Websters 1828 dictionary defines Heirloom as the following:
HEIR-LOOM, noun are-loom. Any furniture, movable, or personal chattel, which by law descends to the heir with the house or freehold; as tables, cupboards, bedsteads, etc.
Love it…and at this statement’s heart is a powerful idea…What is some-thing you adore so much that you would cherish and protect it for the duration of your life, in the hopes it could be passed to future generations? My mind wanders to a Family Bible, stuffed with hair clippings, momentous greeting cards and the occasional invitation; all heirlooms too, I’d say. So that is where I intend to land with this post…We’re creating Heirlooms here…the kind of invitations we hope and pray will be cherished, tucked away and slid into the family bible…forever marking a joyous time, becoming a time-worn keepsake for many generations to come. Heirloom making is our practice. Art making is our tool. Storytelling is our craft.
Danielle’s suite is a vision in soft shades of peach. Her Peach Peony Wedding Invitation is a painterly masterpiece I believe created to be Family Bible worthy….
A last layer of brushstrokes were added in a sheer shimmer ink…love the grace these brushstrokes add to each petal.
Hand Watercolored layers on Crane’s Lettra stock….love the cottony texture of this one.
Dreaming of a dusk, color and dreamy light-filled watercolor landscape for Joann and Chris…
I heard somewhere the best way to combat the winter blues is to eat fruit and look at fresh flowers. Well, I certainly have the fresh flower piece covered. After a dreamy Spring and Summer season filled with cut blooms from my garden everywhere I looked, I was determined to stay inspired through the cold Winter months. I’ve made friends with my local florist, ordered bouquets for myself when I know select varieties are in stock and most recently attended the Philadelphia Flower Show, coming home with over 6 dozen blooms to play with. Needless to say, our home has remained full of flowers and that has given me the chance to paint my winter nights away in bliss. Watercolor Floral Patterns are my jam this Winter and I’m feeling so full and grateful to let the fullness spill out on the blank page.
Be sure to look closely…this post is full of fun galleries and a video – enjoy!
About 4 weeks ago I began painting every night, into the wee hours…I was a bit crazed; sleep escaped me yet I wasn’t tired. My hands wanted to move and make things and that is all I knew. Lovingly called my #creativefury series, I began to document every step of the way. While now I’m back on a more normal sleep schedule, I can’t help but think that the hyper-creative experience I had in February was meant for something. It was meant to lift me up and carve out a moment in time, that I’m convinced I will look back on soon and think…this is where IT began.
So the fury began with this Instagram image. A simple peek at elements from a Flowerwild Workshop by Jose Villa. If you know Wedding Photography, you’re likely familiar with this name. Jose’s work magically combines and thrill for natural light and his ability to honor both the couples he captures and his own artistic heart. Jose unfailingly creates only the work that is of the utmost in meaning to him and thus that spirit of commitment shines through everything he does. That spirit, is contagious really and you can feel it pour from his images. I’ve had the honor to work with Jose a few times over the years and experience his heart in action.
Something about the above image captured my heart…the way each bloom and petal contributed to a balanced composition of similar but uncommon elements. The main branch bloomed with Scabiosa, Magnolia, berries and Peonies all at once seeming completely natural and in their perfect place. So I began to sketch…
So all the sketching led to a pattern than has now become one of my new favorites. Have a look through the gallery below:
And so the fun continued. I got my Jose Villa on and arranged these killer Anemones with various greens. The most amazing fun of painting flowers like this is that the best time to make collages is when the blooms are on their way out…so I’m really getting the most out of my precious Winter bloom hoard. Another gallery for you to experience the evolution of this pattern:
And the finished pattern…
I didn’t stop, remember I mentioned this #creativefury last for the better part of a month and had me painting at least 6 hours a day… Next I tore apart a basket of bulbs nearly dying and plucked leaves from some market arrangement to craft this bright composition. The creamy peach roses were so old, their petals were falling away as I tried to arrange, but once in place they seemed to take on a second life full of shape and color. The tulip would have lost its shape with a slight whisper but I felt honored to have its graphic center revealed, to eventually become the focal point of my next watercolor pattern.
This pattern is just beginning and where my #creaive fury of February seemed to find it’s close. Mindful of where this pattern may head, I’ve left it bare…Waiting to feel where the color here needs to go.
God has been teaching me lesson after lesson since September of last year…He is reminding me to be grateful for the smallest of moments and pleasures, to give more than I could ever receive, to speak slowly. Somehow the artwork I’ve been creating in the last months, has situated my spirit exactly where it needs to be so I can honor Him with my words and actions. For so long I was lacking peace, lacking a pure experience of joy and in Him I have found them again.
Look for something, someone to fill your spirit full as you can only begin to dream what may spill out of you once you do.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 1 Corinthians Chapter 12
Easily one of the most enchanting places on earth, Yosemite National Park has captured my attention time and time again. Just off the phone with Robin and feeling inspired to paint this majestic scenery once again…
I think many of us are wishing the last weeks of winter to make a quiet exit as we happily glide into Spring. This Winter, at least in Northeastern Pennsylvania has been…for lack of a better word… insane! Snow after snowstorm has crippled us time after time leaving the white stuff to collect everywhere in towering piles. But just as winter has gotten on my last nerve I recall our Holiday celebration held in a local private cabin. So let’s let Winter linger for just a few more minutes and soak up the warmth and coziness it brings as we shelter ourselves from its harshness.
Every Momental Celebration starts with an invitation, no matter how small the guest list might be. I collaborated with childhood friend and master woodworker in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Dan Brody, of Skilltree Designs, to create these exotic wooden slide top invitation boxes. Of course we had to experiment with adding a watercolor finish to the wood and the results were simply breathtaking. Seeing the woodgrain through the watercolor was important to give the look a certain softness and maintain the natural textures of the wood.
Our friends at Tieks worked closely with our planning team to develop a perfect gifting experience for the Momental Girls. Each artist was given a gift certificate for their very own pair of Tieks! XO
Fiftyflowers.com provide the wholesale flowers for my creative pleasure. White Amaryllis, Scabiosa Pods, Hanging Amaranthus, Dusty Miller and loads of textural bits made their way into my collection of Vintage Daher Tins. Oh and how about those sweet flatware pockets/menus? We foiled a simply bare tree on each and added touches of white ink….
Can hardly get enough of LaTavola Linen‘s sequin chevron number…so fun!
My Grandma’s Vintage Noritake China made an appearance…Love the eclectic mix of decor…those watercolor paper chains were made at 2 am the night before!!
I’ve been hoarding this one textile for a while, waiting for the perfect moment to use it. It had the most amazing woven texture and thickness…each invitation box was lined with its glory.
Pine trees painted in whites and teal kept things fresh and youthful…not overly traditional.
Love these ladies!
Photography - Morrissey Photo :: Food – The Epicurean Delight :: Wholesale Flowers – FiftyFlowers.com :: Flower Design – DIY By Kristy Rice :: Gifting - Tieks :: Linens – LaTavola Linen :: Styling, Celebration Design and Watercolor Stationery – Momental Designs :: Watercolor Wood Invitation Boxes - Skilltree Designs