Category Archives: Christmas

Hello January!

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Hello everybody!

So, this is my first blog post this year, the new year 2017. I believe I wrote on Christmas eve that I would soon show you all some of my handmade Christmas gifts and I should think that it’s about time that I do it now. Therefore, will this post be about handmade gifts that I already have given away because now Christmas is more or less over.

I crocheted this flower bookmark for my grandmother because she absolutely loves to read and she has almost always more than one book at a time. That’s why I thought I would be appropriate to give her a handmade bookmark so she can keep track on what page she is on when she switches between books. I also made a hat for my mom in crochet but I sadly do not have a photo of it yet, but I will see if I can get a picture of it.

These clay charms were made for two of my friends. I like to have a story behind the things that I create. I don’t want the gifts to be random I want them to have a personal meaning for the receiver of the gift, of course I can only accomplish that if I know the person though. One of my friends she is studying to become a dentist and therefore I made a tooth and a toothbrush out of FIMO clay for her. Then I attached the two charms together and contacted them to a blue ribbon so it would function as a necklace. The waffle with the strawberry is for another friend and she really likes waffles and so I thought I have to make her a waffle that she can walk around with all the time.

 

Some projects I’m working on right now are some more of the Swedish princess cake keychains and clay frames. I have also tried to follow World Watercolor Group’s art challenge this month so I thought that I will post the first week’s drawings tomorrow.

I hope you all had a lovely time in this post and on my blog.

I wish you all a good evening, night, morning, afternoon or day wherever you may be on this earth.

CraftGirlsWorld

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Christmas & New Year cards on their way

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Hello again!
Last year I was so behind on making the annual Christmas and New Year cards that we usually send out to all our family and friends. This year I’m before schedule on the greeting cards I just have a few things left to paint in and then I can start printing them. It just kind of happened by chance that I created more than one motif for the Christmas cards and I think that it’s quite fun and unique that not everyone will get the same type of card. All the motifs are painted with watercolor and ink, I will precise the brand and products I used under each painting, down below.

The pine tree christmas lights
For this drawing I didn’t want to use my most expensive watercolor paper so I used an acceptable watercolor paper from Panduro hobby. When I sketched the outlines for it I had my HB DERWENT GRAPHIC and it’s the pen that I prefer to use when I sketch and to just to be safe I have a STAEDTLER Mars plakstic combi eraser. The ink outlines were created by 0,2 UNI PIN FINE LINE pen. The colors were achieved with DERWENT INKTENSE PURE. VIBRANT WATERSOLUBLE INK PENCILS.


Leaves and Berries
I used a more reliable and professional watercolor paper for these two paintings. What I mean with reliable is that it works as it should and the colors does not dry to fast witch can happen with cheaper paper. So, the paper that I had was SAUNDERS WATEFORD CLASSIC WATERCOLOUR PAPER, 300g/m2, white rough. I never heard of this brand of paper until a year ago when I attended a watercolor course and the teacher said that this was a must have and I must agree. There is a big difference between watercolor paper and watercolor paper and it’s not until you tried the real thing that you will notice the difference. I used the same tools to sketch as I mentioned on the previous painting. The watercolors are also an important part when you want to paint. Before the course I always used Winsor & Newton colors and I still do but he recommended Schmincke. Van gogh and Schmincke were the colors of choice for these two cards. The last but not the least important thing in watercolor painting is the paintbrush and mine were and usually are a Lukas nr 8 or nr 6 defending on the motif. To get the snowy effect of the card with berries I choose to use white acrylic paint and a fan brush.

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Christmas Creatures
This drawing was only supposed to be an exercise in my watercolor sketch book but then I liked how it turned out so I wanted to have it as one of this year’s Christmas cards. The sketchbook I have is a Moleskine watercolor traveling sketch book. The papers in that book are quite rough. The ink outlines are once again made by an 005 SAKURA PIGMA MICRON, ARCHIVAL INK, pen and the colors are created with DERWENT INKTENSE PURE. VIBRANT WATERSOLUBLE INK PENCILS.

Here are the finished versions of the greeting cards. I used gimp to create the white frame around the paintings and the christmas greeting in my mother language.
Well this post was a very long one and turned out way different than I had planned. But now you all know what supplies I use, in general when I create with watercolors. So, this is pretty much my base for working with watercolors and the supplies I use the most. If any of you are interested in knowing some more about the materials I used and my experience of them then please do tell me.

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All the different cards have now been printed, written and sent off to friends and family
I really hope you all had a nice in my probably longest blog post and maybe even an educational read.
I wish you all a good night, morning, day or evening wherever you may be on this earth.

CraftGirlsWorld

Christmas on it’s way

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Hello everyone!
Now it’s December and the countdown to Christmas has begun. My craft workshop is filled with things that are waiting to be fixed into something handmade. I nearly can’t find a free spot where I can sit and create, but I’m working on my crafts everyday so hopefully the table will soon see daylight. I have many things I would like to share with you all this month so I will try to make some extra posts. In this blog entry, I’m going to focus on Christmas gift wrapping and especially the tags. When I was wrapping up some presents a few days ago I noticed that we had a shortage on gift tags. If you have read my blog you may have figured out already that I made my own gift tags. This was actually very quick and easy. I looked through my scrapbooking paper supply for Christmas themed paper. Then I drew a stencil on how I wanted the tags to look like and then I use this stencil and a pen to outline the tags. I cut out the shapes from the paper and then I use a very handy tool called hole puncher to create the small holes so I can attach the tags to the gifts.

I hope you had a nice read.
I wish you all a good night, morning, day or evening wherever you may be on this earth.
CraftGirlsWorld