Young children will be excited to get a puzzle card with fun activities from you. The puzzle card is decorated with illustrations of new spring arrivals like a bird, flowers, leafing and budding branches, the sun, a raincloud, a bunny, grass, and butterflies. The perfect activity card for your child, nephew, niece, grandchild, student, or godchild. Colors include Midday Blue, Emerald, Golden Yellow, Carrot Orange, Neon Hot Pink, and DarkOrchid. Games included: Find the twelve words, Dot-to-dot, Find the 5 tulip flowers, and Butterfly garden maze. Inside greeting: Happy Spring! A non-religious greeting card. (Also available as a download on Zazzle.)
Creepy, creepy spiders are out. In the woods I walk with a stick in front of me so I don’t get a web in the face. Well, maybe this one is not so creepy. Obviously the cute spiders only have two eyes.
Artwork is a digital photo collage of hand painted paper. Materials used: Liquitex, Heavy Body acrylic on Canson XL watercolor paper. Illustration created in Adobe Illustrator.
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Happy gnome design on blue, pink, purple and green backgrounds. Artwork is a digital photo collage of hand painted paper. Materials used: Liquitex, Heavy Body acrylic on Canson XL watercolor paper.
From the “Notes to My Friends” design collection.
Acrylic on 2 in x 2 in canvas board
This painting I did with the aid of a magnifying glass and tiny brushes. The subject was derived from a photograph I took one Christmas. A chipmunk had gotten a hold of some holly I had put in a plant arrangement outside. This painting was entered in the Blick Mini Masterpiece Challenge.
Graphic designers are used to working in a fast pace environment. And as one I have tools to my advantage. I worked up my different images and textures in a multi layered PhotoShop file on my computer. Not to do a digital painting – which this is not – but to work out shapes, color and textures and get a good feeling of how they could work together before dipping the brush in paint. The result; I have in my mind a finished image and along the way there are happy accidents that add flavor to the piece.
Here I have deconstructed my image using filters slowly working to less and less detail and one with the grain filter turned up for an extra texture view. I print them out on 8.5 x 11 in this case larger than the size of the painting. On my canvas I draw then paint what I see on my printouts in the reverse order. Cheating? No. They are just tools after all and on a two inch square you need all the help you can get.