Can you tell I love to make handmade cards
? Last year for our first anniversary I drew
a comic booklet
with the tale of how Neil and I met and finally became a couple (after years of mutual crushing). We both like exchanging cards (a crafty manfriend? I die…) particularly because we think it’s so cheesy when couples give store-bought cards for special occasions!
This year I had fun with watercolor peonies, trying my hand at doing some different lettering, and printing a timeline of favorite moments from the past year. I was very happy with how the Instagram prints turned out that I ordered from Persnickety Prints. The paper was a matte heavier weight, and the colors turned out nicely! Definitely will need to print more to hang above my desk.
Beneath the cover I watercolored some peonies. I was going to ink on top of the flowers, but I decided they should be left alone.
Doug’s evening wear has already made an appearance on my Instagram
when he was just a baby sitting pretty during dinner, but he has grown into it quite nicely. Most of the time he wears a harness that I fondly call his “pug handle” that’s perfect for tossing him into the car or pulling him into my arms against his will.
But if he’s not running amok in the house au natural, Doug cleans up well with his shrinking collar (will he just stay small, please?) and bow tie that slides onto the band. Before I brought him home I had in mind a sophisticated pug and thought a puppy bow tie would be perfect. Sure enough, a quick Etsy search yielded hundreds of results.
I found Little Blue Feathers – a shop full of bow ties for kids and animals, modeled by a handsome boston terrier! Hannah has a lot of colorful patterns to choose from and when I was looking for a festive Valentine’s Day print the red with white hearts was perfect. She even made Doug’s smaller than her regular sizes to accommodate his puppy neck! Check out her shop if you have a pup you’d like to dress up!
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Tagged Doug, photo
I was going through my desk today and with an open Sunday afternoon decided to make use of some neglected art supplies. I don’t think I’ve used my watercolors in five or six years! My senior year of high school I spent nearly all of my studio time painting, but at university I sketched sporadically or reached for my Prismacolor markers instead. Sometimes I would sketch something with intentions of painting and ended up worrying too much about ruining the drawing! So silly. It’s time I stop getting hung up on how things turn out and just practice!
I made quite a mess. My desk is filled with jewelry I need to put away, new stationary, warm-up sketches, and a pile of unsorted magazine clippings.
Same desk, different mess. I still have a ways to go, but I’m happy I haven’t totally forgotten how to use my brushes!
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Tagged art, sketch, watercolor