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Freebie! Thinking of you card for National Thinking of You Week

September 24, 2014
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by Kim
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Have you heard of the National Thinking of You Week launched by the Greeting card Association here in the UK? And did you know, it’s this week 22-28 September 2104?  I just found out about it today. It says, that it’s now been scientifically proven that receiving a handwritten card makes people feel much more special than receiving texts, emails or Facebook messages. And it feels really good to send one too! I totally agree!

So why not send a card to someone today, to tell them you love them, to say hello, to wish them well, to make them smile, to be supportive in a difficult time or just to say thinking of you.

cat thinking of you card

Here’s a card I made from my pencil sketch, you are welcome to download the PDF file (download), print it,  send it and spread the love. 
Size of the card is 5″ x 5″ after trimming and folding.

Who’s on your mind?

 

thinking-of-you-card-2

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Simple watercolor birthday card with cute dogs

August 29, 2014
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by Kim
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happy birthday darling card

 

Last week, I have this drawing done in photoshop, it was for my hubby’s birthday. He loves it and suggested i should put it in my shop for sale. I like the idea so here I am making another version in watercolor. I would like to share the process of making this simple and cute birthday card.

As watercolor paper is very fragile, i try to avoid drawing directly onto it, i do not want to damage the surface of the paper by erasures. Below is how i transfer my drawing to watercolor paper.

I trace over my drawing on a piece of tracing paper (image 1), turn it over and trace the back of the drawing with a softer pencil (B or 2B) (image 2). Then turn in over again, place and fix onto the watercolor paper in the position i want and trace it (image 3). I retrace the transferred image with a H or HB pencil for a more clean line (image 4), and lift all the dust, smudges and any loose graphite with a kneadable eraser (image 6).

 

transfer drawing to watercolor paper

 

I love it when I’m done with the tracing part. I think tracing is boring but at the same time, very peaceful. :) Now is time to paint. Start with the outlines, then the lightest section. Make sure to allow each section to dry completely before you paint the section right next to it. Finishing with darker color and paint the eyes and nose last with dry brush work.

 

cute dog watercolor painting

 

Paint the shadow lightly and write your special birthday message. Trim the watercolor paper into a card and we are done!

I hope this will inspire you to pick up your brush and paint a little.

 

happy birthday card painting

Materials i used: Extra smooth hot pressed watercolor paper 10″ x 7″ by The Langton, Winsor & Newton Artists’ colour, Series 7 brush size 4, H and B pencil and soft putty eraser. 

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Botanical Watercolor Illustration

November 25, 2013
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by Kim
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botanical illustration

The past 6 weeks i attended the botanical watercolor illustration class with Penny Gould and it was fantastic. In these 6 weeks, I’ve learned so much and I’m very pleased with my progression. The rose hips painting was from class #5 and in my last class of ivy plant drawing, Penny suggested to add it behind the rose hips. I like the rose hips painting very much and was so nervous on the whole process of adding the ivy plant because I was scared i might mess it up. It turned out nice, i’m so glad i took the challenge. Love it so much i think i might frame it. :)

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