Painter of happy. Believer in whimsy. Seeing God’s smile in the everyday.

A Fun Paper House Part 4! 🏡💐

craft diy watercolor May 23, 2024
 

Yippee! This is the FINAL part to our colorful paper house! We're adding the colors with watercolor and adding some wonky!

Get out your watercolors and paint your "house of dreams"! You can use colors similar to mine, or use your favorites! It will be a reflection of your hopes, prayers, and dreams!

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Watercolor Cross with Flowers! 💐

 

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us - so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

We’re in Eastertide, so we’re drawing a cross with flowers around it! :) 

Step 1:

With a Faber-Castell size B, I’m sketching out the cross. Then, I’m drawing flowers all around the cross. 

Step 2:

With my favorite watercolor pink (I'm using Prima Marketing watercolors), I’m coloring in some of the flowers! Go in with a darker pink red and paint that in more of the flowers. I then chose orange for the other flowers. 

Now, with a yellow, I’m painting in the cross.

Step 3:

Add a squiggle line around the flower border with yellow, and add fun little doodads! I got my pen back out, and drew hearts and wrote “Love is here”, under the cross. Paint in the hearts and bubble letters with pink!

Step 4:

This is when you can add more details to the flowers! Bring more colors and patterns into the...

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Happy Sunshine Day Watercolor! ☀️

doodle sunshine watercolor Apr 03, 2024
 

Let’s make a Happy Sunshine Day sun together! This sunshine can be a reminder to fight for joy!

Step 1:

Using a pen or pencil (I’m using my Faber Castell size B pen), Draw a circle, and little imperfect squares around it for the sun rays.

Step 2: 

with a smaller pen, write in bubble letters, “Happy Sunshine Day!” in the circle. In the sun rays, you can right whatever you like. For example, “God Love’s you!”, “have fun today!”, “smile”, “God is for you!”, “A cheerful heart fills the day with song” (Proverbs 15)

Step 3:

Now, using your watercolors, get into the yellow and paint your sunshine! *Tip* make sure you use a permanent pen if you plan to go over with watercolors, because permanent pen won’t smudge from the water!

I painted in some of the words with pink, and added dollops of pink throughout the sunshine. Then I went in with blue and orange and painted those all in the...

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Let's Draw Iris Apfel: Part 2! 🖌

 

Join me for Part 2 in talking about and coloring Iris Apfel! “life is very gray, so fashion should be fun.” I’m all about color and wonky, so this quote really speaks to me! So put on your big round Iris Apfel glasses on and paint with me!

Step 1: 

Using size 12 and size 9 brushes, and Prima Marketing Pastel Dreams watercolor set, paint the glasses hot PINK! You can use magic markers or anything, it’s up to you what medium you want to color in!

*Tip* you want to hold the brush in a light feathery way for watercolor. For the hair, use a brown and add streaks of yellow to add depth. Use about 3 shades within the hair! I use light brown, yellow and dark brown. Then, paint the lips pink! *Tip* with watercolor, if you make a mistake, go in with a paper towel and blot the color away! Paint in the skin tone whatever color you would like! Looseness is key!

Step 2:

Start painting in the accessories! Pink, blue, and yellow for the beads; pink for the collar,...

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A Springtime Tree! 🌳

diy sketch spring watercolor Mar 14, 2024
 

Get out a little piece of paper and pen, and draw with me! We’re sketching and making a springtime tree! I think it is so important to schedule a time to daydream and sit with God. “When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I almost say that they save me, and daily” -Mary Oliver

I highly encourage you to read the rest of the poem and be truly inspired! 

Step 1:

I’m drawing a simple tree! Start by draw two curves going different directions to make the trunk. Then a cloud like shape for the leafy part!

Step 2:

Write wonkily in your tree, “To go easy, to be filled with light and to shine.” - Mary Oliver. Draw some extra lines around the top of the tree.

Step 3: 

I’m going in with watercolor, and painting what I call a “Matisse” tree! And what this means is I’m going in with all kinds of color in the tree....

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Matthew 5:14 Girl 💗

 

“You are here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept, we're going public with this.” Matthew 5:14 MSG

Step 1:

Using a pen, draw a border around the page of your sketchbook (I’m using a Moleskine sketchbook), adding little hearts in the corners.

