flower and make it pop off the paper! A photo reference will be provided and ALL materials are supplied, (watercolour paint, 2 sizes of round brushes, pencils, transfer paper, erasers etc.) ///NEW /// I am now supplying artist quality watercolour paper at the workshops, Arches 300 lb hot pressed watercolour paper, to ensure that you get the best results possible. I have also increased the class time from 3 hours to 4 hours. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions.

Please pre-register for this class /// $50 per person /// register online via the link below

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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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Waterolour Workshop in Victoria!

Join me in Victoria B.C for a watercolour workshop and learn how to paint a Camellia flower!

Learn how to paint a realistic Camellia flower in watercolour! In this class we will learn 3 watercolour techniques that will allow you to build up the majority of a flowers 3-D form. Discover how to add depth and fine details to your flower and make it pop off the paper! Please feel free to bring your own camellia flower to use as reference material at the workshop, a photo reference will be provided.  Most materials are supplied for this workshop (watercolour paint, and a basic round brush), but paper and a few additional materials will be required.

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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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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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How to Start a Bullet Journal

This year I have started a new way of organizing my life, work and various other projects and inspirations. You may have heard about the Bullet Journal… or not.

Definition:  The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, day planner, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above.

I have just started mine and look forward to sharing some of the layouts and my ideas with you.  It is a great way to stay organized and infuse each day with a little more creativity. I chose a mini binder from staples to make mine in, this way I can switch the pages around and transfer anything over for next year’s journal that I want to keep.

If you are an avid list maker, have more than 3 notebooks on the go at one time, and love stationary items and office supplies——THIS IS FOR YOU!

It took me a little bit to get the concept and customize it to how it would fit my life best, now that I have I am so glad I took the time to lay it out.  I feel organized and inspired and feel I have a much better idea of what I hope to accomplish and where I can add more balance into my life this year.

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This is a good article to get started with and find a little more out about the Bullet Journal system: Learn more here.

It doesn’t have to be fancy! Above is an example of a page I am working from right now to create this newsletter.  The difference between this and a random note in a notebook is that this page is now indexed and easy to find again, I can add to it for each months newsletter and look back to see what I have covered earlier in the year each time, and it is now one collection in a larger group of collections which together create a cohesive big picture for my brand, and creative business ideas and where I want to go with them this year.

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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

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Holiday Gift 1 Merry and bright gift tag

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