It may be less than a week away from our first official day of fall, but the weather is still warm and breezy here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m itching for homemade soups while still enjoying light summer clothing, open windows and garden harvests. How are you sipping up the last moments of summer?

COLOR INSPIRATION: Autumn Breeze #fall #palette
(Sources left to right: 1. Bobbins by The Pearl Bee 2. Pumpkins by Source Unknown 3. Illustration by Edward Mcknight Kauffer 4. God’s Eye Mandala by Jay Mohler)

DIY: Watercolored Business Cards

Watercolored Business Cards
Last week I combined a few of my favorite things and letterpress printed A-i-M cards on scraps of cotton paper. I wanted to make them super special (and representative of our creative spirit) so I pulled out my handy-dandy liquid watercolors and went to town.  I tried a few different methods, and wanted to show how they turned out.

I really like working with Blick Liquid Watercolor. I use it for my paper flowers, and pretty much everything else. I can water it down as much or as little as I want, and it washes out of everything I accidentally spill it on. (Very important. I’m a little messy.) I keep several plastic containers around to mix colors in.

The paper scraps were Crane Lettra 110# Cover, and I used a rubber based letterpress ink on them.

I think this would also work on other papers, including watercolor paper and uncoated card stock. You could also try adding your print with a stamp (like this tutorial from Akula Kreative) or use a non-watersoluble printing method (like a laser printer, or copier.)


Dipped and Dry Brushed

My first instinct was to take each card individually and dip it into a few colors. Some of them I then tapped on the table, to distribute drops, and some I used a dry brush to sweep through watercolor puddles.

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Edge Painting

I discovered a really wonderful thing while I was dipping small stacks in the watercolor. The color would soak into the edges, but not into the face of the pieces in the middle of the stack. I started dipping each side of the stack into a different color, and ended up with these lovely ombre edges. There is a little bleed onto the face of the cards, but it’s very subtle.


A Happy Splatter Accident

Remember what I said earlier about being a messy experimenter? Well, this time it worked out for me! I was partially working on a glass palate, which eventually was covered with lots of little drop of watercolor. I pressed one of the cards against the splatters, and ended up with these lovely color patterns.

IMG_2506IMG_2569I had a great time playing with the liquid watercolor (again) and love how easy it is to introduce color and pattern on a simple card.

The splatter was definitely my favorite. What do you think?


COLOR INSPIRATION: Sunshine & Lavender

COLOR INSPIRATION: Sunshine & Lavender #moodboard #palette #color

After sipping on Sparkling Lavender Lemonade this week, I’ve been daydreaming of this lovely color palette. With the scent of fresh lavender in my nose, a hint of citrus and a big dose of sunshine I am feeling refreshed and ready for adventure!

Image Sources (clockwise): 1. Lavender Field Provence 2. Elle Magazine 3. Lavender Lemon Creme Brûlée
4. Georgianna Lane


COLOR INSPIRATION: Peace of Mind #teal #purple #chartreuse #watercolor
I’ve been obsessing over this color palette for the past month or so. The cool blues and purples with hints of chartreuse and green offer a refreshing calmness. The combination stirs up memories of salt water and warm ocean breezes. The one place I can find peace of mind.

Image sources (clockwise): 1. Katy’s Photo Journal 2. Eliana Luck 3. Flowers On Bornay 4. Hello Pretty Things