COLOR YOUR OWN "Tiny Bouquets" hand drawn note cards and single size art.
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The new art is inspired by a bouquet given to me by my gardening and artist neighbor Mr. Thom. He knew I needed a boost. I was deciding what to finally do with all of my unsold Flow Blue note cards, trying not to feel that failure that lurks in heads of self-taught artists.
Thom grew these Thumbelinas and Pinwheels from seed. These organized little flowers with their big leaves have lovely colors of poppy, bubblegum pink, rose, grape, magenta, tangerine, ivory, raspberry, yellow, and berry red. As a thank you, I did a quick pen and ink sketch with a touch of watercolor. He framed it and hung it in his morning room. I was so touched.
And then the idea blossomed.
The Flow Blue china vases and little hearts are hand cut and UpCycled from those Flow Blue tea cup note cards that are stressing me so much. The cards were my first venture into photographing my personal china and vintage tablecloth collection and making note cards. It was exciting to work with Collinsville Printing in Martinsville, Virginia, and tour their plant.
While it was a better price point to print SOOOOO many cards, my early marketing skills left quite a few in inventory. Which now is a good problem to have because I've found a new way to use those many, many unsold cards.
Thank you, Thom, for the inspiration.
Cleaning up a fortunate-for-me paint spill from an experiment by granddaughter Lily yielded many lovely paint-stained paper towels. She had remixed dried up blue paint, water, glue, and we are not sure what else. The result was a lovely turquoise, spilled on the carpet. I spread tissue paper between the layers of smoothed out wet paper towels, added a few coffee filters from the morning's coffee, and let it all dry overnight. I had quite a stash and called it "Lily Blue."