Expressions of Love Update

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A quick shop update. I always felt that we should express our love and appreciation to those we care about every day and not limit it to one day a year. And that was my motivation in creating this new line, Expressions of Love.

These 5×5 inch paintings were created on a thick 1.5 inch canvas so have the choice on how to display them. You can hang them in a small area or you could buy several and hang them as a nice grouping on your wall. The other option which I love with this thick canvas is that you can easily stand it on it’s side making it perfect decor for a desk, shelf or counter.

They are happy and fun paintings that will brighten up any space. They’ll come packaged in a pretty cellophane bag and tied with ribbon. These are the first two paintings I have available in my Etsy Shop and I’ll be adding more this week.

What do you think?

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True Love Whimsical Village

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I made this little village a while ago and bring it out every year as part of my Valentine’s Day decoration. It was created on an 8×10 inch canvas which I painted first. If you don’t have a canvas, a sheet of watercolor paper would also work just as well.

While the paint dried, I designed and cut some wonky, whimsical homes from Valentine themed cardstock. The doors and windows were made using shaped punches but you could easily cut them by hand.

Once I had all of my parts cut, I made sure everything fit together before gluing it on to the canvas. I added a few stickers, rhinestones and sequins for interest. And finished it off with some doodles, shading and highlights. Of course lets not forget the glitter for the bit of sparkly magic.

There are so many variations that you can make, just use your imagination and supplies you have on hand!

Hope this inspires you in some way, thanks for stopping by!!!

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“Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” ~Michael Leunig

    Sunday Afternoon Art Journal

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    I recently came across a pencil sketch I did a while ago of this vintage 30’s girl. I really loved the styles back then so I thought it would be fun to create her in my 9×12 inch Strathmore Watercolor journal and bring her to life with some color.

    I named this one A Sunday Afternoon because she gives off a vibe of being completely relaxed wearing her pretty Sunday dress and hat. Her eyes are closed as she takes in a deep breath and gives thanks for all the beauty that surrounds her 😊

    How do you like to spend your Sunday afternoons?

    Hope this inspires you in some way, thanks for stopping by!!!

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    “Flowers are the music of the ground, from earth’s lips spoken without a sound.” ~ Edwin Curran

    Expressions of Love Collection💖

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    I love Valentine’s Day but it’s sad that it’s only celebrated one day out of the year. Our love for others should be celebrated everyday and not limited to a single day. So I decided to fix that and came up with the idea to start the Expressions of Love Collection.

    I thought it would be a great way to tell some one how much you care and appreciate them. They could be perfect gifts for weddings, anniversaries, or a simple I love you! You could even gift one to show your appreciation to a special some one for all that they do.

    The four paintings shown here are a work in progress so stay tuned. They’ll be available in different sizes and styles to fit your specific needs. Best of all, they will available all year.

    What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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    “Forever and always, from me to you. My love is pure, my love is true. It is gifted to none other than you.” ~Truth Devour

    Fresh Start Art Journal

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    I finally finished my art journal layout. I tried new techniques with this one but wasn’t so crazy about it. I had to keep switching out my ideas because things kept going sideways but that’s a part of the process. So I’ll have to rethink this a bit. But nevertheless, it was lots of fun experimenting.

    Since it’s still just a few weeks into the new year, I found the words “Fresh Start” in a magazine and thought it went well. One thing I really like is how her blue hair turned out with the gold highlights.

    Some of my supplies came in so I’m going to work on creating a few new paintings. How are you going to spend your weekend? Hope you have something fun planned 😊

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    “I am open to the mystery and magic this new beginning brings.” ~Unknown

    Thoughtful Thursday Brendon Burchard Quote

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    I received some great news, Stampington Art Journaling is going to publish my angel journal. So I’ve been busy writing and rewriting the article trying to get the words just right. I’m uber excited but also a bit nervous. But I know it will all work out perfectly fine.

    I’m keeping it simple today with so much on my plate. I came across this quote by Brendon Burchard that I thought was really good and put it on my Imagination Abstract Painting:

    “Amplifying what is great within you will accelerate your life faster than fixing what you think ‘limits’ you.”

    Hope this inspires you in some way.

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    Valentine’s Day Paintings

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    Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is already knocking on our doors and is only one month away? It’s one of my favorite holidays, but I wish it was longer than just 1 day. I always felt you should celebrate love every day of your life and not limit it to a single day 💖

    I’m working on some new paintings but the ones in this post are currently available in my Etsy Shop. I’ll keep you posted with the progress on the others, but for now I’m waiting on a few supplies to come in.

    I really enjoyed making all of these bright, fun mini paintings filled with lots of love. I love how the confetti makes it look like a celebration, it’s just fun! With that said the canvas panels with the creative lettering are my favorite. Which one is your favorite?

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” ~Roy Croft

    Thoughtful Thursday 15 Motivational Quotes

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    The beginning of a new year is a chance for most to set new intentions to create the life of their dreams. But things don’t always go according to plan and we can get discouraged and even give up.

    In my personal experience I’ve found that sometimes all you need is to hear the right words at the right time to get you back on track and reignite your passion. I’ve collected these 15 uplifting and inspiring quotes to help keep you motivated this year:

    • “When obstacle arises, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.” ~Zig Ziglar
    • “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” ~George Horace Lorimer
    • “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
    • “Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.” ~Tony Robbins
    • “Do not fear ridicule or rejection; fear the consequence of an unlived life that comes from not expressing yourself or pursuing your own path.” ~Brendon Burchard
    • “Not having the best situation but seeing the best in your situation is the key to happiness.” ~Marie Forleo
    • “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~Jim Rohn
    • If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If your are anxious, you are living in the future. If your are at peace, you are living in the present.” ~Lao Tzu
    • “Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life.” ~Deepak Chopra
    • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle
    • “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney
    • “Whoever loves much, performs much and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
    • “Faith is the bridge to all dreams.” ~Bryant McGill
    • “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistance.” ~James N Watkins
    • “You can’t just wish for a better life, you must go out there and create it.” ~Joel Brown

    I hope these words of wisdom will lift your spirit when you need it most and fuel your passion so you can work towards your dreams!

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    Watercolor Flower Journaling

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    I wanted to share with you a fun journal page I made in my Strathmore 6×12 inch watercolor journal. I started with a loose, watercolor wash for the background and once that was dry, I drew in the flowers using a Sakura Micron 003 pen. It’s a good way to have some old fashioned carefree fun! As most of you know, I have a thing for sparkly magic so I added accents of glitter throughout the design✨

    Hope this inspires you to create art today😊

    Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!!!

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    “Flowers are the music of the ground, from earth’s lips spoken without sound.” ~Edwin Curran

    For the Love of Outdoors Art Journal

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    I came across an old issue of Romantic Homes Magazine and fell in love with some of the images. So I thought it would be fun to cut them out and turn them into a journaling layout.

    I started with blank pages where I wrote thank you notes to all of my family members who are no longer here but inspired me on my artistic journey. It felt good to create this journal layout with all that gratitude as the foundation for these pages.

    It took a bit of time to finish because there were quite a few layers and I had to be patient and let things dry. I was going to for a romantic and dreamy vibe. And I wanted to pull the viewer into my magical garden. What do you think?

    Hope this inspires you create a fun journal layout with some images you love!

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    “Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.” ~Jack Canfield