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Looks like watercolor in the digital world is HUGE. You see it everywhere and IT IS BEAUTIFUL. We love the softness of it and the artistic nature of using REAL paints and getting it onto a computer screen. And so many ways of creating it to so many ways to use it! 聽Here is a …

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Looks like watercolor in the digital world is HUGE. You see it everywhere and IT IS BEAUTIFUL. We love the softness of it and the artistic nature of using REAL paints and getting it onto a computer screen. And so many ways of creating it to so many ways to use it! 聽Here is a rundown of some gorgeous kits created by some truly talented artists:

Our own Emeto Designs of SBG does some fantastic seasonal watercolors and last Christmas, well, here it is…

And of course Vicki Robinson, who mixes vintage with paint and does a mashup of mixed media so wonderfully…

Our awesome collaborator, Courtney’s Designs, who is at Oscraps now, does a lot of watercoloring…

 

Love her art dolls and art prints.

And this post is nothing if I don’t add in Nancy Rowe Janitz.

 

Her physical art has always been the base of her digital art.

Now, I don’t know if all her illustrations are watercolor but Rebecca McMeen has some serious talent:

 

So here are some other ways to work with watercolors:

These can be added into your art as backgrounds or elements.

These can be blended into your backgrounds or elements to give a watercolor texture.

Just Jaimee has a million and one different paint brushes for whatever look you are creating…

 

 

Have you seen the Urban Fairy’s papers? So artful and lush:

 

 

Now, this all makes me want to go paint. My youngest daughter Bella is planning on going to art school is trying to get me to do more painting but it’s not a lot of fun to see it in your head and the execution is horrible! And she keeps telling me, you need to practice, mom!!! 聽Exactly like I used to tell her when she was younger. I think I’ll stick to digital painting…actually, have you tried ArtRage? It’s pretty realistic in terms of the texture and feel of it. Yeah, I think I’ll go play now!

 

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Coexistence Collab with Courtney’s Designs http://vivaartistry.com/coexistence-collab-with-courtneys-designs/ http://vivaartistry.com/coexistence-collab-with-courtneys-designs/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:40:02 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3486 The post Coexistence Collab with Courtney’s Designs appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

We were very lucky and happy to be able to collaborate with Courtney of Courtney’s Designs on the Coexistence kits. She is like a dream to work with!!! and I have to say, our designs mesh well with hers!   and with the purchase of both, you’ll get this wordart for FREE….   This collab …

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We were very lucky and happy to be able to collaborate with Courtney of Courtney’s Designs on the Coexistence kits. She is like a dream to work with!!! and I have to say, our designs mesh well with hers!

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and with the purchase of both, you’ll get this wordart for FREE….

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This collab is in response to the negativity all around us after the voting of our president. We believe that humans are better than that and that we can help to impact the positivity that there is all around. One man CANNOT effect all of us in this regard. We all have some say in our day to day and we refuse to bow down to negative feelings. It’s all about the way we should be together and our own coexistence. And here is where you can see all the amazing inspiration from our team!

I (Vivienne) was really sick in the last week with the flu, picked up from my girls. It’s been a while since I was this sick that I ended up in bed for 2-3 days. It’s that stupidity of coughing so much that you can’t sleep but you need the sleep to get better…so I’m finally coming out of the trenches, just in time for Christmas. I’m preparing a Danish Christmas meal on the 24th (traditional Danish Christmas evening). We usually open presents this night as well. So the meal is roast duck (bought the last duck at Kroger yesterday!), a small honey ham (because husband and oldest daughter love ham), new potatoes in carmelized sugar sauce, brown gravy with the duck, pickled cabbage, wild rice, and the very traditional dessert Ris a’lamond.

