12.10.2016

12.07.2016

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It's the season for sending out Christmas cards to everyone on your list to wish them Happy Holidays and provide your annual photo of the kids. I probably should be actually sending out my Christmas cards instead of sharing all these fun envelope art ideas, but I like to live on the edge! 

Here are 4 super easy artsy ways dress up your Christmas cards envelopes! They are so quick that you can do several at a time and impress everyone on your mailing list with how creative you are! 

1. Abstract Snow Storm
  1. Using a credit card or palette knife, scrape some red paint across your envelope. Add as much or as little as you like!
  2. Add your "snowflakes" by splattering white paint over top.
  3. Add some gold stickers or punch them out of gold tape with a hole puncher. Apply randomly!
  4. Using a white paint pen, address the recipient over top of the red.
2. Winter Forest


  1. Lay down the stencil on the left side of the card, about 1/3 covered.
  2. Using the makeup sponge, dab/scpread the green paint to cover the stencil. Go over with gold in some areas to create variation. Remove the stencil
  3. Use the gold gel pen to address the receipient
  4. Use the Fude Brush pen, or any felt pen, to draw a set of antlers below the address.

3. Frosty Foliage Wreath

  • Kraft paper envelope
  • White acrylic paint
  • Old credit/gift card
  • Tombow Fude Brush Pen


  1.  Use the old credit/gift card to scrape some white paint across the front of the envelope. Dab some smaller marks around the main swipe. Add an extra layer if the paint is not opaque enough.
  2. Using a light pencil, trace a circular object in the size of wreath you'd like to create.
  3. Create leaves, branches and other foliage around the traced circle to create a wintery wreath with the Tombow Fude Brush pen.
  4. Add some extra leaves and berries in the smaller marks.
  5. Address the recipient within the wreath.

4. Holly Jolly Snow

  1. Use the credit/gift card to scrape red paint across the envelope in a large rectangular-ish shape. Go over again with a little bit of gold paint to add contrast.
  2. Use the white paint pen to create snowflakes over top of the red paint area
  3. Address the envelope to your recepient! You may have to go over the lettering twice to get the white opaque enough.
See how easy those are? They're fast, foolproof and add a little something extra to your Christmas cards this year. These probably aren't a great idea if you send out like 100 cards, however, if you send quite bit less then this is a fun way to dress up your cards.

Looking for more Christmas stuff? You can get a free set of Scandinavian Folk Art Gift Tags and check out this Gift Guide for Watercolor Artists to shop for the artist you know (and maybe add a few more treats to your list!)

12.05.2016

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16 Gifts for Art Journalers for Under $50



If you're still looking for some gift ideas for the art journaler or creative person in your life, I've put together this guide of  16 gifts sure to make them happy! These are all easy to get and are sure to be used by any art journaler. Most of them are products I've used and love, and some are maaaaaaybe also on my own Christmas list [take notes honey...] And everything on here is under $50, so you don't have to break the bank.16 Gifts for Art Journalers for Under $50


  • Uniball Signo Broad Gel Pen in White - These are the BEST white gel pens I've used and love how opaque the ink goes down. Every art journaler needs and requires a white gel pen & these are simply perfect.
  • LYRA Water Soluble Graphite Stick - I was introduced to water soluble graphite earlier this year, and it's become one of my favourite mediums. The graphite can be used as a dark pencil, then activated with some water to create lovely washes and inky effects. I love adding some watery illustrations to my pages.
  • Moleskine A3 (16.5" x 12" Art Plus Sketchbook - This bad boy is the talk of the art journaling community right now because it is so dang HUGE. Like massive! It's my #1 pick for Christmas this year. Moleskine journals are amazing quality, and this one comes with 135 lb watercolor paper in, making it perfect for creating huge art journaling pages.16 Gifts for Art Journalers for Under $50

