Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lady Bugs and Moths Greeting Cards


I've been creating cards with bugs on them lately. I like to draw bugs and we've had a lot of ladybugs this season, well earlier when it was cooler. They've probably been fried by the sun and died by now here where we are. I made a birthday card with this design on it that was selected for "The design of the day" on Greeting Card Universe and I was very happy with that!


I like yellow moths too. We have a lot of those around here and they aren't shy. I can draw one while it is exploring the pollen on a flower, they don't get in any hurry. I made a series of yellow moth cards on this green background and liked how they turned out.



Sunday, July 17, 2011

August Gladiolas and Poppies

Poppies and Gladiolas are the flowers for August birthdays and I think that bright vibrant colors of the flowers are a perfect match for the hot August days. This is a watercolor painting I made featuring both flowers and I used almost pure pigment to get the bright shades I was wanting.



This is another watercolor painting of red oriental poppies that I recently made into a greeting card. Really like the bright happy colors. When the paint is wet I like to let the oranges, yellows and reds blend together on their own to see what they will do.



Monday, July 11, 2011

Kayak Tahoe, Lilac Placemats and Daisies

We spent the day in Lake Tahoe yesterday kayaking, swimming and fresh air. The lake was nice and calm in the morning (my favorite time on the water) and I got more comfortable with the waves in the afternoon. Taking a break I decided to sketch my kayak which was a challenge drawing for me with perspective and angles. My son has a hand carved chess piece he found and I think I will try that for my next challenge drawing.


I made a set of four placemats with some of my Spoonflower fabrics. This one is Blue Lilacs and Columbines and I used some commercial fabrics for the patchwork design.




This is a new card design I've been working on. I like the celery green background with just a touch of white. Pen and ink is my favorite medium so I've been trying to think of different ways to use my ink drawings.