The color wheel above shows where to paint the colors on the color wheel. Red, yellow, and blue are your primary colors, and orange, green and violet are your secondaries. Complimentary colors are directly across from each other.
On the left there are my recommendations of which Professional or Cotman (student) Paints I would purchase first, second, and third if you are on a budget.
The color palette is for you to print and color in with your paints like they are laid out in your palette so that you can easily reference what the colors look like on paper.
And even more exciting news! If you live in the Salt Lake City area be sure to watch Fresh Living on Tuesday morning for a fun segment on my upcoming watercolor floral painting class at Pinners Conference! It’s next weekend already and I’m so excited! Be sure to stop by my booth and say hello, I will have a few giveaways going that you can enter, and will be selling prints and doing some watercolor painting with baby Alice. If you haven’t gotten a ticket yet, don’t worry! You can grab one for free ahead of time with my promo code “nataliemalan” or use the same code as a discount to sign up for some of their awesome classes! There’s tons of fun shopping and lots to see and do, so be sure to grab a friend or two and head over to the expo and come introduce yourself! Hope to see you there……
The Watercolor Kits mentioned on the registration page are up for sale for $15 in my etsy shop! Be sure to check back and add me on instagram or sign up for our emails for more fun previews. The email link is on the sidebar, or in the footer if you are on mobile.
In the class we will be painting florals similar to the one above and those posted on my blog and instagram.
The kits have everything you need to get started painting your own fun masterpieces. The first 50 kits include: a 36 color palette, #6 brush, 4 pieces of 4×6 140lb watercolor paper, sketching pencil, as well as a 6B pencil and 3 pieces of 5×7 140lb paper as part of a sponsorship with Dick Blick. I’ll also be posting a couple fun handouts to get you going with more art supplies, and a little color theory. Kits will be available for pick up with your ID, fifteen minutes before the time of the class.
***Any kits purchased on etsy before Nov 1 will also come with a darling 5×7 gold foil “Create” print!!!
We are so happy to see our Festival print make it into Modify Ink’s Top Best Selling Prints! If you aren’t familiar with their site, be sure to check it out. Their site is so unique in the fact that you can take a print and customize it to the colors and patterns that coordinate best in your space. And it’s seriously addicting. Be sure to take a look! And if you haven’t been introduced to Celeste Rockwood Jones’ blog Design Wash Rinse Repeat, you have got to go give it a peek as well! So much eye candy!!! And fantastic free downloads with great design.
Welcome to all our new email subscribers! The Free Botanical Garland files will go out on Sunday; so be sure to watch your email. And if you haven’t signed up yet, the form is on the sidebar of the website, or the very bottom of the page in the footer if you are on the mobile version. And be sure to verify your email by clicking on the link in the first email that comes to your inbox.
Baby Alice is liking her room, and looked sweet coming home from the hospital in my mom’s vintage doll dresses. I used to wear them too as a baby. It was so fun to dress her up for the very first time. She’s settling in, and we are keeping a close eye on her overly loving siblings.
Baby Alice arrived yesterday via planned Csection, and we are so excited to have her in the family! 18 inches, 6lb 9oz. If you know our family at all, you may know it took us a while to name our last baby…… Four months to be exact. This time we decided ahead of time on a couple names, but they were dependent on the color of her hair when she was born. I wanted something cute for her hospital bassinet that we could change at the last minute, and so the free botanical garland idea was born.
Baby Alice would like to send you your very own copy for signing up for our email updates over on the sidebar (or in the footer if you are on mobile). The updates only come to your email whenever a new post is added to the site, along with a few fun freebies available only to email subscribers. The free floral garland files will be emailed out the Saturday/Sunday after you sign up. They include the whole alphabet and cut perfectly with a 2 inch round punch. They also make darling monogram stickers!
******* PLEASE be sure to verify your email address by clicking on the link in the first email you are sent. The garland will not be sent to you otherwise. **************
Hi!!! Thanks for all the love on this post!!! I’m so glad you all like it too! Just be sure to sign up for our emails on the sidebar or down below, and then click “verify” in the email that comes to your inbox, and I will send you the images the following Saturday.
Please go here and grab it for $1.95 instantly on Etsy if you have a floral garland emergency and need them sooner! I know how those last minute baby showers, birthdays and gifts go! Thanks again for stopping by and be sure to check out our other free printables on the blog here.
Watercolor Peonies Swaddle Blanket
The Watercolor swaddle blanket is available here in my spoonflower shop. It’s a no sew yard of their Modern Jersey trimmed up to the size you want. No sewing necessary!
Free Bassinet Name Card:
Be sure to see my new post HERE with the free download of the watercolor bassinet name card!
Just a little Thank You for you taking the time to vote for my work on Minted! Free thank you cards to print below; just click on the link to download the pdf. voting is open now until Sept 8 for the Minted x Domino round 2 challenge – my entries are listed with links on the sidebar if you want to see them as prints, go vote!
I’ve been searching for a good DIY Sailor Bow Tutorial and free pattern, but couldn’t find one… so I decided to create my own! I’ve loved seeing them all over Etsy and Pinterest, but the stores I try to buy them from are always closed. Now I can make as many as I want, with any fabric I like! I do have one from Etsy, and I will tell you that it is incredibly well made and totally worth the money if you can catch the bow you want!
I should warn you ahead of time that these are more time consuming to make than they appear, so be prepared! Happy sewing!
DIY Sailor Bow & Baby Bow Instructions
Glue gun and glue (I used fabric hot glue)
Alligator hair clips, nylons, pattern pieces
Bodkin for turning if you have one (or just use your fingers) – a knitting needle or something with a blunt end will make your corners look sharp without poking through
Directions for sewing Sailor and Baby Sailor Bows
1) Using the Free Pattern Template, cut fabric and fold the pieces right sides together, using the lines in the template as a guide. Iron your folds to help hold everything in place while you sew.
2) Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch along the edges as indicated on the pattern. Take note of the “gap” you need to leave in the center of your hexagonal piece, so you will be able to turn it right side out! Be sure to back stitch a few stitches at the starting and stopping points.
3) Trim edges about 1/8″ away from your stitched lines, being careful not to cut through any stitches.
4) Turn inside out.
5) On long pieces roll the seam to the back middle. Iron.
6) Fold long unfinished ends of rectangle pieces to the middle overlapping 1/4 inch, and wrap tightly with string or floral wire.
7) Pinch together bottom bow piece and wrap with wire to top piece.
8) Glue to clip (Sailor Bow) or 1.5 inch nylon ring (Baby Sailor Bow). Making sure to remember which side you need the clip to be worn on. I always use my bodkin or a paintbrush to prop my clip open so it doesn’t glue it together on the bow.
9) Fold and iron center piece, and glue to back of bow and wrap it around clip or headband to secure. The end should fold over 1/4 inch at the very end for a nice clean edge. Glue end. I always wrap down and then up and over the front for my bows.
Thanks for visiting our site, be sure to check our our new announcement, and newest additions to our Minted, Spoonflower and Etsy stores on your way to the pattern download below!