Then, I’m going to start drawing a girl in the middle. Starting with half circle for the head, and two curves for the hairline. Finish off the top of the head with two curves and a wobbly circle on the top left to look like a bun. 

Then, draw two little lines for the neck and curve down for the shoulders and arms, where it almost is a triangle shape. Draw a horizontal line at the top of the shoulders for the top of the dress and bring the edges in as you come down to the waist. From the waist, bring the edges way out to create a big ball gown dress! Draw any details for sleeves, trims, flower belt, and draw little lines from the sleeves for the arms. Make the girls...

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Joy Flower 🌼

 

“The Joy of the Lord is my strength.” - Nehemiah 8:10

For today’s mini art tutorial, we are going to be drawing and painting a Joy Flower, based on the verse from Nehemiah and my new 2024 calendar, which features this fun flower. All you need to create this little art piece is some paper, a pen, a paintbrush, watercolors, and washi tape. I hope this serves as a reminder that God is our joy and strength. 

STEP 1:

I’m using mixed media paper, and I’ll just take my scissors and cut it a little smaller into a more wonky shape. I’m going to make mine into a little card, but you can do whatever you would like with your own art piece! 

I am using a size B Faber Castell pen. Draw your flower petals, and remember that they can be totally wonky and different sizes. Then, draw a circle in the middle with the word “JOY”. Next, add your stem and leaves. Doodle the words to your verse at the bottom of your page.

STEP 2:

Now, let’s...

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Lemonade Girl Art Tutorial 🍋

bible verse girl watercolor Oct 05, 2023
 

“Be truly glad there is wonderful joy ahead.” 1 Peter 1:6 (MSG)

I have been developing this little lemonade series around this verse. And I love thinking about when life gives you lemons, we can make pink lemonade! 

Today, we are doodling a lemonade girl and adding some watercolor paint to her to create a little art piece. Wonky is the word and this can be completely unique to you and your art style.

STEP 1:

Create your girl’s head by drawing a U shape and then adding two lines for her hair and then two pigtails. For her face, I will draw two curved lines with eyelashes, a nose, and her mouth. Continue to draw her neck, an arm coming up to hold a glass of lemonade with a straw and some lemons.

STEP 2:

Draw her skirt coming down and her two legs. I usually look where the waist is and draw the legs coming down from there. Draw her other arm next to her body and add some stripes to the skirt. I’ll also doodle a little flower on her shirt too....

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How to Create a Bliss Station For Creativity 🎨

bible verse watercolor Sep 29, 2023
 

“And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work we do. Oh yes, affirm the work that we do!” - Psalm 90:17 (MSG)

I love this verse because it speaks so beautifully of creating and living an art-filled life - whether that is painting, gardening, baking, anything! We are going to take this verse, write it, paint it, and I’ll also share with y’all what a bliss station is and how to create one in your own home. 

STEP 1:

Write out the passage on a piece of paper. I am using a piece of mixed media paper and a Faber Castell SC pen. We are going to use this verse as a sacred prayer for our bliss station.

STEP 2:

Let’s add color and details! I'm using Prima Marketing Classics Watercolors to add paint and decorate this verse. I’m coloring hearts and adding some yellow and blue dots. I’ll also doodle a little border with flowers. This is so simple and easy, and now you have a pretty verse for your bliss station...

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Autumn Card Tutorial 🍂

fall watercolor Sep 21, 2023
 

“Be alert. Be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out!” - Isaiah 43:29 (MSG)

 

Yay for Fall! 

We’re starting a new season, and turning the page to a new chapter. 

Just like this week’s verse says, “God is doing something brand-new!”, we’re going to write this verse, doodle and paint a simple fall leaf, and create a little autumn card for yourself or a friend. 

I hope this helps y’all look for the surprises that God has for us during this time of the year, and think of this as a fresh start in your own life!

STEP 1:

Let’s make our card! You can use any type of paper - I’m using handmade cotton deckle edge paper. Fold it in half and write your verse with a permanent pen. I’m using a Faber-Castell pen. I love getting a verse out of my head and onto paper because it really helps me see things in a new way. I’ll also doodle a few flowers and leaves. Plus,...

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