Posts Tagged ‘home decor’

Tuesday with Tara {take 70}

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Happy Tuesday!  As I mentioned recently, I’ve been playing around a bit with larger projects, and this is one of them that was loosely inspired by the artwork of Nika Rouss (Nika in Wonderland on youtube).  I watched a video tutorial she shared of abstract watercolor flowers painted with Color Burst, and knew I had to try my hand at it!  I decided on simple red poppies and created on a full sheet of watercolor paper, which I later trimmed down to 8×10 so I could frame it (I found this fun frame on clearance for $3!).

watercolor poppies (2)

I used watercolor pencils to loosely draw the stem designs before going in with Colorburst.  The ‘black’ centers in my flowers are actually a very concentrated bit of dark purple pigment.  I made two variations of this poppy watercolor artwork, the second was given to my mom to hang on a freshly painted wall in her updated kitchen 🙂

watercolor poppies (1)

watercolor poppies (3)

I love exploring what our ‘craft’ supplies can do… especially if it means using them more as ART supplies!  It was fun to take on a larger project like this and it makes me smile when I see it hanging up on display in my home.  I hope my experimentation will inspire you to create something different to display or gift to a loved one!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 67}

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Happy Tuesday, and I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!  I’m kinda a day late on this one, but I think the project I’m sharing today can be left on display for as long as autumn hangs on, until you switch up for winter/Christmas decorations!  Today I’m sharing a BLESSED banner I made to hang on our mantle this autumn.  In my typical last minute fashion (please tell me I’m not the only one!) I got it finished and hung just a couple days in advance of our Thanksgiving dinner 🙂


We have a wood stove instead of a traditional fireplace, so the vent doesn’t allow my banner to hang quite as low as I’d like it to, but I’m still pleased with how it looks!  I’ve used canvas and printed cardstock pennants by Prima for the base of my banner, and embellished quite simply with wooden letters (inked with Distress Ink) and die cut shapes.  I selected a few colors of cardstock and added a light misting of Distress Stain (each got a tone on tone mist as well as metallic Antique Bronze) and cut some Tattered Leaves (Sizzix/Tim Holtz) and hearts.  A few paper Prima flowers add some extra texture to some of the pennants.  I’ve tied them all together with one of my fave silk ribbons from my stash as a finishing touch.

Here’s a closer look at the individual pennants:

blessed-banner-2 blessed-banner-1

I hope you like it!  It was a fun project!

Inky hugs,