Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello Spring & A Free Watercolor Printable For You

It's obvious that my style of blogging has been doing only one post per year these days.... life sure does just get busy doesn't it?

I haven't forgotten this little corner of my world, but making time for writing and doing creative, crafty things has been overtaken with my small, but growing, business. I won't complain about that, it's been an answered prayer as a way for me to work from home and still be there for my family too. It's pure joy, and something I pray I never take for granted.

Making jewelry is something that I enjoy so much and as happy as I am about making a sparkly something every day, I sometimes need to re-fill my "creative tank" by stepping out of that box and doing other things just for a minute. Know what I mean?

That's where my new found love of watercolor painting steps in....and I am so glad I gave myself time to learn and practice it. It has been a source of so many calming moments lately when I have started to feel overwhelmed. {along with my "French Café" station on Pandora too.... the two together are like a mini vacation!}

 
 
I share some of these paintings on Instagram and had some questions about what I use and how to get started. I am in no way a watercolor expert... far from it to be exact but I have learned to just let go of trying to be perfect with it and just enjoy the process.
 
I start all of my paintings as a pencil sketch. I have a really hard time painting from memory so I usually always have an image as inspiration to help guide me. In this case, it was my "song birds" stamp set I picked up at the post office. As soon as I bought them I knew I wanted to try and paint them. {I find myself doing that with lots of things these days!}
 
The sketch book that I am using here is from Hobby Lobby, it's called a "visual journal" and it's filled with watercolor paper.  
 
 
 
The paints that I used are from an artist's estate sale, they are from the 60's and still work like a charm. My friend Amanda found them for me and there's just something about using these old paints that I know have created so much art that really inspires me....
 
 
 
Finding time to paint is always a little tricky, I started on this little Mountain Bluebird long before the sun was even up... when all the kiddos were sleeping. Just me, Pandora, and  my coffee {that I accidentally dipped my brush into close to 100 times} haha! I'm sure it added a little more character to this painting!
 
 
 
After I finished four of these little birds, I knew I wanted to break them out of my sketch book and make them into a print.... so that I would have something to share with all of you that have encouraged me so!
 
 
Just right-click and save to your computer to print, personal use only please!
 
 
 
I printed this one out on watercolor paper, but you could also use card stock paper as well. I love the colors for spring and will be using my print on my mantle when I finally finish taking down the hearts from Valentine's Day, hehehe :)
 
 
I hope you will love it! If you do print one, I would love to see!! Please tag me on Instagram at @creativecarmella
 
Take care and thanks so much for following along on this creative journey with me!
 
 
 

 
 

  

 

4 comments:

  1. gorgeous as always!!! thank you for the gift!!!

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  2. Love the painting Carmella. Took this computer illiterate Grandma a few times, but I actually figured out how to save it to my computer (I'm learning! lol) and now I'll get Randy to help me print it out and have a picture to hang on my wall. What a beautiful reminder of Spring coming with warm days! Thank you so much! Katy Lamb

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  3. Oh my, so excited to give this to my mother & mother in law for Mother's Day. I am writing on the print..."Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Matthew 6:26
    What does my song of gratitude look like?
    Thank you! Your art moves me!!

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  4. I just stumbled upon your blog and adore it. Your watercolors are so lovely! I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your work more. :)

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