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Free Printable Thanksgiving Placecards
This year I decided to update last year’s post with a new and easy project for Thanksgiving placecards. All you need to do is print the flat page of placecards at 50% so they are small enough for tiny name tags on these adorable boxes!
I have been so excited to share this post with you! I haven’t painted with acrylics for a while, and was thrilled to create a tutorial with these gorgeous new DecoArt paints! They have a medium body viscosity perfect for beginners and more advanced artists too. The colors are really bright and pigmented which is one of the top things I look for in my paints. Because the colors are so clean and bright they mix really well into a huge range of colors, tints and shades.
DIY Floral Acrylic Painting Tutorial Step by Step
I like to start by placing my largest flowers first. I used a flat brush, and dipped it partly into the Vermillion Hue and Primary Magenta to get a pretty color variation in each petal. Then I painted the petals by anchoring one end of the brush and sweeping the other into a petal shape.
Painting the Stems
After the largest flowers and buds are placed where I want, I add some stems. Stems should be thicker at the base and more delicate at the tips. I painted the stems using Prussian Blue and Green Gold mixed together.
Painting the Leaves
Once the stems are in place I use a size 6 round brush to paint my leaves. I used the colors Green Gold mixed with Cobalt Blue Hue, and Cadmium Yellow Hue to create variation in each leaf.
In this painting I also used some Titanium White to add little highlights in the centers of the flowers and on the buds. Some days I’ll leave my painting as is with a white background, but in the video I show you how I add a pretty blue sky and leave interesting little shapes white peeking through. Be sure to take a look, like, comment, and subscribe to my You Tube channel for more videos! Here’s a quick link to the Acrylic Floral Painting Video!
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DIY Watercolor Painted French Macarons
These were so fun to make! You can either make your own macarons or use store bought ones and just decorate them! I make my own with this recipe, and this almond flour. It’s amazing, and I didn’t even sift when I made these macarons!!! That’s cutting out the longest step! I think I saved a whole hour. Seriously though, buy it. It’s the cheapest, and the best too!!! Win, win.
You probably already have the items necessary to paint these in your kitchen.
Put a few drops of Almond extract in a small bowl and then dip a clean brush into your gel and mix it with the extract. use the tip of the brush to make fine lines and push down for a larger leafy shape. I like to draw my lines first and then fill in with flowers and leaves. Rinse your brush in water in-between colors to keep them super bright!
The things I used to mess up when baking my French Macarons
You need your egg whites to be room temp. Super important. I warm them up in warm water in the shell. You also need non generic powdered sugar. Generic has more fillers and doesn’t work as well. AND most importantly; if they are cracking on top you need to mix them more! Like lava! I didn’t mix my first three batches enough. They need to ooze off your spoon, but not too fast. Great you tube video here with lots of great tips, and you can see the consistency.
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I’ll be adding another video to the post showing me painting the macarons. You can see it now in crazy fast motion here on my instagram.
Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly, and I wanted something little to bring a little spring into my house for the holiday. I’ve become a lot more minimal in the last year, so a sweet watercolor floral paper heart garland sounded perfect. There are two free printable files below; one for printing and cutting with scissors and another for cutting on a machine like a Cricut. The file for the Cricut can be imported into Design Space to print and cut perfectly. I sized mine down to 5 inches wide when I cut it (see the pic above).
I think I will write things I love about my kids on the back of my hearts and put them around their plates on Valentine’s day. Or maybe make little coupons from them that they can redeem for “mama time.” They love making crafts with me and that would be fun to look forward to.
Watercolor Floral Valentine Garland Supplies:
If I had gold bakers twine like this I would have used it for sure on this project. But I’m currently all out.
I get asked a lot of questions about twine and washi tape from this post, and I just use bakers twine like you see above, and washi tape like this. It’s easy to tear, and it comes off easily – and it’s cute!
And let’s talk for half a second about my love for these scissors. They are super sharp, and I love seeing them on my desk every day. If you’re in the market for a new set; these are the best gold scissors I’ve tried. And I’ve tried a bunch of them.
Here’s just a quick link to info about a collab Melissa Esplin and I dreamed up for March! Be sure to take a look if you’ve had watercolor and calligraphy on your list of things to learn this year! Its going to be a super fun day!
And hey if you’re looking for a great class to learn lettering and watercolor florals check out our double header with Melissa Esplin of Calligraphy.org!!! More details here, and there are also a small handful of discount tickets that just went live today!