 

This is rice pudding with cherry sauce and there is one almond hidden in the pudding. Whoever finds the almond receives a box of chocolates! In our family, whoever finds the almond tries to hide it until all the pudding is gone, forcing everyone to eat more than they normally would. It’s really funny to see this! And then, we also play the package game which is a variation of the white elephant game. But the gifts are usually gag gifts so its more funny to play than not. The kids usually think this part of the evening is the best and we have a lot of memories as to which present was the best gag! We even had my 90 year old grandma trying to steal the presents!

So, I am in a very grateful mode this holiday season and happy to have my family with me, that my oldest daughter could come home from university and that we can spend the next week together on holiday. We plan to travel down to Florida by car and just have a warm week and hopefully be able to meet up with Vanessa’s family at some point! And even though there are negative episodes that I see on Facebook, I can only think the best of people and that we can have a peaceful Coexistence and be the positive in the world. If we all can take the thought of changing people’s minds, than that would be my wish for the season.

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Paint Schmeers http://vivaartistry.com/paint-schmeers/ http://vivaartistry.com/paint-schmeers/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:45:53 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3482 The post Paint Schmeers appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

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Artistic Templates and Paints http://vivaartistry.com/artistic-templates-and-paints/ http://vivaartistry.com/artistic-templates-and-paints/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:43:27 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3473 The post Artistic Templates and Paints appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

This week, we have two artistic packs to jumpstart your creativity. These are painted scraps created by my daughter Isabella (Vivienne’s) as part of an art project for school. She is hoping to enter art school after high school. These oil splashes were the extras and we thought they would work well with your artistic …

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This week, we have two artistic packs to jumpstart your creativity.

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These are painted scraps created by my daughter Isabella (Vivienne’s) as part of an art project for school. She is hoping to enter art school after high school. These oil splashes were the extras and we thought they would work well with your artistic projects! Place them singularly or collectively on your pages for colorful accents. There are 7 of the schmeers in png format so that they will work with most graphic software.

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These are 5 templates for you to jumpstart your art journal pages. These are all layered so you can choose what you want. You can even pull elements from one template and move them into another. Add in your own elements for a personal touch. And to make full use, rotate the templates or rotate each individual element for different options.

Check out this ebook that the Scrapbookgraphic designers put together in support of all victims of violence. These ladies are amazing in their compassion and support of this cause. We hope that it helps you in your own battles with rage and that you are not alone and that we all are with you! You can also click on the image below for the download.

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Here is a freebie paint schmeer for you to play with! Just click on the image for the freebie!

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Bravery Under Fire http://vivaartistry.com/bravery-under-fire/ http://vivaartistry.com/bravery-under-fire/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:40:03 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3465 The post Bravery Under Fire appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

This year, there is a lot to be thankful for. Yes, the rage simmers but underlying it all is gratefulness for my family and isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about? Family and friends and being together. Additionally, we are immensely grateful for you as an art community that supports each other. We were incredibly …

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This year, there is a lot to be thankful for. Yes, the rage simmers but underlying it all is gratefulness for my family and isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about? Family and friends and being together. Additionally, we are immensely grateful for you as an art community that supports each other. We were incredibly surprised at the outpouring of love and understanding as well as all the awesome images of rage for us as well as rage for yourself! We loved seeing all the variances of layouts and pages and art, all the amazing creativity based on one theme.

One thing that I found interesting is that many of you thought I was brave for going thru this and coming out with my story. I didn’t feel and still don’t really feel brave at all. I merely survived as many have done. My thoughts were that it wasn’t really bravery but merely wanting to live. And then I found out all the statistics of rape and violence and being angry all over again at the injustice of it and rape culture in general. Telling my story is not bravery, telling my story is in the hopes that someone will be able to relate and that it can help her in her own recovery because you are not alone. Being alone can foster insecurities while sharing can shore up those insecurities. Here’s another word of wisdom that I got from Janice (Maya of Scrapbookgraphics), who has been a huge supporter: 聽ACCEPT YOUR BRAVERY. She wrote to me about bravery:

…bravery isn’t about being fearless, it is about having fear and moving through it anyway…Own it because you probably had no idea you were capable of getting through something like this before now.聽 Own it because you walked through fire and came out the other side.聽 聽 Own it because you survived!聽 That is bravery enough!

