I’m posting 3 postcards that I have sent over to some Artists at Germany and the USA. Joining this swap over at Artist in Blogland is so much fun. :)
It’s actually a first for me to join a mail swap from my own country as I’ve joined most from other countries. LOL. I am happy and thankful for this Merry Mail Swap hosted by the creative Mansy. She sells wonderful washi tapes too! I hope to get my hands on two of my favorites washi tapes soon! :D
We are to fill a 6 x 9 package with something Christmas-y. My assigned partner was Lisane B.
She loves to make art, travel, read books, bake and many more. I decided to fill the package with bits of things that speaks about her.
Since she loves to travel I painted Nature Travel on a notebook cover for her to write anything she likes. Before I put on paint I collage it with pieces of magazine then apply Gesso over it to create texture.
“Nature Travel” in watercolor and acrylics
Some art stuffs that she can use for texture (MCDO coffee holder), dried leaf and flower, a brush, color pen, gift wrapper, old book page, mail stamp and sea shells.
Hand painted bookmark.
Fabric cut and painted Handmade is Love.
My Christmas gift for Lisane. I inserted all the goods inside the notebook. I hope she will make use of it! :)
It’s a pleasure making things and giving gifts to others–whether we know them or not. There’s no need to buy expensive gifts for friends or to impress them with glittery adornments. The truth is people appreciate the simple things– things that come from the heart.
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you will rejoice and be glad in Christ! :)
My heart in prayer for those who have lost their loved ones in the Newtown incident. As artists we can create art of healing and prayers for those in need. We can send them at Messages of Condolence for Newtown, P.O. Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470 (from Sandy Hook Elementary victims). May God’s love fill them with peace and comfort.
I joined a Christmas card swap over here at Willowing. My partner is Amy Malaise and among the many interesting things about her I decided to create a painting of a Christmas book display inspired by a photo in the internet. She loves books a lot!
Christmas Book Display: Acrylic painting on 5 x 5 watercolor paper
I also painted a bookmark for her with a black cat because she adores them. Now she can read many books at once!
Black Cat Joy: Watercolor and acrylics on cardboard
Painting makes me feel so alive. Imagine finishing 5 paintings! That’s what happened yesterday. I am high! All glory to the Lord! God bless everyone!
To all of you Artists,
who think that this dream seems impossible because of a lot of reasons but still make time to create something simple everyday,
who struggle with obstacles and challenges in life but never give up,
who paint fearless,
who create God inspired artworks,
who take a break and pause and thus become more aware of being alive,
who use time wisely with plenty of play,
who give lovely comments and provide helpful advice,
who share your inspiring stories about doing what you love,
who say yes to opportunities without fear and just figure it out from there,
who share techniques and processes and guide and coach other people on their creative lives,
who host art challenges, prompts and themes to encourage other artists to take the first step,
who provide tutorials for free, give and share to others unconditionally,
who don’t give up just because the first twenty artworks are not “good”,
who practice practice practice,
who create a habit of discipline and endless perseverance,
who listen to other people’s remarks and criticisms but do not allow those to define their works,
who are thankful everyday for all the blessings. Gratitude overflowing.
You are awesome. This is for YOU.
watercolor and acrylics on sketchbook
I am glad to have known some of you. And glad to bump into most of you via the net.
You guys are my lifelong fan.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Headline Prompt: Lifelong Fan: What or who have you consistently valued or looked up to in your life? What lessons have you learned from people you admire?
Color Prompt: Your favorite color now or from childhood or both!
This is my second time to join the handmade craft exchange hosted by Linda Gardner. And this time it’s a holiday gift exchange! We are assigned a partner wherein we will make and give each other a handmade gift.
Hello to Nicqui Scott from UK! She loves to cook, bake, knit, sew, make quilts, tea parties and many others.
I wish I know how to knit or make some patchwork but since she loves to cook I decided to buy a blank cotton canvas apron and do fabric painting! It’s a first experience for me.
1. Blank cotton canvas apron
2. Fabric paints like FolkArt fabric paint from Plaid–they’re the best and safe too! I use 3 primary colors plus black and white. I bought them at Deovir at SM Manila.
3. Brushes (watercolor brushes are okay) , palette (I use two to mix more colors), palette knife to mix in the colors, notebook to sketch ideas, scrap paper to test the colors, pencil, kneaded eraser.
1. Pre-wash apron to remove any stains. Iron it to ease the crease for easier painting.
2. Put several sheets of paper (i.e. newspaper, Manila paper, sheets of magazine) on working table to avoid transfer of paint from fabric to table.
3. Sketch my ideas on a notebook and lightly sketch it on the apron.
4. Shake the bottles of paint well before starting to paint! Paint like you would when you paint in watercolor.
5. I painted till the night with many breaks in between. At some point I have made a lot of small mistakes like accidentally brushing paint onto the apron. I then transform it into some sort of a leaf mustache (as my bf calls it, LOL). Also you can wet the brush a bit while applying paint but not too much as it would create a light color wet effect on your design which is not good.
6. Finish up work by ensuring the proper contrast and fix anything that you think needs fixing. Clean up supplies while paints are still wet with soap and water.
7. Allow air dry for 24 hours. Then iron the design without steam for some minutes to set it. You can machine wash after 72 hours in cool water.
Poppies in detail
The name of my partner
Sweet baked goods.. (and the leaf mustache!)
The Personalized Apron for Nicqui Scott
I hope you like it Nicqui!
Joining arts and crafts activities certainly stretches my creativity. The possibilities of making a handmade gift for someone are endless! Imagination is the limit! I hope you enjoy my simple tutorial and make one yourself. Thank you Linda for this great party! Have a great day everyone!
The prompt at Fall Fearless and Fly:
Headline Prompt: Security: What makes you feel safe and secure? What rattles your sense of security? Where do you go for comfort and refuge?
Color Prompt: Cool colors (blues, greens, violets, etc.)
What makes me feel safe and secure is having a home that I can go and spend with loved ones. What makes me feel safe and secure is knowing that God exists and I have nothing to fear.
What rattles my security is knowing that there are chaos happening around the world. That there are crimes happening in our neighborhood. Knowing that greed and the lack of love is present in the minds and hearts of those who do evil. I am continuously praying for the lost.
Whenever I feel sad, scared or worried I would want to be at home with the people I love the most. And there I find solitude in my room, at our garden or at my little studio. Just praying, sitting in silence and or painting.
I created this mandala with those thoughts in mind. Let us love, have faith, be grateful, listen and pray to God.