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Start your year off right and join us for a workshop Friday Jan 20th at Paper Crush in Lehi! 6-8pm with more details available here. We will be painting watercolor florals and talking about all kinds of fun tips so sign up, sign up a friend and come with all your questions!
Making time for new hobbies is always hard but I have a few tips for anyone wanting to pick up a paintbrush more often in 2017.
Cricut Explore 2 VS Silhouette Cameo What should you buy?
To begin, I have designed freelance work for Cricut, and I am always asked my opinion on die cut machines. I have never used a Silhouette until now and I’m excited to be able to talk more about the Cricut VS Silhouette dilemma. Since both of my machines were sent to me for free, I believe this helps me review them both with less preferential treatment. The opinions I’m sharing on both machines are all my own. What’s important to me may not be important to you so keep that in mind as you read.
Disclaimer: I received both the Silhouette Cameo and the Cricut Explore 2 for free to use and review.Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience in purchasing whichever machine you decide is right for you! But as always all opinions are 100% my own.
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You may have been following along with my paper printables and things from Miss Alice’s delivery and announcements, so this blog post will probably come as no surprise to you! Around here, watercolor florals are not in short supply. We celebrated her first birthday with a simple family party (blog post coming soon), and surprised her when she woke up to a room filled with balloons!!! She was so excited to see her siblings’ happy faces playing in her room and couldn’t stop batting balloons around.
DIY Watercolor Floral Crib Sheet
My gift to Alice was her new crib sheet with fabric I designed for Spoonflower. They kindly sent me two yards of their Basic Cotton Ultra in the pattern Watercolor Peonies for Alice. Sooooooo in love!!!!! It’s such a great print, and it’s so crisp and pretty on their Cotton Ultra. And it’s washed up wonderfully so many times already. It matches her swaddler from the hospital, and turned out exactly how I imagined it. I looked forever for something similar in a crib sheet and couldn’t find anything I liked, so I made my own. And it took me less time to sew it than it took me to write this blog post!!!! It was SOOO much faster than I imagined! 😉 You can find links to the fabric by clicking here. And here’s a good crib sheet sewing tutorial. I’ve also got a great video tutorial over on the Spoonflower blog on how to make your own no sew blanket so be sure to check that out too.
Her new crib sheet is my favorite thing in her room, and I love the thought of her waking up on top of a pattern that I painted for her before she was even born.
DIY Watercolor Floral Garland
My other gift for alice was making her another cute banner to celebrate. I loved the cute bassinet one I made for her birth (free download for that here) so much that I wanted something with that same look and feel. I used my wonderful watercolor pattern fill for Cricut. If you haven’t used a Cricut Design Space pattern fill before, there’s a great tutorial here. You can find the same pattern fill I used here in the pattern library.
I’ve created a little screen capture video tutorial for you to see how I did the pattern fill. Click here to continue to Cricut Design Space, and try it out for yourself for free! In design space you can try out images and plan your project before purchasing any files which I LOVE.
Click on the link below to download the free .svg cut files.
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Hey y’all! I’m busy prepping all my kits and two classes for Pinners Conference in Dallas Texas! And I wanted to share a promo code just for you for 10% off your registration fee for classes!
Pinners Conference Promo Code
The code is: NatalieMalan (and it’s not case sensitive). You can also use the code:FreeShopping …..to pre register for entrance to the trade show floor, but not any classes.
My watercolor classes have filled up INCEREDIBY quickly in the past, so make sure you sign up ASAP if you want to come! My class in Utah last year had a line around the space starting 45 min before so feel free to come to class early and purchase a kit and be ready to paint as soon as you walk in the door. I’ll be by the classroom early chatting and helping out with the kits. The $25 kits include a 36 color watercolor set, a great brush, pieces of paper to get you started. Can’t make it to the class? Check out our kits online here.
This year I’m offering TWO great classes;
Introduction to Watercolor
This is a great place to start if you’ve never watercolored before. We will talk about paint consistency, color mixing, edges, and more! And you will have time to practice what we have talked about in class while I walk around and answer questions.
Intermediate Watercolor Florals
The follow up class for the Intro class! We will go for it and start painting some really fun flowers in this class!
Optional items to bring to either class:
Water bottle if you have one! Preferably for water, Diet Coke is amazing, but may be a little sticky to paint with.
Questions! This is the BEST benefit of a LIVE class!!!! Ask away!
A smile! Because it’s scary on stage. And I love a good reassuring face in the crowd! And who doesn’t love a paint party?!