This is a special chipmunk card I painted as a birthday greeting for my sister-in-law, Julie.

Chipmunk Card
Chipmunk Card

She enjoys watching the chipmunks in her yard as much as I enjoy watching our squirrels, and I’ve painted a chipmunk for her each January for many years now (I’ve lost count). Julie, I hope your birthday is extra special this year!

Wedding Cake Illustrations #WorldWatercolorMonth

During World Watercolor Month I have discovered so many great artists and their blogs, and I came across this blog post by Beth Briggs, who is a very talented artist and illustrator of everything fashion, floral, and feminine.  Her watercolor designs and creations are so classy and sophisticated yet girly and playful.  Her blog includes many DIY features, and she states that her mission is to encourage and inspire the artist in everyone.  Well, she certainly inspired me, especially with a tutorial on illustrating wedding cakes.  It was very timely as we have been to a few weddings already this year and have a few more to go, necessitating me to whip up a new batch of wedding cards.

Wedding Cake from DIY tutorial

Wedding Cake Card 1


Wedding Cake 2 from DIY tutorial

Wedding Cake Card 2

I decided to use my Koh-I-Noor watercolor pencils rather than paint because of the fine details on many of the flowers, and oh what fun these were to create!  Of course I had to finish the tiniest details with a little shimmer and sparkle with Wink of Stella pens, and I was quite happy with how they turned out. I am working a couple others styles and will post those in a few days.  In the meantime, be sure to stop by Beth Brigg’s blog and check it out!

I’m sad to see the inaugural World Watercolor Month come to an end and would like to thank Charlie at Doodlewash for dreaming up this spectacular event. Charlie, you were so kind to comment on and like what I am guessing were hundreds of blog and Facebook posts daily, so hopefully now you can rest for a few days.  I am also hopeful that WWM was a success in getting donations and raising awareness for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and the Art Room Aid project sponsored by Dick Blick.  It’s still not too late to donate and you can do so by clicking on the links directly above.

I KNOW World Watercolor Month was a success in bringing together watercolor enthusiasts of all skill levels from around the globe!  I have met many talented blogger friends who will undoubtedly continue to inspire through their watercolor sketches.

World Watercolor Month 2016

World Watercolor Month 2016


Welcome, Lainey

Today’s tiny watercolor is a card front in honor of a tiny baby – my new niece, Lainey!   It’s been a while since we had a little one to cuddle and hold, and we’ve enjoyed getting to know her these past few weeks.  She looks so much like my brother did when he was a baby, which brings back great memories, and she is truly a treasure to our family.

Baby Card for Lainey

Baby Card for Lainey

I think it was best said by Winnie the Pooh:  “If I am thinking correctly, a new baby is probably, undoubtedly the grandest gift that could ever be.”  Indeed!