  • Liquitex Wide Paint Marker - Paint markers are a must have, and Liquitex makes some of the best wide ones. The nib is 15 mm or just over half an inch wide, and lays down the blackest paint. You can also get it in multiple other colours. A few of these would be perfect in a stocking!
  • Uni-posca Paint Marker Set - Medium Tip - I'm obsessed with Posca paint markers! I bought a set last year and they are now one of my essential tools. The paint is opaque, flows great and are fantastic for adding details or writing to pages. You can get these in fine tip as well.16 Gifts for Art Journalers for Under $50

  • Finetec Gold Watercolor Palette - I don't think I can sing enough praises for the Finetec palette. The BEST metallic watercolor set out there, these bad boys can add a ton of dimension and shimmer to page. They're a definite must have.
  • Liquitex Professional Gesso - Gesso is every art journalers best friend and is essential to prepping pages. It's by no means a very exciting item, but anyone would be happy to have their stock replenished with a bottle or two of it!
  • Liquitex Fluid Matte Medium - Another standard item, matte medium is used by almost all art journalers for collaging, as a glue, to seal their pages, to take the shine out of acrylic paint, etc. It's workhorse of art supplies and again, would be welcomed with open arms to replenish someone's stock!
  • Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink Set - These inks are an affordable and super cool way to start using inks. These bottles are small, which is perfect for experimenting with. They are India inks, so they dry to a waterproof finish. Perfect for layering!16 Gifts for Art Journalers for Under $50

  • Gold Washi Tape Set - I think every art journaler has some kind of washi tape collection, including myself. I find though that the only ones I want to use regularly are metallic tapes as an embellishment to a page. This set would be a happy addition to anyone's collection!
  • Liquitex Professional Inks Muted Collection - Another highly coveted item in the art journaling community, this limited edition ink set is on every art journaler's Christmas list this year. The muted tones are soothing and a little dark, and great in pretty much every way [can you tell I really want these?!] They also come in heavy and soft body acrylic paints.16 Gifts for Art Journalers for Under $50

  • DYMO Embossing Label Maker - I picked up one of these earlier this year and am addicted to making labels for my pages. The embossed labels add an old school vibe to pages and makes adding some text super easy.
  • Speedball Calligraphy Kit - This beginners calligraphy kit is great for getting started in drawing with ink on art journal pages. It's a new technique I've been trying out and I'm convinced everyone needs to give it a go. This set won't break the bank and works great for drawing!
  • Arespark Handheld Sewing Machine - This seems random, but adding stitching to pages and sewing down materials is an art journaling technique that everyone loves. This is a great tool to have so there's no need to pull out a full size sewing machine. 
Fellow art journalers - what's on your list this year? As always, I'm always on the hunt for awesome art supplies to add to my repertoire! 
Also, If you're looking for some inspiration or new ideas for art journal pages, then look no more! Well, no, keep looking too - just after you've looked at this! These pages aren't the ONLY way to art journal - they're just pretty killer.

You can find the full step-by-step tutorial for this Bright & Geometric Art Journal Page over on Dawn Nicole Designs™ where I show you how to make the entire thing from start to finish. If you follow the tutorial, or are inspired by these pages, I'd love to see what you come up with! You can tag me on Instagram, and I'll be sure to share some love!

12.01.2016

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 Scandinavian Folk Art Gift Tags
My Christmas decor around here is full on Scandinavian inspired - whites, creams, natural textures with a hint of gold and red. I've had a life long love for Scandinavian folk art, and when I became an adult it was the theme I wanted to go with for my holiday decor. To add even more folk art to your holidays, I've created this free set of printable Scandinavian folk art gift tags. There's 6 designs and are the best last addition to a perfectly wrapped brown package!

  Scandinavian Folk Art Gift Tags

 You can grab these Scandinavian folk art gift tags for yourself by clicking HERE to download or any of the images below. You'll be able to download the PDF and print as many as you like!

 Scandinavian Folk Art Gift Tags

For the design nerds out there, you can get these graphics for free this week only over on Creative Market! I love using their graphics and fonts to create killer stuff like these tags!