What wonderful words to mull in my head, because I didn’t think of it that way. And maybe we should all take that piece of wisdom with your own experiences and be proud of what you went thru and are going thru and coming out of it in an amazing new way, stronger and smarter than before.

So, this week, be with your family and enjoy that time, it’s fleeting moments that need to be savored. Enjoy your bravery because you survived.

Here is a little freebie from us. Copper styled numbers perfect for counting down the holiday and there are extra numbers so you can use it in your daily pages! Click on the preview and get your download.

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MUCH LOVE,

 

VIVIENNE AND VANESS

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Rage and Negativity in Creating Art http://vivaartistry.com/rage-and-negativity-in-creating-art/ http://vivaartistry.com/rage-and-negativity-in-creating-art/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:48:28 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3437 The post Rage and Negativity in Creating Art appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

This week, we鈥檙e releasing a RAGE kit, because sometimes, it鈥檚 good to do a page based on the rage you feel and just, LET IT GOOOOO鈥.For whatever the rage in you, whether it鈥檚 something recent or something past. We felt that there were too few kits based on the feelings of anger, loneliness, fear, or …

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This week, we鈥檙e releasing a RAGE kit, because sometimes, it鈥檚 good to do a page based on the rage you feel and just, LET IT GOOOOO鈥.For whatever the rage in you, whether it鈥檚 something recent or something past. We felt that there were too few kits based on the feelings of anger, loneliness, fear, or whatever negativity festering inside of you.

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Why a RAGE kit now?

(Vivienne speaking) Three months ago, I was awoken in the middle of the night and found a man on top of me holding a gun to my face鈥n my own home. He had broken in because he knew I was home alone. I screamed and he hit me on the head with the gun four or five times until I stopped. And then he raped me. I was terrified because I couldn鈥檛 do anything to stop him. The gun was there and I had no way of knowing if I would survive that night. I was lucky. In the end, he made me take a shower and took all the bedclothes and my phone and left. That was it, he didn’t steal anything, he didn’t want anything else. Surprisingly, none of my neighbors heard me screaming in the apartment building. I ended up driving myself to a friend鈥檚 house who then took me to the hospital. I was lucky. In continuing the luck, my friends got a hold of my husband finally, as he was on a business trip to Europe. He had just arrived at the airport in France and promptly turned around to come fly back. He spent over 24 hours flying back and forth. He took me away from the area and moved us back Stateside to our primary residence. I was lucky. I had my life and my family. It could have been worse. I was not hurt badly, I was not hospitalized, my girls were safe.

But the rage!!! This man took away our dreams of living on a beautiful island (you know we lived on St Thomas) and if I had stayed, I had no way of knowing who he was as I couldn鈥檛 see him that night, he had covered my head with something. He took away my younger daughter鈥檚 senior year. Because we had to move to another location, she had to postpone her senior year (missing a month of International School would create havoc on her tests and grades). He took away our business dreams, he took away the feelings of security and safety that I had. He almost took away my outlook on people in general. Of course, I am angry.

And on top of this, I find all these things online about rape culture and realize that we tell our girls how not to get raped but what do we tell the boys? I didn鈥檛 ask to be raped. I didn鈥檛 ask to be hit with a gun. I was minding my own business, I don鈥檛 go out, I don鈥檛 flaunt my body. I was in my home sleeping. So yes, I am angry at our rape culture, I am angry at this man who hurt me and my family. I am angry…and I am grateful. Grateful that my girls were not home that night, it might have been them getting hurt. Grateful that I wasn鈥檛 shot, grateful for my friends who helped me in my time of 聽need, grateful for a husband who stood by my side the last few months, grateful that I am alive and my family is with me.

