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Hello Friends! It’s me, Leslie and it’s time for Color Me Pretty again. Are you ready to see what I’ve come up with this time around? Today I am using different shades of mauve, magenta and deep purple combined with lots of aged paper for a more nostalgic feel. What do you think? I also wanted to paint some Anni Albers (German textile artist and printmaker, read more here) inspired patterns in watercolor to bring geometric elements to the mix as I always like it when different styles converge, don’t you? Some of the dahlias I photographed also inspired me to paint a few which brings a softness to some crafts I made for you. I really hope you enjoy this little investigation.
Decorating ideas: As you know vintage papers of any kind can provide an interesting texture to your home decor. Old books with worn spines on a shelf, maps of cities you love or images from bygone eras can help to create more flavor to any room. I have noticed that vintage post cards are widely available at my local flea market and they can be an instant way to add color and a little bit of history to your walls. It is also fun to turn them over and show the old handwriting and stamps on the back. I could imagine some tacked in a group or clipped to a string hung on a wall, some showing the images and some showing the back. The postcards I picked up were fifty cents to a dollar with some dating back to 1910.
DIY Ideas: Garlands (above) are featured everywhere these days but they are also nostalgic and so sweet, I just had to try making one for you in this color scheme! After scanning in some of my watercolors I then printed them out on textured paper, cut the triangles, and then quickly glued them to a ribbon. I hope you like it and I will try to sew one next time!
Another DIY idea — Lastly, I scanned in some old German text book pages to use as a background texture for some of the photographs and for some little gift tags that I made. I just didn’t feel right about cutting up the book for my crafts! Are you the same way when it comes to cutting up books? It’s hard, isn’t it?
I really look forward to seeing you back here in a couple weeks!- xo, Leslie
(images: leslie shewring)
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I really want to wear this brooch from Crafty Folk on my Fall coat today with my cream cable knit scarf and my caramel leather riding boots. Today is the perfect Fall day here — a blue sky, puffy white clouds and lots of crisp air. As I was walking to the bakery earlier, I could smell wood burning from what I imagined to be, a cozy little stove in a nearby home, and with the crunch of the leaves beneath my shoes, I realized Autumn had officially arrived.
I’m off now — not to work on some important project or anything — but to go to the park across the street to collect some chestnuts and acorns to display on my sofa table, a simple but very nice touch that just makes things feel right at home… And then I’m off to have cake and coffee at a friends house because well… it’s that time of day when I must honor this German tradition! :) Later on, I’ll be back to work on some projects and of course, I’ll be meeting you back here with Leslie’s Color Me Pretty post – you won’t want to miss it because it’s absolutely stunning!
(images: crafty folk)
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In an earlier post I mentioned Lilla Rogers and while I was linking her site to that post, I started to click around and came across a new illustrator that she is now representing — Talitha Shipman, a recent grad from The Savannah College of Art and Design who obtained an MFA in illustration (congrats, Talitha!).
Talitha lives and works in Indiana, where she is employed at Blue Pony as a motion graphic designer. Her work combines hand drawings, watercolor paint and Photoshop techniques to result in sweet flowers, happy characters and lovely colors. I can see her work fitting perfectly on products — cosmetics, chocolate and greeting cards come to mind! But wouldn’t you love to open a shoebox and find her illustrations inside of the box? Imagine that? :)
(images: talitha shipman)
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Have you heard of American artist Tim Sebright? His illustrative style is so unique, I can see his characters in stories — they are so interesting to look upon and to wonder what exactly they’re up to. I can also imagine an entire film filled with Tim’s little people, what a enchanting animated tale that would be! I was floored when I discovered that Tim just started to draw and paint a few years ago in 2005 but just started to share it with the world a few months ago. Congratulations, Tim. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there like that but I can assure you that you’re going to go places with this talent as it’s original and very, very charming! I’m happy for Tim that now all the stories in his head are able to be free, dancing around on the paper before him, at last! How exciting that he trained himself to be this good in such a short period of time. Truly gifted.
You can find some of Tim’s work on Etsy where I first found him – prints of his original watercolor paintings – yes, really! Originals are available on his website, more information can be found here. I can’t wait to see where he goes with his work. I can see someone like Lilla Rogers picking him up… Best of luck, Tim!
(images: tim sebright)
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Thanks to the wonderful Irene, I wrote about Umbrella Prints today over at Real Simple and was able to round up some of my favorite prints resulting in a visually inspiring post. You may see it here if you’d like.
And by the way, Happy Monday to you! I hope that your weekend was as wonderful as mine… I spent Friday shopping for Autumn clothes, Saturday with my family nearby in their charming little village in the country just southwest of here eating and catching up since our last visit, and yesterday I enjoyed time with my friends and then sushi and a movie with a really nice couple — they are newlyweds, she is from China and he is a friend of the family whom I’ve known for as long as I’ve known my husband (my husband use to hold him as a baby and now he is 23!). I love how international my new city is and all of the new friendships I’m forming, it’s fun to start anew like this and to come upon such an interesting medley of personalities, lifestyles and cultural backgrounds. :)
(images: umbrella prints)