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DIY Watercolor + Digital Art and a free printable!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

From our diy/craft contributor, Sarah Milne.

DIY watercolor and digital art

I want to push my creativity this year by trying new things, and also dig back into a few hobbies I’ve loved in the past.  Growing up, I had a huge collection of coloring books, crayons, pencil crayons and markers.  When I wasn’t playing outside, I spent the majority of my time coloring and drawing.

Now, as a mom of 3, I’m known as the walking coloring book.  If they want a specific picture to color, I draw it for them with a sharpie.  It’s so fun sharing a small talent with my children, and having them thoroughly appreciate it.  I don’t draw nearly enough, and it’s something I’d love to do more of this year.

Painting is always a craft that frightened me.  When I threw caution to the wind last October and created this piece, I realized I need to let go a little more when it comes to art. Color outside the lines, think outside the box, and let my heart do more of the work rather than my steady hand.  I’ve lost a little of that since growing up, being a digital designer you become fixated on pixels and perfection.  Painting frees me and creating a perfectly imperfect pieces is so satisfying.

Using this amazing tutorial from Jones Design Company, I wanted to take a stab at watercolor and turn it into digital artwork. In doing so, I think I’ve developed a new hobby.  My girls and I sat by the table and painted together, it was quiet and so relaxing.

watercolor + digital art: step one: the sketch

I began my piece by sketching the drawing out one evening at my desk. The next afternoon, using a beautiful palette of colors from Michaels and a few small pointed brushes, I got right to it.  It kept having to remind myself… “add more water”  “less saturated color” “less is more”… 

DIY watercolor + digital art print

DIY watercolor + digital art print

Once it was complete, I scanned my watercolor at 600 dpi and cropped the elements in Photoshop piecing them together on a new art board.  Once I had the placement right, I added the perfect springtime quote using my text tool.  It did take quite a bit of playing and test prints to choose the right font.  I saved my final artwork as a PDF and JPEG.

DIY watercolor and digital artwork

DIY watercolor and digital artwork

DIY watercolor and digital design

DIY artwork using watercolor and digital design

And, there you have it, my very first watercolor + digital print and I’m sharing it with you, free!  Download and hang this print in a special place as a sweet reminder warmer temps are just around the corner!  Enjoy!

Download the Bring Your Own Sunshine Art Print in JPEG
Download the Bring Your Own Sunshine Art Print in PDF

 

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DIY Vintage Book Page Art

Monday, March 17th, 2014

From our diy/craft contributor, Sarah Milne.

DIY Vintage Book Page Art

Vintage Book Page Art

In my Pinterest travels, I stumbled upon a pin that led me to this site, Vintage Printable. Vintage Printable provides free, public domain/out-of-copyright images for you to print or download. Many of the images are vintage naturalist or scientific illustration, but there is a huge collection of other images too.

The site has been sitting in my bookmarks and I wanted to attempt an easy DIY using the gorgeous artwork. Coupled with my huge collection of vintage Reader’s Digest hardcovers, I’ve created some beautiful Springtime art to hang in your home, use for cardmaking or crafts.

There’s a handy search tool on the website. I searched for Springtime terms such as butterflies, eggs, rabbit, botanical etc. and found a beautiful assortment of images. I downloaded a collection of images I wanted to print.

Using a stack of doubles of my vintage Reader’s Digest collection, I tore out pages and trimmed the ripped edges for easing feeding through my inkjet printer. Ideally your pages should be an approximate size of 5 x 7 inches.

vintage hardcover reader's digests

how to DIY vintage book page art

To print your images, you’ll have to set up a custom size if your printer settings don’t already have a 5 x 7 option. In your printer’s settings, I set a custom page size for 127 mm x 177 mm which translates to the 5 x 7 page size. Select your custom page size, and check off your “scale to fit” and “fill entire paper”. Load your book pages into your printer tray. (My printer was a little finicky in grabbing the vintage book pages, so I actually fed one page in at a time.) And, print!

Vintage Book Page Art DIY

DIY Vintage Book Page Art

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