I am currently seeing a therapist for PTSD because of anxiety. Apparently, whatever issues there were prior to an incident, will come out in full force afterwards. My anxiety levels hit the roof. I am on the road to recovery…using 聽several methods to learn to control the anxiety. But it’s a long road. And art is one of those methods recommended to get anger and anxiety out of your system. Sometimes, seeing it physically helps erase some of the demons.

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So here is a kit for whatever RAGE you feel. For those pages that no one will judge because all feelings are valid no matter the content. Get it off your chest! There is no right or wrong, there is no beautiful art or ugly art. It鈥檚 all YOUR art so it鈥檚 all acceptable. Mix and match it with other kits, use it solely by itself, keep it simple, or make it complex. Whatever comes out is real and honest and is you.

We’d love to hear from you and see what you create. You can post your creations on Facebook or in the SBG Gallery. Sharing the rage is always helpful and makes you feel not so alone.

And for other amazing layouts, take a look at the RAGE from our team HERE.

Love and peace to all of you who RAGE. One day, it will surprise you and the rage will soften.

 

Vanessa and Vivienne

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ViVa’s Artists http://vivaartistry.com/vivas-artists/ http://vivaartistry.com/vivas-artists/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:32:10 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3423 The post ViVa’s Artists appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

We have a team of amazing artists who do such amazing samples for us , in varied iterations of digital art. First up is Elysah who always manages to do not 1 or 2 layouts, she does multiples and in this case, she did eight of them!!! 聽Where does she get all her creative juices …

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We have a team of amazing artists who do such amazing samples for us , in varied iterations of digital art.

First up is Elysah who always manages to do not 1 or 2 layouts, she does multiples and in this case, she did eight of them!!! 聽Where does she get all her creative juices that she can come up with eight layouts??? She’s an art journaler and uses some pretty cool techniques in her pages.

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The glow behind the angel’s head is awesome! 聽It utilizes a brush in a light color to et this effect.

 

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The layout above includes the clusters in the Haunting Cluster pack聽so it’s fairly quick and easy to get your version of this layout. The owl layout is also incredible due to the lighting of it! She used the owl image and cobweb in reverse white along with a paper from the Haunting kit, threw in a fog from the Overlay set, and changed the color of it to brighten up and highlight the cobweb.

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I love the contrast between the dark and light and again, its in the use of the fog overlays, with the use of the dark elements.

Jana is also prolific in her art, creating multiple layouts but she also does these awesome video tutorials on her site With2Worlds.

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Read up how she uses fog, brushes and color in creative ways to amp up her layouts!

Cynthia is a traditional scrapper who uses elements in such interesting and creative ways…and doesn’t even use Photoshop as her program! Amazing! This goes to show you can use whatever program is comfortable for you and adapt it to fit your style!

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I think her use of layers are inspiring, plus she’ll extract what she needs out of any element and use it in a totally different way. That’s thinking outside of the box.

 

 

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Check out Alanna’s layout. She’s a minimalist scrapper with awesome layering skills. As you can see, her layers center around her photo. The rest looks simple and effective but includes paper, overlays and elements blended well together!

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Julie made this page look like a movie set!!! 聽It’s awesome that its so realistic. I love that it’s black and white but in such a way it looks like there’s color in it! And again, the fog overlays for a light source give this page depth.

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Jennifer’s art is very much art journaly with awesome quotes or text that tie in to the image itself. She uses layers amazingly with the photograph and somehow makes it look artistic and craftsy all at the same time. I’m a big fan of this type of look because it’s so much more like a real physical journal.

 

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Carol uses tons of elements and tons of layers 聽but it never looks cluttered or messy, it all comes together cohesively with her own images like in this layout of Day of the Dead. Not only did she put the photo in, she did a bit of art journaling in it for the artistic touch and even changed up some of the illustrative elements to make it unique to her layout!

So, same kit, different interpretations, different looks, all such very unique art. Play with the pieces and incorporate with your own stash, make it your own. Let your mind go and it will come. Enjoy the process.

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