Hello Fall

 

Obviously it has been quite a while since my last blog post. But if you're following along on Instagram, you know that I did not vanish and that I'm still trying to fit time to paint in my busy schedule.

 

We have had a very travel extensive Summer. We traveled to Europe to visit family and friends in June. It was so great to see everyone again after a long time. Of course it was exhausting too, but our kids were more excited than exhausted, so everything worked out great. 

The 'Zwinger' in Dresden, Germany If you ever have a chance to be in Dresden, go visit, it's magnificent!

The 'Zwinger' in Dresden, Germany
If you ever have a chance to be in Dresden, go visit, it's magnificent!

After we came back from this round, we packed again to drive all the way to Washington (state). What a beautiful area! We loved it so much. Plenty of time and perfect weather to explore and swim in lakes and rivers.

One last short trip before school started again took us to Lake Michigan - we try to camp at least once a year in one of the many State Parks. It was very relaxing. 
 

Cornflowers are one of my favorites! 

Cornflowers are one of my favorites! 

Well, meanwhile it's Fall and our boys are almost done with the first quarter of this school year. I'm looking forward to Fall break. We plan to be outside a lot and hike the nearby areas and of course have a bonfire or two. 

Don't forget to check the 'printables' tab in the menu! I made an October calendar sheet with one of the Fall leave wreaths - it's free, just download and print :)

Happy Fall to everyone!
Thanks for sticking around, even though posts are rare around here ;)

Be well, Jana

 

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Facebook (I don't post here very often).

 


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Back to write and paint

 

Time flies, and obviously I haven’t posted anything to my blog in quite a while. I’m thinking about it, but I can’t get to it it seems. I’m holding myself back, I admit. Of course family comes first, then come my jobs (two freelance), then my etsy business and after all that, my little blog awaits. Once I have a few minutes that I could use to tend to this little place, I feel it should be the perfect post, neat pictures, well written etc. So for that I tell myself I would need more time than just a few minutes… and there you have it, no post written at all. Today I thought: No excuses, just post!
So here you go, a short piece about my ponderings and a few pictures :) Let me know what you think! Here or on my other sites: on Facebook (also not fed very often) or on Instagram (where you can catch the most pictures).

 

I started painting botanical finds from our backyard in my new journal. 

I started painting botanical finds from our backyard in my new journal. 

Be well everyone,

Jana

 

PS.: For all of you who are interested to know which art supplies I use, I will try to include the materials used at the end of each blog post. I buy most of my supplies local, if possible. Though I end up ordering a lot from amazon because I can't find certain paints or brushes in our local store. So the supplies listed here will mostly be affiliated links. 

I received this little journal for Christmas and I really love it. The paper is perfect for light watercolor washes - it stays flat and won't buckle after applying the paint. It comes in different cover colors - mine is black. Once my current one is filled, I'll buy a blue one :)


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December..

...came so quickly - that's how I felt. Just a week ago we were indulging our Thanksgiving break and suddenly it was the first of advent already! It took me  a few days to 'accept' that Christmas will be here soon. It helps to paint some seasonal icons, I guess ;)

 

I hope you all have a great Holiday Season! If I'm not too distracted by baking Christmas cookies and sending snail mail to friends and family, I may post one more time before this year comes to a close. Until then:

Be well!
 

November...

...is usually gray and rainy where I grew up. But Fall has been wonderful here in Indiana this year. It continues to be very pleasant during the day with meanwhile quite cool nights. Although many trees have dropped their leaves, there are still quite a few that present beautiful colors. I enjoy this season - so many nice evenings for a bonfire and some marshmallow roasting with our kids. 

I taught two more classes during October and November at a local craft supply store and it made me thinking that it would be nice to share something here on the blog as well. I’m not ready to put an online class together, but at least I can provide some printable illustrations for you. If you sign up for my newsletter, you will have access to a library, where I will add free printables for those who are interested. It's not all set up yet, so I include a link to the free pdf below. 


For now I'll start with some place cards, also great as gift tags. Thanksgiving is around the corner and perhaps you have time to add those little cards to your festive table. If you like them, please feel free to download the pdf here. Please remember, these are for personal use only. If you are interested in a design like this for commercial use, please contact me.

I hope it's not too early to say: Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Fall is here!

It’s Fall for sure here in Indiana, even though we had some quite warm days during October so far. I could never pick my favorite season, but I do enjoy observing the leaves turning each Fall. So once the leaves start to change color, I tend to pick other colors for painting, besides my favorite blue ;)

This past weekend I had a great time teaching how to paint little Fall wreaths with watercolors at the local craft store (U Craft Me Up, Columbus, Indiana). Perhaps I should add a little tutorial online as well.

Give it a try and paint a wreath or two yourself, it’s a great way to relax :) Please share your results! 

 

 

Wishing you a great Fall. Thanks for reading!

Jana

Welcome to the new home of my blog!

Welcome to my new website and the new home for my blog. I hope many of you, who follow my wordpress blog, found the way over here.

I plan to continue to show you what I’m working on but I also like to share some watercolor techniques and reviews of watercolor paints and other supplies with you. Please let me know if there are other things you’d like to read about here. 

So, without any more rambling about what I plan to do, I better give you some things to see :)

I worked on quite a few custom orders over the past few months. I enjoy the personal touch every custom design requires. It’s such an honor to work on designs for weddings or for something special for new babies. 

Here are is a sneak peek for you:

 

But I also continue to paint or draw or sketch on a daily basis - even if it’s just 5 minutes in the evening, before I go to bed. It just feels right to me and it’s something I long to do. It just feels natural. I usually use one of my handmade journals to do so. My dear friend Hanna made the one in the pictures below. Every time I draw or write in it, I think of the times we sat together and enjoyed our precious 'business meetings' as I called them. Go visit her blog and page, she's a great mixed media and collage artist and she's super awesome with embroidery too. Kram, Hanna!

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll be back :)

Jana