a christmas card

So I’ve been on winter break for a week now and after about 6 days of being really lazy, I started putting together most of my christmas presents. I decided I wanted to attempt to create a watercolor christmas card to go along with a few of my presents. So after getting the feel for writing with a painting brush and watercolors I gave it a shot. I’m fairly happy with my first result and hope to make one for each of my lucky gift recipients. : )

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and spend lots of time eating with your families. : )
Caroline

cupcakes & craft fairs

Today, I want to tell you about the wonderful weekend I had. On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to make it up to Wicker Park to check out the Renegade Craft Fair.

IMG_3097There were over 300 venders from all over the country! It was a crafter’s paradise. Luckily, I was able to snap a few photos of some of my favorite items I stumbled upon. Enjoy! And if you weren’t able to make it, you can live vicariously through these photos!

The first thing I saw when I walked into the fair were these amazing aztec-inspired necklaces.

The first thing I saw when I walked in were these amazing aztec-inspired necklaces.

I absolutely want this floral mannequin for my room.

I absolutely want this floral mannequin for my room.

These were very interesting. They are handmade guitars, but the bodies are in the shape of a square. They sounded very incredible too.

These were very interesting. They are handmade guitars, but the bodies are in the shape of a square. Some were made of wood and others of tin. They sounded very incredible too.

There was this amazing piano that people were playing. Even better, this kid was playing Daylight by Matt & Kim.

There was this amazing piano that people were playing. Even better, this kid was playing Daylight by Matt & Kim.

I think anything with maps is super cool, so naturally I was drawn to these mini-journals.

I think anything with maps is super cool, so naturally I was drawn to these mini-journals.

An entire set of wooden alphabet stamps.

An entire set of wooden alphabet stamps.

There was also this amazing 'message' tape.

Amazing ‘message’ tape.

I was in love with these wooden gift tags. So great!

I was in love with these wooden gift tags. So great!

There were cards upon cards upon cards. Everywhere I turned, there were adorable hand-written, letterpress cards. <3

There were cards upon cards upon cards. Everywhere I turned, there were adorable hand-written, letterpress cards. ❤

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Thank you cards.

Thank you cards.

These wallets are made from vintage book covers. How cool is that?

These wallets are made from vintage book covers. How cool is that?

The same guy who made the book cover wallets also made bracelets out of vintage book spines.

These bracelets are also made out of vintage book spines.

He also made necklaces and rings from book covers. They were very interesting.

He also made necklaces and rings from book covers. They were very interesting.

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There were also a lot of art prints. Typographical or otherwise.

I also saw a lot of art prints. Typographical or otherwise.

These are hand-carved wooden magnets, incredibly neat.

These are hand-carved wooden magnets, incredibly neat.

And what better way to end my weekend than with a Maple Bacon flavored cupcake from Sprinkles? The best.

IMG_3101Have a fantastic week!
Caroline : )

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a floral fascination

Tonight, I needed a break. Time to myself. I had a fairly stressful couple of days. Long story short, my hard drive crashed. Luckily, I was able to recover almost everything and had it replaced, which is more than most people can say when their hard drives have crashed. Either way, still a pretty stressful situation to be in. I came home from class today with an urge to paint. I just bought some fresh canvases this past weekend and they were really in need of some paint. I wanted to paint something different, more challenging than what I usually paint. I don’t know if you’ve figured it out by now, but I have a huge fascination with floral, so I decided I would try to paint a flower of some kind. I’m not going to go into as much depth as I usually do with my process, and this is because once I got into the grove of painting, I completely forgot about documentation. Anyways, here’s a very condensed version of my process. : )

My canvas is 18" by 18" but I like to plan and sketch before I jump right into the paints, so I cut a square of paper to start.

My canvas is 18″ by 18″ but I like to plan and sketch before I jump right into the paints, so I cut a square of paper to start.

Then I sketched out the flower I wanted with inspiration from a few different photographs.

Then I sketched out the flower I wanted with inspiration from different photographs.

Once I had it all sketched out, I started transferring it onto the canvas.

Once I had it all sketched out, I started transferring it onto the canvas.

Very lightly, I sketched out the final design onto the canvas.

Very lightly, I sketched out the final design onto the canvas.

And then I just sort of went for it. After a few of the petals I got the hang of it and trusted myself.

And then I just sort of went for it. After a few of the petals I got the hang of it and trusted myself to paint.

Here's how it turned out!

Here’s how it turned out!

I have to say, one of my favorite parts of painting is looking at the final mixing palette.  So beautiful how the colors melt together.

I have to say, one of my favorite parts of painting is looking at the final mixing palette. So beautiful how the colors melt together.

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Have a wonderful night,
Caroline : )

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