My rosebud pattern is making it's debut in this month's freebie. And while I realize roses are a bit cliche for Valentine's month, I'm partial to sweet floral styles and the pattern does fit the season—so I went with it. There are two options for you to choose from for your iPhone and desktop computer. Have a wonderful February!
This year's printable calendar style is a little different than in the past because it's created from my floral painting sketches and lettering. I had fun putting it together for you and I hope it makes you smile throughout the year. Download below and enjoy!
Here it is, the last day of November...crazy (as I say every year). If you're like me, you took advantage of Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday sales and your orders are starting to arrive at your doorstep.
The wrapping party now begins. This year's gift tags are a combo of my lettering and watercolor swashes made into a pattern. Different sizes and shapes make them pretty fun and versatile and I hope you get good use from them.
• Print on card stock
• Cut with a scissor
• Hole punch and put a ribbon through, or use washi tape instead (either would be cute)
Download below and if you post photos, I'd love to see them. Tag #delightedholiday and @delightedco. Yay! Have fun!
PS - if you prefer a black/gray/white look, print these in grayscale instead of in color.
Wreaths! I am so glad I came across Surely Simple's Instagram account the other day because it inspired me to turn the floral motifs I sketch into wreaths. Pen and ink wreaths. It's an addicting activity and believe me when I say they look more intricate and difficult to draw than they actually are. The process is a lot of fun and I'm going to show you how to make one because I think you'll enjoy it!
What you'll need:
• Pen (I use micron pens but any will do)
• Something round for tracing
Start by sketching a few leaves and flowers which will give you something to reference as you create your wreath. I like to have motifs readily available to pull from so I don't have to overthink (which I'm prone to do). It also helps me move a little faster because I don't need to stop every few leaves to figure out what other elements I should add.
Next, use a pencil to trace a round item such as a mug, jar, or whatever you have on hand.
Now use your pen and start drawing!
Start slowly and draw each motif, one by one. Try not to overthink (like I did my first few times) and instead, use your reference page to pull items and go around the ring. You can always fill in blank areas with dots or small leaves or florals after you fill the wreath once. If you're like me, you'll analyze your wreath like crazy so go ahead and take the time to learn from your first couple attempts and you'll keep getting better...I'm sure of it! Consider the following:
Spacing - Is there an area of the wreath where you have a bunch of motifs tight and squished together and other areas that are more sparse? Consider working on the spacing of your elements.
Balance - Mix the bold elements with the more delicate elements and consider the size of each motif. If some are extra large and others are small, make sure the large elements are dispersed around the wreath so it doesn't feel extra "heavy" in one area, making it seem off-balanced.
Visual Interest - do you have too many of the same elements in one section of the wreath? Is there variation between your motifs? Sometimes using all the same elements looks amazing and is just what you're going for, but make sure it looks intentional and that you try a mixture of shapes and angles around the wreath to keep the eye from settling on one overwhelming area.
Happy Friday! In preparation for next week, I have a November tech calendar for you. Available for your computer, iPad or iPhone. I sketched the flowers and used purchased fonts for the design.
One of my favorite watercolor teachers so far is Ana Victoria Calderon who I discovered through Skillshare. The funny thing is, I didn't really connect with her style when I was first looking to learn watercolor months ago so I initially passed up her class. But here I am, a couple months later, absolutely loving all that I am learning from her and finding myself appreciating her beautiful work and style which is much more broad and amazing than I first realized.
She teaches how to create watercolor textures which can be used as a reference and inspiration later. It's almost like creating patterns but these textures are things to incorporate into the final class project which is painting an animal.
Ana has the class make nine watercolor rectangles on a page (you can do circles or whatever shape you prefer) and then create a different design on each. I copied her designs for my first attempt (below) because this whole idea is foreign to me, but once I did a page like hers, I spent the next evening creating another page of my own designs (see above in the title image). It is so much fun.
Now I need to move on to my class project and incorporate some of these elements into the animal I choose...which is another challenge for me but I'll give it a try :)
Happy Friday! Here are some cute notecards in navy and rose gold for you to print and use to your heart's content. They're ready to cut and can even be used as a little note card.
Here are a few ways I like to use gift tags:
• Put on top of a gift box (obviously)
• Write a quick thank you and slip into a bag when I'm returning something to a friend
• Stick onto a sweet treat that I'm giving to a special friend
• Put a love note in my husband's backpack when he goes on a guys trip
• If my kids were old enough I'd add notes in their school lunches